The best books about anxiety 📚

Browse the best books on anxiety as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of The Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychologically Oriented Deliberation in View of the Dogmatic Problem of Hereditary Sin

The Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychologically Oriented Deliberation in View of the Dogmatic Problem of Hereditary Sin

By Alastair Hannay, Søren Kierkegaard

Why this book?

The acknowledged father of existentialism actually makes anxiety interesting (if you’re into that sort of thing.) Not for sissies.

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Book cover of The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety

The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety

By Alan Watts

Why this book?

In my own book, The Buddha in the Classroom, I tell the story of my fortuitous and life-changing first encounter with this book, while in my first year of college. Foreshadowing my career as a teacher of eastern philosophy, it lit the fire of my ongoing interest in Zen and had a profound impact on my personal journey into meditation. I sensed that the ironic title held some precious secret. I would discover, within its pages, the magic that happens when we learn to lean into the unknown, rather than fight against it. Indeed, the search for assuredness in…

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Book cover of Managing Your Emotions: Instead of Your Emotions Managing You

Managing Your Emotions: Instead of Your Emotions Managing You

By Joyce Meyer

Why this book?

A book full of wisdom. Joyce Meyer tackles a myriad of bad emotions in this book from blinding anger and unforgiveness to mood swings and depression. Her aim is to help the reader attain emotional healing and start to practise emotionally balanced behaviour rather than manic highs, depressive lows and obsessive compulsions.

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Changes That Heal: Four Practical Steps to a Happier, Healthier You

By Henry Cloud

Why this book?

Dr. Henry Cloud, a clinical psychologist and Christian, has identified 4 areas of our lives that can really stunt us emotionally if they are out of balance. These 4 areas are bonding; boundaries; perception of good and bad; and emotional maturity. The book brings insight into these areas, which in turn brings healing. I’ve read this book twice about a decade apart, and both times, it changed my life massively for the better.

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Psycho-Cybernetics

By Maxwell Maltz

Why this book?

Psycho-Cybernetics is one of the original self-help books on which most others are now based. It deals with the self-image and the role that it plays in shaping a person's continued success or failure. The author, Dr. Maxwell Maltz, was a plastic surgeon who became interested in the dramatic personality changes of some of his patients after surgery. For many patients a physical defect (for example flappy ears) had imposed an artificial limit on the person's ability to succeed, and once the cosmetic defect had been rectified, so had the psychological limit been removed. Other patients went right on with…

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Book cover of Name and Tame Your Anxiety: A Kid's Guide

Name and Tame Your Anxiety: A Kid's Guide

By Summer Batte

Why this book?

Directed at middle school-age kids, this book offers practical advice to pre-teens on how to practice anxiety-taming strategies. It even includes a chapter on medication. Quotes from real kids also make the subject matter more relatable and let kids know that they’re not alone. The sections on what therapy is like and how you can advocate for yourself can be empowering for kids as well as teaching lifelong skills.

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