Rewire Your Anxious Brain by Catherine Pittman and Elizabeth Karle – Book Review

Best for:

This book is primarily for those looking to overcome problems with anxiety. It may also be of interest to those who like psychology and want to learn about anxiety

Difficulty to digest:

Rewire your anxious brain is moderately difficult to understand. It used a good amount of psychology and neurological terms, but overall isn’t too hard to follow. The practical takeaways are very simple to understand.

Key Insights:

Rewire your anxious brain by Catherine Pittman & Elizabeth Karie is primarily focused on helping individuals understand and overcome anxiety. There are a number of in-depth descriptions followed by assessments and potential action steps for resolving underlying problems. It’s a great resource for those looking to deal with anxiety more easily.

What is Anxiety?

The book starts by explaining the difference between fear and anxiety. Fear is a momentary experience, which is very acute and brought on by something present in the environment. Anxiety is more like a low, general lack of ease. While it can also be brought on by the environment, it’s more often linked to the expectation of a bad outcome. It can also be compared to a state of increased alertness.

2 Pathways To Anxiety: Amygdala or Cortex?

Much of the book discusses the two pathways to anxiety, the amygdala and the cortex. These are different parts of the brain that are responsible for producing anxiety in different ways. Depending on how anxiety shows up in your life, different pathways are activated and require different sets of treatment. The book discusses both at length and provides short questionnaires to help you gauge what will be of most use to you.

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