Trade Paperback; LIST PRICE £6.99 PRICE MAY VARY BY RETAILER. I tried, but I can't. Feeding our monkey mindset is what fuels our anxiety and the author explains how to quit doing that. BOOK REVIEW of Addicted to the Monkey Mind The roots of addiction have been theorized in a book written by J.F. “Surviving, not thriving” is no way to live! Yet, if you are a person with a mental illness, it is a prerogative, a right, and a survival mechanism to find the humor in your condition. The author's recommendations are consistent with CBT therapies, ie: change the way you react to anxious symptoms, accept the feelings don't fight them, your thoughts are not reality. Would have been good to have more examples and exercises. I enjoyed the concept as it was different from other self help books. Mind mapped … Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow divides thought processes between System 1 and System 2. I hope it will be helpful even more when I take the time to truly practice more. Or is it part and parcel of growing old, having jobs and families? Mom: Having practiced yoga for more than a decade, I learned how to deal with the “monkey mind” and how to refocus. But I needed plenty of help myself. To be completely honest, the reason I first noticed this book was that it was on sale. These Books Explain Why You Feel That Way. Here we go. It confirms to my brain that whatever I am anxious about is indeed a dangerous threat and I need to panic. But something didn't really click for me here. This mindset follows the logic: 'As long as I am certain, as long as I am perfect, and as long as others are okay, I will be safe, able to relax, and happy'. . My counselor plopped it into my hands as a quick but effective assistant to my anxiety. Invisible to his mother but plain to see most of the time in Ross’ amateurishly painted domestic scenes, a monkey embodies young Jeremy Jones’ restless thoughts and physical clumsiness. In English-language publishing, fewer books are titled with "mind monkey", such as Master the Mind Monkey (Patkar 2007), than "monkey mind". I think this book can be very helpful for people that suffer from anxiety and want to have some insight in what is actually going on and how to take some steps to overcome it. Illustrator : Rebecca J. Palmer. The activities have a physical component blended with a mental- or emotion-based element. Brief Content. The book highlights two different states of mind: the “monkey mind” and the “observing mind.” The monkey mind is the inner critic that spirals your emotions out of control, invokes erratic thoughts, and creates anxiety. It looks at the side effects of our social structure, how it affects children, and continues to affect them as they enter adulthood. And aren't we lucky, ladies, that we are so much more prone to anxiety and depression? As a person with plenty of mental illness issues the binary of positive or negative was difficult to choke on when other people shoved it down my throat. I wanted so much to be a psychologist and help others. March 30, 2019 That said, I'll just go with my gut and say 3.5 stars. By Daniel Smith. I wanted so much to be a psychologist and help others. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Shambhala Publications through NetGalley. So I'm not entirely sure as to how I should rate this. Advice on how to get him to shut his mouth, mostly in the form of lists. I enjoyed the "problem presentation" part of the book very much. The book, however, will give you a realistic account of how it is to live with anxiety, and, hopefully, will help you gain motivation to seek support. ( Log Out /  I identified more with the personal situations presented in showing the author’s methods for identifying and addressing “feeding the monkey” habits. It confirms to my brain that whatever I am anxious about is indeed a dangerous threat and I need to panic. It has helped me immensely, and I look forward to see how far I can get as I keep applying it. This book portrayed a very interesting view on anxiety in an easy, fluent style and I certainly liked the metaphor of "the monkey mind" and "feeding it". But I needed plenty of help myself. Straightforward and clearly written, the author provides some achievable steps to begin dealing with anxiety. The Monkey Mind Meditation Deck: 30 Fun Ways for Kids to Chill Out, Tune In, and Open Up by Carolyn Kanjuro. We like to think that we can easily keep our thoughts under control, but the truth is that the comparison to a monkey is actually incredibly relevant. I love the concept of this book. I know this day and age, therapy isn't a big dealio, but, I digress. Learn how your comment data is processed. Monkey Mind Review – The Monkey Mind Podcast By Alex Butt By Catherine October 4, 2020 A CEO, a Tourist and the Monk, Alex Butt, an Entrepreneur, The Monkey Mind Podcast 0 Instead of a book review I want to spoil you today with something else fun I discovered: The Monkey Mind podcast by Alex Butt. However, I felt as if she was sometimes sticking to concrete examples too much and therefore the book missed some depth for me. Monkey Mind is a rare gem.”, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Monkey Mind is fleet, funny, and productively exhausting.” -- Ben Greenman, The New York Times Book Review “Superb writing [and] marvelous humor . ( Log Out /  Wiggle, wiggle! The author also gives some clear 'step-by-step' advice to overcome anxiety. Publisher: Shambhala Publications. Monkey Mind. Be the first to ask a question about Don't Feed the Monkey Mind. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Full disclosure, two people who read my reviews - I was asked to read this by my therapist. . My journey writing this book began as a 5 year-old, sitting next to my mother while she studied for her psychology classes. This book is currently available for pre-order. Suggested by my counselor for help with my anxiety/panic/obsessive thinking disorders. Daniel Smith’s Monkey Mind is the … In it, the author advocates helpful strategies such as separating yourself from your anxiety (such as thinking, “Oh that’s just my monkey brain acting up again”), pushing yourself into your anxiety (in order to lessen your subsequent reaction to it), and reframing negative thoughts into necessary or empowering ones. This is a great book - it's very easy to read but it makes you think! I don't normally read these type of 'self help' or 'motivational' books but this is good. Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches Weight: 12 ounces. My journey writing this book began as a 5 year-old, sitting next to my mother while she studied for her psychology classes. Like many self help or motivational books, this one didn’t completely hold my interest. It became a little repetitive after a while though. We’d love your help. The patients in the book were a great way to gauge the independent factors of time and relationships and their counseling was focused on dealing with the dependent factor of anxiety. Daniel Smith’s book is an insightful and entertaining account of his experiences with anxiety. Monkey Mind Tales® is an award winning children's book series that uses fairytales and fables to explore the puzzling world of humans. Read what people think about Monkey Mind by Daniel Smith, and write your own review. Monkey Mind is a rare gem.” ― Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Monkey Mind is fleet, funny, and productively exhausting.” -- Ben Greenman ― The New York Times Book Review “Superb writing [and] marvelous humor . I have struggled most of my life with it not really knowing what it was until the last 6 years ago. Omg I felt like the author was inside my mind as she wrote this book. Simon & Schuster, July 3, 2012 ISBN 978-1-4391-7730-3 (Hardcover) Mental illness is a serious, grave topic. Author: Rebecca J. Palmer. Book reviews; Monkey Mind; Monkey Mind. "Taming" is common among Taming the Monkey Mind (Chodron 1999), Taming the Monkey Mind; A Guide to Pure Land Practice (Cheng 2000), and Taming Our Monkey Mind: Insight, Detachment, Identity (Krystal 2007). Reading Group Guide; Rave and Reviews; About The Book. Benoist called, “Addicted to the Monkey Mind, Change the Programming that Sabotages Your Life”. For the first time I actually have hope and not just a resolve that I will be miserable with anxiety my who. 9781439177303 Monkey mind; a memoir of anxiety. It has helped me to see that everything I do to stifle, avoid, hide, or distract me from my anxiety just “feeds the monkey” and makes my anxiety worse. If the answer is yes to these questions, you’ve found a safety strategy.”, “Resisting, avoiding, and distracting yourself from your anxiety are behaviors that send the wrong message to your brain. Start by marking “Don't Feed the Monkey Mind: How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear, and Worry” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Decent but the material was better covered in other books I have read recently. This book is part of my journey to overcome an anxiety disorder I have struggled with my whole life. Book Review: Don ’ t Feed the Monkey Mind. Unfortunately I just read it too late and I wish somebody gave it to me five years ago. It has helped me to see that everything I do to stifle, avoid, hide, or distract me from my anxiety just “feeds the monkey” and makes my anxiety worse. I try the "radical honesty" thing a little more as I get older. But something didn't really click for me here. And for the most part it's efficient and uses some anecdotal examples like Eric and Maria to sympathize with. Just like many reviews I also have general and social Anxiety. Even the three examples of patients she uses throughout the book have relatively simple and straightforward symptoms. Each card has a beautiful illustration on one side, with a fun activity on the back. When I saw this deck of cards aimed at children, I was very excited to let MyChild try it out. A very interesting and well-structured book, dealing with a common problem nowadays: anxiety. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The reality is anxiety is often much messier and complicated and harder to figure out. You can get it here. I highly recommend this book if you suffer from anxiety. I read (or actually listened to) this book because I have suffered from mild anxiety symptoms since my teenage years. Even though I am not an expert in anything and can always learn something, I resent the tone of these books, which I always take as condescending, no matter how hard I try to give the author the benefit of the doubt that it's not. Each chapter builds upon the previous chapter and follows 3 clients so you can see how it all works. The “observing mind” offers an objective perspective free of judgments. The charts towards the end of the book also provided more positive spins on negative things without using positive or negative language. Welcome back. 878 reviews In the insightful narrative tradition of Oliver Sacks, Monkey Mind is an uplifting, smart, and very funny memoir of life with anxiety—America’s most common psychological complaint. Monkey Mind A Memoir of Anxiety. Instead of following the drive to perfection, safety and overprotection, the author suggests - through examples and charts - to rather face the anxiety and set-up elaborated expansion charts. When my father died I worried obsessively that my mother could die too. This book is a short but solid introduction to lowering the effect anxiety has over us. Navigate changing emotions with this beautifully illustrated meditation deck featuring 30 cards to help kids connect more deeply with themselves and others.Help your child become more focused, calm, and capable of dealing with overwhelming emotions. It’s a good starting place. Mar 17, 2017 Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews rated it really liked it When I seen the title Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind: How to stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear, and Worry I … I think this is mainly d. I read (or actually listened to) this book because I have suffered from mild anxiety symptoms since my teenage years. If you're chronically anxious and want to better explain to a loved one what you're going through, hand them Monkey Mind.” I would go home and analyze ever last thing I said hoping I didn't say the wrong thing or make people think I was a werido. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I didn’t want to fill the world with another set of clinical self-help books. And for the most part it's efficient and uses some anecdotal examples like Eric and Maria to sympathize with. Simon & Schuster 2012 212 pages $25.00 Hardcover RC464 In this New York Times bestseller, Smith candidly but humorously presents his personal story of suffering under the yoke of acute anxiety, discussing his mother, losing his virginity, his favorite therapist, and a series of events which cause or have caused anxiety attacks. I have been known to call my anxiety Monkey Chatter and was able to relate well to to the anxiety, fears and worry describe in this book. Since 2011, I have spent what free time I have writing my Monkey Mind Tales® book series. Watch a 1-minute YouTube video showing a drypoint etching print of a page in the book. Book title: ‘The Monkey Is The Messenger: Meditation And What Your Busy Mind Is Trying To Tell You’. I had never thought about welcoming anxiety before as a way to not feed the monkey. by New Harbinger Publications. Life is a never-ending lessons and there is always a chance to grow. By getting to know the impulses that give rise to their actions, children can become empowered to make choices that truly serve them best. This book does a nice job of helping conceptualize the anxiety creating portion of the brain in a relatable, non-threatening way. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The very things we do to control anxiety can make anxiety worse. Number of pages: 288. The point of an “if … The Monkey Mind Meditation Deck by Carolyn Kanjuro. Tagged: anxiety, Picture Book, resilience, self-care. Piper’s monkey is playful but very naughty, and he often prevents her from doing the things she enjoys the most. Than I would get myself so tired up in knots I wouldn't be able to eat or sleep for days on end. “Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety”, Daniel Smith, like any other book on the topic, is no supposed to offer a silver bullet for how to overcome anxiety. I think this is mainly due to the fact that I have mostly overcome my (not too severe) anxiety myself and that the book was not very relevant anymore for me. It was a quick and easy read, which helps when a person is struggling and wants to find fast tools to help. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The Monkey Mind Meditation Deck explores the playful and powerful qualities of animals and nature to inspire your child to discover the same qualities in themselves and others. If you don't feel the urge to visit a psychologist, this book can be a good step in between. Full Title: Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety Author: Daniel Smith Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2012) Number of Pages: 212 How long it took me to read: 3 days Where I got this book: Amazon’s Kindle Store ISBN: 978-1-4391-7732-7 Like a Moth to a Flame. I had never thought about welcoming anxiety before as a way to not feed the monkey. Cutesy CBT therapy that hinges on viewing your amygdala as an uninvited simian cohabitant of your skull, screeching into your frontal lobes. Create an “if-then” plan for times when monkeys start to get the better of you. Well, if this wasn't the most powerful book on anxiety I've ever read, then I don't read very much. “Are you giving up your long-term interests or compromising your personal values in exchange for short-term anxiety relief? Take a sneak peek at some of the pages in Monkey Mind on the publisher’s website. One of the many useful recommendations is to start being. Release Date: 11/13/2018. Nothing new here. I hated and loved being around crowds. Books are critically important in our family – the saying around here goes, “I am always willing to spend money on books and Legos.” As a refresher, MyChild is 8-years-old, in second grade, reads on her own, and her current favorite books to read are the DogMan series and the Pig the Pug books. Monkey Mind . This book is part of my journey to overcome an anxiety disorder I have struggled with my whole life. The patients in the book were a great way to gauge the independent factors of time and relationships and their counseling was focused on dealing with the dependent factor of anxiety. I was an anxious child, prone to stomach aches, missing school, and nightmares of a man who lived under the house. Mom: My favorite was the Hurricane card and activity. Genre: Children's. I don't read many self-help books, so I don't know what criteria are important in the rating process. I love the concept of this book. This mindset follows the logic: 'As long as I am certain, as long as I am perfect, and as long as others are okay, I will be safe, able to relax, and happy'. I'm a card carrying member of they worriers' club and this book definitely addresses people like me. Change ). Visit Rebecca J Palmer’s website for more about her and her book. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Omg I felt like the author was inside my mind as she wrote this book. MEDIA REVIEWS "I read Monkey Mind with admiration for its bravery and clarity. A smattering of positive self-talk scripts. I found this book to be well written and gripping. The author's recommendations are consistent with CBT therapies, ie: change the way you react to anxious symptoms, accept the feelings don't fight them, your thoughts are not reality. Appreciation: John le Carré Arts and Culture In Review Best Television of 2020 Best Books of 2020 Best Mystery Books of 2020 Best Music of 2020 Read this review to find out how your thinking relates to how you become addicted to drugs and alcohol. Other examples of book titles include … Anyway ... back to the book. All I need to do now is get the wife to read it in the name of domestic peace & quiet. Daniel Smith wrote a memoir of his experiences with anxiety in the book titled Monkey mind:A memoir of anxiety. A low-rent road to quick inner serenity with drifty Japanese-style flute music to speed the way. Smith, Daniel. This will be a long review to say how helpful this book has been already. Table of Contents. The author also gives some clear 'step-by-step' advice to overcome anxiety. As someone who suffers from anxiety, I literally could relate to almost everything in this book. MyChild: My favorite picture was the Butterfly one. eBook. . I think it was the over-simplification of the monkey metaphor paired with rather complicated solutions. Is it me or are we all getting more anxious these days? Watch a 35-second YouTube video showing the process of making Monkey Mind. The only reason I’m not giving five stars is because the constant monkey talk got kind of irritating and sometimes it made it more difficult to understand her concepts. I was an anxious child, prone to stomach aches, missing school, and nightmares of a man who lived under the house. I have had the privilege of review a couple Advance Reader Copy books through NetGalley and when I was recently searching for some new books to read, there were a few children’s books available. Raised in a neurotic family consisting of two anxious parents and a brother suffering from hypochondria, Smith’s (Muses, Madmen, and Prophets: Rethinking the History, Science, and Meaning of Auditory Hallucination, 2007) anxiety began in childhood. Instead of following the drive to perfection, safety and overprotection, the author suggests - through examples and charts - to rather face the anxiety and set-up elaborated expansion charts. ISBN number: 9781611805840. A very interesting and well-structured book, dealing with a common problem nowadays: anxiety. I highly recommend this book if you suffer from. Refresh and try again. This book was a therapy homework read for me. This book however words anxiety-inducing situations as ways to expand learning to become more confident. 'Devote 5 minutes to self-care before responding to anything you think needs to get done', is a very good beginning for the process of pondering the best decisions, one smart step at a time towards your goal to set limits to your 'monkey mind'. Vibrant images from illustrator Alexander Vidal are paired with key phrases and short meditations or activities to help children learn about themselves without judgement. I think it was the over-simplifi. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. This book portrayed a very interesting view on anxiety in an easy, fluent style and I certainly liked the metaphor of "the monkey mind" and "feeding it". One of the many useful recommendations is to start being more focused on our needs and cope straight forward with our challenges, including by taking risks. When I seen the title Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind: How to stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear, and Worry I knew this book was for me and it sure was. Daniel Smith's anxiety is matched by a wonderful sense of the comic, and it is this which makes Monkey Mind not only a dark, pain-filled book but a hilariously funny one, … Book Review: MONKEY MIND: A MEMOIR OF ANXIETY by Daniel Smith Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety by Daniel Smith. Author: Ralph De La Rosa. I liked the idea of a "monkey mind", and definitely have all 3 main characteristics discussed in the book. The charts towards the end of the book also provided more positive spins. Specifications. Unlike so many books that expound platitudes that address true, but of little utility when you need to apply them, this boom is purely pragmatic - it gives you tangible and practical tools and techniques to address your anxiety and stop the cycle. Vibrant images from illustrator Alexander Vidal are paired with key phrases and short meditations or activities to help children learn about themselves without judgement. In Monkey Mind, Smith articulates what it is like to live with anxiety, defanging the disease with humor, traveling through its demonic layers, and evocatively expressing its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence. Knowing the root cause of your problems is something very valuable, but author suggests that it's even more important to know what is it that you do that maintains your anxiety - and how to change that. The image of feeding the monkey just didn’t work for me. Publisher: Little Pink Dog Books. Smith writes in a style that it is honest and revealing of his struggle with anxiety while also being engaging and entertaining. My counselor plopped it into my hands as a quick but effective assistant to my anxiety. Lawson’s first book, a memoir of growing up dirt poor in rural Texas, was a hugely popular hit in 2012 and sat at the top of the New York Times bestseller list for weeks. This book does a nice job of helping conceptualize the anxiety creating portion of the brain in a relatable, non-threatening way. The Monkey Mind Meditation Deck explores the playful and powerful qualities of animals and nature to inspire your child to discover the same qualities in themselves and others. When my father died I worried obsessively that my mother could die too. But overall I found the book to offer useful ways of thinking about anxiety as well as some useful tools. Intimate, compelling memoir exploring the boundaries of the author’s severe anxiety. Opinions expressed in this review are completely our own. Publication date is February 4, 2020. However, I felt as if she was sometimes sticking to concrete examples too much and therefore the book missed some depth for me. For the first time I actually have hope and not just a resolve that I will be miserable with anxiety my whole life. It's not about how you react, but how you respond to anxiety. Feeding our monkey mindset is what fuels our anxiety and the author explains how to quit doing that. I’ve already begun practicing controlling my monkey mind. Of course, I could have just read these on my own and provided a review, but why not involves someone of the intended audience demographic. I wonder if it's because of all the S*&t we have to do, remember, care about or if we are just built differently? I consider it a success if I learn one new thing and that happened so the time spent reading it was worth the effort. ( Log Out /  Reviewed on 18 December 2020 18 December 2020. This book was a therapy homework read for me. I came to this book during a period of high anxiety, and was able to apply there principles and techniques as I read the book. These behaviors fuel a cycle of anxiety that always leads to a bigger dose.”, The Best of WILT Wednesdays (Part 2) - CC Hearing Things Audiobook Club, Burned Out? He describes the ways in which anxiety has shaped his personality, his relationships and his life, and also the things that have helped him loosen its grip. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published . April 1st 2017 A great book that breaks the loop of constantly analysing and trying to figure out what's happening to you and instead gives you the tools and perspective in order to move on with your life. MyChild: But my favorite activity was the Wriggly Worm one. A very useful and strongly recommended read, especially if you are looking for a dramatic life change this year. Summary | Reviews | More Information | More Books. Each chapter builds upon the previous chapter and follows 3 clients so you can see how it all works. ( Log Out /  It was a quick and easy read, which helps when a person is struggling and wants to find fast tools to help. “Tales For Your Monkey’s Mind is a fun book, in the vein of Shel Silverstein, Roald Dahl, and Dr. Seuss – quirky and imaginative, with vibrant illustrations and themes of fantasy and wonder throughout…, The stories were fun and engaging, short and easy to read, and enjoyable ways to end the day. As someone who suffers from anxiety, I literally could relate to almost everything in this book. To see what your friends thought of this book, Don't Feed the Monkey Mind: How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear, and Worry. Comparing our thought process to that of a monkey may feel a little insulting at first. Reviews; Monkey Mind Tales® Book Series. This unique guide offers a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)-based approach to help you recognize the constant chatter of your anxious “monkey mind,” stop feeding anxious thoughts, and find the personal peace you crave. 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