Reviews; Monkey Mind Tales® Book Series. The point of an “if … A low-rent road to quick inner serenity with drifty Japanese-style flute music to speed the way. Welcome back. But I needed plenty of help myself. Wiggle, wiggle! MyChild: But my favorite activity was the Wriggly Worm one. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The activities have a physical component blended with a mental- or emotion-based element. Even the three examples of patients she uses throughout the book have relatively simple and straightforward symptoms. Cutesy CBT therapy that hinges on viewing your amygdala as an uninvited simian cohabitant of your skull, screeching into your frontal lobes. Daniel Smith’s book is an insightful and entertaining account of his experiences with anxiety. Feeding our monkey mindset is what fuels our anxiety and the author explains how to quit doing that. 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. Change ). I know this day and age, therapy isn't a big dealio, but, I digress. 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. Refresh and try again. Release Date: 11/13/2018. The image of feeding the monkey just didn’t work for me. “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. Mom: Having practiced yoga for more than a decade, I learned how to deal with the “monkey mind” and how to refocus. It has helped me immensely, and I look forward to see how far I can get as I keep applying it. Book title: ‘The Monkey Is The Messenger: Meditation And What Your Busy Mind Is Trying To Tell You’. 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. It's not about how you react, but how you respond to anxiety. A very interesting and well-structured book, dealing with a common problem nowadays: anxiety. Monkey Mind A Memoir of Anxiety. by New Harbinger Publications. It became a little repetitive after a while though. I identified more with the personal situations presented in showing the author’s methods for identifying and addressing “feeding the monkey” habits. We’d love your help. One of the many useful recommendations is to start being. It looks at the side effects of our social structure, how it affects children, and continues to affect them as they enter adulthood. 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. Anyway ... back to the book. 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. 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. 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. Since 2011, I have spent what free time I have writing my Monkey Mind Tales® book series. I wanted so much to be a psychologist and help others. Book reviews; Monkey Mind; Monkey Mind. This book however words anxiety-inducing situations as ways to expand learning to become more confident. . I don't normally read these type of 'self help' or 'motivational' books but this is good. Than I would get myself so tired up in knots I wouldn't be able to eat or sleep for days on end. “Are you giving up your long-term interests or compromising your personal values in exchange for short-term anxiety relief? The “observing mind” offers an objective perspective free of judgments. 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. Piper’s monkey is playful but very naughty, and he often prevents her from doing the things she enjoys the most. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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. I had never thought about welcoming anxiety before as a way to not feed the monkey. The charts towards the end of the book also provided more positive spins on negative things without using positive or negative language. When I saw this deck of cards aimed at children, I was very excited to let MyChild try it out. I enjoyed the "problem presentation" part of the book very much. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. By Daniel Smith. As someone who suffers from anxiety, I literally could relate to almost everything in this book. I hated and loved being around crowds. And for the most part it's efficient and uses some anecdotal examples like Eric and Maria to sympathize with. March 30, 2019 I’ve already begun practicing controlling my monkey mind. Would have been good to have more examples and exercises. It was a quick and easy read, which helps when a person is struggling and wants to find fast tools to help. For the first time I actually have hope and not just a resolve that I will be miserable with anxiety my who. 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. 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. Tagged: anxiety, Picture Book, resilience, self-care. Vibrant images from illustrator Alexander Vidal are paired with key phrases and short meditations or activities to help children learn about themselves without judgement. Each chapter builds upon the previous chapter and follows 3 clients so you can see how it all works. Learn how your comment data is processed. Author: Rebecca J. Palmer. Read what people think about Monkey Mind by Daniel Smith, and write your own review. Omg I felt like the author was inside my mind as she wrote this book. But I needed plenty of help myself. This will be a long review to say how helpful this book has been already. 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. Well, if this wasn't the most powerful book on anxiety I've ever read, then I don't read very much. 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. The reality is anxiety is often much messier and complicated and harder to figure out. Table of Contents. I love the concept of this book. I don't read many self-help books, so I don't know what criteria are important in the rating process. And for the most part it's efficient and uses some anecdotal examples like Eric and Maria to sympathize with. 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. I highly recommend this book if you suffer from anxiety. 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? Mom: My favorite was the Hurricane card and activity. It was a quick and easy read, which helps when a person is struggling and wants to find fast tools to help. 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. The Monkey Mind Meditation Deck by Carolyn Kanjuro. The Monkey Mind Meditation Deck: 30 Fun Ways for Kids to Chill Out, Tune In, and Open Up by Carolyn Kanjuro. These Books Explain Why You Feel That Way. ( Log Out /  But overall I found the book to offer useful ways of thinking about anxiety as well as some useful tools. . . 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 … If you don't feel the urge to visit a psychologist, this book can be a good step in between. Monkey Mind. I think it was the over-simplifi. 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 This book does a nice job of helping conceptualize the anxiety creating portion of the brain in a relatable, non-threatening way. This book is a short but solid introduction to lowering the effect anxiety has over us. 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. In English-language publishing, fewer books are titled with "mind monkey", such as Master the Mind Monkey (Patkar 2007), than "monkey mind". My counselor plopped it into my hands as a quick but effective assistant to my anxiety. I had never thought about welcoming anxiety before as a way to not feed the monkey. My journey writing this book began as a 5 year-old, sitting next to my mother while she studied for her psychology classes. 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. 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. ( Log Out /  Visit Rebecca J Palmer’s website for more about her and her book. Vibrant images from illustrator Alexander Vidal are paired with key phrases and short meditations or activities to help children learn about themselves without judgement. Suggested by my counselor for help with my anxiety/panic/obsessive thinking disorders. But something didn't really click for me here. 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. Daniel Smith wrote a memoir of his experiences with anxiety in the book titled Monkey mind:A memoir of anxiety. Publication date is February 4, 2020. I was an anxious child, prone to stomach aches, missing school, and nightmares of a man who lived under the house. Monkey Mind Tales® is an award winning children's book series that uses fairytales and fables to explore the puzzling world of humans. Mind mapped … Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow divides thought processes between System 1 and System 2. This book was a therapy homework read for me. Advice on how to get him to shut his mouth, mostly in the form of lists. 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. The author also gives some clear 'step-by-step' advice to overcome anxiety. I think it was the over-simplification of the monkey metaphor paired with rather complicated solutions. 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