13 Books about overcoming Fear, Worry and Anxiety
Books about overcoming Fear, worry and anxiety?

13 Books about overcoming Fear, Worry and Anxiety

Books about Fear, Worry and Anxiety

There’s hardly anyone who might not have dealt with it.

These are some of the few things(much like those relatives) that won’t knock your door before coming at your place, they just flock into your life. It comes swiftly and breezes you away from your happiness, the good moments, your peace and you know everything good.

Also, it’s not like something that can be measured. I mean you can never say that “He’s/She’s is more depressed than me”. I mean, of course, you can say that but it doesn’t make sense at all.

Someone who drowns in 7 ft of water is just as dead as someone who drowns in 20 ft of water.

It ruins some part (in some cases ‘a HUGE part’ [I’m not comparing the Trauma. What am I comparing is the length of the trauma.]) of your life and it is necessary to overcome your fear, anxiety or worries.

So, here are some few books that will surely help you in overcoming fear, worry, and anxiety:



Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
by David Burns

Feeling GooD: The New Mood Therapy

Opening Lines: Depression has been called the world’s number one public health problem.

Page Count: 736 pages

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publication Date: December 30th, 2008

This book neither changes you thinking nor gives you the will or hope to cope with Anxiety or Depression. This book just teaches you how to change your thinking so you can discover things that were there all along.

It’s a self-help guide using cognitive behavioral therapy approach that teaches you how to use your own thoughts to improve your moods.

I so love this book!

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The Upside of Stress
by Kelly McGonigal

The Upside of Stress

Opening Lines: If you had to sum up how you feel about stress, which statement would be more accurate?

A) Stress is harmful and should be avoided, reduced, and managed.
B) Stress is helpful and should be accepted, utilized, and embraced.

Page Count: 288 pages

Publisher: Vermilion

Publication Date: May 5th, 2015

Just watch this TED talk of the author and you’ll all by yourself click the link below and buy a copy of this book.

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The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog
Bruce D. Perry
Maia Szalavitz

The Boy who was Raised as a Dog

Opening Lines: TINA WAS MY FIRST CHILD PATIENT, just seven years old when I met her.

Page Count: 448 pages

Publisher: Basic Books

Publication Date: January 8th, 2007

A very impactful read about childhood trauma written with compassion and eloquence. It’s one of my favorite psychology reads so far and I would recommend this book to anyone interested in kids, psychology, neuroscience, and post-traumatic growth.

“The truth is, you cannot love yourself unless you have been loved and are loved. The capacity to love cannot be built in isolation.” 

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When Panic Attacks
by David D Burns

When Panic Attacks

Opening Lines: Practically everybody knows what it’s like to feel anxious, worried, nervous, afraid, uptight, or panicky.

Page Count: 464 pages

Publisher: Harmony

Publication Date: June 12th, 2007

This book is a life savior with basically a bunch of cognitive therapy techniques that you can do by yourself or with a friend. It has powerful tools that help you overcome all kind of anxiety starting from panic attacks to social anxiety, it touches you deeply and makes you face the monster that been hiding inside of you and been eating your life away!

I recommend this book to anyone who has been suffering from any type of anxiety or depression.

VERDICT: A book that might even save your life!!!

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Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway
by Susan Jeffers

Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway


Opening Lines: I AM ABOUT to teach another fear class.

Page Count: 272 pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Publication Date: August 25th, 1998

This self-help book teaches you that sometimes the only way to overcome fear, worry or anxiety is to just go out and do it. Also, just to let you know, the author does not believe that our fears are psychological.

“so much of the joy in life is the challenge of figuring it all out”

Even if you think after reading the title that this isn’t your kind of book, you should read it. It’s great.

“The less you need someone’s approval, the more you are able to love them.”

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Radical Acceptance
by Tara Brach

Radical Acceptance

Page Count: 352 pages

Publisher: Bantam

Publication Date: November 23rd, 2004

It is an excellent guide to using meditation to deal with the emotional challenges in daily life and I have only 3 words for it:


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Play It As It Lays: A Novel
by Joan Didion

Play It As It Lays: A Novel by Joan Didion

Opening Lines: WHAT MAKES IAGO EVIL? some people ask. I never ask.

Page Count: 240 pages

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: June 22nd, 2010

Gambling, domestic violence, sexual abuse, drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, insanity, depression, snakes, suicide and… hey, these aren’t internal links. It’s just some of the elements of the book that we are talking about.

Set in the 1960’s, it’s about Hollywood and the movie industry; it’s about Las Vegas and gambling; but mostly it’s about the life of a not so famous actress who is lost in the darkest corners of these places, and in the darkest corners of life.

It’s a modern classic and defintely not a pleasant read.

“I was raised to believe that what came in on the next roll would always be better than what when out on the last. I no longer believe that.”

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Daring Greatly
Brené Brown

Daring Greatly

Opening Lines: I looked right at her and said, “I frickin’ hate vulnerability.”

Page Count: 304 pages

Publisher: Penguin

Publication Date: September 11th, 2012

I bought this book after watching the author’s TED Talk about the power of vulnerability.

A book full of information on how to combat shame and become vulnerable, authentic, and courageous.

This book dares you to be YOU!

“everything I’ve learned from over a decade of research on vulnerability has taught me this exact lesson. Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both, it’s engaging. It’s being all in.” 

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The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
by Sloan Wilson

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit by Sloan Wilson

Opening Lines: BY THE TIME they had lived seven years in the little house on Greentree Avenue in Westport, Connecticut, they both detested it.

Page Count: 288 pages

Publisher: Penguin

Publication Date: October 23rd, 2002

(This may sound like an odd answer as it is fiction, but The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit really taught me to be a bit more chill. Like life may get you down but if you can just meditate and think things through it will all work out. It’s all about your outlook.)

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Overcoming Anxiety
by Helen Kennerley

Overcoming Anxiety by Helen Kennerley

Opening Lines: Some things are just fact, and it is a fact that we need worries, fears, and anxieties to survive.

Page Count: 416 pages

Publisher: Constable & Robinson

Publication Date: January 30th, 1997

A book that will deliberately help yout to manage anxiety using behavioual techniques with each chapter explaining each aspect of anxiety and self management. It really has some very useful exercises to help manage anxiety and depression.

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The Gifts of Imperfection
by Brené Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

Opening Lines: Practicing courage, compassion, and connection in our daily lives are how we cultivate worthiness.

Page Count: 160 pages

Publisher: Hazelden Publishing

Publication Date: August 27th, 2010

This book inspires you to have the courage to be imperfect and full of flaws with its short chapters about specific guideposts that everyone should have in place in their life.

It speaks of cultivating authenticity, self-compassion, resilient spirt, gratitude and joy, creativity, play and rest, calm and stillness, and laughter/dance/song… I think that would be enough.

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy – the experiences that makes us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of light.”

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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

Opening Lines: THREE THOUSAND YEARS AGO, THERE WAS A HUMAN just like you and me who lived near a city surrounded by mountains.

Page Count: 160 pages

Publisher: Hay House

Publication Date: September 14th, 2001

The book holds the secret to become wise, wild and free again – like a child. It preaches you to put an end to the emotional pain that you have been living with and to open new doors and enjoy every moment of life to the fullest. It gives you the power to break the old agreements and generate more power for oneself in the process of transition. It is a slow process and you might need to revisit the book again and again, till the time it completely gets inherited in you. Continue Reading…

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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
by Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Opening Lines: Enlightenment – what is that?

Page Count: 220 pages

Publisher: Yogi Impressions Books

Publication Date: August 19th, 2004

There are a ton of books out there that teaches you about living in the present, being mindful and grateful and other positive things but this book is different, though it teaches you the same. It helps you in shutting down your brain noise and teaches you that we can’t control future and it’s not in our hands so just stop predicting and making up stories about what’s gonna happen next and we can’t control the past either. What’s gone is gone, so just stop worrying!

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Do let us know if we missed a book or if you think that any of the book given in the list above doesn’t deserve to be in here. Also, do let us know, what kind of Book Recommendations do you need. On Breakups, on Dropping out, on AI, just ask!

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