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First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety (edição 2018)

por Sarah Wilson (Autor)

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Sarah Wilson - bestselling author and entrepreneur, intrepid solver of problems and investigator of how to live a better life - has helped over 1.2 million people across the world to quit sugar. She has also been an anxiety sufferer her whole life. In her new book, she directs her intense focus and fierce investigatory skills onto this lifetime companion of hers, looking at the triggers and treatments, the fashions and fads. She reads widely and interviews fellow sufferers, mental health experts, philosophers, and even the Dalai Lama, processing all she learns through the prism her own experiences. Sarah pulls at the thread of accepted definitions of anxiety, and unravels the notion that it is a difficult, dangerous disease that must be medicated into submission. Ultimately, she re-frames anxiety as a spiritual quest rather than a burdensome affliction, a state of yearning that will lead us closer to what really matters. Practical and poetic, wise and funny, this is a small book with a big heart. It will encourage the myriad sufferers of the world's most common mental illness to feel not just better about their condition, but delighted by the possibilities it offers for a richer, fuller life.… (mais)
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Título:First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety
Autores:Sarah Wilson (Autor)
Informação:Dey Street Books (2018), 320 pages
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Actually 3.5 stars. This review will be longer than my usual reviews because this was, for me, an unusual book. I listened to the audiobook. Sarah Wilson is Australian, and she narrates the book herself. Most authors are not good narrators, but she does ok, and her Australian accent makes the book slightly more appealing than it would otherwise have been.

The author comes to this book with some excellent creds having written the book "I Quit Sugar" along with several other books tied to that book (how to's, cookbooks, etc). She has a reputation for doing thorough research and for writing well. Those things apply to this book about anxiety. That's the good part. She sites studies, gives numerous examples, quotes many reputable and highly regarded writers, scientists, experts in meditation, psychiatrists, yogi's and others.

So what's the downside? She writes the book in the first person, it's emotional, autobiographical, frustrating, depressing, somewhat scattered across time, place, events, aspects of her issues and problems and more. I'm tempted to say that the first half of the book (about 4 hours of the audiobook) is just a hot mess. She is a basket case with numerous physical and mental issues. Most of those issues somewhat relate to anxiety, but they are not typical for the average person. She has Hashimoto's disease. She has ADHD, she has depression, she's attempted suicide several times. This makes the book an emotional roller coaster, and i found myself often saying "I don't have those problems, i'm just overwhelmed by anxiety sometimes".

Half way through the book, the author finally settles down and talks more directly about anxiety, her experiences, and things that have helped her. That part of the book was helpful. I also found myself saying "Well, if she found hope and help with all her physical and emotional problems, then there is hope for me and for others". That's what makes this a book worth wading through. I just want anyone reading my review to know that the trip through this book will not be easy or at times, seem at all worthwhile. However, there is good information once you get through her self-centered expressions of poor me, i'm such a mess, and into the more useful part of how she has come to deal with her life. ( )
  JohnKaess | Jul 23, 2020 |
I can't give this more than 3 1/2 stars because of the very misleading subtitle. The author, who sounds like a delightful person and has had many professional successes, has been diagnosed as bipolar (she also describes her OCD, self harming and PTSD). She continually interprets episodes of mania and her other issues as anxiety and doesn't seem aware of how extreme some of her behavior is. Along the way, she shares many insights but she also freely acknowledges that she's not in very good shape at all mentally. I really can't recommend this book for anyone living with anxiety, particularly young people or those who are newly diagnosed with anxiety, as they may worry that this is their future. But for those who have a person with mental illness in their lives and who feel confident that this will not trigger them, it certainly makes for a thought-provoking read. ( )
  Amniot | Oct 28, 2019 |
This is a really excellent book about living with anxiety.

The author is not a psychologist, a psychiatrist, or any other kind of medical professional. She's an author and journalist, and a woman who lives with chronic anxiety. Over a lifetime of dealing with it, she became interested in understanding what it is, where it comes from, and history of treatment for it, including the fads and fashions that affect medical treatment.

Some of what she has to say may strike some as borderline woo-woo, but she's very clear about talking to medical professionals knowledgeable on the subject to ensure that known of her advice is safe, and the importance of medical support when you're going off medication.

Also, medication is really helpful for some people, and not as helpful to others. She's also really clear about the need to pay attention to how you react, not how other people tell you you should be reacting.

A very important aspect of this book is that she talks about the positive aspects of anxiety. No, not kidding. Anxiety can push you to make the projects you're working on better, or alert you to the fact that you're going in the wrong direction altogether. It pushes us to be that little bit more perfectionist. We see evidence of anxiety and depression in other primates--and the primate troops that have some percentage of members so affected have higher survival rates. Why? The anxious and the depressed are hanging out on the edges of the group, paying attention to things the others aren't, and sometimes that's life-saving.

No population could survive with only the anxious and the depressed, but having some benefits the whole community.

So learn to use your anxiety, and also pay attention to what really helps you cope--medication, meditation, long runs on the beach, or, in my case, a dog who responds to my moods and my needs, and will go as far as pulling me toward an exit if I'm getting over-stimulated by the place where we are.

You're not broken; you have different strengths and challenges than most people. Pay attention to what helps you, and be aware of your strengths.

Very much recommended!

Borrowed from my local library. ( )
  LisCarey | Oct 6, 2019 |
Started off okay. Then got preachy and went into the realms of think happy thoughts and things will come to you. ( )
  Arkrayder | Jan 18, 2019 |
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Sarah Wilson - bestselling author and entrepreneur, intrepid solver of problems and investigator of how to live a better life - has helped over 1.2 million people across the world to quit sugar. She has also been an anxiety sufferer her whole life. In her new book, she directs her intense focus and fierce investigatory skills onto this lifetime companion of hers, looking at the triggers and treatments, the fashions and fads. She reads widely and interviews fellow sufferers, mental health experts, philosophers, and even the Dalai Lama, processing all she learns through the prism her own experiences. Sarah pulls at the thread of accepted definitions of anxiety, and unravels the notion that it is a difficult, dangerous disease that must be medicated into submission. Ultimately, she re-frames anxiety as a spiritual quest rather than a burdensome affliction, a state of yearning that will lead us closer to what really matters. Practical and poetic, wise and funny, this is a small book with a big heart. It will encourage the myriad sufferers of the world's most common mental illness to feel not just better about their condition, but delighted by the possibilities it offers for a richer, fuller life.

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