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Anxiety: Friend or Foe (audio cd)
- Many of life’s challenges trigger a pounding heart and a worried mind, but is anxiety necessarily a disorder? Dr. Heitler sets forth a refreshing new view: anxiety can be transformed into a positive life force.
Part I: Use it, then lose it.
Part II: Actors replay vignettes from therapy sessions.
Dr. Heitler’s gentle techniques convert nervousness, anxieties, panic attacks and agoraphobia to helpful sources of personal guidance.
- Who are this CD for?
For the general public. Also often used by therapists to accelerate treatment with homework listening for their clients
This item can be purchased from Dr. Heitler’s office. To place an order, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a check to her office at Dr. Susan Heitler, 4500 East 9th Ave, Suite 660, Denver, CO 80220.
From the audiotape
Anxiety: Friend or Foe.
To understand anxiety, let's picture two dogs and one bone. One very meaty, juicy, attractive-to-a-dog bone. And two big, strong dogs. What are the dogs likely to do? There are basically four options. If you were one of those dogs, what would you do? One dog can growl and attack. In human terms, what would we call the emotion that dog is feeling?
Aggression. The action is aggression, and we would call the feeling anger.
Dog number two. Dog number two sees dog number one attacking and quickly sits down or even lies down or rolls on its back. What is that submission action going to cause in the way of a feeling if that dog were a person?
Depression. What you experience when you feel powerless and give up on getting what you want.
So far, we have anger from attacking and depression from submitting. One dog might take a look at that bone, want it, take a look at the other dog who is growling, turn around, and head away. He could go somewhere else and do something else so he's no longer thinking about the bone that looks so delicious and juicy. What's that equivalent to in human behavior?
Avoidance or flight. And avoidance, coupled with doing something else so you won't think about what you ran away from, is the prototype for addictive behaviors. For turning off and running to take a drink, take drugs, overeat, overwork, watch TV. These are all enterprises that enable people to get distracted once they have chosen a flight response to a conflict.
That leaves one more option for our dog. In fact, for both dogs. The first dog could growl, giving off a warning signal that he wants the bone. The second dog could growl, giving off an equal warning signal that he wants the bone. Growl, growl. The dogs are hovering around the bone. They don't really want to get into a fight so neither of them attacks the bone nor the other dog. Nor do they want to give up on the bone. So they stay there, and hover and growl. What would you call the emotion that they would be feeling if they were people?
Anxiety. Anxiety arises in response to a conflict situation when you feel poised in a situation with no acceptable action options. Anxiety is associated with immobilization in the face of a troubling situation.
$14.95 One audiotape 65 minutes ISBN 1-884998-08-9
$19.95, One CD 65 minutes