Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts by Sally M Winston and Martin N Seif

The introduction to ‘Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts,’ won me over in the Introduction with a phrase I often use myself, ‘Remember that knowledge is power.’  To understand something is to take away a little of the uncertainty, the fear that not knowing brings.

I began to read this book initially with my son in mind.  He has Asperger’s Syndrome and unwanted and intrusive thoughts are a feature of his high anxiety when it is at its peak.  I wanted to be able to help him.  As I began to read though this book spoke also to something in me and I realised that unwanted and intrusive thoughts aren’t necessarily thoughts that are violent or abusive by nature, but thoughts, particularly when they become recurrent, that cause unnecessary upset and which on causing upset, thoughts that you would rather avoid for the very reason that they do cause upset.  It’s a fact that almost everyone has unwanted and intrusive thoughts, but it’s what you do with them that makes them a problem or not.

This book is full of wisdom and particularly useful are the little nougats entitle ‘Helpful Facts’ in the boxes.  I consider this  book a must-read for anyone who is concerned about unwanted and intrusive thoughts and give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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