Shayne Recommends: The Wisdom of Anxiety

Wisdom of Anxiety - Sheryl Paul MAThe Wisdom of Anxiety: How Worry and Intrusive Thoughts Are Gifts to Help You Heal

Sheryl Paul, MA

Shayne says:

This book is recommended for those who struggle with chronic anxiety.

Sheryl (author) normalizes anxiety and provides reframing of how we see anxiety. Anxiety, in this culture, is often demonized, but Sheryl suggests that it also can serve as a messenger toward an unresolved part of self that requires attention/comfort.


From the Publisher

A counselor in the depth psychology tradition shows readers there's nothing to fear from anxiety

The Wisdom of Anxiety serves as a well-lit pathway to the truth of who we are and to how to navigate life when paralyzed by anxiety, depression, overwhelm, and a sense of hopelessness.” ―Alanis Morissette, singer-songwriter

Work anxiety. Relationship anxiety. Social anxiety. World anxiety. Money anxiety. Health anxiety.

How does reading those words make you feel?

All too often, when we experience the things that give us anxiety, our first instinct is to try to run away or numb out from feeling them. But what if the unpleasant feelings you want to turn away from are actually vital sources of information about your well-being?

In The Wisdom of Anxiety, counselor Sheryl Paul examines the deeper meaning of the racing thoughts, sweaty palms, and insomnia that accompany the uncertain moments of our lives. No one likes to feel anxiety―and yet, Paul asserts it can be a remarkably direct messenger of our subconscious. Here you will learn how you can pause and listen to your anxieties to discover inner truths that you’ve been avoiding.

This lyrically written book not only considers the many forms anxieties can take, but also provides deep-dive practices for addressing them at their roots.

Here you will learn:

  • The nature of intrusive thoughts and how to manage them.
  • How to explore states of loneliness, apathy, regret, and shame without being caught up in them.
  • Feeling anxiety around feeling good? Discover why and what to do about it.
  • How to cultivate your own loving inner parent.
  • Why anxiety can arise from boredom and longing.
  • How to create healthy and meaningful personal rituals to relieve anxiety.
  • Navigating the many sources of anxiety in relationships.

Whether it’s worry around raising children, nervousness about world events, or any other way anxiety manifests, The Wisdom of Anxiety can help you uncover the true source of your discomfort and find the rich self-knowledge within.

The Author

Sheryl Paul, MA, has guided thousands of people worldwide through her private practice, bestselling books, online courses, and website. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two sons. For more, see

About Shayne Adams

Shayne is a psychotherapist based in Chicago Illinois.  Her therapeutic approach is collaborative and relaxed.  Sessions resemble more of a conversation than a  traditional doctor/patient visit. She does not see her client’s concerns through a critical judgmental lens, instead, she views her clients as struggling while they do their best to navigate a stressful contradictory world. Shayne strives to understand her clients in the context of their unique experience and assist them work through the issues that trouble them.

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