If you want to know how to reduce and control your anxiety level, then this book will be a great help to you.This book is uniquely placed to help you to master your anxiety level, and to keep it at reasonable levels in most situations that you will ever encounter. Why is this the case? Because this book contains a post-CBT perspective on anxiety. The dominant theory of anxiety in the world today is that created by Albert Ellis and Aaron Tim Beck, which claims that anxiety can best be understood using their ‘simple ABC model’. This is it:This model assumes that, when something happens to you, this does not make you feel anything. You are blamed for causing your own emotional responses. (This, of course, ignores the fact that every animal, including us human animals) has an inbuilt set of emotions to guide our actions in the world, and to help to keep us alive, and out of the jaws of predators.The second major problem with this model is that it focuses too much on the mind and ignores the body, as if a human being was just a mind on legs. But, as I will show below, the body plays a central role in the generation and registration of the emotion of anxiety (and all other feeling states).And the third major problem with the ABC’s of CBT is that a major study by the Swedish government has demonstrated that CBT does not work, in the sense that it does not deliver what it claims to deliver. (It is convenient for US insurance companies to opt for CBT, because it is cheaper than the main alternatives. And the UK government has followed in the wake of the US approach). Furthermore, it is worth mentioning in passing that there is evidence that the combined strategy of CBT and drugs for anxiety is also not working. (Humans are creatures of habit! We do not go around thinking about how to respond to situations as they arise!If we were wired up like that, we would not have survived, because there are and always have been a lot of very fast predators out there, in our long history, which would have gobbled us up if we’d stopped for one second to consider our options. We automatically become anxious in those situations in which we are in the habit of getting anxious feelings. And this helped us to survive by making us run for cover when faced with threats and dangers. Humans, like all other animals, are born with an innate set of feelings or emotions, which are often referred to as ‘affects’. But unlike most other animals, who are hard wired for a lifetime of set responses (with a few minor deviations being possible) – humans are born with a set of Basic Emotions – including fear - which are then refined into Culturally Shaped Emotions by our family of origin; our schooling; and other socialization experiences. And those emotions are wired into our brains and our hearts/lungs/guts, and our major muscles. But I can show you, in this book, how to change your emotional wiring for a relatively anxiety-free life, using a whole body-brain-mind approach!