• Everything Isn't Terrible

  • Conquer Your Insecurities, Interrupt Your Anxiety, and Finally Calm Down
  • By: Kathleen Smith
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Smith, Christine Lakin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (126 ratings)

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Everything Isn't Terrible

By: Kathleen Smith
Narrated by: Kathleen Smith,Christine Lakin
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Publisher's Summary

In the spirit of You Are a Badass and The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, a helpful and humorous guide to shedding our anxious habits and building a more solid sense of self in our increasingly anxiety-inducing world.

Licensed therapist and mental health writer Dr. Kathleen Smith offers a smart, practical antidote to our anxiety-ridden times. Everything Isn't Terrible is an informative and practical guide - featuring a healthy dose of humor - for people who want to become beacons of calmness in their families, at work, and in our anxious world. Everything Isn't Terrible will inspire you to confront your anxious self, take charge of your anxiety, and increase your own capacity to choose how you respond to it. Comprised of short chapters containing anecdotal examples from Smith's work with her clients, in addition to engaging, actionable exercises for listeners, Everything Isn't Terrible will give anyone suffering from anxiety all the tools they need to finally...calm...down.

Ultimately, living a calmer, less anxious life - one that isn't terrible - is possible, and with this audiobook, you'll learn how to do it.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Kathleen Smith (P)2019 Hachette Books

Critic Reviews

"Great news, high-functioning anxious people: relief has arrived! In these pages, Kathleen Smith offers as much wisdom, candor, and helpful homework as you'd get in several therapy sessions - making this book not only a joy but a great deal. I'll be buying copies for friends." (Mary Laura Philpott, nationally best-selling author of I Miss You When I Blink)

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Do you get frustrated with people! LISTEN TO THIS

Ive done a lot of therapy and still do weekly and yet this book was refreshing and new to me/ the advice was more practical than most self help books and less of the common now a days “you’re a f&)@)& bada**” kind of thing which has never concretely helped me. I highly recommend listening to this, especially while walking. It helped me process some issues with a demanding mother and a demanding boss who I haven’t even worked for for over 6 months but still found myself fuming and imagining what I’d say to her if I had the chance every day and ending up in an anxiety spiral. The dating and love advice are solid too. Anxiety may never go away but I have more strategies now when it comes up. Will re listen again soon.

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Bipolar anxiety lessened

My fairly consistent bouts of bipolar anxiety have greatly benefiitted and definitely lessened from listening to Dr Smith’s words.

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honesty at it's finest

it's been hard for me to really take an outside approach to certain things in my life. this book and the way it's broken down was amazing. I didn't necessarily "need" every chapter but listening helped me empathize with others in these situations and take an object view point.

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A Must Read Book for the Anxious Soul

I’m a therapist who is connected to the theory of Murray Bowen, and until now I hadn’t read a book that simplifies his concepts as well as this book does. I’m sure it will help me be sure to function more for me, less for others, and calm myself down. I think this will help me be of even more help to my clients while it makes my family members curious to know more. I’m grateful for this work.

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Excellent content enhanced by better narration.

I hope to find more books with this narrator. Always nice to find someone who doesn't "read" but actually speaks the content.

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Best book on managing anxiety EVER

I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s conversational, relatable, smart, and brilliantly written. I 100% recommended this book to anyone with anxiety of any kind - whether it be situational or clinical.
I’ll be listening to it again, I’m sure, when I need a refresher on how to calm down.

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Wonderful book!

As a therapist and student of Bowen theory I highly recommend this book! I’ll be giving it to my clients. It allows you to better understand yourself in your most important relationships. It also makes Bowen theory more digestible.

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Loved the content and the narrator. Easy to follow and well detailed. Really enjoyed it.

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Learn the jargon or you won't get the book

I imagine this book is quite useful, if you pay close attention at the beginning and learn all the jargon (differentiation, triangles, etc.) but if, like me, you skip around among audiobooks reading a couple of chapters of a books like this, then reading a couple fiction books and coming back to this book, you may read scenarios that end with a sentence like "This woman obviously has trouble with triangles and needs to work on differentiation," which leave you thinking "That may be obvious to anyone who remembers all the terms this author is fond of using, but I don't have clue what she is talking about, and since this is an audiobook, I can't flip to the beginning and scan for the introduction of those terms." I actually tried re-listening to some of the early sections in search of what triangles were, but couldn't find it and was annoyed so bumbled along with the probably incomplete faulty definition I was guessing from context. My advice is pay attention and listen all the way through, or just don't bother with this book.

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Useful, realistic, entertaining, & applicable.

This is my new favorite book ever. Besides the fact that the author and I would probably be fast friends, judging from her taste in chapter headings, there is just so much wisdom here and it is written in a way that is accessible, understandable, and applicable. These topics address EVERYTHING about being happier, healthier humans from a perspective I haven't heard before. I will be listening again and again - and raving to my family members that they, too, need this book. Excellent performance by Christine Lakin. All around, a fantastic experience.