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Publisher's Summary

From one of the nation's preeminent experts in the study of women and emotion, here is a breakthrough new book based on the author's award-winning research.

It's not a surprise that our fast-paced, overly analytical culture is pushing people - especially women - to spend countless hours thinking about negative ideas, feelings, and experiences. Renowned psychologist Dr. Susan Nolen-Hoeksema calls this overthinking. Her groundbreaking research shows that an increasing number of women - more than half of those in her extensive study - are doing it too much and too often, hindering their ability to lead a satisfying life.

Overthinking can be anything from fretting about big questions such as "What am I doing with my life?" to losing sleep over a friend's innocent comment. It is causing women to feel sad, anxious, or seriously depressed, and she challenges the assumption that constantly expressing and analyzing our emotions is a good thing. In Women Who Think Too Much, Nolen-Hoeksema provides concrete strategies that can be used to escape these negative thoughts, move to higher ground, and avoid future traps.

©2003 Susan Nolen-Hoeksema (P)2003 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"A must read for any woman who has ever felt stuck in her life, and any man who has been confused by why the women they love get so 'caught up thinking' they can't enjoy life. Nolen-Hoeksema offers practical methods to self-diagnose and pathways toward greater emotional freedom." (William S. Pollack, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard University)

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  • Traci
  • Plainfield, IL, United States
  • 01-30-12

Ironically, thought provoking!

A helpful listen for women and men. Susan helps to explain in real words what women have known forever, but maybe haven't been able to understand as very normal mental behavior. For men, it will certainly give you a glimpse in to the complexity of the female mind and provide some direction (should you choose to accept it) for enriching your female relationships.

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wonderful book to find answer for constant worries

great easy to follow. advise
clarify or the confusion women have in their head about what if

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Decent

not very high caliber information. Very little that is actionable. fairly boring performance. moderate content.

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common sense is all you need

liked it. the narrator was. very good. it didn't teach anything new, though. not too lengthy.

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Good balance

This helps you address all types of situations where you would overthink. It gives some suggestions like praying, keeping busy or talking it out. Which all help! ;)

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Helpful strategies!

This book was very inspiring and helpful.. with good illustrations and examples. Excited about possibilities!

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Loved 1st chapter but not the long stories after..

Loved the first chapter. After that, long-drawn stories of hardship... I am a little disappointed.

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  • PJ
  • 12-23-16

Boring

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Good for people with minor issues. I found it irrelevant and not helpful for myself or those with significant issues. If one has complex PTSD, not helpful. Those who have flashbacks like myself this book is non-helpful.

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extremely depressing stories

I did not care for this book at all my intention was for it to help me through a really tough breakup and some of the stories were so depressing I found myself trying to fast forward minimally helpful at best

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