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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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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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  • Traci
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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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It will not play!

The only reason I signed up for the membership and it won’t play this book.

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Couldn't Finish

As I listened I thought how sad women were portrayed in this book. I thought women sounded whiney in an exaggerated way. Maybe the last chapter would have been redeeming, but I just couldn't risk it.

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wonderful book to find answer for constant worries

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clarify or the confusion women have in their head about what if

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Very nice

Loved having some truth to it all and hearing some wonderful stories that hit home and how to go about them.

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I'm not alone!

This is a great resource for women who feel alone in their anxiety. One thing that always helps me is knowing that I am not alone and that I am not abnormal is my thought patterns. This book provides great resources to kick bad thought habits and get on with enjoying life without worry!

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Hit the nail right on the head!

I love that this book breaks down the different stages of overthinking because not every overthinking episode is the same! It is a great book that I would listen to more than once. I felt so empowered reading this book.

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very inspiring

i loved the book very inspiring. i enjoyed tge example given in the book. could relate

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I needed to hear this...

I've always been somewhat proud of my over thinking. Somehow attributing it to a sign of intelligence. But I finally reached a point in my life where over thinking was causing me to be very stress and affecting my personal relationships and I got desperate and decided to see what people had to say about women who over think. I realized that sometimes it can be good, but most times it can be toxic to one's self.