Need help easing anxieties? Or resisting your cravings for sugar?

Julie does. For this week’s episode, she sought help from neuroscientist Judson Brewer, author of Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind and The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Cellphones to Love--Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits. The Director of Research and Innovation at Brown University’s Mindfulness Center, Dr. Brewer offers guidance for breaking bad habits--including spirals of worrying--using mindfulness and other brain-based practices. Have his strategies worked for Julie? Take a listen to her conversation with Eve and find out!


This is the first in a new type of episode for Book Dreams. Periodically Eve or Julie will pick a book on a topic she needs help with, and then they’ll come together to assess whether the book actually helped. We hope you enjoy it!




Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind


The instant New York Times bestseller

"In Unwinding Anxiety neuroscientist Judson Brewer offers a brilliant breakthrough, brain-based methods for lessening our anxiety-driven habits. And anxiety, after all, is the common cold of our emotional life."—Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence



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Dr. Judson Brewer

Brown University's Mindfulness Center

Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind, by Dr. Judson Brewer

The Craving Mind: From cigarettes to Smartphones to Love - Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits, by Dr. Judson Brewer

The Ezra Klein Show: That Anxiety You’re Feeling? It’s a Habit You Can Unlearn.

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