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Learning to feel confident

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”

Thich Nhat Hanh, author, poet, peace activist

In this chapter you will …

  • discover how ancient Eastern practices are being integrated to great effect in Western psychotherapies
  • learn to use your breathing to cope with unpleasant thoughts and feelings
  • come to appreciate that unpleasant feelings are a natural part of being human
  • discover ways to separate negative feelings from your core self
  • appreciate that you can feel anxious and still get on with life.

Increasingly, psychologists are turning to what have become known as ‘third-wave’ therapies for treating conditions such as anxiety, depression and anger. These therapies include ...

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