Why Anxiety Is Good For You (Even Though It Feels Bad)
With stress and burnout spiking, many of us believe that our lives would be better if only we were less anxious. But Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary says our anxiety is actually good for us, even though it feels bad. Anxiety helps us focus, create, and plan for the uncertain future. As a clinical psychologist and author of Future Tense, Tracy argues that we’ve been looking at the anxiety crisis all wrong. In highly practical talks, she provides a radical new framework for managing anxiety—our brains' response to uncertainty—and using it to our advantage. “When we stop rejecting anxiety,” she says, “we will be better able to channel it, manage it, and use it to prioritize what matters to us in life.”
“Tracy Dennis-Tiwary has delivered the riveting read we all need to help us learn to worry well instead of worrying less.”— Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again
Tracy Dennis-Tiwary is the bestselling author of Future Tense, which offers a revolutionary new way of understanding, managing, and leveraging anxiety. A brilliant psychology and neuroscience professor, Tracy argues that we can’t ever eradicate anxiety completely, and more importantly, that we shouldn’t try to. Anxiety evolved to help us imagine, plan, and prepare for tomorrow—it makes us more future-oriented and persistent so we can chase our goals. If we can learn to experience the healthy aspects of anxiety, and work through the difficult parts, we’ll be better equipped to face our uncertain future with hope, tenacity, and courage.
In her book Future Tense: Why Anxiety is Good For You (Even Though it Feels Bad), Tracy makes the case for anxiety: why we need this difficult emotion, how our current view of it is unhelpful, and how we can shift our perspective on anxiety so that we can better use it as the advantage it evolved to be. Tracy draws on real-world stories as well as cutting-edge research to help us adopt a new mindset about anxiety. Future Tense is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to manage anxiety in the workplace, in school, or in the context of digital technology. Angela Duckworth, New York Times bestselling author of Grit, says, “If you’re feeling more anxious than usual and, on top of that, feeling anxious about feeling anxious, then this book is for you. Clear, practical, and incredibly readable!”
Tracy is a professor of psychology and neuroscience and director of the Emotion Regulation Lab at Hunter College. She is the founder and CSO of Wise Therapeutics, where she translates neuroscience and cognitive therapy techniques into gamified, clinically validated digital therapeutics for mental health. She has published over 100 scientific articles and delivered over 400 presentations at academic conferences and for corporate clients. She has been featured in a wide range of media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ABC, CBS, CNN, NPR, The Today Show, and Bloomberg Television.
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Psychologist Tracy Dennis-Tiwary has been working in the field of digital therapeutics for mental and behavioral health for over a decade as the co-founder and CSO of Wise Therapeutics. As an early innovator in the space, she knows the keys to using the science and technology at our disposal to create tools for health and resilience—and she proves that games for health are at the center of it. In her talks, she draws on her years of experience to discuss the current state of the field, the barriers we’re facing, and what business models stand the best chance of not only succeeding, but of transforming the accessibility and efficacy of therapies.