Stop Overthinking Your Relationship
Break the Cycle of Anxious Rumination to Nurture Love, Trust, and Connection with Your Partner
by Alicia Muñoz; Linda Carroll
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Pub Date 06 Oct 2022 | Archive Date Not set
New Harbinger Publications, Inc., New Harbinger
It’s time to stop overthinking your relationship! The four-step approach in this book will help you move beyond excessive rumination, so you can rediscover joy, ease, and meaningful connection with your partner.
Rumination—obsessive thinking about an idea, situation, or choice that can interfere with normal life—is a common and destructive issue that can negatively impact romantic relationships, whether you’re just starting out or have been in a committed relationship for years. If you overthink your relationship and get stuck in cycles of anxiety, blame, or doubt, your negative thinking and judgments about your partner may be unfounded, unwanted, and may even threaten to tear apart an otherwise healthy relationship. You may feel anxious, worried, hopeless, and frustrated, but even if you know your overthinking is a problem, it can be seriously hard to stop.
In Stop Overthinking Your Relationship, certified couples therapist Alicia Muñoz draws from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness to offer an effective, four-step approach to reduce rumination and change negative thinking patterns. By understanding both your own unique attachment style—as well as your partner’s—you’ll learn how to communicate more effectively, meet each other’s needs, and focus on what really matters in your relationship.
Using the SLOW approach, you’ll learn how to:
- See rumination in process
- Label your rumination cycle
- Open yourself and make space
- Welcome blocked experiences
This powerful blend of evidence-based psychology and practical guidance will help you overcome the unwanted thoughts and rumination that get in the way of trust and authenticity in your relationship. The book also includes individual and shared exercises, so you can “choose your own adventure” by working with the techniques alone, with your partner, or using a combination of both.
By practicing the exercises in this user-friendly book, you’ll learn how to stop overthinking your relationship and discover a newfound sense of security, confidence, and wholeness—both as an individual and as part of a couple.
“If you ever feel like you are drowning in the negative cycles of your own thought, this is the book for you. Alicia Muñoz provides a detailed description of this debilitating phenomenon, and an equally detailed description of the process of moving from rumination to engagement and connection. We recommend a careful reading and practice of the liberating processes.”
—Harville Hendrix, PhD, and Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD, coauthors of Getting the Love You Want
“Alicia Muñoz is a true artist—in how she sees the nuances of relationships and in how she helps readers address the complexities in simple yet effective ways. It doesn’t hurt that she draws us in with writing that’s at once compassionate, direct, and utterly engaging.”
—Livia Kent, MFA, editor in chief of Psychotherapy Networker
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