I am a big fan of Professor Steve Peters who wrote the highly acclaimed book, The Chimp Paradox. The book demonstrates how to stop overthinking by managing the emotional part of the brain more effectively so that you can perform better.
Dr. Steve Peters is an English psychiatrist who works in elite sport. His clients include Ronnie O’Sullivan and Victoria Pendleton. Both claim he brought them back from dark places in their careers.
The book explains different aspects of how you function and highlights key facts for you to understand to help you stop overthinking.
There are also exercises for you to work with. By undertaking these exercises you will see immediate improvements in your daily living.
Over time, you will develop emotional skills and practical habits helping you to become the person that you want to be.
Steve believes you must reason with your chimp, talk to it and challenge it!
Do I really need everyone’s approval all the time? Will people stop caring about me if I don’t succeed? Challenge these thoughts by thinking back to past examples, often these fears have been shown to be false.
I highly recommend this book as a staring point if you’re looking to stop overthinking. It’s not a miracle cure but a great way to look at your thoughts from a different perspective and start taming that chimp!
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