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The Healthy Mind Toolkit
Simple Strategies to Get Out of Your Own Way and Enjoy Your Life
By (author): Alice Boyes PhD
9780143130703 Paperback, Trade English General Trade SELF-HELP / Self-Management / General May 01, 2018
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.43 x 8.2 x 0.8 in 304 pages Perigee TarcherPerigee
From the author of The Anxiety Toolkit, an empowering guide to overcoming self-defeating behaviors, using cutting-edge clinical and cognitive-behavioral concepts and tools

Whether we’re aware or not, most of us are perpetrators and victims of self-sabotage, a powerful pattern of negative behavior in which we act against our own best interests and then blame ourselves or others for these self-inflicted failures. Self-sabotage can manifest as seemingly innocuous things like not following through on New Year’s resolutions or as harmful actions like blaming or abusing someone we love. If left unchecked, it can damage or destroy marriages, careers, friendships, families, and even lives.

In STOP HOLDING YOURSELF BACK, Dr. Alice Boyes, author of The Anxiety Toolkit, tackles four key areas of our lives where self-defeating behaviors are most prevalent: our brains/mindsets, self-esteem, relationships and work/money. Blending the latest scientific findings with cutting-edge CBT techniques, Dr. Boyes lays out a practical plan to counter whatever fear, anxiety, guilt, or insecurity is causing you to self-sabotage, including:

How to identify specific ways you’re hurting your success (for ex, setting impossibly high standards, people-pleasing and comparing current relationships to past ones)

Quizzes at each chapter start to rate your level of self-sabotage in the four areas

Simple, highly effective steps to quit harmful behaviors and live a healthier, happier life

Covering everything from rumination and envy to imposter syndrome, risk aversion, and over- or undervaluing things, STOP HOLDING YOURSELF BACK is the essential guide to get out of your own way and get on the path to success.

SOLID PREVIOUS SALES: Dr. Boyes’ first book, The Anxiety Toolkit garnered great praise and publicity and solid sales in its first two years, and it continues to sell. This will build on that success and appeal to a wider audience.

INTERACTIVE ELEMENTS AND RELATABLE TONE: As with her first book, this includes quizzes at the start of each chapter, interactive exercises throughout, and Dr. Boyes’ practical yet personable voice and encouraging advice.

STRONG CATEGORY: In 1996, TarcherPerigee published Get Out of Your Own Way, one of the classic books on self-sabotage, and continues to have a successful track record with books in this category.

Alice Boyes, PhD, is a former clinical psychologist-turned-writer. The author of The Anxiety Toolkit, she is a popular blogger for Psychology Today (where her articles have over 7 million views) and Business Insider, and contributes to various magazines. Dr. Boyes also serves as the resident emotions expert for Women’s Health (Australia/New Zealand Edition), and her research has been published by The American Psychological Association.

Author Residence: Las Vegas, NV

Marketing: Academic

Management and Psychology brochure listings

Business & Management and Psychology catalog listings

AOM, APA, and APYS conference promotions

Publicity: National publicity campaign

Radio interviews

Targeted online advertising

Social media promotion

Goodreads promotion

Author Website:

Author Social Media: Twitter: @DrAliceBoyes (10.4K followers)

The Healthy Mind Toolkit is a phenomenal evidence-based guide for understanding how you’re getting in the way of your own success and happiness, and then transforming those patterns of thinking and behavior one tiny change at a time.  It’ll help you ruminate less, prioritize better, stay calm, and be less self-critical. This book is nurturing but not saccharine, and it’s packed with practical strategies you can start using today.”
—Cy Wakeman, New York Times bestselling author of Reality-Based Leadership

The Healthy Mind Toolkit is one of the most enjoyable guides to self-understanding I’ve ever read. Boyes introduces us to parts of ourselves we might not know well, and shows us how to turn self-knowledge into positive change. If you feel stuck on old habits and pattens, this book will help you get unstuck/break free. Boyes has a knack for suggesting small changes that can have a major positive impact on our happiness, health, and relationships.”
—Kelly McGonigal, PhD, bestselling author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress

“A wide range of tools, tactics, and strategies have been unearthed from scientists on how to better understand and master our psychology. You will be amazed at how much of this work has been distilled into practical take-aways in this single book. Consider this an opportunity to have a wise council in your glove compartment at all times.”
—Dr. Todd B. Kashdan, professor of psychology, senior scientist at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University, author of The Upside of Your Dark Side

“I’ve read many self-improvement books and The Healthy Mind Toolkit is extraordinary. It’s an outstanding roadmap for optimizing your thinking and behavior that’s based on the most cutting-edge science.  The book is packed with easy, practical strategies that will help readers improve the quality of their lives and decision making.” 
—Guy Winch, Ph.D., author of Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure and Other Everyday Hurts

“Do yourself a favor and read this life-changing book! The Healthy Mind Toolkit shows us practical and simple ideas and hacks that anyone can implement across the different areas of their lives. Dr. Boyes explains numerous behavioral research-based concepts in layman’s terms, as well as how to navigate them to live optimally. No matter where you are in life, there is something for everyone in this book.”
—Rachael O’Meara, Leadership Coach and author of Pause: Harnessing the Life-Changing Power of Giving Yourself a Break

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