I Cannot Get This Wrong

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A book review of I Cannot Get This Wrong: Change the Way You Think About Anxiety, Create Joy & Collective Healing by Dr. Sarah Madigan with Kyra Crawford Calvert, Eliott Simpson, Naomi Preston, Faten Almregawe, edited by and co-created with Nadia Karim

A book review of I Cannot Get This Wrong: Change the Way You Think About Anxiety, Create Joy & Collective Healing by Dr. Sarah Madigan with Kyra Crawford Calvert, Eliott Simpson, Naomi Preston, Faten Almregawe, edited by and co-created with Nadia Karim

Stars: ***

Independently Published (2021)
Self-Help>Anxiety
303 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: I Cannot Get This Wrong is an exploration of how to live with anxiety, a blueprint for collective healing, and a joyful celebration of hope and transformation. It’s for you no matter how you move through the world. No matter your journey so far. No matter your childhood. No matter the beautiful, unique intersectionality of your identity. No matter how isolated you feel right now.

Dr Sarah Madigan has 20 years of experience working with people living with anxiety, 15 of those as a clinical psychologist. Her experience of grieving for her first child was nothing like she could ever have imagined – and led her on the path to rediscovering joy, transforming her own debilitating anxiety, and becoming a transformational coach who is helping others to do the same.

In I Cannot Get This Wrong, Dr Sarah Madigan combines practical tips with neuroscience, guest author stories with deeply personal insights, self-help with social responsibility – showing you how to create joy, replace judgement with compassion, and build a life where you can focus on something other than anxiety.

Because, when you start from the knowledge that there’s no right way to be a human, you cannot get this wrong.

I Cannot Get This Wrong

Practically my whole family struggles with anxiety (5/6 plus the dog) in one form or another so I’m always game to read books about anxiety. Although this book wasn’t as captivating as I’d hoped, it did make some good points and has some good resources.

The whole basis of the book is that there is no right way to live life so you cannot get it wrong. The first few pages clarifies that she means it not as in she better not get this wrong but as in, there is no way to get this wrong.

“However I act, think or feel is not wrong. There is no right way to do this. I cannot get this wrong. I allow anxiety, I allow myself, I let go of fear of judgement. When I allow myself to fully be me, when I celebrate myself, in any given moment I am free. When I do this, there is nothing to fear.”

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Of course there are a few times when something could be considered wrong like when you break a law but in general, how we think or feel cannot be wrong. It’s okay to be anxious. It’s okay to be upset. It’s okay to be happy.

Each chapter has resources at the end such as books to read, music to listen to, websites to visit and such. There is one resource section that is a list of songs to check out and the back of the book has a list of the guest author and editors top 3 songs. I’m not familiar with most of them and I look forward to discovering new songs and artists.

If the cause of your anxiety is feeling like you are messing everything up and your thoughts and feelings are wrong, you may want to pick up this book.

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.

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