Wed, 18 May 2022

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

Why Anxiety is Good for You (Even Though it Feels Bad)

Dr Tracy Dennis-Tiwary In Conversation with Hannah MacInnes

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Join Dr Tracy Dennis-Tiwary as she confronts our pervasive misunderstanding of anxiety and presents a powerful new framework for reimagining and reclaiming the confounding emotion.

We taught people that anxiety is dangerous and damaging, and that the solution to its pain is to eradicate it like we do any disease-prevent it, avoid it, and stamp it out at all costs. Yet cutting-edge therapies, hundreds of self-help books, and a panoply of medications have failed to keep debilitating anxiety at bay. A third of us will struggle with anxiety disorders in our lifetime and rates in children and adults continue to skyrocket.

Psychologist and neuroscientist Tracy Dennis-Tiwary believes this is because the anxiety-as-disease story is false – and is harming us.

Offering a radical reinterpretation, Dr Tracy will distil the latest research in psychology and neuroscience, to argue that the discomfort of anxiety is a tool, rather than something to be feared and reviled.

Detailing the terrible cost of our misunderstanding of anxiety, while celebrating the lives of people who harness it to their advantage, she will argue that we can-and must learn to leverage even distressing anxiety rather than be overwhelmed by it.

Praise for Tracy Dennis-Tiwary’s Future Tense:

‘This book is going to smash your existing views about anxiety – and replace them with more helpful ones. As an expert on the neuroscience of emotion, Tracy Dennis-Tiwary has delivered the riveting read we all need to help us learn to worry well instead of worrying less.’ – Adam Grant

‘A powerful and deeply informed new voice in the important conversation around anxiety and its causes and effects … a revolutionising shift in perspective.’ – Alanis Morissette

‘Tracy Dennis-Tiwary offers a much-needed and compelling guide – based on years of scientific research and her personal clinical experience – to the emotion that is in some ways most easily misunderstood and, therefore, most undervalued. Clear, practical, and incredibly readable!’ – Angela Duckworth

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Tracy Dennis-Tiwary

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Tracy Dennis-Tiwary is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at The City University of New York, and the Director of the Stress, Anxiety, and Resilience Research Center and the Co Executive Director of the Center for Health Technology at Hunter College. She has been featured and interviewed in dozens of major media outlets to discuss her work, including the New York Times, ABC Special Report “Screentime” with Diane Sawyer, Wall Street Journal, CBS, CNN, NPR, The Today Show, The Daily Mail, and Bloomberg Television.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.