Future Tense:
Why Anxiety is Good For You (Even Though it Feels Bad)

A psychologist confronts our pervasive misunderstanding of anxiety and presents a powerful new framework for reimagining and reclaiming anxiety as the advantage it evolved to be.
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Future Tense:
Why Anxiety is Good For You (Even Though it Feels Bad)

A psychologist confronts our pervasive misunderstanding of anxiety and presents a powerful new framework for reimagining and reclaiming anxiety as the advantage it evolved to be.
Order Now
Now available for pre-order.
Advance Praise
“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, PhD
#1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and host of the podcast WorkLife
“A powerful and deeply informed new voice in the important conversation around anxiety and its causes and effects. Future Tense offers knowledge, empathy, and clarity in these times when chronic emotional pain has been normalized. Framing how anxiety works in our favor is a revolutionizing shifting perspective.”
Alanis Morissette
“If you’re feeling more anxious than usual and, on top of that, feeling anxious about feeling anxious, then this book is for you. Anxiety, it turns out, is a feature, not a bug, of human nature. In Future Tense, Tracy Dennis-Tiwary offers a much-needed and compelling guide to the emotion that is in some ways most easily misunderstood and, therefore, most undervalued. Clear, practical, and incredibly readable!”
Angela Duckworth, PhD
New York Times bestselling author of Grit
Reading Future Tense is an epiphany. It offers a long-overdue challenge to the medicalization and numbing of anxiety. Dennis-Tiwary encourages us to consider how to live and grow with anxiety, and find creativity in dealing with life’s fundamental uncertainties”
Dacher Keltner, PhD
Professor at UC Berkeley, faculty director, Greater Good Science Center, author of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence
“Future Tense teaches us that counter to everything we’ve thought and been taught, anxiety, when understood and used wisely, is one of the most valuable emotions to help us achieve our dreams. If you’re prone to anxiety like me this is a must read!”
Marc Brackett, PhD
Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and bestselling author of Permission to Feel
“Future Tense is groundbreaking. Filled with wisdom, compassion, and humor, it shatters our long-held assumptions and sets the stage for a new, hopeful way of understanding how to live— and thrive— with anxiety.”
Reshma Saujani
CEO of the Marshall Plan for Moms and founder of Girls Who Code
“Our minds classify anxiety as ‘bad,’ but that very idea keeps anxiety from delivering its often useful messages about what’s ahead. It’s time for the whole culture to learn how to use anxiety when it’s helpful and let it go when it’s not. This wise and well-written book will help.”
Steven C. Hayes, PhD
Originator of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and author of A Liberated Mind

About the Book

I am thrilled to announce my forthcoming book with HarperCollins – Future Tense: Why Anxiety is Good for You (Even Though it Feels Bad).

It’s a simple fact: nobody likes to feel anxious. Anxiety is among the most pervasive and reviled of human emotions. And since it’s unhealthy, we all agree, we should avoid it like any other illness. An entire economy has sprung up to aid us in our efforts: from self-help books and holistic remedies to pharmaceuticals and cutting-edge talk therapy. And yet we remain a profoundly anxious society— rates are soaring, in fact. Leading us to another simple fact: all this isn’t working.

What if that’s because we have it backward? What if feeling badly is the key to feeling good?

In Future Tense, I argue that this pervasive anxiety-as-disease story is false—and it’s harming us. Far from a sickness or malfunction, anxiety is an advantageous emotion that evolved to protect us and strengthen our creative and productive powers. Although it’s related to stress and fear, it’s uniquely valuable—allowing us to imagine the uncertain future and impelling us to make that future better. That’s why anxiety is inextricably linked to hope.

I distill the latest research in psychology and neuroscience, including my own, and offer real-world stories and personal narrative to show how we can acknowledge the discomfort of anxiety and see it as a tool, rather than an impediment. Detailing the terrible cost of our misunderstanding of anxiety while celebrating the lives of people who harness it to their advantage, I argue that we can—and must—learn to be anxious in the right way.

Anxiety and anxiety disorders are not the same thing. But, when anxiety is viewed through this prism of advantage, even anxiety disorders can be alleviated. Achieving a new mindset will not eliminate anxiety—because the emotion of anxiety is not broken; the way we cope with it is.

By challenging our long-held assumptions, Future Tense provides a concrete framework for how to reclaim anxiety for what it has always been: a source of inner strength and ingenuity.

Read more about Future Tense, along with tips and life lessons, in this recent interview with Authority Magazine.

Now Available in-store and online.

Now available in-store and online.
For Speaking Engagements:
Please contact Danielle Kolodkin, HarperCollins Speakers Bureau
danielle.kolodkin@harpercollins.com

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Learn more about upcoming appearances and events with Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary.
May 18, 2022
6:30pm - 7:30pm BST
Why Anxiety is Good for You (Even Though it Feels Bad)
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.
May 19, 2022
6:30pm ET
Anxiety and Creativity with Tracy Dennis and Tom Kitt
Join Hunter College Psychology Professor Tracy Dennis PHD. and Tom Kitt in conversation about Anxiety and Creativity.

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