Anxiety Is Really Strange

Learn how anxiety works and how to reframe difficult feelings.


What is the difference between fear and excitement and how can you tell them apart? How do the mind and body make emotions? When can anxiety be good?

This science-based graphic book addresses these questions and more, revealing just how strange anxiety is, but also how to unravel its mysteries and relieve its effects.

Understanding how anxiety is created by our nervous system trying to protect us, and how our fight-or-flight mechanisms can get stuck, can significantly lessen the fear experienced during anxiety attacks. In this guide, anxiety is explained in an easy-to-understand, engaging graphic format with tips and strategies to relieve its symptoms, and change the mind’s habits for a more positive outlook.

#5 Anxiety Is Really Strange - Steve Haines: Shownotes

#5 Anxiety Is Really Strange – Steve Haines

Episode Summary

Listen to this podcast to explore what you can do change your anxiety experience and how you can support others to find agency and choice in meeting their anxiety. The first hour is an interactive talk on anxiety based on webinar given by Steve Haines – author of Anxiety is Really Strange, ‘Highly Commended’ by the British Medical Association. The last 20 mins explore using Relational Touch and embodied approaches to anxiety.

Episode Notes

From the archives, audio from a webinar on Anxiety is Really Strange on 27 Apr 2022. You can also view as a video podcast

There is an epidemic of anxiety – studies consistently indicate more that 1 in 4 people regularly experience anxiety. In teenagers it rises to 1 in 3.

It is devastating for many people to live with constant worry and fear. Anxiety that becomes panic attacks can be severely limiting.

This podcast will introduce some models, rooted in science, that have helped many people shift their anxiety experience. Anxiety is rooted in protective gestures of speeding up to survive. It is much more a psychological problem. In this webinar we will explore embodied approaches to managing anxiety.

Appreciating the hidden stories and protective reflexes working hard to protect you can transformative for many people. It is possible to learn to self regulate intense feelings. Feeling is hard. But if you can’t feel, it is very hard to heal. 

I will cover simple, practical tools that can help take the edge off anxiety by understanding and relating to our physiology.


‘With great erudition and wit Steve manages to condense philosophical thought, neurological research and psychological thinking into a fabulous tool for re-conceptualising are experience of this bane of modern life – anxiety. Psychoanalysts and others working with people experiencing anxiety will benefit from reflecting on this book and sharing it with their patients.

Dr Peter Nevins, Psychoanalyst and Director of Islington Mind.

‘For many of us, anxiety and fear are daily visitors to the mind and body – in this brilliant book, Steve Haines gives us freeing tools to unmask these feelings… what he offers is apparently simple yet full of depth.’

Johnathan Sattin, Managing Director, Triyoga

‘Haines pulls together an accessible and friendly narrative with fantastic high-level academic footnotes. He takes us past some body-brain-mind confusion to provide understanding of the working of anxiety in the person.’

Dr David O’Flynn, Consultant Psychiatrist, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

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