• Detox Your Thoughts

  • Quit Negative Self-Talk for Good and Discover the Life You've Always Wanted
  • By: Andrea Bonior PhD
  • Narrated by: Andrea Bonior PhD
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (189 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In Detox Your Thoughts, popular psychologist Andrea Bonior, PhD, identifies the 12 most prevalent thought patterns that make people feel anxious, insecure, and generally just bad.

To overcome the most common mental traps, you must completely change the way you relate to your thoughts.

If breaking free of negative thought patterns could be cured through simply thinking positively or doubling down on our self-care, we wouldn't see such epidemic rates of depression and anxiety disorders worldwide. Bonior deciphers the psychological research to help us disempower our self-sabotaging thoughts, and teaches specific and actionable ways to overcome them in a transformational listen.

  • Dr. Andrea Bonior is a popular psychologist and contributor to BuzzFeed and the Washington Post.
  • Inspired by her popular BuzzFeed challenge Detox Your Thoughts, Bonior identifies 12 mental traps that keep us locked in negative thinking.
  • The book explores a surprising path to break free of these harmful thoughts.

With bite-sized pop psychology takes on the thought patterns that plague most people and a practical approach to quitting negative self-talk for good, Detox Your Thoughts is a transformational read.

Dr. Bonior's mental health advice column, "Baggage Check", has appeared for 14 years in the Washington Post and several other newspapers nationwide.

  • Perfect for readers of the Washington Post's "Baggage Check" column, Goodful's Detox Your Thoughts, Psychology Today, and The Cut's "Science of Us".
  • Also a good fit for those who love pop psychology, self-help books, and any books related to motivation or happiness. 
  • Fans of Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do by Amy Morin, and Dare: The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks by Barry McDonagh will want this in their collection.

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Critic Reviews

"Detox Your Thoughts gives you permission to feel your emotions-be they fuzzy or frenzied-and provides the tools to work with and through them. This is a funny, down-to-earth read that helps you transform self-doubt into self-assurance one thought at a time." (Monica Sweeney, bestselling author of Zen as F*ck)

"Andrea Bonior has written a powerful guide to help you overcome the destructive mental chatter that can block you from bliss. This book provides a clear road map to free up the mental space so you can pursue what's truly meaningful." (Shannon Kaiser author of The Self-Love Experiment and Joy Seeker

"In Detox Your Thoughts, Andrea Bonior brings you a slate of modern and proven methods to help you back up from toxic thoughts, show up to what is present, and get moving toward what you really want. Accessible, friendly, balanced, and wise, this well written book should be on your nightstand." (Steven C. Hayes, author of A Liberated Mind and Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life)

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Helped Me Remain Mindful Of My Thoughts

This book helped me with why I was feeling anxiety or the feeling of a panic attack happening. Luckily I was able to self talk myself down!

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Great!

Amazing book with great life long lessons to keep. Helped me so much! It entices you to really engage with your mind and point out toxic behaviors, allowing one to change his or her future by slowly but steady making a permanent turn to the best.

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Not worth the time

I have listened to a lot of self improvement books - this was one of the worst I have heard. It provides a very light touch over probably hundreds of negative thought patterns - by 'very light touch' I mean it describes a negative thought pattern, gives an example, but does not provide steps or advice for addressing negative thought patterns and replacing them. I imagine the benefit is that once you identify with one or more of the negative thought patterns you will realize you are reinforcing a negative behavior and stop yourself. Maybe that is the point and that is enough - just to be aware of your negative thoughts so you can help yourself without specific steps or growth advice. Hearing hundreds of negative thoughts with the advice of 'don't do that' was not useful for me.

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Nuggets to explore

Author is direct & offers some good nuggets to explore & re-direct negativity in your thought process. Down to earth without a lot of psycho babble. Wish I had heard this when I was in my 20’s. A good listen but 40 years later nit many “ah-ha’s” for me. Share this with a younger person & help them toward more self-acceptance!

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Geared For the Excellent

I almost scrapped this book because . I already "know" it all . I was looking for something new & different.
OK, so I listened.
As someone pushing eighty, been around the block and back. again, and again. I realized why my life was less than wonderful , for the most part, as I "knew" it could be. well, just read it, or listen (even better), as though you know nothing... Come, with holy empty hands, unto your God. as the human doing you are.

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Thank you Andrea Bonior for this book.

Thank you I will take your suggestions to heart and incorporate with Magical Living from Patricia Tallman.

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How to make thoughts less sticky

The title made me a little worried that I would create a negative association with certain thoughts by labeling them as “toxic”. To my pleasant surprise, Bonior takes a n approach that acknowledges any thoughts and confronts them in a way where you are in control and the thoughts aren’t. Two chapters that really stuck out to me were Approval vs Connection, and the Myth of Arrival. I noticed a typo in the audible chapter title where the chapter says the Myth of A Rival which confused me until I actually listened to the chapter and realized it should have been the Myth of “Arrival”.

Overall, great book. I will have to relisten to a few chapters again. Will recommend this book to others.

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  • 07-29-21

A good place to start. Does exactly what it says!

Narration was clear and engaging. The narrator is the author which makes the intonation and explanations incredibly clear. (Other similar audio books I listened to have a different narrator which has, in my experience, meant that some of the key points have not been emphasised in the way they were intended.)
Subject matter and knowledge was good and backed up by research and/or experience.
If you're looking for ways to help stop your own negative self talk and negative thoughts then this book certainly delivers this. It helps you to understand your thoughts and deal with them in a more positive way. It also helped me understand the thought a behaviour patterns of others too. This is a good book to start with if you're looking for some help. The content is reassuringly delivered with some real-life examples and stories which I found made it really relatable.

A couple of oddly placed swear words - I can be as sweary as the next person (and thoroughly enjoyed Gavin Oates's book which was sweary all the way through and was just his natural way) but weirdly this had the phrase "I call bull****..." very early on, plus a few others along the way which sounded unnatural from the author-narrator. It is okay to NOT swear, especially when it sounds a bit awkward.
Also, I was a bit disappointed by the (ironically) negative labels given. An example "Social Anxiety Disorder". Social Anxiety is real, I get that. But learning to embrace our Neuro-diverse ways is perhaps better than being labelled as a disorder. But that might just be me - I feel the same about 'ADHD' and 'learning difficulty' here in the UK.

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  • 08-18-21

Eloquent delivery of an epidemic problem.

I found this book incredibly insightful, practical and so comprehend-able. Andrea is gentle in her approach and her humour makes her so relatable. Highly recommended for anyone that thinks.

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