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Bold Move

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20th June 2024

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781035406630

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Bold Move is Harvard-based psychotherapist Dr. Luana Marques’ unique, tried and tested method to get you out of your rut and find the courage to create a more confident and meaningful life. Dr. Marques pinpoints the anxiety at the root of avoidance and shows how you can overcome it and achieve your goals.

Dr. Marques understands anxiety. After decades of research, teaching and clinical practice, she realized that the coping techniques she learned from her mother and grandmother while growing up in poverty in Brazil mimicked science-based CBT therapy. Now, she has synthesized that knowledge, developing a 3-step path that works for everyone – from teens in crisis to executives experiencing burnout.

Bold Move includes concrete examples and exercises backed by the most recent clinical and scientific research.

The 3-step plan:
– Helps you recognize thinking patterns that leave you feeling tense, anxious, and worried
– Outlines the many forms that avoidance can take, including seeking comfort from others
– Explains the importance of being your own ‘thought lawyer
– ‘Shows you why ‘just do it’ doesn’t get it done.
– Strategizes how you can build on your values to establish boundaries and make room for your dreams.

A blend of Unwinding Anxiety, Don’t Believe Everything You Think, and Do Hard Things,Bold Move is a groundbreaking, transformative programme that works for everyone – for practitioners and, most notably, those dealing with mental health challenges from underserved communities who have been overlooked and neglected for too long.


Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestseller author of Drive, When, and The Power of Regret
If you're timid when you should be tough and resigned when you should be resolute, this book is the antidote. Drawing on her own life story along with a stack of research, Dr. Luana Marques will help you break free from limiting patterns and create a life of meaning and purpose.
Dan Harris, bestselling author of 10% Happier
Anxiety sucks, but you don't have to let it ruin or diminish your life. You're not alone, and you're not out of luck. The condition is workable, and this book will provide you with a toolkit. Dr. Luana has helped me many times. I still use her teachings nearly daily. And I strongly suspect she can help you, too.
Gloria Estefan
If there ever was a handbook for navigating today's anxiety-ridden times it is Dr. Luana Marqués' Bold Move. Not only does she help us understand how our brains process the challenges we face daily but she gives us concrete tools to help us get a handle on our emotions and become our best and most productive selves. I couldn't put it down!
Dr. Shefali, bestselling author of A Radical Awakening
If avoidance is robbing you of your best life, this book will get you unstuck. Dr. Luana coaches us to shift the stories we tell ourselves so that we can transform our automatic pilot lives into meaningful conscious living. By transforming yourself, you will become your best partner, parent, friend. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a mindful and meaningful life.
David H. Barlow Ph.D, ABPP, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry Emeritus, Founder, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University
To be human is to be anxious, at least some of the time. But for far too many of us anxiety dominates our lives with threats and insurmountable challenges around every corner. Dr. Luana Marques, one of the most prominent experts on anxiety in the world, distills decades of scientific research and her own very rich personal and clinical experience to provide effective strategies for coping and overcoming. For anyone suffering the ravages of anxiety this well-written and entertaining book will be a godsend.
Jenni Schaefer, Author of Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life
Dr. Luana is a refreshing voice in personal growth, walking the journey of building a bold life with you. Her words encourage, her vulnerability inspires, and her cutting-edge tools work. The Bold Move is a must-read!
Steven A. Safren, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor of Psychology, University of Miami
Dr. Luana takes evidenced based approaches to reducing anxiety and makes them doable, palpable, and compelling to read.... I highly recommend this book to those who suffer from anxiety and/or are avoiding what they know they need to do....
Derri Shtasel, Associate Professor Harvard Medical School
Dr Luana [invites] us to ... become our best selves through mobilizing courage, developing (and tolerating) introspection, mastering new skills, and grounding these in deliberative, active alignment with our core values. Her voice is personal, engaging and seemingly casual, as she brilliantly interweaves science with clinical expertise... This is a remarkable book...
Delanie Fischer, Co-Host, The Self-Helpless Podcast/Business Consultant For Mental Health Professionals
Dr. Luana's memorable analogies, real-life examples, visuals, and prompts make building new habits totally attainable (and fun!). As someone who struggles with anxiety and works adjacent to the mental health industry, I would highly recommend Bold Move to anyone seeking a better understanding of their well as any mental health professionals.... an insightful, witty, and resonant read!
Torrey A. Creed, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Reading Bold Move is like having a conversation with your smartest, most relatable friend - who also happens to be an Ivy League Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Luana shares practical, relatable tools, backed by science, that will move you toward the life you want to live.
Paul English, founder of
Running a fast growing tech startup can create stress and anxiety, especially when having an underlying mental health issue. Luana has helped guide me on a path out of anxiety, and this book is an amazing companion on that journey.