Tracy Dennis-Tiwary Ph.D. is a professor in the Psychology Department at Hunter College, The City University of New York, director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Health Technology and Wellness, and Founder and Chief Science Officer of the digital health startup Wise Therapeutics. Trained in clinical psychology and neuroscience from a developmental perspective, she examines biopsychosocial factors in anxiety and emotion regulation across the lifespan, and neurocognitive processes underlying novel treatment approaches for anxiety, stress, and addiction. She translated this research into the development of one of the first clinically validated stress- and anxiety-reduction mobile games, Personal Zen. Her first book, Future Tense: Why Anxiety Is Good for You (Even Though It Feels Bad) (HarperWave) is forthcoming this spring.
A third of us will struggle with anxiety disorders in our lifetime and rates in children and adults continue to skyrocket. Future Tense blazes the way for a paradigm shift in how we relate to and understand anxiety in our day-to-day lives—a fresh set of beliefs and insights that allow us to explore and leverage even very distressing anxiety rather than be overwhelmed by it. Through this new prism of thinking, even anxiety disorders can be alleviated. Achieving a new mindset will not fix anxiety itself—because the emotion of anxiety is not broken; the way we cope with it is. By challenging our long-held assumptions about anxiety, this book will provide a concrete framework for understanding why we need anxiety, where we went wrong, and how to reclaim it for what it has always been—a source of strength rather than weakness.
A respected and informative voice to the mental health community, Dr. Dennis-Tiwary is an exceptional speaker for medical audiences, corporations, non-profits, and universities. She sheds light on the most confusing emotions, and dives deep into its importance and presence in your life. She currently resides in New York City.
Praise for 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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and host of the podcast WorkLife
“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—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, PhD, Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor, University of Pennsylvania, and New York Times bestselling author of Grit
“Reading Future Tense is an epiphany; it will turn your understanding of anxiety on its head, and point you to new paths forward. It offers a long-overdue challenge to the medicalization and numbing of anxiety. Instead, Tracy Dennis-Tiwary encourages us to consider how to live and grow with anxiety, and find creativity in dealing with life’s fundamental uncertainties. A wide conversation around this book is urgently needed for our anxious times.”
--Dacher Keltner, PhD, professor at UC Berkeley, faculty director, Greater Good Science Center
“Future Tense teaches us—with incredible research and great storytelling—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 or live or work with people who are anxious, this is a must read!”
--Marc Brackett, 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, but that starts with learning what it is and how to feel it. This wise and well-written book will help. Highly recommended.”
--Steven C. Hayes, PhD, originator of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and author of A Liberated Mind