Liv Tyler Discusses Anxiety, Going To Therapy

By Lindsey Weedston 07/18/19

Tyler revealed that she uses coginitive behavioral therapy and meditation to manage her anxiety.

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Actress Liv Tyler, most recently of Hulu’s Harlots, spoke on her struggles with anxiety and her decision to attend cognitive behavioral therapy in a recent interview with The New York Times.

Tyler, the daughter of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, admitted that she doesn’t enjoy the spotlight, yet she loves the creative process of her work, and is trying to change her priorities and thought patterns to make the fame part—and her life in general—easier.

“That is definitely the great puzzle and mystery of my entire life,” she said. “I’m always trying to learn as much as I can about myself, both from my mind and anxiety in general. I definitely have a side to me that’s very shy, or shy in certain situations. I’m better one-on-one, I think. I’m trying to articulate it. I’m still trying to understand it.”

Handling Fame

According to the Times, Tyler started attending cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) this year to help reduce the anxiety that so much attention from her career has brought her. She also spoke on her personal fascination with the human mind and her desire to better understand herself.

“I tend to ask a lot of questions so that I can understand the world more, people more,” said Tyler. “It’s fascinating, people, how they think, how the brain works.”

Tyler also practices transcendental meditation in order to help her cope with the stress of her career and motherhood. She spoke about this coping technique in 2013, saying that “it helps me make better decisions and be a better mother, and just deal with the daily stress of the modern world that we live in.”

The pressure of the world, particularly as it embraces social media as an everyday part of life, caused Tyler to consider quitting acting altogether in 2017, according to The Irish Examiner.

Finding The Balance

Due to her natural shyness, she had trouble learning how to promote herself online through this increasingly essential medium, and she wasn’t sure she liked it.

“A world changing so much, I was just kind of trying to find my place in all of that.”

Today, Tyler is still working on achieving a balance that works for her and her family. She calls herself a perfectionist and says she has trouble with time management and tends to overextend herself.

“I’m always striving to achieve balance, which I think is a very tricky thing in the world today in general. I think our society is not really set up for balance, a lot of extremes going on.”

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Lindsey Weedston is a Seattle area writer focused on mental health and addiction, politics, human rights, and various social issues. Her work has appeared in The Establishment, Ravishly, ThinkProgress, Little Things, Yes! Magazine, and others. You can find her daily writings at NotSorryFeminism.com. Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindseyWeedston

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