You Are Not your Brain

You Are Not your Brain

The 4-step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of your Life

Book - 2012
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Two of America's most eminent psychiatrists Jeffrey M. Schwartz and Rebecca Gladding present a simple four step program to re-wiring the brain. Through explaining how the brain works and why humans often feel besieged by overactive brain circuits such as bad habit and social anxieties, the program offers practical advice for controlling indecision and self doubt. By carefully outlining their program Schwartz and Gladding show readers how to identify negative impulses, channel them through the power of focused attention and lead a more fulfilling life.
Publisher: New York : Avery, 2012, c2011
Edition: 1st trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781583334836
Branch Call Number: 158.1 SCH NVD
Characteristics: xx, 362 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Gladding, Rebecca


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Mar 01, 2018

I have to agree with the comment by eudie13. The writing isn't the best--very redundant--but the concept is amazing and evidenced based. Schwartz is a scientist and MD whose work has been published in reputable research journals. The book offers great information and provides detailed steps for changing neuroplasticity, following several different real life case studies through the process so the reader can figure out ways to apply this to their own situation. This is extremely helpful, albeit I think this is what also contributes to the sensation of redundancy. Thus, perhaps it's not entirely fair to criticize the same aspects which, at the same time, contribute to some of the book's best useful features. Definitely worth the read and applying principles to the reader's own life.

Dec 26, 2012

The ideas presented in this book are really worth a look - I had successfully used this kind of self-brain-reprogramming on my own before I even heard of this author. However, even though the ideas are amazing and worth shouting about, I thought the presentation was subpar. I found the narrative to be convoluted and repetitive, and I was slightly put off by the somewhat bossy tone, coupled an overly-simplified and over-dramatic view of morality and the human condition. BUT - if you can get past the mediocre writing and delivery, I highly recommend giving it a read because, again, the ideas are GOLDEN, and I've been sharing them with my friends and loved ones ever since I read it. By the way, if you are interested in similar material, I recommend "The Brain that Changes Itself," by Norman Doidge - it is very approachable, compelling, and inspiring, and chapter 6 contains a clean and concise summary of Schwartz' findings.

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