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 - 2011
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Two neuroscience experts explain how their Four Step method can help break free of unhealthy thoughts and actions-and change bad habits for good.

You Are Not Your Brain is the book that readers of Jeffrey Schwartz's bestseller Brain Lock have been asking for. Schwartz and Rebecca Gladding have refined a program that successfully explains how the brain works and why we sometimes feel as though we've lost control of our own thoughts and feelings. This uncomfortable sensation, whether it rears its head as anxiety, self-deprecating thoughts, panic attacks, or compulsive overindulgence, is actually false. Those negative reactions are not representative of you and no longer need to control your life.

You Are Not Your Brain not only breaks down why we're plagued by habits that aren't in line with our ultimate goals but also provides the guidance and support for change. The key to getting the life you want is to make your brain work for you, and
Schwartz and Gladding supply the necessary tools in their Four Step method. While scientifically founded in cutting-edge brain research, this easy-to-follow program will teach you how to find your loving, smart inner guide and lead a more fulfilling and empowered life.

Publisher: New York : Avery, c2011.
ISBN: 9781583334263
1583334262
Branch Call Number: 158.1 SCHWART
Characteristics: xx, 362 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gladding, Rebecca

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JJR678
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.

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eudie13
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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