Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain

  • by Sharon Begley
  • Narrated by Eliza Foss
  • 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Is change possible? Everyone who has tried and failed, wished they could be happier, or has been told they were too old to learn something, has wondered why we just seem to be stuck with ourselves. But this amazing and hopeful audiobook shows us that it is not only possible for us to control our brains but also for us to rewire them. In late 2004, the Mind and Life Institute brought Western Scientists together with the Dalai Lama and other distinguished Buddhist masters to discuss the cutting edge research being conducted in neuroplasticity, which examines whether neurons can be changed and even grown. The findings are as astonishing as they are helpful. Flying in the face of previous assumptions, the current research shows that not only is it possible for us to change the physical brain, but it is within reach of every single one of us. Through research into neuroplasticity, it has been shown that we can:
Reset our happiness meter

Heal from depression, even major episodes

Learn new skills even in old age

Learn, and even teach, compassion, a critical finding for personal happiness and a more peaceful world
Surprising, encouraging, and full of good news that we all want to hear, Change Your Mind, Change Your Brain will help us not only to change our brains but also the way we approach our lives - for the better.

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What the Critics Say

"The book holds no neuroplasticity tips, but it is a fascinating exploration of the ways the mind can change the brain." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Big disappointment

The title is deceptive; rather than providing practical information, this book is little more than a drawn-out description of a series of meetings between Buddhists and scientists and of a few experiments on neural pathways. Here's the synopsis: rather than becoming fixed or rigid in adulthood, the neural pathways in human brains (and presumably in primate brains, since the book's research is based in part on some horrifically inhumane experiments involving monkeys) remain changeable - and, with conscious effort, can change. There: now there's no need to purchase this book and slog through slow narrative, descriptions of animal cruelty, and repetitive messages.
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- DCist

Not what I expected

This book was marginally interesting, with a lot of information presented, although much of it is not new. I kept waiting for something actionable and there is just nothing there short of joining the Mind and Life Institute. In fact, it felt like a lot of the book was just promoting Buddhism and the Mind and Life Institute. I have nothing against Buddhism and will probably do some more research as a result of reading this book, but I was expecting a lot more and never got it.
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- Stevin Smith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-30-2007
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio