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In You are Not Your Brain, Jeffrey Schwartz MD and Rebecca Gladding MD, help readers better understand rational thought and how individuals can garner control over their irrational thoughts. This book will be very helpful to anyone struggling with fear, anxiety, tedious compulsions, and unwanted behaviors. Detailed methods for changing behaviors are described and illustrated which individuals can access. Personally, I thought there was more illustrative material than was necessary to address the main concepts, but some new to this material may well benefit. Everyone will find some hints and insights which they can use in day-to-day living and improving their quality of life.
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This one is really a great hidden suprise. I've been looking for something to explain in detail, how habits, actions, and emotions are created, and the process of changing the brain accordingly as desired. This guide gives detailed explanations of what is going on in your brain cells, how it affects and controls what you do and feel. It provides the physical brain cell processes in detail. And it provides related steps to change and rewire these processes. With the base knowledge of what is going on with the brain, you can relate this to other self help techniques for a better understanding of what is going on and how to make changes. This is a foundation work I highly recommend, especially if you are listening to several (or more) change books. Like most things, change and improvement requires work. This includes becoming self aware, learning where thoughts and actions come from, and the effort that goes into the change. But this one can give you some immediate feedback and reinforce your efforts. It's still good to utilize other books on meditation, focus, and action, to round out your knowledge and experience, as rarely can just one book get you to make substanial changes. But this book gives you real insight to what is really going on in your physical brain, and how you can take action, which makes physical changes and rewiring. It's detailed and step oriented with the typical example cases, so you will need more than one quick listen to capture it all and make it work. I'm on the second listen, and I rewind frequently. If you want a novel, look elsewhere, and if you want something that can really help, I highly recommend you get this one, and start following it intently. (As I hinted, it may help you to understand what would really be going on in the brain when you are trying the other various methods out there.)
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