• Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You

  • Retrain Your Brain to Conquer Fear, Make Better Decisions, and Thrive in the 21st Century
  • By: Marc Schoen
  • Narrated by: Marc Schoen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-21-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (33 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Thanks to technology, we live in a world that’s much more comfortable than ever before. But here’s the paradox: Our tolerance for discomfort is at an all-time low. And as we wrestle with a sinking "discomfort threshold", we increasingly find ourselves at the mercy of our primitive instincts and reactions that can perpetuate disease, dysfunction, and impair performance and decision making. Designed to keep us out of danger, our limbic brain’s survival instinct controls what we intuitively do to avert injury or death, such as running out of a burning building.
Rarely are we required to recruit this instinct today because seldom do we find ourselves in situations that are truly life-threatening. However, this part of our brain is programmed to naturally and automatically react to even the most benign forms of discomfort and stress as serious threats to our survival.
In this seminal audiobook we learn how the survival instinct is the culprit that triggers a person to overeat, prevents the insomniac from sleeping, causes the executive to unravel under pressure, leads travelers to avoid planes or freeways, inflames pain, and due to past heartache, closes down an individual to love.
In all of these cases, their overly-sensitive survival instinct is being called into action at the slightest hint of discomfort. In short, their survival instinct is stuck in the on position…with grave consequences.
Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You can transform the way you live. Provocative, eye-opening, and surprisingly practical with its gallery of strategies and ideas, this audiobook will show you how to build up your "instinctual muscles" for successfully managing discomfort while taming your overly reactive survival instinct. You will learn that the management of discomfort is the single most important skill for the 21st century.
This audiobook is, at its heart, a modern guide to survival.
©2013 Marc Schoen (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Dr. Marc Schoen knows what it takes to be resilient and healthy in these modern times. It is not, as some would have you believe, to replace feelings of pain and discomfort with feelings safety and comfort, but rather to allow these seemingly incompatible feelings to sit side by side to inform and shape one another. Grounded in solid theory and evidence as well as engaging stories, including his own, this audiobook is a must for anyone facing mysterious physical ailments." (Barbara Fredrickson, PhD, author of Positivity and Love 2.0)
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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By TCB on 04-14-13

Interesting / Poor Reading

What made the experience of listening to Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You the most enjoyable?

Interesting ideas and well written but the author is better thinker and writer than he is a reader. The audio is stilted and awkward. Very hard to listen to. Wish I had bought the paper version.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By daniel on 09-14-17

why is this not taught in schools

What did you love best about Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You?

such a fundamental yet little taught skill explained so well !!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You?

Suffering is what life hands out ... shake its hand

Any additional comments?

Life changing lessons

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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