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[img]http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51DskRuPasL._SL500_AA300_.jpg[/img] Title: [b]You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life[/b] [Unabridg ed Recording] By: Jeffrey M. Schwartz and Rebecca Gladding Narrator: Mel Foster ====================================================================== [b][color=blue]AMAZON rating is 4.0/5.0 stars based on customer reviews[/color][ /b] ======================================== [b]Book Description[/b] ======================================== Two neuroscience experts explain how their 4-Step Method can help identify negat ive thoughts and change bad habits for good. A leading neuroplasticity researcher and the coauthor of the groundbreaking book s Brain Lock and The Mind and the Brain, Jeffrey M. Schwartz has spent his caree r studying the structure and neuronal firing patterns of the human brain. [u]He pioneered the first mindfulness-based treatment program for people suffering fro m OCD, teaching patients how to achieve long-term relief from their compulsions[ /u]. For the past six years, Schwartz has worked with psychiatrist Rebecca Gladd ing to refine a program that successfully explains how the brain works and why w e often feel besieged by bad brain wiring. [b]I'm not good enough. I'm going to fail. He doesn't really like me. There must be something wrong with me.[/b] At one point or another, we have secretly had these kinds of thoughts. Plagued w ith self-doubt or indecision in those moments, we may have responded with anxiet y, depression, unhealthy habits like overeating, having a few drinks or repeated ly over-checking something, like our texts or email. For many of us, this become s an unending cycle in which habits become more engrained and automatic. [u]In You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Endin g Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life[/u], Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D . and Rebecca Gladding, M.D., leading UCLA psychiatrists and researchers, combin e cutting-edge scientific research with an adaptable 4-step program to help peop le understand, identify, and free themselves from the deceptive brain messages t hat hold them back. By learning how to identify deceptive brain messages and cha nnel them through the power of focused attention, those who follow this easy- to -implement program can ultimately lead more fulfilling and empowered lives. The effectiveness of You Are NOT Your Brain lies in empowering readers with the knowledge and skills to help themselves. Schwartz and Gladding lay the groundwor k by explaining the science behind deceptive brain messages. In easy-to-understa nd terms, they clarify how several biological principles combine together to wir e habits into the brain - thus making them extremely difficult to change - and w hy focusing your attention is key to changing your brain. With that background, the authors then teach readers how to assess the meaning and importance of the t houghts and impulses that enter their head so they can make choices that are con sistent with the person they want to be, not the one their brain is trying to te

ll them they are). For example, what if we have unwittingly learned to pair snacking on pleasurable foods with relieving emotional distress? Although the action seems to work well in the short-run, that momentary relief from snacking often comes at a steep pr ice, in the form of gaining weight, higher cholesterol, high blood pressure and so on. What's more, due to the powerful brain mechanisms in play, eventually the brain will "learn" to repeatedly (and unconsciously) send out the directive tha t the way to deal with future stress or negative thoughts is to eat something. A s our stressors mount, we may find that we are excessively snacking day and nigh t. Unfortunately, the more we repeat the action, the stronger the pathways in th e brain become. But the opposite is also true. By becoming aware of the messages that trigger ou r behaviors, we can resist acting upon them and instead refocus our attention on healthy actions. By doing so, we rewire our brains and create a new, positive a ssociation between thoughts and actions. As this occurs and our ability to use t he Four Steps grows, we begin to act based on our true goals and values in life, not the deceptive brain messages that have been holding us back. As evidenced by the huge success of Schwartz's previous books, as well as Daniel Amen's Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, and Norman Doidge's The Brain That Changes Itself, there is a large audience interested in harnessing the brain's u ntapped potential, yearning for a step-by-step, scientifically grounded and clin ically proven approach. In fact, readers of Brain Lock wrote to the authors in r ecord numbers asking for such a book. ====================================================================== [center][color=blue][b]COMMENTS--and thanks--as always are APPRECIATED![/b][/col or][/center]