You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life

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A leading neuroplasticity researcher and the coauthor of the groundbreaking books Brain Lock and The Mind and the Brain, Jeffrey M. Schwartz has spent his career studying the structure and neuronal firing patterns of the human brain. He pioneered the first mindfulness-based treatment program for people suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder, teaching patients how to achieve long-term relief from ther compulsions.

For the past six years, Schwartz has worked with ...

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A leading neuroplasticity researcher and the coauthor of the groundbreaking books Brain Lock and The Mind and the Brain, Jeffrey M. Schwartz has spent his career studying the structure and neuronal firing patterns of the human brain. He pioneered the first mindfulness-based treatment program for people suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder, teaching patients how to achieve long-term relief from ther compulsions.

For the past six years, Schwartz has worked with psychiatrist Rebecca Gladding to refine a program that successfully explains how the brain works and why we often feel besieged by bad brain wiring. Just like the compulsions of OCD patients, they discovered that bad habits, social anxieties, self-deprecating thoughts, and compulsive overindulgence are all rooted in overactive brain circuits. The key to making life changes that you want—to making your brain work for you—is to consciously choose to starve these circuits of focused attention, thereby decreasing their influence and strength.

In You Are Not Your Brain, Schwartz and Gladding carefully outline their program, showing listeners how to identify negative brain impulses, channel them through the power of focused attention, and ultimately lead more fulfilling and empowered lives.

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Using research based on patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, U.C.L.A. psychiatrists Schwartz (The Mind and the Brain) and Gladding have developed a program that helps patients literally change the brain pathways that lead to unhealthy behavior-from obsessively checking e-mail to self-hatred to drug addiction. Aspects of their common-sense scientific approach include: understanding how the brain works; understanding what constitutes a "deceptive brain message;" acting as one's own Wise Advocate by analyzing the effects of any choice and picking the one likely to lead to a positive result; setting and prioritizing goals, and more. Success depends on the patient's innate ability to reason and focus on healthy alternatives to the preferred or automatic behavior. Changing one's will can essentially change the brain, the authors argue, and the methods will work as long as the desire to change is there. Though Schwartz and Gladding add a fascinating self-actualizing component of choice and control, readers may have trouble grasping the more science-heavy passages, such as why addiction happens at the cellular level or neuroscience theory.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452671611
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/19/2011
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 769,949
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author


Rebecca Gladding, M.D., is a clinical instructor and attending psychiatrist at the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the coauthor, with Jeffrey M. Schwartz, of You Are Not Your Brain. Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., is a research psychiatrist at the UCLA School of Medicine and the author of several books, including You Are Not Your Brain and Brain Lock.

Mel Foster has narrated over 150 audiobooks and has won several awards. Twice an Audie finalist for 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History by Charles Bracelen Flood and Finding God in Unexpected Places by Philip Yancey, he won for the latter title.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part 1 A Sense of Self

Chapter 1 You Are Not Your Brain 3

Chapter 2 Using Your Mind to Change Your Brain: The Power of Self-Directed Neuroplasticity and Meaningful Goals 30

Chapter 3 Why Habits Are So Hard to Break 60

Chapter 4 Why These Sensations Feel So Real: The Biology of Deceptive Brain Messages 73

Chapter 5 A New Sense of Self: Overcoming Your Deceptive Brain Messages with the Four Steps 82

Part 2 The Skills

Chapter 6 Ignoring, Minimizing, and Neglecting: How Deceptive Brain Messages Distort Your View of Yourself 103

Chapter 7 Moving Forward with the Four Steps: Tips and Recommendations 125

Chapter 8 You Can't Change What You Can't See: The Power of Awareness and Step 1: Relabel 144

Chapter 9 Changing Your Relationship to Deceptive Brain Messages with Step 2: Reframe 179

Chapter 10 Reframing Your Thinking Errors 200

Chapter 11 The Power Is in the Focus: Step 3: Refocus 238

Chapter 12 Progressive Mindfulness and Step 4: Revalue 274

Part 3 Applying the Four Steps to Your Life

Chapter 13 What Is Going On Here? Is This a True Emotion or an Emotional Sensation? 297

Chapter 14 Using the Four Steps to Help You Move Forward in Your Life 309

Chapter 15 Putting It All Together 335

Acknowledgments 347

Recommended Reading 351

Index 353

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Useful and doable approaches

    Well-thought-out theory and methods for gaining the upper hand in one's inner life, relationships and worldly activities. A gem for anyone who cares how they feel.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2011

    Great find...highly recommend this book!

    Heard an interview with Rebecca Gladding and downloaded this book. It is clear, concise, uses great examples and is easy to read. I can imagine it applying to both sophisticated, self-reflective thinkers and people who are more concrete in how they view themselves and life. I like how it reenforces the message(s) over and over again, using the techniques they describe to build new thought patterns. With each segment this gets reiterated...I can almost feel new neural networks developing in my brain. I can see this as a means of encouraging clients in my psychotherapy/psychopharmacology practice to empower themselves to change how they view themselves. It's a great method for people with learned helplessness. I'm buying three more to loan out.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    Recomend

    This book is helping me recognize the thoughts that are impulse. Worth your time.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Real Help for changing the way you think

    This is a very analitical book that goes slowly and covers all the bases that someone with OCD-like tendencies would appreciate. I re-read the book, and like all mental changes, will need a real commitment to follow the four steps toward changes. Even if you don't follow through with all four steps, this book will give you insights on changing your own behaviors and ways of dealing with compulsions that WILL help you. It may finally give you a way to help yourself and not depend on others to "fix" you. The authors view this as a modifiable thought process, not a disease or illness that needs outside intervention to "cure", but they do allow that some psychiatric conditions can not be helped by this method.

    Very well researched by smart doctors who don't seem to let their egos get in the way of helping people deal with real issues.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    A book well worth your time. Have experienced many AH HA moment

    A book well worth your time. Have experienced many AH HA moments. I have found an experience of space between my awareness and thoughts, a pause that invites both hope and infinite possibility.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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