Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You: Retrain Your Brain to Conquer Fear, Make Better Decisions, and Thrive in the 21st Century

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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 ...

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Overview

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 book 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 Is Killing You can transform the way you live. Provocative, eye-opening, and surprisingly practical with its gallery of strategies and ideas, this book 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 twenty-first century.    This book is, at its heart, a modern guide to survival.

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With up-to-the-minute news about crimes, disasters, and crises around the world, we find ourselves in almost constant survival mode, half anticipating mass murder or job severance at every turn. Any sane advisor would tell us to lighten up, but Dr. Marc Schoen is able to do so with exceptional persuasiveness: This UCLA psychology professor is, after all, a trained psychiatrist who has helped countless people conquer the fears that seem to assault with every fast-breaking media story. Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You has the most clever title of the month, but it is also a retrain your brain for a better life tutorial that actually works.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594630972
  • Publisher: Hudson Street Press
  • Publication date: 3/21/2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 279,727
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Schoen, Ph.D., is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine.
 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    This book has shed new light in the area of discomfort and how i

    This book has shed new light in the area of discomfort and how it affects us all. The author provides great insights into this topic
    however my only wish would have been to have a more comprehensive outlined method for retraining your brain. I feel it was lacking in this area which is why I bought the book so I could find the best way to retrain my brain. All in all the information about discomfort & case examples were helpful to my understanding of this problem.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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