The human brain is buggy. Sometimes your mind distorts reality, gets frustrated with shortcomings, and spirals out of control. With practice, you can debug your brain. Catch those distortions of reality, transform those frustrations into insight, and short-circuit those downward spirals.
Debugging Your Brain (DYB) is a clear applied psychology book and a concise self-help book. Whether or not you have a technical background, you will find the software development analogies approachable and insightful. You will likely reference and re-read DYB many times, each time discovering new insights.
DYB is full of practical techniques. Each technique is condensed to its core idea, accompanied by just enough story to make it memorable. Each chapter has activities to help you put its techniques into practice. The chapters include: Modeling The Brain, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Introspection, Identifying Inputs, Experience Processing, Experience Validation, and Cognitive Restructuring.
Your brain is a complex system. Patch the software that runs in your mind.
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Table of Contents
Debugging Your Brain is written to be read in order, with each chapter building on the last. Each chapter is written such that you can return to any chapter later as a reference for yourself. Each of the eight chapters covers one major concept:
- Introduction describes an overview of the book and describes several example scenarios to keep in mind while reading the book.
- Modeling the Brain introduces a discrete mental model of how your mind works, especially around thoughts and emotions.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) introduces the principles of this most commonly used talk therapy.
- Introspection covers how to get into a mental state to effectively work with your thoughts and feelings.
- Identifying Inputs describes several specific types of inputs to your brain.
- Experience Processing covers principles and techniques you can use to more deeply understand your experiences.
- Experience Validation covers techniques you can use to help someone feel like their experiences are valid and understandable, which is critical to dealing with them effectively.
- Cognitive Restructuring covers the most common unhelpful thought patterns, and how to counter them. This is the core idea of CBT.
You will learn the most if you can integrate these concepts into your life. Once you are aware of them, you can begin to practice and internalize them. Each chapter has activities at the end to help make this easier.