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Rewire: Change Your Brain to Break Bad Habits, Overcome Addictions, Conquer Self-Destruc tive Behavior

Rewire: Change Your Brain to Break Bad Habits, Overcome Addictions, Conquer Self-Destruc tive Behavior

by Richard O'Connor


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The bestselling author of Undoing Depression offers a brain-based guide to permanently ending bad habits

Richard O’Connor’s bestselling book Undoing Depression has become a touchstone in the field, helping thousands of therapists and patients overcome depressive patterns. In Rewire, O’Connor expands those ideas, showing how we actually have two brains—a conscious deliberate self and an automatic self that makes most of our decisions—and how we can train the latter to ignore distractions, withstand temptations, and interrupt reflexive, self-sabotaging responses. Rewire gives readers a road–map to overcoming the most common self-destructive habits, including procrastination, excessive worrying, internet addiction, overeating, risk-taking, and self-medication, among others. By learning valuable skills and habits—including mindfulness, self-control, confronting fear, and freeing yourself from mindless guilt—we can open ourselves to vastly more successful, productive, and happy lives.

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ISBN-13: 9780147516329
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/21/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 58,621
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

RICHARD O’CONNOR, PHD, is a practicing psychotherapist with offices in New York and Connecticut, where he currently lives.

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Each time we engage in a bad habit, we make it more likely we'll do it again in the future. But in the same way, each time we engage in a good habit, we make it more likely that we’ll do it again. You can learn to program your own brain so that making the right choices and exercising willpower comes to seem easy and natural.


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Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Chapter 1 Two Brains, Not Working Together 1

Chapter 2 The Autodestruct Mechanism 19

Chapter 3 Fear Incognito 47

Chapter 4 Rebels Without Causes 75

Chapter 5 Because You're Special 97

Chapter 6 Waving the Red Flag 115

Chapter 7 The Enemy Is Us 133

Chapter 8 Trauma and Self-Destructive Behavior 155

Chapter 9 Watching the Parade Go By 177

Chapter 10 Brainwashed and Burnt Out 191

Chapter 11 You're Hooked: Addictions 209

Chapter 12 Gloom and Dread 221

Chapter 13 Facing the Undertow 239

Notes 261

References 271

Index 281

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Rewire gives readers the tools to understand their bad habits and change their lives for the better. This highly practical book offers compelling and measured advice on how to change behaviors and improve lives.”—Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD, author of You Are Not Your Brain and Brain Lock

Rewire is essential reading for people and clinicians trying to improve their own life and the lives of everyone around them. Fascinating and powerful advice on ending negative thoughts and behaviors and improving your brain."—Andrew Newberg, MD, author of Words Can Change Your Brain

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