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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|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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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
What People are Saying About This
“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