The Bullied Brain: Heal Your Scars and Restore Your Health

The Bullied Brain: Heal Your Scars and Restore Your Health

by Jennifer Fraser Ph.D
The Bullied Brain: Heal Your Scars and Restore Your Health

The Bullied Brain: Heal Your Scars and Restore Your Health

by Jennifer Fraser Ph.D


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Why do we say we have zero tolerance for bullying, but adult society is rife with it and it is an epidemic among children?  Because the injuries that all forms of bullying and abuse do to brains are invisible. We ignore them, fail to heal them, and they become cyclical and systemic. Bullying and abuse are at the source of much misery in our lives. Because we are not taught about our brains, let alone how much they are impacted by bullying and abuse, we do not have a way to avoid this misery, heal our scars, or restore our health. In The Bullied Brain readers learn about the evidence doctors, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists and neuroscientists have gathered, that shows the harm done by bullying and abuse to your brain, and how you can be empowered to protect yourself and all others. Not only is it critically important to discover how much your mental health is contingent on what has sculpted and shaped the world inside your head, it is also the first step in learning ways to recover.  While your brain is vulnerable to bullying and abuse, it is at the same time remarkably adept at repairing all kinds of traumas and injuries. The first part of The Bullied Brain outlines what the research shows bullying and abuse do to your brain. The second part of the book, "The Stronger Brain" provides case studies of adults and children who have undergone focused training to heal their neurological scars and restore their health. These accessible and practical lessons can be integrated into your life. Strengthening your brain acts as an effective antidote to the bullying and abuse that are rampant in society.  Foreword by Dr. Michael Merzenich, "the father of neuroplasticity," and he also contributes his knowledge, insights, and research in The Bullied Brain to help show you how to empower your brain to fulfill its power and potential. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633887787
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 04/01/2022
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 235,714
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jennifer is the Founder of The Bullied Brain. In April 2022, The Bullied Brain: Heal Your Scars and Restore Your Health hits the shelves. Neuroscientist Dr. Michael Merzenich says it is "scientifically the most thorough treatment of the subject on planet earth." Jennifer earned her PhD from University of Toronto in Comparative Literature. Her first book Rite of Passage in the Narratives of Dante and Joyce explores the way in which individuals transform from readers to writers of culture. Her second book Be A Good Soldier: Children's Grief in Modernist English Novels looks at pedagogical beliefs about children and the ways in which they fuel aggression and war. She has written three plays that focus on contemporary suffering: Distortion, Aristotle's Poetics, and Wakeful Sleeper. They're with the Playwright's Guild of Canada. Her third book Teaching Bullies takes lived experience with an abuse crisis and puts it into the context of psychology, psychiatry, education, law, and neuroscience. What's being discovered in neuroscientific labs across the world has the power to change how we understand our brains and lives. This empowering research infuses her latest book The Bullied Brain: Heal Your Scars and Restore Your Health. She also writes thrillers. For fun, check out Crush (a wine thriller) and Royal Dispatch which is about Queen Elizabeth II's dangerous trip to Canada in the 1950s (yes, it's fiction).

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Neurological Scars from the Bullying Paradigm xi

1 Open Your Mind to the Twenty-First-Century Scientific Revolution 1

Step 1 Harness Your Neuroplasticity

2 Refuse the Lie That Abuse Is a Necessary Evil 17

Step 2 Become a Writer of Culture

3 Learn to Disobey 35

Step 3 Grow Your Talent

4 Exit the Cage of Learned Helplessness 55

Step 4 Unlearn and Rewire

5 Prevent the Cancerous Confusion of Bullycide 71

Step 5 Grieve

6 Return Your Brain to Its Golden Potential 87

Step 6 Train Your Brain

7 Stop Identifying with the Abuser 105

Step 7 Believe in Yourself

8 Heal Your Brain with Your Mind 123

Step 8 Redraw Your Brain Maps

9 Restore Your Brain with Your Body 141

Step 9 Oxygenate Your Brain

10 Listen to Your Mind-Brain-Body 159

Step 10 Hear Your Whole Voice

Conclusion: The New Neuroparadigm 179

Notes 185

References 207

Index 221

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