How to rewire your brain to improve virtually every aspect of your life - based on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology on neuroplasticity and evidence-based practices.
Not long ago, it was thought that the brain you were born with was the brain you would die with, and that the brain cells you had at birth were the most you would ever possess. Your brain was thought to be hardwired to function in predetermined ways. It turns out that's not true. Your brain is not hardwired; it's "softwired" by experience. This book shows you how you can rewire parts of the brain to feel more positive about your life, remain calm during stressful times, and improve your social relationships.
Written by a leader in the field of Brain-Based Therapy, it teaches you how to activate the parts of your brain that have been underactivated and calm down those areas that have been hyperactivated, so that you feel positive about your life and remain calm during stressful times. You will also learn to improve your memory, boost your mood, have better relationships, and get a good night's sleep.
Rewire Your Brain reveals how cutting-edge developments in neuroscience and evidence-based practices can be used to improve your everyday life. Explaining exciting new developments in neuroscience and their applications to daily living, this audiobook will guide you through the process of changing your brain so you can change your life and be free of self-imposed limitations.
Dr. Arden is a leader in integrating the new developments in neuroscience with psychotherapy and director of training in mental health for Kaiser Permanente for the Northern California Region. Other titles by Dr. Arden include Brain-Based Therapy - Adult, Brain-Based Therapy - Child, Improving Your Memory for Dummies and Heal Your Anxiety Workbook.
©2010 John B. Arden (P)2012 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
Up front, it has to be said that this is not the most in-depth book you can read on the brain or neuroplasticity, but that is not the point. The thing that makes this book imiportant is that it furthers the growing work that shows that we have the power to modify our own brains by modifying our own thinking and behavior and that this, in fact, works better in the long run than cramming more psychotropic drugs down our gullets for every little mental complaint. (No one is suggesting that drugs be eliminated for serious cases!) It moves from the brain as machine idea of the functionalists and reintroduces free will and personal empowerment and responsibility to the picture. Read this along with the work of Jeffery Schwartz, Richard Davidson and Daniel Goldman.
Oh yes. There is a ton of information and it's hard to get it all in one listen. He tells you exactly what to do to rewire your brain for depression, panic attacks, memory problems and much more. He teaches you how your brain works and WHY. He tells you what you are doing wrong and how to correct your "disorder" or "disability" all without medicine. I'm so excited about this book I'm getting copies for others. It's a must read for people who really want to change. You do have to DO the work but it's easy. I've already started doing some and it's working. I see where I've created my own situations and what I can do to correct them and live a much happier healthier lifestyle. I've had panic attacks so bad I had a service dog for them and depression so bad I've visited the hospital on several occasions. I don't see that being the case anymore in my life. I've worked hard over the years to get past all these things and this book as finally put all the pieces of the puzzle together for me. I've listened to this audible version and will be getting the hard copy to further concrete the principles into my life. I hope you to can Rewire Your Brain ...
The way he explained things is so understandable. He covers problems I'm having such as depression, panic attacks, and memory. I can problem solves my own problems and don't have to be on medicine. Something they don't tell you in a mental health facility is that you CAN get over a mental illness but most people don't want to do the work involved in order to get WELL. It's a process that takes a long time but Mr Arden makes it so much easier.
About depression and panic attacks because I can relate so well to these conditions.
Oh so much. I've not even scratched the surface of all this book has to offer. I will be listening to it for a while to extract all the info it has in it.
I want to read more books by John Arden.
Its lays out how different parts of the brain work together, and what you can do to master them. is a very dry book though, I can see how a lot of people could find it boring. I didnt though, listend to it with great interest and would highly recommend it.
Narrator sounds like he's reading from a teleprompter or something; very humdrum and mechanical. The really disappointing thing, though, was all the missing material. He just read the production notes saying that material should be formatted for audio and read at some point, or a chart of something should be inserted here or there, but where are those charts and lists, etc? Other audiobooks that I've purchased have provided links to external sites or non-audio downloadable files on audible.com when non-text is part of the book. Needless to say, I'll be calling Audible about this tomorrow, since I want that material. Didn't want to do it today, since it New Year's Day, but this was supposed to be my big resolution project, and it's not off to a great start. Oh, well, I should know better. The book did contain some information that I didn't already have, but it doesn't hurt to hear a reminder given what I've done with all that fudge and feasting the last couple of weeks. It would have been better to include a few more tips on how to implement some of the changes, rather than just telling us why we should do something.
This is not just a book about neuroscience and neuroplasticity. We are provided with a ground level explanation of the workings of the brain, which for the beginner can be a good starting point. However, I found myself wanting diagrams to supplement the explanations relating to brain function. Perhaps an accomanying PDF with the relevant graphics would be useful. Although the FEED method proposed as a means of changing thinking and habits is not earth shattering, the book does provide the reader with a wonderful balance of information on other health promoting ideas such as nutrition, sleep, exercise, resilience, and the need for social and physical connection. In short, the book seems to emphasise that in order to be in a place where we can change the way we think the key factors of our life need to be in order.
The balanced and holistic perspective of the book
Phil Williams narration style was able to keep my attention but was sometimes a little disconcerting when he demonstrated a lack of familiarity with the pronunciation of genre related words.
If there was less explanation on the anatomy of the brain and more time on specific steps to take to improve happiness, stress reduction, etc.
Yes, he was very good.
Not sure if it would be any easier to listen to if someone else read it or not?
All of the facts about the brain and psychology.
It is read in a monotone style. again this is a book of facts.
No, But there definitely are things in the book people can do.
Perhaps not unless it got great reviews. The best thing in almost all of these books is the tile and they never deliver unless yhour perhaps willing to change every single thing in your life.
NO not at all. It was a miss mash of things. Yes we know that certain foods help to produce certain chemicals but eating that food doesn't always mean the depression or whatever goes away like the book implies so often. My car runs on gasoline but filling th etgruckl up with it doesn't fix all things that go wrong.
Narrator sounds so mechanical and like a robot as so many of them do. I wonder why you people do it like that? No likes that mono-tone sound.
Yes, I picked up some facts and figures I didn't know but NOTHING that will change my life and I already do everything I can to keep learning so the book didn't help in that regard either.
Always false promises to get you to buy it and very little substance.
Just like most all these self help books...Here's the whole book okay...
Eat right...get plenty of rest and relax. They all say the same thing and if it worked so well no one would need to read these books but the real truth is those things only help a bit and DO NOT FIX THINGS LIKE THEY IMPLY.
"Content is great - reader is terrible"
This is really useful information but is somewhat spoiled by the fact that listening to it is actually hard work. Mr Williams reads it without any attention to punctuation, paragraphs or pauses. The end of a section, for example, runs straight into the title of the next section without any pause at all, so that you would think that the section title is part of the previous sentence. I am astonished that the guy was actually paid for the narrating gig - perhaps he wasn't.
That said the content is applicable and interesting enough to go through the listening process:just
"Great book, terrible read!"
Why are so many brilliant audiobooks spoilt by bad reads. This guy sounds like a computer for much of the time. A shame, it's such a good book.
"Rewire Your Brain"
I stumbled across this audio book when I was new to Audible. Whilst it's quite full of jargon, I found the content absolutely intriguing and engaging. Rather than being put off by the jargon, I let it flow just to add context to the key point being made. I've read many self development books but I loved the way the holistic nature of this book in that the body, emotions and minds are all interrelated and each has an effect or impact on the others. The useful stories of past clients helped to put the theory into reality and it's amazing how many elements I could recognise in my own life, past or present. Having it in audio form is great as I may have struggled to keep going in written form with the amount of detail. However, I took a leaf out of James Arden's book and played it on my iPhone as I went for my daily walk or cycle. So I was getting the benefits of inspirational education at the same time as physical exercise. I have since gone on to buy two more of his books.
"verbal brain food"
I found this very helpful and inspiring to help me understand how my brain work. The scientific information provided a sound proof to try using it for personal development. I listened to this mostly on my way to work as it provided a productive way of utilizing my already busy lifestyle. It's definitely worth the cost of the book.
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