You have the incredible power to change the way you think, perceive, and react to stress - for the better - through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT has been known to be widely successful in the treatment of problems associated with anxiety, depression, mood, personality, addiction, weight, and emotions. Until recently, access to CBT was only available through professional therapy. Now with The Brain Mechanic, Spencer Lord delivers a concise, entertaining, and easy-to-use guide that demystifies cognitive behavioral therapy. With simple exercises, clear explanations, and helpful insight, Lord makes it easy for you to fit this technique into your daily life to improve your mood, broaden your communication skills, and enrich your relationships.
©2011 Spencer Lord (P)2011 Wetware Media
I already own the print book, so this was an additional treat. I've read over a dozen books on Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and this is the best one of all. Short and concise, it really packs a punch. Gets right to the point. As a bonus, the author narrates his own work really well. If you've been thinking about checking out REBT or CBT, this is the place to start. I doubt if one could do better.
I've studied the sorts of topics this book addresses for nearly 20 years, and this book touches on many of the most important issues, and it will convince you, that you are in charge, you are the 'CEO' of your grey matter, and you can influence your choices by simply changing them, and by reframing them as well. If you want to know how to rewire your subconcious without really understanding the subconscious, this book will give you the tools. I've already listened 3 times, and I know I will listen many more.
To me it felt like the Author fell in love with his one concept and turned what might have been a good magazine article or research paper into a mindlessly repetitive book.
I listened to the last 3/4 of this book because I could not believe how bad it was and didn't want to warn other listeners off without being fair enough to listen to the whole thing. Consider yourself warned.
I like it when an Author reads their own works because they often bring a personal passion, but If you had a coworker that talked to you in the same way that this Author preaches at you, then you would take a different hallway to avoid him.
The fact that he grabbed and held on to my attention. The simplicity with which he presents an otherwise complicated process - that we can in fact change the way we think by changing our beliefs. It could be just another book pill to ease our angst but it is not, it actually delivers.
The notion of writing down thirty of your most dysfunctional or conflicting beliefs with the invitation to just....change them and not just once but as often as necessary until you end up with one that gives you peace of mind.
There is a plethora of stuff out there, enough to drown the most ardent soul searcher and bring us to the verge of being unsure what or who is on the money. For me, this guy is.
The audio book is short but very informative. The author helps you to see the power of your beliefs or opinions with a simple equation: EV (Event) + B (Belief) = EM (Emotion). Events are neutral; your beliefs about a given event is what is causing you to feel what you feel. The author provides great tips on how to identify the source and nature of your beliefs; and how you can alter your beliefs when it causes you to experiance negative emotions.
Don't think so.
Still believe there should be good books on the subject
It is more of the presentation of the subject which is very superficial and one sided, the reader follows the text probably... not very attractive to listen to. Multiple repetitions of same sentences and thought over and over, which makes you lose interest as the content moves very slow.
He can try again, hopefuly with better success next time.
Some of these tools I was using already and some are now going to be a part of my way of dealing with life. I would recommend this audiobook to everyone. I wasn't sure I would be able to comprehend anything over a 9th grade education. I was wrong. Plus I can listen to it over and over until I get it fully.
Having Macular Degeneration, I could identify with the part regarding the Eye and the blind spot. that the mind makes up what isn't there. This is actually true. Another memorable moment was dealing with disappointment when things don't go the way they are suppose to. Planning for a visitor who never shows. Standing in a long line. How to make those and other things a positive experience for my own benefit. Changing my sometimes usual black clothing to something different and learning to really love the change. Firing that mental machine gun at the negative thoughts and being rid of them in order to strengthen bad thought patterns.
Spencer is Very articulate and knows just when to come back and cover a topic which one might miss if it were not repeated. I need that in my life. I learn from making the same mistake a few times before it sinks in. To hear the things that really matter more than once until I finally got it was helpful.
When he briefly talks about his friend Mother Theresa did I have to stop and dry my eyes, refocus and start the recording again.. I would have liked to hear more, maybe one day that will be a book all in itself. Also when he speaks of relationships, loving someone when the feelings are one sided.
This is one of the very best investments in myself I have made to date. I highly listening to this audio book written and narrated by Spencer Lord. I was blown away by his incite into the human mind and how it all works... Thank you. Grayson Wm Sparkman
This is a short overview of cognitive behavioural therapy, and how it can be used to control emotions in your brain. It also does a good job of making the important distinction events and emotions in relation to that event.
Considering the low price and short play time, this is a concise introduction to CBT without having to commit to a full length book.
I didn't find it as helpful as I had hoped. No real lightbulb moments.
not so much, not as excelent as it should have been
It takes a lot for me to stay interested long enough to find a good book. Through audible I have found more great books this year than the last 4 years put together. I enjoy science and technology as well as business books and biographies. I like to learn how things work as long as its delivered in an interesting way. But I must admit that the Harry Potter series are still probably my favorite books from when I was a kid.
Not a lot...
I thought it was poorly written and was overall surprised about the content. This was not what I was looking for.
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