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The Neuroscience of Change: A Compassion-Based Program for Personal Transformation | [Kelly McGonigal]

The Neuroscience of Change: A Compassion-Based Program for Personal Transformation

What's your most importan goal? Why does it matter so deeply? How will you overcome the obstacles? Answer these questions with sincerity, proceed with mindfulness and compassion, and you have just set in motion a revolutionary method for personal change that is supported by both the latest science and traditional wisdom.
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What's your most important goal? Why does it matter so deeply? How will you overcome the obstacles? Answer these questions with sincerity, proceed with mindfulness and compassion, and you have just set in motion a revolutionary method for personal change that is supported by both the latest science and traditional wisdom.

On The Neuroscience of Change, psychologist and award-winning Stanford lecturer Kelly McGonigal presents six sessions of breakthrough ideas, guided practices, and real-world exercises for making self-awareness and kindness the basis for meaningful trasformation.

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    T 03-26-13
    T 03-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "It really is powerful and can lead to change"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Neuroscience of Change to be better than the print version?

    It is a really awesome book. If you take the time you can change your world for the better. You should also read her book on willpower. I don't really care about the "traditional disciplines" What I do care about is that it works. If taking 20 min a day could make almost every part of your life better why wouldn't you.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    A. M. Sorokin NJ 12-30-12
    A. M. Sorokin NJ 12-30-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Loved everything about it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love the way she presents information in a way that is relevant and new.


    What did you learn from The Neuroscience of Change that you would use in your daily life?

    Her meditations


    Any additional comments?

    Love the combination of Science and western traditions. So interesting!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jocelyn 12-16-12
    Jocelyn 12-16-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I would not recommend it."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It is fully of good information and meditations and tips...I like that...


    What did you like best about this story?

    the meditations are my favorite


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It is very good material-if you can get past her reading pattern.


    Did The Neuroscience of Change inspire you to do anything?

    It's hard for me to finish this book. I think it is the, "Valley girl voice"? For a book over $25 or a credit; with narration like this authors; I feel robbed.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 04-19-15
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 04-19-15 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Love McGonigal!"

    I first became acquainted with Kelly McGonigal through her talks published on youtube, and her work on compassion and social change is the best. YES! she does use brain science to back up her ideas (one reviewer below denies it). Yes, her methods are practical, though they must be steadily and regularly implemented. Read her book on willpower along with this one. They dovetail nicely, and the book on willpower will help you understand and apply the principles in this book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    THEPat 07-03-12
    THEPat 07-03-12 Member Since 2003
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    "1st Negative Review in 8 (+) Years of Audible"
    What would have made The Neuroscience of Change better?

    The Challenge: The book is presented as a fact based, scientifically proven guide for personal change - who doesn't want to perform better at work, love better at home, and serve better in the community? The only way to perform, love, and serve better is through change, and what better option than a scientifically proven method for accomplishing that?The Delivery: The book is delivered as a strangely meta-physical new age religion program mixed with a good helping of Buddhism. Keeping to a scientifically based explanation and how - to guide for positive change would have been great.


    What didn???t you like about the narrator???s performance?

    The author read the book and the reading cadence and pace inserts pauses and commas where the sentences and paragraphs should flow freely. Listening was difficult with the cadence she read it.


    11 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    David Neale 07-25-15
    David Neale 07-25-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Worst diction of any Audible narrator yet."
    Where does The Neuroscience of Change rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks very high. Content is superior to most. Narration is almost a fatal flaw.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Neuroscience of Change?

    The most memorable moments are those where scientific observation validates theory that I am able to train my brain/mind to produce new and different results in areas of my life of my choosing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator sounds like she is making a deliberate attempt to mispronounce words. (i.e. exhale comes out ex hal) This is coupled with inflections of words in declarative sentences that I found very distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    If the content of this book were anything less than outstanding, I could not listen to it. In fact, if it were redone by a competent narrator, I would buy it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Quentin Cushman 07-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Help for Understanding Change"
    What did you love best about The Neuroscience of Change?

    Tying the science and wisdom traditions gives weight to the theses in the book. By referencing each disparate area, Dr. McGonigal provides insights that appeal to both the spiritual and the logical.


    What other book might you compare The Neuroscience of Change to and why?

    I bought this because I really enjoyed Dr. McGonigal's, "The Willpower Instinct". That book was one of the few audio books I've purchased that I considered substantial enough to also want the hard copy. I have also given that book as gifts.


    Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I know other reviewers have give Dr. McGonigal low marks for her reading. Perhaps it could have been improved upon. I have not heard her narrate other books, but I thought she did a fabulous job in the TED talk.


    What did you learn from The Neuroscience of Change that you would use in your daily life?

    The meditations and reflections are particularly helpful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mallorey 01-26-15
    Mallorey 01-26-15
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    "I've listened to this book over and over!"

    Each time I listen to this book I pick up on something new, and have new meditation experiences! I can't recommend it enough.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jon Irvine, CA, United States 08-29-12
    jon Irvine, CA, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Waiting for her next one!"
    If you could sum up The Neuroscience of Change in three words, what would they be?

    focus reflect breath


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Neuroscience of Change?

    simple and helpful to notice a habit (riding the wave) :and implementing that process.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lenny Austin, TX, United States 11-19-13
    Lenny Austin, TX, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Delivery & organization need work, useful info"
    Would you try another book from Kelly McGonigal and/or the narrator?

    Maybe, if she improved her narration or hired a professional to narrate. She is hard to listen to, although it got better as I went, but I think I just got used to it, and finding most of the info useful helped me get past her delivery.


    What other book might you compare The Neuroscience of Change to and why?

    ?


    What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

    The pacing, her pauses are too frequent. The tone of her voice is a little off.


    Could you see The Neuroscience of Change being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    ?


    Any additional comments?

    Delivery and organization need work; useful information, techniques, and meditations.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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