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Rewire

Change Your Brain to Break Bad Habits, Overcome Addictions, Conquer Self-Destructive Behavior
Narrated by: Fred Stella
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Self Development, How-To
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Publisher's Summary

The bestselling author of Undoing Depression offers a brain-based guide to help us finally get rid of the bad habits that plague us.

We humans tend to get in our own way time and time again - whether it comes to not speaking up for ourselves, going back to bad romantic partners, our umpteenth diet, or engaging in any of a range of bad habits we just can’t seem to shake. In Rewire, renowned psychotherapist Richard O’Connor, PhD, reveals why our bad habits die so hard. We have two brains - one a thoughtful, conscious, deliberative self, and the other an automatic self that does most of the work without our attention. Using new research and knowledge about how the brain works, the audiobook clears a path to lasting, effective change for behaviors that include:

  • procrastination
  • overeating
  • chronic disorganization
  • staying in bad situations
  • excessive worrying
  • risk-taking
  • passive aggression
  • self-medication
  • and more

Bringing together many different fields in psychology and brain science, Rewire offers a refreshing, science-based new paradigm for readers of Charles Duhigg and Frank Lawlis.

©2014 Richard O’Connor (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Hudson Street Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.

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Meh

It's okay, particularly if you aren't familiar with his primary suggestions ... mindfulness meditation along with a 12 step program. If you are familiar with those and general behavioral modification principles, it's just several hours of listening hoping to hear something new. The narrator did a good job.

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Personal

Concrete steps to take to unlearn bad habits and rewire new. What fires together wires together. Good sections on self-hate and depression. Compassionate self-inquire. The undertow effect that pulls us back into bad habits.

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Tired Rehash

Not very interesting or useful rehash of material already covered more originally and interestingly by others. Read Daniel Kahneman or Jack Kornfield instead.

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A lot of insight on Meta thinking.

My younger brother got angry because of how well this book described his negative emotions and how it was easy to get through them. Then it also described his anger and how he shouldn't be angry at the truth.
Best car pool ever.

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Not a how-to -just an overview

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The title of the book is quite misleading.

If you are interested in a general, introductory overview to habits and repetitive patterns this is an ok book.

On the other hand, if you think (accordingly to the title) that you can get some insights as to how to tackle those problems, well, you are up to a big disappointment.

Buy if you are for the first case, don't for the second.

PS: I considered the title of the book and description to be extremely misleading -hence the rating.

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Enlightened!

Wow. More than I expected. Huge insight in lifelong patterns of behaviors not serving my best interest. And especially the influence of others around me struggling with their own addictive behaviors. This book has helped me turn a huge corner in my life.

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Re-wire this book

Very disappointing and a bit painful a listen. The narration did not help. As of chapter 2 (and I mightn't make it much further) it references myriad studies without giving enough detail about them to make them interesting or meaningful. It borders on anecdotal with neither humour nor human interest- dry as a bone! After two chapters I am no clearer on the concept or process of re-wiring. The book doesn't explain the science of how the brain works but instead gives tons on stories and makes these meaningless references. I feel obligated to finish (clearly how unfortunately my brain is wired). I hope it has more insight in later chapters, but not worth the purchase. There are so many other more interesting books that deliver on the promise of the title. But if you need to sleep...

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Excellent

This is a very helpful, informative, and interesting book. It is well written and well spoken. Fascinating content. Love learning about social psych and how the mind works. Valuable for oneself or empathizing with those we care about.

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This book is eh. I recommend The Little Book of Big Change

I am really surprised I did not like this book. I usually purchase books after going through reviews & star rankings on amazon..& although this one had a decent scoring I thought it was just eh..okay.

Instead I recommend the book The Little Book of Big Change by Dr. Amy Johnson. It goes over the same concepts of explaining the brain but Dr. Johnson explains the process WAY better & gives you power to actually CHANGE.

In honesty- I couldn’t read it in its entirety because it was not satisfying to me so maybe I’m missing something...but as an avid reader I truly believe there are better books on this subject

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New direction from Undoing Depression

O'Connor has a compelling personal narrative, but there is hardly a whisper of it in this synthesis of research into neuroscience and personal development. His work here is important because he doesn't shy away from the worst cases. He tries to tie conclusions of researchers in irrational economics to the role of the unconscious mind in maladies like chronic depression and anxiety. Definitely worth a listen.

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