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Why do we think, feel, and act in ways we wish we did not? For decades, New York Times best-selling author Dr. David A. Kessler has studied this question with regard to tobacco, food, and drugs. Over the course of these investigations, he identified one underlying mechanism common to a broad range of human suffering. This phenomenon - capture - is the process by which our attention is hijacked and our brains commandeered by forces outside our control.

In Capture, Dr. Kessler considers some of the most profound questions we face as human beings: What are the origins of mental afflictions, from everyday unhappiness to addiction and depression, and how are they connected? Where do healing and transcendence fit in to this realm of emotional experience?

Analyzing an array of insights from psychology, medicine, neuroscience, literature, philosophy, and theology, Dr. Kessler deconstructs centuries of thinking, examining the central role of capture in mental illness and questioning traditional labels that have obscured our understanding of it. With a new basis for understanding the phenomenon of capture, he explores the concept through the emotionally resonant stories of both well-known and unknown people caught in its throes.

The closer we can come to fully comprehending the nature of capture, Dr. Kessler argues, the better the chance to alleviate its deleterious effects and successfully change our thoughts and behavior. Ultimately, Capture offers insight into how we form thoughts and emotions, manage trauma, and heal. For the first time, we can begin to understand the underpinnings of not only mental illness but also our everyday worries and anxieties. Capture is an intimate and critical exploration of the most enduring human mystery of all: the mind.

©2016 David A. Kessler, MD (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Confused

I was hoping for some information on how our minds get captured and how to deal with that. This book is basically 10 chapters of never ending examples of people with problems. I'm not kidding it is a book consisting of examples. Not even examples that lead you anywhere. Just long winded rambling on examples. Almost nothing of a practical nature. The useful information could be summarized on one page.

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Meh

Save yourself the trouble and just download a mindfulness meditation book. This one is mostly fluffy stories and a half chapter of practical advice.

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amazing - already having a second listen

absolutely love this book, provided a lot of insight both myself and others around me

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A little too relatable...

I really enjoyed listening to Capture. I may have to listen again soon, because I don't think I caught a really great way to release myself from my own "Capture." But I don't mind. It was a joy to listen to.

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