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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

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  • Stephen
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 02-02-12

Best Intro To CBT I Know

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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Get this book.

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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"The Brain Mechanic" needs a complete overhaul...

What disappointed you about The Brain Mechanic?

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. <br/><br/>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.

How could the performance have been better?

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.

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Simple. It just plain works

What made the experience of listening to The Brain Mechanic the most enjoyable?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Brain Mechanic?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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EV + B = EM

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.

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Nothing impressive, new or groundbreaking…

Would you try another book from Spencer Lord and/or Spencer Lord?

Don't think so.

Has The Brain Mechanic turned you off from other books in this genre?

Still believe there should be good books on the subject

How could the performance have been better?

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.

Do you think The Brain Mechanic needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

He can try again, hopefuly with better success next time.

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excellent insight into my self awareness AND me,

need to hear this book multiple times for me to actually get it finally yes.

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A must-read book!

Every now and then a book comes along in my life that is so monumental that I'm forever changed by it. This is such a book!

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very well written and easy to understand.

despite the author not having a PhD or medical degree in psychology or psychiatry his real world experience is nothing short of spectacular and energizing. i'm going to begin reading this book the second time as well as listening to the Audible as I feel this is one of those masterpieces that continued to get better every time you read it.

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  • Ashanti
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
  • 03-20-15

everyday psychology guide

loves this book, it tells you in "Lehman terms " what is going on in your head. lol!
This book is like a user guide for your mind.