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A leading neuroplasticity researcher and the coauthor of the groundbreaking books Brain Lock and The Mind and the Brain, Jeffrey M. Schwartz has spent his career studying the structure and neuronal firing patterns of the human brain. He pioneered the first mindfulness-based treatment program for people suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder, teaching patients how to achieve long-term relief from their compulsions.

For the past six years, Schwartz has worked with psychiatrist Rebecca Gladding to refine a program that successfully explains how the brain works and why we often feel besieged by bad brain wiring. Just like the compulsions of OCD patients, they discovered that bad habits, social anxieties, self-deprecating thoughts, and compulsive overindulgence are all rooted in overactive brain circuits. The key to making life changes that you want - to making your brain work for you - is to consciously choose to starve these circuits of focused attention, thereby decreasing their influence and strength.

In You Are Not Your Brain, Schwartz and Gladding carefully outline their program, showing listeners how to identify negative brain impulses, channel them through the power of focused attention, and ultimately lead more fulfilling and empowered lives.

©2011 Jefferey Schwartz, M.D., and Rebecca Gladding, M.D. (P)2011 Tantor

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Free Yourself from Your Struggles

In You are Not Your Brain, Jeffrey Schwartz MD and Rebecca Gladding MD, help readers better understand rational thought and how individuals can garner control over their irrational thoughts. This book will be very helpful to anyone struggling with fear, anxiety, tedious compulsions, and unwanted behaviors. Detailed methods for changing behaviors are described and illustrated which individuals can access. Personally, I thought there was more illustrative material than was necessary to address the main concepts, but some new to this material may well benefit. Everyone will find some hints and insights which they can use in day-to-day living and improving their quality of life.

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  • Thomas
  • Sewell, NJ, United States
  • 09-06-11

Why you do things and how to change.

This one is really a great hidden suprise. I've been looking for something to explain in detail, how habits, actions, and emotions are created, and the process of changing the brain accordingly as desired. This guide gives detailed explanations of what is going on in your brain cells, how it affects and controls what you do and feel. It provides the physical brain cell processes in detail. And it provides related steps to change and rewire these processes. With the base knowledge of what is going on with the brain, you can relate this to other self help techniques for a better understanding of what is going on and how to make changes. This is a foundation work I highly recommend, especially if you are listening to several (or more) change books. Like most things, change and improvement requires work. This includes becoming self aware, learning where thoughts and actions come from, and the effort that goes into the change. But this one can give you some immediate feedback and reinforce your efforts. It's still good to utilize other books on meditation, focus, and action, to round out your knowledge and experience, as rarely can just one book get you to make substanial changes. But this book gives you real insight to what is really going on in your physical brain, and how you can take action, which makes physical changes and rewiring. It's detailed and step oriented with the typical example cases, so you will need more than one quick listen to capture it all and make it work. I'm on the second listen, and I rewind frequently. If you want a novel, look elsewhere, and if you want something that can really help, I highly recommend you get this one, and start following it intently. (As I hinted, it may help you to understand what would really be going on in the brain when you are trying the other various methods out there.)

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 12-20-11

Good stuff but Repetitious

This book has a good point and it very clear. I appreciated the points about personal difficulties not being one???s fault, but resolving the difficulties is one???s responsibility. Nevertheless, this book was hard to listen to. The narration is very repetitive and sounds patronizing. At points I wondered if there was a mistake in the recording and sentences were being repeated slightly differently due to poor editing ??? but no, it seems the repetition was intentional. The book painstakingly tells you what they are going to tell you, then tells you, then tells you again, then tells you one more time, then tells you what they told you (twice). Although I believe in the system presented, the book avoids many real issues that come up when attempting to implement such a system on one???s own. Re-label, re-frame, re-focus, re-value are valuable techniques, and many examples are given, but most were a bit more simplistic than many real life difficulties (and most of the examples were the author???s patients, thus were getting active guidance with the system). I did thinks the book well worth listening to, but I don???t feel it gives enough for real self-help and the repetition was annoying.

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Awful narration...just terrible :(

What would have made You Are Not Your Brain better?

I agree with the other reviewers that are put off by the narrator. He sounds outdated, robotic, condescending, and generally annoying. I like Jefferey M. Schwartz, M.D. and Brain Lock (the Audible was awesome and loved the narration) but the narrator ruined this audio. I will order the book.

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YESSSSSSSS!!!! 100% yes! :( :( :(

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Amazing, life changing information!!

This book is a must! I would imagine every human being on the planet would benefit from this amazing researching information, let alone being able to put it into practical application in our every day life. I'm already experiencing amazing results in a very short period of time.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough! I invite you to join me upon the path of mental awareness and recovery from habitual negative thinking( deceptive brain messages)
The world becomes a better place when we each take responsibility for our character and our actions, regardless of circumstances, and this book is a clear and helpful path in helping use raise our personal and collective consciousness.

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A bit drawn out and convoluted

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The book was good; however, while reading, I did not gain any interest of the subject and content.

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A life changing book for me.

I grew up in a dysfunctional home where I learned to react to conflict and process information in unhealthy ways. Over the years I've struggled with breaking the unhealthy responses that come quickly and seemingly automatically in stressful situations. For the first time I have a practical way to deal with the deceptive messages that have driven my behavior. I'm just starting to implement the teaching in this book and already see progress. I have hope! I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to change unhealthy habits, no matter how long you've had them.

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Repetitive & Slow Narration

Good information but repeats points over and over. I quit due to the narration - slow. Even tried listening at 1.25 and 1.5 speeds and that didn't help.
An abridged version with a different narrator would be better.

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  • Jonna
  • Florida, USA
  • 11-13-16

Good information long and drawn out

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to anyone but me. It drove me crazy. The first couple chapters should diffidently be skipped. There is good information and I felt guilty for not enjoying it. The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer is a better fit for me. It has humor and was a pleasure to listen to. You Are Not Your Brain is more in depth and probably a better book for that reason. I don't care.I can't force myself to finish it.<br/>I hope you like it more.

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  • Kathie
  • Kalispell, MT, United States
  • 09-22-11

if you're a 10 year old

Very slow and condescending. This book takes forever to make a simple point, pats itself on the back a lot and the narator speaks like he's addressing a 10 year old that's been bad or like a religious deprogrammer from Saturday Night Live. The text explains and explains and explains each point like they don't really think you can get it. Maybe they were trying to give me another reason to "not be my brain" ;) These are simple yet good concepts and I think it could make a good reference in a print version.

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