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Publisher's Summary

The noted research psychiatrist and New York Times best-selling author explores how Transcendental Meditation permanently alters your daily consciousness, resulting in greater productivity, emotional resilience, and aptitude for success.

Most of us believe that we live in only three states of consciousness: wakefulness, sleep, and dreaming. But there is so much more. In Super Mind, clinical psychiatrist and bestselling author Norman E. Rosenthal, MD, shows how the incredibly simple daily practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM) can permanently alter your state of mind during the routine hours of waking life - placing you into a super-mind state of "cosmic consciousness" where you consistently perform at peak aptitude.

In his most ambitious book yet, Rosenthal shows how TM is more than a tool for destressing or for general wellness. It is a gateway to functioning physically, emotionally, and intellectually at levels we never knew we could attain. Written in Rosenthal's trademark style of restraint and intellectual carefulness, Super Mind explores how we can aspire to so much more than we ever thought possible.

©2016 Norman E. Rosenthal (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Infomercial

This is an infomercial - not a book. Please share with your readers ahead of time that they will not be learning the practice. This felt misleading. I am still interested in finding a teacher but had no idea that this was not shared at all until hours in to the book.

48 of 49 people found this review helpful

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Misleading Title

The words "How-To" in a book title generally signify some type of practical instructions are forthcoming. After about 30 minutes, the author informs the listener that there will be none.

This book is not a "how-to". Rather, it appears to be a book which supports the IDEA of ™ as valuable/useful.

33 of 34 people found this review helpful

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  • Stefano
  • VAN NUYS, CA, United States
  • 04-21-17

Too much of the "spend the 1k for the course"

Lots of good informations about meditation but too much of a "spend the 1k for the TM course and you'll be happy" propaganda... it would have been a 5 stars book if it wasn't that full of pressure in favour of the really expensive organization.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Infomercial not a book

I am a fan of meditation including transcendental meditation. I thought I could learn something from this book. Alas, to my disappointment this book is simply an exercise in name dropping of famous or accomplished people who use TM. You can get a better understanding of that by seeing the same people talk TM on you tube. Almost all of the research presented is based on subjective responses to questionnaires. While the author admits his bias he carefully choses examples that favor TM and goes so far as rigging the game by the examples he choses for other forms of meditation. I repeatedly found myself annoyed to disraction by such a thinly hidden agenda. If audible would allow it I would give it a zero rating.

40 of 43 people found this review helpful

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Author says he won't teach you about TM & doesn't.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Stealing ANYBODY ELSE'S work worth 4-5 stars.

Has Super Mind turned you off from other books in this genre?

If you can't trust a peddler of BS, what kind of BS peddler can you trust?

What didn’t you like about Dan Woren’s performance?

How well the performer read the book: slightly above average.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

PTSD.

Any additional comments?

Don't Waste Money Buying This Book. If You Already Have, Bury The Shame Deep. Unfortunately, you can't burn this one.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Stan
  • ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States
  • 08-02-16

10 hours of infomercial

What would have made Super Mind better?

Change the title to "Testimonials: The big book of TM Anecdotes." Or write something actually instructional.

Would you ever listen to anything by Norman E. Rosenthal, MD again?

That seems unlikely

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Not sure anyone could make that much testimonial interesting, but I found the reader tedious.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Narrator has strange emphasis and cadence

The content is great but the narration takes away from the overall impact. I found myself imagining the text spoken differently. I'm not sure why, but the narration made this very serious and interesting content seem more silly.

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No Valid Information Shared

What a waste of money... This book is just as useless as Transcendence... No instruction on meditation... Just stories on how others benefit from meditation...

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Title is misleading

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

the title "how to boost performance" was a bit misleading as the whole book focused on scenarios and examples of how wonderful this type of meditation really is, without actually telling you how to do it. It kept stressing that you need to see a specialist to get the full experience.

What could Norman E. Rosenthal MD have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Actually given some details and steps on how to start preparing for this type of meditation.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I wasn't particularly enthralled by the narrators approach. For some reason I was pretty annoyed with the fact that he would change the pitch of his voice when quoting female or male examples.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The thing i kept hearing is my head was, "get on with it, let me hear something new" I found this book quite redundant. Takes a few examples of transcendental meditation and looks at it from a few different perspectives, but really was the same thing being repeated. Additionally, there were numerous time were i felt like they were trying to sell me meditation and to make me go to a "specialist" I'm already interested in this meditation, I don't need additional motivation to read into it. In fact i might have demotivated me in some aspect

Any additional comments?

If you going to write a "How to" book, make sure to include the "how to" part. This book felt, to me, redundant, sales orientated, and over intellectualized.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Must Read for those interested in TM

After starting TM just a few days prior to downloading the book, I was anxious to have additional insight. The audio book was enjoyable and I'm very pleased with my purchase. The various accounts from Dr. Norman Rosenthal's experiences himself with TM and of some of his practicing colleagues was fascinating. After listening to the book, it further solidified my belief in TM and I even sent it to several friends I thought may benefit from listening to it. I highly recommend it to anyone considering TM.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful