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3.00694444444444 out of 53.00694444444444 out of 53.00694444444444 out of 53.00694444444444 out of 53.00694444444444 out of 5 3.01 (144 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey M. Schwartz, Rebecca Gladding Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781452671611
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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 ther 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A testament to mind over brain…It’s the truth of the matter that sheer willpower can truly make you break free.”

    Leonardo DiCaprio

  • “Operating on the highly rational perspective that we are not our brains, but rather, substantial free agents who exercise control over our brains, Schwartz and Gladding develop a simple, yet profoundly insightful approach for developing a flourishing life. The result is truly life-giving, and it will bring healing and hope to all who read it and practice its wisdom.”

    J. P. Moreland, author of The God Question

  • “How can the brain, which is just a complex network of interconnected nerve cells, give rise to consciousness and to thought? Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz and Dr. Rebecca Gladding argue, persuasively, that the mind actually has massive causal effects on the functioning of the brain. In other words, you can not only change the way you think, feel and behave through conscious effort when you’re upset, but you can also change the programming and chemistry of your brain. A compelling and important message.”

    David Burns, MD, author of Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy

  • “The idea that we can deliberately and systematically change our brains with our minds was once thought ridiculous. But now, largely due to Jeffrey Schwartz and his UCLA research on neuroplasticity and OCD, this once revolutionary idea is well accepted. Rebecca Gladding and Jeffrey Schwartz adapt Schwartz’s extraordinarily successful program for a mainstream audience giving simple, self-directed tools to help achieve greater happiness, emotional balance, and overall well-being.”

    Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of The Mindful Child

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 11/15/2013

    " Explains why we make bad choices, why we ruminate and obsess about erroneous thoughts about ourselves and how to use a 4-Step Process to stop the "looping" and short-circuit the fallacious thoughts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted Barnett | 8/10/2013

    " Best book I've ever read for dealing with the annoying ruminations that accompany the mid-life crisis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aggie | 6/13/2013

    " If you are doing inner work, this book is a must read. Seeing the prison is paramount if you hope to escape. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse Bowers | 2/28/2013

    " Not a book for people wanting to learn about the brain, but for people who struggle with OCD, anxiety, and depression, you will find this book a powerful tool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/8/2013

    " This is a pretty good book that has a lot if good ideas. Sometimes you know something and you just need to be reminded. If you are dealing with depression or anxiety this is a great book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John Martindale | 10/28/2012

    " This is a book that needed a better editor, it became absurdly repetitive. It was hard to finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 7/18/2012

    " I read a synopsis of this book in a magazine, which was really interesting. However, it turned out to be a self-help book which turned me off by immediately introducing an internal "wise advocate". I'm marking this "read" so I don't try to pick it up again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gwen | 11/26/2011

    " The brain science behind making effective behavioral changes. OK enough read...but the challenge comes from integrating the book contents on one's own. Probably a better read for professional coaching community than lay reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 10/5/2011

    " I would find it difficult to follow the 4 steps suggested in this book without years of therapy. However, I do like the "labels" placed on areas of the brain and mental habits reviewed in this book. I would rate it on the higher end of self-help books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bailey Olfert | 8/14/2011

    " Although quite wordy and repetitive, there does seem to be a good framework at the core of this system for "changing bad habits, ending unhealthy thinking, and taking control of your life." I'll have to see how do-able the steps are in my own life. I certainly would like to see improvement! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave Thiagaram | 7/13/2011

    " It is more of a self help book but has some interesting point of views. "

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About the Author

Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD, is an internationally recognized authority on obsessive-compulsive disorder and is the author of the bestseller Brain Lock. He is a research professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine.

About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”