You have probably heard how great the Brain Lock book really is, and I am guessing you want more information on it. Right?
You want to find out what it is all about and how it will help improve your life, isn’t it?. Well, you are at the right place because this is exactly what I will be talking about.
I will take you through what it is, a brief but very detailed summary of the book, cost and my thoughts about the book.
I will try all my best to give you every single detail about this book to help you get the gist of it in the shortest time possible.
But if by any chance I don’t look into one or some of the things you really wanted to know about it, you can always ask me in the comments area. I would be happy to help. Okay? 🙂
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Name: Brain Lock: Free Yourself From Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior: a four-step self-treatment method to change your brain chemistry
Author: Jeffrey M. Schwartz
Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.com
Genre: Self-help book
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Date: December 6, 2016
What is the Idea Behind Brain Lock?
This is a book that helps you in defeating obsessive-compulsive behavior, which is simply the thoughts and behaviours which you don’t like, that keep running through your mind and get you do things you hate, and have no control over.
In Brain Lock, Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., the author, presents a simple four-step method for overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) that is quite effective, which is also used in most academic treatment centers throughout the world.
Proven by brain-imaging tests to actually alter the chemistry of the brain, this method doesn’t rely on psychopharmaceuticals. Instead, patients use cognitive self-therapy and modification of behavior to develop new patterns of response to their obsessions.
In essence, they use the mind to fix the brain.
Yes, there is a significant difference between the two.
Using the real-life stories of actual patients, Brain Lock explains this revolutionary method and provides readers with the inspiration and tools to free themselves from their psychic prisons and regain full control of their lives.
Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D. is an American psychiatrist and researcheR in the field of
neuroplasticity and its application to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
He is a proponent of mind/body dualism and appeared in the 2008 Film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, in which he told interviewer, Ben Stein, that science should not be separated from religion.
If you are someone who is interested in scientific and religious discussions and debates, then this is a film you are going to find very interesting.
A Brief Summary of Brain Lock
If you have obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours, you will be relieved to learn of significant advances in the treatment of this condition.
Over the past twenty years, behaviour therapy has been shown to be extremely effective in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
And this is what you will be taken through this book.
The book is divided into three sections.
The first, and by far the longest, goes into detail about the four steps. These four words are the first steps of OCD relief while waiting for cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
By utilising the information given in the book, we start to develop our minds to identify and label the OCD, and begin very basic CBT on our own.
By being able to label the OCD, we can express ourselves far more eloquently to therapists or doctors, and by knowing we have a condition,we become less scared of their judgement.
The second section focuses on other mental conditions and case studies.
The case studies are a bit of a double edged sword, seeing how far OCD can go is a little discouraging, but does show we are not alone as well as how lucky we are that we have sought treatment for this health issue.
The third and final section is the one that will probably become the most used. This mini summarization of the Four Steps is reassuring and digestible even at our most anxious of times, guiding us through how we can treat ourselves.
The basic principle is that by understanding what these thoughts and urges really are, you can learn to manage the fear and anxiety that OCD causes.
Managing your fear, in turn, will allow you to control your behavioural responses much more effectively.
You will use biological knowledge and cognitive awareness to help you perform exposure and response prevention on your own.
This strategy has four basic steps, which I have been mentioning a lot. They are:
The goal is to perform these steps daily.
(The first three steps are especially important at the beginning of treatment.) Self-treatment is an essential part of this technique for learning to manage your responses to OCD on a day-to-day basis.
Let’s see how the Four Steps are to be applied in real life.
The key to this step is learning to recognize and accept that your obsessive thoughts and compulsions are evidence of your OCD.
Although it may seem counter-intuitive, the reverse approach is needed to make it as efffective as possible.
What this means is, you surely need to become aware of your thoughts and compulsions, look at them, see them for what they are – incorrect intrusions and false messages from your brain – and relabel them as this.
This is the only way you will be able to separate them from your other helpful thoughts, and get to eliminate them completely.
To put this step into practice, this is what you should do.
Pay conscious attention to your thoughts every moment (this is termed as mindfulness). Being mindful will help you see the obsessive thoughts sneaking in on you and be able to understand them well.
Keep reminding yourself that these thoughts are unwanted, that they do not represent reality and that they are part of an obsessive disorder which you want to do away with completely.
The book gives very handy exercises and tips that will help cultivate your level of mindfulness. You are going to love them.
The key point of this step is to realise that the intrusive thoughts and compulsions are caused by a medical condition together with your current brain chemistry.
As Schwartz sums it up: “It’s not me – it’s my OCD.”
This keeps you in check with yourself as well as builds the awareness of the disorder within yourself so that you are able to know that what the condition causes you to do, is not what you want to do out of your own free choice.
There are more other statements that Jeffrey provides to do this, and they are really effective.
Keep reminding yourself that just because your brain gives you a message doesn’t mean that it is true and that it came from you.
Steps one and two work are meant to work together to help you to correctly recognize irrational thoughts and to understand where these thoughts are coming from.
This is the action step.
Begin to refocus and distract yourself from the irrational thoughts and compulsive behaviours you feel compelled to engage in.
This resistance to engage in a compulsive behaviour will aid in easing your anxious irrational thoughts, and turn start creating key changes in your mind.
You don’t have to do what your weakened brain chemistry is telling you to do. Keep reminding yourself that your brain is tricking you into thinking and doing stuff you don’t want to do and keep implementing the distraction techniques you will get in the book to oppose the thoughts.
In good time, if you put in constant effort to implement the three other steps, you can begin to revalue your thoughts and urges.
You can watch how your mind works, question the thoughts that you have, and remind yourself that it is the OCD which is causing the intrusive and unwanted thoughts.
You will no longer feel as compelled to believe these tormenting thoughts or need to follow through with the compulsions to reduce your anxiety.
As the days, weeks and months pass, the quantity of irrational thoughts you experience will reduce and your compulsions will have less of a hold over you.
This book comes in different formats. You can get the paperback book, which will cost you $9.98, or the hardcover which goes for $5.
You can also decide to get the kindle version which costs $8.53. You can also choose to get an old one, if you like. A slightly used paperback version comes in at $5.28. These are the different prices of the available versions on Amazon.
My Final Thoughts on Brain Lock
Personally, I found this book really helpful as far as dealing with OCD is concerned.
It gives clear steps on how to understand and overcome your problem and be able to build control over your mind and thoughts, which I am confident is what you would want to have.
Although the book can come across as very wordy, and require plenty of time to read, I would say the long read and the time you’ll spend on it is well worth the benefits it brings if you follow what it teaches.
I hope you found this review useful to you.
If you have any questions about this book, feel free to let me know in the comments below. I would be happy to clear the mist for you. Just drop a line in the comments and I will get back to you immediately I see it. 🙂