You Are Not Your Brain Book Review

I know you have heard about this is not your brain book and you want information on it.Right?

You want to find out what it is and what it can do for you. Well, you are at the right place because i am here for you.

I will take you through what it is,  ,a brief 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 and if by any chance i do not  tackle one of the things you really wanted,you can as well ask in the comments area and i will be happy to help you out .

Lets now get started on this is not your brain  book review:

Name : You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life

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Author: Jeffrey M. Schwartz and Rebecca Gladding
Genre: Self-help book
Language: English
Publisher : Avery
Date : June 5, 2012
Pages: 384

What It Is
This is  a book that carefully outlines a program, showing readers how to identify negative impulses, channel them through the power of focused attention, and ultimately lead more fulfilling and empowered lives.

Two neuroscience experts explain how their 4-Step Method can help identify negative thoughts and change bad habits for good.

You Are Not Your Brain explores our deceptive brain messages which program us to have harmful thoughts such as “I’m not good enough.” And it tells us how we can change this detrimental wiring by challenging these brain messages and focusing our attention elsewhere. In doing so, we can rewire our brain to make it work for us, not against us.

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.

Dr. Gladding served as a clinical instructor and attending psychiatrist at UCLA and was featured in A&E’s critically acclaimed series Obsessed . She is Founder & Medical Director of Mindful Wellness Maui. She is an expert in anxiety,depression, mindfulness and the Four Steps.

What The Book Talks About

To start with The message of “You Are Not Your Brain” is exactly the one that stands there in the title.

Some key points in this book include:

Deceptive brain messages may be running and ruining your life or at least impinging on your happiness.

The brain reinforces whatever internal messages we innocently focus upon repeatedly.

These faulty messages become strongly entrained in the brain at a physical and survival level.

As these untrue messages grow stronger through repetition, they solidify dysfunctional behaviors you use to relieve the uncomfortable feelings and sensations that are triggered.

Since these faulty messages become the preferred pathway in the brain, you are literally compelled by the brain to repeat them again and again.

Although you may rightly feel – in one sense – that you are at the mercy of your brain, the good news is that you are not your brain.
According to the authors, the brain and the mind are two distinct entities. You don’t have control over the arising of deceptive brain messages, but you can choose how to react to them.

When deceptive brain messages arise, you can learn how to use your mind to veto them, refocus your attention in positive ways, and work around the untrue messages.

Left to its own devices, your brain can cause you to believe things that are not true and to act in any number of self-destructive ways, such as:

Overthinking problems and fretting over things that are out of your control

Getting stuck or panicked by unfounded fear and worries

Blaming and chastising yourself for things that are not your fault

Engaging in unhealthy behaviors to escape life’s daily stresses

Reverting to past patterns when you are trying to make a change

Even if our lives usually run smoothly, when we are stressed or feeling down these false thoughts and unhealthy actions find a way to sneak in and cause havoc.

They can shake our confidence, make us find ways to escape reality, use drugs or alcohol, overeat, spend money we don’t have, avoid people we care about, become angry, develop excessive expectations of ourselves, not say what we really think or feel, limit our range of experiences, worry excessively … you name it.

A critical component to getting better — in the long term — is to understand that these highly deceptive intruders are coming from the brain (not you!) and that these false messages are not indicative of who you are or of the life you could lead.

Although some methods may teach how to change the meaning of your thoughts (as in cognitive-behavioral therapy) or how to become aware of your thoughts (mindfulness), they do not emphatically tell you that these brain-based messages are not representative of who you really are and that you do not have to act on them.

Gradually, through using the 4-steps provided, you will physically rewire your brain. In so doing, the deceptive messages lose their force and are replaced with positive, life.

The Four Steps
Step 1: Relabel — Identify your deceptive brain messages and the uncomfortable sensations; call them what they really are.

Step 2: Reframe — Change your perception of the importance of the deceptive brain messages; say why these thoughts, urges, and impulses keep bothering you: They are false brain messages (It’s not ME, it’s just my BRAIN!).

Step 3: Refocus — Direct your attention toward an activity or mental process that is wholesome and productive — even while the false and deceptive urges, thoughts, impulses, and sensations are still present and bothering you.

Step 4: Revalue — Clearly see the thoughts, urges, and impulses for what they are, simply sensations caused by deceptive brain messages that are not true and that have little to no value (they are something to dismiss, not focus on).

Best Place to Buy The Book

The best place I recommend you buy the book is on Amazon. The price there is fair and according to my research, it is the most trusted online store at the moment. It will also be very convenient for you to buy there if you were planning to do more online shopping today.

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My Thoughts

This is generally a  really good book to help people overcome their mental issues.
However,allow yourself time and space to really get the most out of it….have a notebook and pen handy, because you will be writing notes, doing exercises, and journaling while reading this book.


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as your questions.

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