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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463790929
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463790929
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Loretta Graziano Breuning, PhD is Professor Emerita at California State University, East Bay, and a docent at the Oakland Zoo. She founded the Inner Mammal Institute to help people make peace with their mammalian brain chemicals. Dr. Breuning is author of Beyond Cynical, and I, Mammal, as well as the Psychology Today blog, "Your Neurochemical Self." She spent a year in Africa as a United Nations Volunteer, and has lectured worldwide on resisting corruption. She's a graduate of Cornell University and Tufts, and the mother of two tax-paying adults.

More About the Author

Loretta Graziano Breuning, PhD is founder of the Inner Mammal Institute, which promotes awareness of the mammalian brain chemicals behind our moods and motives. She's Professor Emerita of Management at California State University, and a docent at the Oakland Zoo, where she gives tours on mammalian social behavior.

Why do the field notes of a primatologist sound like the lyrics of a country western song? Why does a biology textbook sound like a soap opera script? Dr. Breuning's books help you understand the brain chemicals we've inherited from earlier mammals. You can replace old habits with new ones when you know how your mammal brain works. Free resources for Dr. Breuning's books are available at her website, InnerMammalInstitute.org.

Prof. Breuning retired from 25 years of teaching to give the books in her head a chance to get out. Before teaching, she spent a year in Africa as a United Nations Volunteer, and has lectured worldwide on resisting corruption pressures. Her blog, Your Neurochemical Self, is hosted by Psychology Today. Ms. Breuning is a graduate of Cornell University and Tufts, and the mother of two tax-paying adults.

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Very informative and easy to follow.
Johnathan Crabtree
Very simply, I loved this book and it explained so much about how our brains function, and why certain things make us happy.
Joanne
Overall, the book flows quite easily and I looked forward to reading page by page.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Happy on April 9, 2012
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I'm very happy I purchased this book, the author writes with insight, intelligence, and it's very accessible and easy to read.

It's helped me better understand myself and the neurochemical basis of my thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Especially helpful were the suggestions given for focusing on past achievements, celebrating small accomplishments, and making an effort to appreciate what we have.

It's one of the best books I've read on neurochemicals and
I highly recommend it.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Debra Wilson on July 10, 2012
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I read this book over a period of a few days, and while the subject matter was interesting, I had several complaints.

Pros-

-It was interesting to learn how the mammal brain functions.

Cons-

-Every single page in the book had a punctuation, spelling, or grammatical error. Some sentences were missing key words and others had the same word randomly inserted in multiple places for no reason. These constant errors made the book difficult to read. Its pretty obvious she never hired an editor for this work.

-The tone used in the book made me feel as though I was a not very bright 5 year old. Her language is uninspired and repetitive. You can only use the words good, bad, happy, and unhappy so many times before they completely lose meaning.

-Her author bio at the end of the book was oddly free of errors. It seems like she put ll her energy and thought into writing those ten pages rather then the body of the book.

So, three stars because while it was interesting, the tone and lack of an editor really ruined the experience for me. If I hadn't paid full price for this book, I would not have finished it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Newell on June 8, 2012
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This is the first review I have ever posted; I tend not to share my feelings publicly. I have spent more than half a century trying to understand why I do the things that are contrary to my own well being; this book has filled in the missing pieces. This doesn't mean my journey will be easier but it does give explanations to why I do them and I am sure that armed with this knowledge will only help break free of persistent confusion. I highly recommend this book to anyone and will be buying more to give as gifts to those whom I care about.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve Scanlon on March 1, 2014
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Having a clearer understanding or how we do what we do as a result of reading this book has been priceless. The author does an incredible job of simplifying the facts and then laying them out in a way that is understandable for those of us who don't practice anything that resembles neuroscience. Brava, Loretta. I think it may have been Einstein who quipped something like "any fool can complicate a matter, it takes genius to make something simple." Very, very helpful. I recommend this book to anyone that is serious about wanting to change something in their life
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sassy Frass on May 12, 2013
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This is the most practical self-help book I have ever read. The truth can be hard to hear, but the author tells it like it is. Happiness is not a 24/7 option. Mood swings, disappointment, frustration and unmet expectations are and always will be a part of everyday life. But we can control our experience of our life journey and enjoy the ride. Probably the best book I've ever read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Johnathan Crabtree on November 16, 2013
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Very informative and easy to follow. As someone who researched similar material in my free time, I found this book to be an easy and quick reference to "happiness chemicals."
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jm on March 9, 2012
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Loretta Breuning's insights into human behavior are among the clearest, most direct, and useful I have read, and I am an avid reader of neuroscience and its applications. Having read over 7000 pages of popular literature on the subject, I found her explanations of how the human brain works and how it affects our resulting behavior and emotions in everyday life provoked constant personal insights and "ah-ha" moments as I read. My wife found the same experience.
I highly recommend her work, and in particular, the latest, "Meet Your Happy Chemicals...." Clear, useful, thought-provoking.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terrie on January 6, 2014
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Liked the easy reading and understandability. Bought this for my mom to help her understand what addiction does to the brain and how it is very hard for people of addiction to find a happy place in their mind.
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