"Rewire Your Brain for Love
synthesizes complex neurophysiological information about the brain's role in relationships in reader-friendly ways, and combines this with really practical, effective tools for beefing up the capacity for attachment."
-- Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, creator of the Health Journeys guided imagery series
"Dr. Lucas shows readers how to use the power of neuroplasticity to build up the "circuits" of resilience, empathy, and assertiveness for relationships. Warm, funny, and so very helpful; like having a best friend who is both savvy about the brain and a world-class therapist."
-- Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha's Brain
"Honest, warmhearted, and funny. Lucas explains neuroscience in plain English, so all of us can understand. She brings great clarity to the sometimes murky waters of romantic relationships and gives us a wonderful introduction to mindfulness meditation and its benefits."
-- Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness
From the Inside Flap
On the way to finding and creating vibrant, successful relationships, too many of us end up tangled in the same old patterns, tripped up by relationship habits that get in our way whether we "know better" or not.
In Rewire Your Brain for Love,
neuropsychologist and psychotherapist Marsha Lucas, PhD,
helps you untangle those relationship snarls, bringing together the latest neuroscience with a practice consistently heralded by top academic institutions for its effectiveness in changing the brain: the practice of mindfulness meditation.
Dr. Lucas's clear, unintimidating, often laugh-out-loud style invites you to explore how the brain functions in relationships, helping you understand how your current relationship wiring developed and showing you how you can rewire your relationship brain through mindfulness meditation.
A down-to-earth therapist and self-described neuroscience geek, Dr. Lucas has written a chapter-by-chapter guide with compassion, wisdom, and humor. In Rewire Your Brain for Love
, she takes you on a journey through seven high-voltage relationship benefits—everything from keeping your fear from running the show to cultivating healthy, balanced empathy—and offers specific mindfulness practices to help bring those benefits into your life.
With a few minutes of practice a day, you can change the way you interact with everyone around you . . . especially those closest to you. You can transform your brain from an enemy to an ally in all matters of the heart, creating more loving communication, building emotional resilience, and reducing over-reactivity--not to mention enjoying better sex.
You don't have to become a monk, or a vegetarian, or spend hours contemplating your navel--you just need to update the relationship wiring of your brain. The simple practice of mindfulness can help get you there, with Dr. Lucas showing you how.