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About the Author

Ted George, M.D., board-certified in psychiatry and internal medicine, is an associate clinical director at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and a clinical professor of psychiatry at George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. George has presented before numerous professional groups, such as the American Psychiatric Association, American Neuropsychiatric Association, and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.



Lisa Berger has written numerous popular nonfiction books, most of which deal with psychiatry, mental illness, and neuroscience.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062127772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062127778
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Board-certified in psychiatry and internal medicine, Ted George is an associate clinical director at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and a clinical professor of psychiatry at George Washington University School of Medicine. Published extensively in scientific medical journals, Dr. George has presented before numerous professional groups, such as the American Psychiatric Association, and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

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Great job Doc!
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PAG is short for the periaqueductal gray, which is a brain structure central to simulating survival behaviors like defensive rage and escape.
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Very easy read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By William Stigwell on July 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I found this book very helpful.
Dr George is a research psychiatrist at the NIMH. Most researchers do not write well for the public and this book is an exception. Dr. George uses his research experience and his communication skills as a psychiatrist to help us understand, in layman's terms, something as complicated as human emotions . It reads like you have having a conversation with the author. He helps us to understand, not just the neuroscience of emotions....but what to do with them ....and how to not be controlled by them.
I have shared this book with family and colleagues. I would welcome other readable books like this from NIMH
Nice job Dr. George. Thanks.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deb on December 21, 2013
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Ever feel like your emotions are out of control?

Believe it or not, these emotional spinouts may have less to do with personality and individual experiences than they do with neurological functioning. _Untangling The Mind_ presents a fascinating neurological model that explains how extreme emotions are actually cases of innate survival responses gone into overdrive. In the words of the author:

"This book looks at emotions and behaviors that are out of proportion to a situation. Emotions are not the same as behavior--they fuel it. By examining the relationship between tumultuous emotions and magnified responses, you get an idea of what sets them off, who's most vulnerable, why they spin out of control, and what you can do to understand and contain them. My hope is to begin to untangle and answer the vexing questions about the *whys*, *whats*, and *hows* of emotions...My search has helped me construct a neurological model that ties together extreme emotions with behavior, pathways, and clinical characteristics. This explanation centers on the notion that everyone possess a neurological switch deep in the brain that can be flipped at the right time, and the wrong time. I hope to share with you my understanding and insight into how this switch works and what's going on in people's brains." (p. 5)

Divided into three parts, the book first untangles the inner workings of the brain by showing how sensory signals are translated into emotions. Next, it uses personal stories to illustrate the neurological inner (mis)workings underlying specific emotional disorders, such as intermittent explosive disorder (extreme bouts of anger), panic disorder, depression, and psychopathy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lee Stallard on May 14, 2013
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In "Untangling the Mind: Why We Behave the Way We Do," D. Theodore George, M.D., a psychiatrist and neuroscientist at the National Institutes of Health, describes a new model for understanding America's surge in emotional and behavioral disorders. Earlier this year, a report by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine of the National Academies found that comparing a peer group of 17 wealthy countries, Americans under 50 now have the lowest life expectancy and fall at the bottom (i.e. were the worst) of nearly every morbidity category from deaths by substance abuse, sexual-related diseases, infant mortality, violence and sedentary lifestyles that contribute to diabetes and cardiovascular problems. The report points out that in the years following World War II, America was near or at the top of the peer group. It rightly concludes that something clearly is wrong but, unfortunately, fails to provide a satisfactory explanation. The problem has become so acute that last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released figures that show suicide rates have sharply increased so that more Americans now die from suicide than from motor vehicle accidents.

Fortunately, Dr. George's book helps us understand what's going wrong. In his view, traumas experienced by 75 percent of the population result in faulty brain wiring that makes people vulnerable to the stressors, threats and fears we experience in modern life. The faulty wiring misinterprets threats and fears by blowing them way out of proportion. This results in emotional and behavioral disorders including anger that triggers the fight response, fear that triggers the flight response, depression that triggers shutdown and an absence of emotional anger that triggers predatory behavior.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Diane Stoner on May 24, 2013
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Everyone had encountered a friend or family member who over reacts to a given situation. These over reactions can ruin families and relationships and this is the subject of this terrific book. Dr. George with first rate science and personal stories has put together a book that is difficult to put down. President Obama has called this the Decade of the Brain and this book is a great start to understanding why we do what we do...if you only read one non fiction book this year, this should be it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Burroughs on June 11, 2013
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This is a very well-written book explaining how the brain functions, in layman's terms, during times of stress, anxiety, depression, etc. The book explains the physical reasons for reactions that we have.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brent on June 22, 2013
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Dr. George not is not only obviously extremely knowledgeable about the human mind, but he writes well enough that the narrative stays engaging and captivating.
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