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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, But Not Great Either, May 6, 2012
This review is from: Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One (Hardcover)
Despite the intriguing title and positive reviews by other readers, I found the actual book to be a disappointment. It, like many other current books, uses recent research about brain structure, function, and especially plasticity, to make a case that being who we are is a habit we have formed--a habit we can break if we choose. Then it lays out a series of meditations to help in breaking the old habit and forming a new and better self. The problems for me were these:

The book is wordy. It could easily have covered the same content in half the pages, and the reading would have been more interesting.

It's a bit dumbed-down. Many other books do a better job of explaining the research that has been done and what it shows--better in detail and better in clarity. Dispenza says often that he doesn't want to overwhelm the reader with too much science. I myself would have welcomed more.

The meditations are OK, but not strikingly different or more useful than many others.

For a first book on this general topic, it's not bad, though there are many better ones out there. If you've read a few, don't expect anything new.
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Initial post: May 7, 2012 11:41:01 AM PDT
Tekwho1 says:
Phileana - you said there were many other books on the same general topic as this book. Could you name some? I would be interested in reading more on the topic.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2012 6:19:53 AM PDT
Kally Ann says:
Thanks for asking the question of Phileana for I, too, would like the titles of those books referenced by Phileana's comment!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2013 6:41:44 AM PDT
BPage says:
The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles by Bruce H. Lipton (2008) Much of Dispenza's work is based on Dr. Lipton's work. The meditation aspect of his work comes from JZ Knight who channels Ramtha. Read Ramtha: The White Book by Ramtha (Feb 14, 2005). In JZ's workshops in Yelm, WA she/Ramtha teaches the breathing technique to creating--bringing the breath up to the brain where we then create. I learned NLP with Dr. Rachel Hott in NYC, and NLP is based on tapping into the subconscious and causing a reframe, or the brain to fire in a new way. It's very effective as I have used it hundreds of times on others.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2013 6:42:25 AM PDT
BPage says:
The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles by Bruce H. Lipton (2008) Much of Dispenza's work is based on Dr. Lipton's work. The meditation aspect of his work comes from JZ Knight who channels Ramtha. Read Ramtha: The White Book by Ramtha (Feb 14, 2005). In JZ's workshops in Yelm, WA she/Ramtha teaches the breathing technique to creating--bringing the breath up to the brain where we then create. I learned NLP with Dr. Rachel Hott in NYC, and NLP is based on tapping into the subconscious and causing a reframe, or the brain to fire in a new way. It's very effective as I have used it hundreds of times on others.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2013 6:43:38 AM PDT
BPage says:
Another important book is
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge (Dec 18, 2007)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2013 6:44:05 AM PDT
BPage says:
Another important book is
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge (Dec 18, 2007)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2013 5:32:32 PM PDT
Pawan says:
Can anyone tell me if there's anyone point in reading this if you've already read "Evolve Your Brain"? Or vice versa? Does one book supersede the other? My guess is that this one, based on reviews and the fact that it's newer, is a better read than Evolve Your Brain for those who are looking for a how-to rather than an educational read.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2014 7:36:32 PM PST
StrangeBrew says:
Thank You BPage for the list of Books!!!

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 9:35:46 AM PDT
web deals says:
On dispenza's website he is selling eyeshades with his logo for 30 bucks! That tells me all I need to know (he is chiropractor too I believe- case closed!)
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