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Hijacked by Your Brain: How to Free Yourself When Stress Takes Over Paperback – January 1, 2013
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"[Ford and Wortmann] teach the average person how to prepare for stressful life events through preventative actions--standing back, orienting, and self-checking--and pave the way for a productive response to the stressor. ... will be readily absorbed by the average person who needs assistance with tension." - Library Journal
"A PTSD expert explains how stress sets off your brain - and how you can learn to diffuse it." - ELLE
About the Author
Julian Ford is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Director of the University of Connecticut Health Center Child Trauma Clinic and Center for Trauma Response Recovery and Preparedness (ctrp.org), the creator of the TARGET© treatment model for adult, adolescent, and child traumatic stress disorders, and CEO of Advanced Trauma Solutions, Inc., the exclusive licensed provider of the TARGET© treatment model.
Jon Wortmann is a trainer and speaker, minister, and PGA Tour golf coach.
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The book's organization confounded me a bit, as it starts with education that integrates exercises I didn't have a basis for applying. (My learning style requires a big picture before I can focus on the details, so I lacked orientation for these exercises.)
The book may be most useful to some by reading Appendices B & C (summaries of the techniques) at any point where confusion or ambiguity sets in, as these sections provide suggestions and applications that will make personalizing the exercises a whole lot easier. Despite an overview in the introduction, I didn't anticipate how much this would have helped me. I will now reread the book with a better picture of how to apply the steps/techniques.
This book focuses on helping people become aware they are in panic mode and helping them to calm down enough to think clearly. I already know how to do these.
It's like being chased by a bear. I know I'm in panic mode. I know I'm being chased. I know what my options are. But the fact of the matter is that I'm still being chased by a bear. As a result, my mind and body are still alert, looking out for danger.
I suppose this book can help those in panic mode who aren't aware of their mind and body and can't think straight. However, for me it gave no new insight into how to destress in very stressful situations.
Thus, the 3-star review. It may help some, just not me.