- Paperback: 141 pages
- Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (September 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1572244267
- ISBN-13: 978-1572244269
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Neural Path Therapy: How to Change Your Brain's Response to Anger, Fear, Pain, and Desire Paperback – September 1, 2005
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Two best-selling authors team up to provide five proven-effective methods to help readers change their emotional reactions to situations, thoughts, and feelings, leaving them better equipped to deal with life's daily challenges.
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This is the next step in problem-focused relaxation training - the book combines several self-help technologies:
-innovative relaxation training designed to override the limbic highjacking/neural sequestration that floods us with stimulus-bound emotion;
-the book offers inoculation and exposure-response prevention strategies; the book turbo-charges the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy by (essentially) taking out the self-talk part of CBT and amplifying emotional self-regulation component;
-the books offers no-nonsense forgiveness and empathy training that is both conceptual and sensation-driven;
-the book offers craving/impulse-control training as well as psychological pain/suffering management training;
-the book offers a zero-hardware biofeedback relaxation traing that requires nothing other than your lungs, a sheet of paper and a pen;
-the book offers a normalizing, de-pathologizing view of our limbically trigger-happy brains and clearly established that the business of psychology is nother other than neural plasticity.
Another great classic from New Harbinger Publications!
Pavel Somov, Ph.D. author of "Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time" (New Harbinger 2008)
Neural Path Therapy begins by explaining how our sometimes puzzling brains work, on a neurological level. When we think, when we respond to outside stimuli, we develop neural pathways: neurological routings in our brain for all those thoughts. I tried to think of this as if the brain was setting up it own postal delivery system. The thoughts/emotions had to be driven from point A to point B for delivery. The more you drive from A to B the deeper the ruts in the road get. But what if the "package" being delivered is the equivalent of a letter bomb? How many of our thoughts are unwanted: stressful thoughts, angry thoughts, depressive, disturbing thoughts, thoughts of self-doubt or ugly self-image thoughts - thoughts that undermine who you are and what you achieve. How do we stop the delivery of negative thoughts - how do we get out of those ruts we've created? The authors McKay and Harp don't try to steal you away from other methods of professional therapy or treatment you might be following, they just want to supply you with a simple, readily available tool to manage these thoughts.
The authors first help you become aware of the thoughts that act as "triggers" to emotional discomfort; they encourage you to recognize the mental pathways that engender self-destructive thinking. Through simple breathing exercises you are taught to step back and observe these thoughts, to see them as "mental objects" which are within your ability to manipulate. Then you choose how to react to these thoughts. As simple as this sounds, it is extremely effective. While the book goes into greater depth later about how to "react" when you are examining these thoughts, just getting to the point where I can see my anger, or pain, or angst as only a damaging "object" inside my mind has been extraordinarily helpful to me. The system McKay and Harp have provided in their book expects only that it be applied - like any good methodology it requires practice. I can't recommend this book strongly enough.
approaches to the mind and to stress management. The authors
provide different techniques ranging from breathing control to
thought management in order to reduce stress or as an alternative
to the flight/fight phenomena. The book describes how to develop
mental muscle via guessing and imagining. The brain pathways are
dendrites which receive and transfer information to cell bodies.
Information from dendrites end up in the axon. The work encourages us to shed anger and to use breathing techniques to diffuse the point of no return. Specifically, focused mental attention can be applied to breathing exercises almost like a musician utilizes a pentameter scheme.
Superlearning by Ostrander and Schroeder describes the mechanics
of breathing exercises, as follows: (Delacorte & Confucian Press)
" The objective of this exercise is to learn to breathe in rhythm, and through rhythmic breath control, to slow down body/mind rhythms. Sit comfortably in a chair or lie down on a
couch or bed. Put yourself into a very relaxed state. Make sure all parts of your body are relaxed. Close your eyes and take a
very deep breath through your nose. Inhale as much air as you can
hold comfortably. Try to take in just a little bit more air.
Now exhale slowly. Feel a deep sense of relaxation as you exhale."
The Lozanov Institute develops these techniques as well as others. In addition, Dr. Lozanov points to "infantilization"
for adults. This process restores the ease with which a small
child learns, and a child's spontaneity, receptivity and
According to the author, pain is unfulfillment which indicates
that we are not in total control. A pyramidal structure is
provided to limit pain or flight/fight phenomena. The structure
consists of the following:
- refocus for mental muscle
- stress coping
The refocus mechanism is at the bottom of the pyramid and the
spiritual dimension is the highest form of learning.
This book provides an important enhancement to classic
psychiatric theories of the flight/fight phenomena and Freud's
concept of the Id. As such, the work translates some very
complex medical terminology into simple English for application
by ordinary people.