The Neurotic's Guide to Avoiding Enlightenment: How the Left-Brain Plays Unending Games of Self-Improvement Paperback – March 7, 2014
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The author's link to spirituality is evident - the teachings of Alan Watts and Eckhart Tolle back his viewpoints and these thoughts make the book profound and powerful. The author's fresh take on how the human brain works is indeed very informative and interesting.
Reviewed by D. Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, MBR
The Neurotic's Guide to Avoiding Enlightenment succeeds in its goal of providing a reasoned assessment of reality, illusion, ego and self; probing the process behind the psyche's development and perceptions and offering readers much food for thought and illumination.
Reviewed by Ed Bennett for IndieReader
The central premise to this book is that no matter how hard we try to improve ourselves we will not be able to do so, despite what the self-improvement books tell us. Essentially, one needs to stop trying to improve, relax and try to live in the moment without the left-brain trying to make sense out of our surroundings.
Despite technical language, THE NEUROTIC'S GUIDE TO AVOIDING ENLIGHTENMENT presents a creative method for self-improvement as well as a deeper understanding of our phobias.
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- Item Weight : 8.5 ounces
- Paperback : 174 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1478700432
- ISBN-13 : 978-1478700432
- Product Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.37 x 9.02 inches
- Publisher : Outskirts Press; PRESUMED FIRST edition (March 7, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,838,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There is a playful “what came first, the chicken or the egg?” feel to Niebauer’s approach to self-improvement which is precisely what the author wishes to create in understanding how the ego works. He takes a refreshing and in-depth look at how the brain operates in creating our sense of self and the world around us with particular focus on the left brain interpreter as the master and ringleader of our perceptions. How to be aware of the “interpreter in your head” and how to deal with it is outlined in chapters that address observing patterns in life, consciousness, and being in touch with reality to name a few.
He presents universal human experiences through the lens of a teacher and a parent with many enjoyable and relatable anecdotes; he casts a wide net for appealing to all readers. Psychology disciples will follow the examples and references to recognizable names such as Jung, Freud, and Masters and Johnson. However, the concepts are easily accessible for most through the common examples drawing on scenarios from pop culture: “Seinfeld,” “Star Trek,” “Teletubbies,” and others. For fans of Eckhart Tolle, there are many parallels with the concept of living in the NOW and becoming more aware of the world outside of the ego. In addition he provides engaging online source references for readers to effectively apply psychological experiments with the mind (namely illusion and perception) through hands-on interactive exercises.
About two thirds of the way through the book, Niebauer poses the question that most readers might wrestle with: “What is this book about? Psychology? Science? Spirituality?” In Niebauer fashion, the best response might be, “It’s a book about NOTHING,” similar to the Seinfeld concept of a show about “nothing.” However, that is his point: “Nothing is what brings the world into focus.”
So, do not seek enlightenment; only then will you discover it!
how my brain works which is a very left brain, specific, world of duality kind of knowledge has already helped me step back and let go a little more. Written in a very friendly and light manner but delivers a real profound and intelligent teaching. Thank you!
There are facts that support the idea that a person is so complex because of the thoughts unlike animals who can just exists and be happy to be alive. When you break down the fundamentals of neuroscience there is an understanding that people cannot really understand because of perception but you can find a way to get to a better place if you challenge some long standing ideals of physiology and psychology. If you are looking for a self help book you may need this to find out how to move beyond self help and into actually helping yourself. Great commentary and new spin on a lot of old ideas makes this a fresh look at how humans work. I highly recommend this as a tool for any person who deals with the public in any aspect!
After reading this book I am not enlightened but I am surely lifted.
Read it and perhaps find a new 'religeon' - we are not our thoughts.
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I did; It is an excellent book and really helped to explain how the mind can work at times. Great examples and mind-bending theories that were quite tough for me to contemplate.