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Rewire Your Brain: Think Your Way to a Better Life Paperback – March 5, 2010
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“At last, a practical book that not only brings us up to date with the latest developments in neuroscience but also gives tools and techniques to help 'rewire the brain' and maximize the brain's potential. A fascinating and inspirational book. “
—Jane Stephenson, JSA Seminars Dublin, Ireland
"Dr. Arden paved the way for brain-based therapy and what the brain can do. It’s refreshing, practical and innovative.”
—Kit S. Ng, PhD, Director, Asia Institute of Professional Psychology, Singapore
"In Rewire Your Brain Dr. John Arden goes on an exciting quest for your mind. If you would like to learn more about Mindful Attitudes and Brain-based therapies, you definitely need to read this book.”
—George Dinchev, Owner of http://psychology-bg.com – the psychology in Bulgaria and SEE Region
"Concomitantly with growing professional recognition of the importance of integrating advancements in neuroscience into clinical practice, books such as Rewire Your Brain make this innovative information accessible to the general public, thereby providing readers with practical guidelines to enhancing their wellbeing. It is a valuable contribution indeed.”
—Avigail Moor Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Tel Hai College, Israel
“Once I started to read Rewire Your Brain, it was hard to stop. John Arden has a gift for making complicated and advanced scientific findings interesting and easy to understand. I have not been reading much about brain structures, processes, and neurotransmitters since studying first year psychology almost 30 years ago, a time when the knowledge in this field was quite rudimentary. Rewire Your Brain presents ‘old’ knowledge and concepts together with results of new research in at way that gives you an updated insight in ‘how we are wired.’ Even more important, it gives hope and practical advice for both therapists and their patients, but also for healthy individuals who want to improve their memory, mood, or bad habits!”
— Per A Straumsheim, Special Advisor, Norwegian Psychological Association
“Dr. Arden tells us all about the brain in an accessible way, he even animates it in some way, in contrast to brain researchers who investigate the brain like an lifeless mechanism. In order to maintain an active and flexible brain, the author shows practical ways of neuropsychologically-competent mastery of brain. Therefore the book is free of theoretical abstractions, scientific dryness, and haughtiness.”
—Gayane Shaverdian, Ph.D. Chair and Professor of the Department of Applied Psychology, Yerevan State University, Armenia
“This book speaks of a universal language that breaks cultural borders . People from the West will have a better understanding of early Asian therapies and why it is effective; while those from the East will appreciate the contribution of modern Western health perspectives . It gives a scientific explanation of how therapies like meditation, chi-gong, exercise, hypnosis and other non-traditional healing interventions can affect health and longevity. It will certainly rewire the mindsets of many public readers.”
—Isabel Echanis-Melgar, PhD., Chair, Committee on Clinical Psychology, Psychological Association of the Philippines
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John anecdotally illustrates the effectiveness of his F.E.E.D. method for helping people overcome their thinking based difficulties through stories about his patients. This rather simple system of altering behavior consists of four steps: focus, effort, effortlessness, and determination.
Focus is the ability to pay attention to situations without distraction. Effort is equated with actions and behaviors which help you change the things you habitually do, or how you naturally think. Effortlessness is the desired condition in which you have trained yourself through repetition to do things instinctively. Determination means simply staying in practice by engaging in beneficial actions again, and again, until they become natural.
Now that you know what the book is about, be forewarned: it's peppered with a lot of neuroscientific lingo. Don't let that dissuade you from reading it - every field has it's own lexicon, and if you are interested in the brain and how it operates, this book will help you build the vocabulary you need to communicate accurately and intelligently with other brainiacs.
I found the sections on memory, nutrition, sleep, social medicine (in particular relationship attachment styles) to be eye-opening. Because all of us need to rewire our brains in some way, at some point, this book will provide you with deeper insight into your own thinking process, as well as that of others. Most importantly, it will provide you with excellent instruction on how to change the way you think, and think your way to a better life in the process.
Sensational snippets apart, Arden's book explains how the various structures in our brain govern our behavior. In nine well organized chapters, he elucidates our neuronal structures, the amygdala & its workings, the left hemisphere's role in priming positivity, cultivating remembrance, dietary essentials for the brain, the upkeep of the brain's health, the social nature of our brains, the elements of resilience & wisdom, & finally, what appeared at first to me to be completely mystic, the realm of mindfulness.
I think that though the readers of this book may already be familiar with certain aspects that Arden speaks of - particularly the chapters on the neural infrastructure, amygdala & its workings, & the content on memory - I think that the value of this book lies in bringing it all together. I thought the Medina's Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School explicates sleep & memory much better, & Ratey's Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain obviously is an entire book on exercise & its neurological/psychological benefits.
I generally tend to like the "so-what" part of these books, & translating knowledge into application is certainly a strength of this book. The final two chapters on resiliency & wisdom, & practicing mindfulness were something I had not read content on at all in any of the other books on the brain & these two certainly are big differentiators of this book.
At the end of it, though, in a strange way, it comes down to healthy habits & healthy attitudes that we learn about growing up, & we lose somewhere along the line - strangely enough, it is very similar to how we, as toddlers, are adept at mid-foot running & somewhere along the line start stomping down on our heels.
Since memory is strengthened by repetition, even if you know some of this content, go ahead & read this book - you'll be at the receiving end of a hippocampal thank you.