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This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life (Volume 1) Paperback – October 14, 2015
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This Naked Mind offers a new solution. Packed with surprising insight into the reasons we drink, it will open your eyes to the startling role of alcohol in our culture. Annie Grace brilliantly weaves psychological, neurological, cultural, social and industry factors with her extraordinarily candid journey resulting in a must read for anyone who drinks.
This book, without scare tactics, pain or rules, gives you freedom from alcohol. By addressing causes rather than symptoms it is a permanent solution rather than lifetime struggle. It removes the psychological dependence allowing you to easily drink less (or stop drinking). Annie's clarity, humor and unique ability to blend original research with riveting storytelling ensures you will thoroughly enjoy the process.
In a world defined by 'never enough' Annie takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of alcohol and specifically the connection between alcohol and pleasure. She dispels the cultural myth that alcohol is a vital part of life and demonstrates how regaining control over alcohol is not only essential to personal happiness and fulfillment but also to ending the heartache experienced by millions as a result of secondhand drinking.
Finally, with perfect clarity, this book opens the door to the life you have been waiting for.
Read this book. You'll be glad you did.
"As a fan of Jason Vale I was interested to read This Naked Mind. It was so interesting to read more about the science behind addiction and the unconscious mind. I highly recommend this book to anyone, whether they are interested in cutting down or staying alcohol-free. I loved it!"Sarah L., England
"What an amazing book! I thought I could consciously decide to give up alcohol, and now I understand the necessity of informing the unconscious mind and then the cravings just disappear! I have also read and applied the work of Dr. John Sarno and knew the power of the unconscious mind but cannot believe how effective the book was for me. Thank you!"Theresa G., NC
"I loved this gentle, down-to-earth explanation of problems with alcohol use, and the clear, structured way to challenge your thinking and behaviors around drinking. It helped me pass from shame and guilt into real and positive action." Elizabeth R., Australia
"This Naked Mind brought clarity and focus on my drinking and 10-year struggle with sobriety that I had never paused to examine. Annie methodically brings the reader along a logical path of discovery. I felt she was speaking directly to me and that she knows exactly where I am mentally and physically. I continue to return to certain passages for reaffirmation. I highly recommend the excellent book to anyone seeking a refreshing approach to seeing alcohol with eyes wide open."Sam G., Australia
"Reading This Naked Mind has been nothing short of a miracle. It has helped me to see alcohol for what it is and ended a 25-year cycle of binge drinking. I have not had a single craving since reading it, which is unheard of for me. I don't feel the need to avoid temptation, because there isn't any! A must read for anyone who wants to take control of their drinking but doesn't want a lifetime of struggle."Kay W., UK
"Annie's book exposes the false notion that alcohol is essential for an interesting and happy life. The real gem in Annie's book is the idea that changing your relationship with alcohol need not be a life of endless suffering and deprivation, that a decision to change can be simple and liberating. This book forces us to confront society's relationship with alcohol and will change lives." Tony S., Australia
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- Publisher : ASPN Publications (October 14, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 264 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0996715002
- ISBN-13 : 978-0996715003
- Item Weight : 13.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.6 x 9.02 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #741,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First I love this book. Annie breaks down and educates you on what alcohol does to your mind, body, and social aspects to life. This is a good book for those who want to learn and are curious about the dry life. This book is not a cookie cutter and you shouldn't expect that after this book you will stop drinking. Maybe after reading this book you will end up exploring your relationship with alcohol. If you are an alcoholic please make sure to go to AA. If you believe you have a dangerous relationship with alcohol seek support through AA and/or therapist. Don't expect a miracle to happen after reading this book. I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend for people to buy and explore and educate yourself the relationship you might have with alcohol. Happy dry January. Keep writing more books Annie.
I'm a 30-year-old woman. I bought this last August (I was 29). For over five years, I drank 6-7 drinks a night. Every single night. I could force myself if I really, REALLY tried to go a night without, but I'd spend the entire night miserable and wishing I were drinking.
I'd also often wake up on my days off and begin drinking, only to nap in the middle of the day and drink more that evening. I could not enjoy myself sober for long. I'd just be sitting there thinking about when I'd get to drink next, even if I was in the company of people I loved. I'd often also be the only person having a drink in social situations, family or friends... Ugh. It was awful. I thought I was doomed to eventually have to succumb to AA, but here's the thing... I REALLY didn't want to go to AA.
I followed the instructions of this book to a T. I read a chapter a day, I was sober when I read them, only read each chapter when I was in a positive mindset, and didn't cut back drinking during the whole process.
Here's the thing, fam. A lot of people like to cite the bit about withdrawal in the book, where she basically says withdrawal isn't as big a deal as people make it out to be. While I understand the sentiment, here's what you're missing: One of the core rules of the book is to not cut back on your drinking while you read it. Near the end of the book, she acknowledges people who have far more advanced alcoholism and encourages them to get help. She doesn't just say "lol withdrawal isn't real, you'll be fine". The reality is, for most people I know who have a drinking problem, they don't wake up every day and drink until they pass out that night. They have an insidious situation that they hide under the guise of 'unwinding' and then it just turned into a nightly thing. This book acknowledges both sects of people.
As for any botched science, I legitimately don't care if there's a couple things in there that aren't 100% accurate, because logically, I'm aware that drinking is inherently TERRIBLE. If you've gotta draw from a flawed study or two in a sea of other perfectly sound examples, I'm here for it. I needed to quit drinking.
Some people complain that it's a ripoff of The Easy Way To Stop Drinking. If you'd read the book, you'd know that Annie Grace is friends with Allen Carr. You would also know that The Easy Way books are extremely dated. As a woman in my 20's at the time, I'd read several chapters of Allen Carr's book a couple years ago and had difficulty latching on to how very, very old school it all sounded. Annie's book isn't like that at all. It's current, so it's easier for younger people to read. Even putting the science aside (most of which is SOUND, by the way), you can't flat-out deny that we're indoctrinated into drinking culture and made to believe drinking is 'normal' and 'fun' when, sorry fam, it's not. It's just not. It's poison.
If you think this book is a waste of money or otherwise BS, I'm here to tell you that the book isn't the problem here. AA teaches you that the problem is you, not the alcohol. Annie Grace teaches you that the opposite is true.
Sorry this is all over the place. My whole point is this: I quit a horrible addiction to alcohol using this book, and I believe that most people could do the same. ONLY people who are capable of following the rules, however (same could be said for Allen Carr's Easy Way book). This book changed my life. SAVED my life. I quit drinking within the last two-three chapters and wept tears of joy. I will never stop singing its praises.
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I gave up the idea within a week and went back to my usual weekend wine time.
Then in April 2018on a very boozy holiday, I started to read the kindle version of the book. Something clicked and I knew that I didn’t want to carry on treating myself so badly, regretting drinking, feeling fed up etc. Through reading this books and dispelling the myths that I had grown to believe about “what alcohol gives me” I was able to see that there were actually zero positives to drinking. I knew that my life was going to change completely, and it has. I’m now 7 months free of alcohol. I credit this book as being the catalyst for that change. Ending the cognitive dissonance I felt around drinking was the key. Annie Grace goes into great detail about this in the book and takes the reader through ‘liminal points’ each of which dispels one of the the drinking culture myths that we are all brainwashed to believe.
If you want to stop, or are questioning the role that alcohol plays in your life, please buy this book. It’s awesome in the truest sense of the word.
It has really been life changing.
Maybe I will continue to read it despite not enjoying its strange 'liminal moments'.