- Series: This Naked Mind
- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: ASPN Publications; 1 edition (October 14, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996715002
- ISBN-13: 978-0996715003
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 897 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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I think the Audible narration is what sealed the deal - the narrator sounds genuine, so the advice in the book sounds like it is coming from somebody that actually cares.
The coolest thing about the book to me is that as long as you pay attention, and think about what the author says, the actual change happens subconsciously. It's not about 'abstaining' from alcohol - admitting that you want it but that you can't have it. It's about giving it up because it's bad, and you don't want or need it any more.
By the time I finished the book the second time - the Audible version this time, I was ready to give up alcohol. Unlike past efforts where I might be inspired to dump any alcohol we had or some other gesture like that - this time I just let it sit, and it was fine because I don't WANT it any more. I went to a local pub about a week ago while waiting for my kids to finish up an evening activity, and I didn't miss ordering a drink at all - something that should have been a major trigger was now not one at all.
That's about the highest praise that I can give the book - it worked for me, and I haven't had, or wanted a drink in about 2 weeks now. I feel better, my weight is coming down (slowly, darnit!), and I no longer go through that cycle of regret every morning that gets so tiring!
I STRONGLY recommend the book - especially the Audible version. Listen to it on the way to and from work each day. If it doesn't quite sink in the first time, then give it a month, and listen to it again. Eventually it'll work for you too!
One of my initial hesitations with the book was the fact that it contradicts a lot of the central tenets of Alcoholics Anonymous. I won't get into that here, but you will find quite a lot about AA in the first three chapters. "How," I thought to myself, "Can this author really think her one book has more power than a group of millions of recovered alcoholics?". Well, the truth is that AA operates on the assumption that there is nothing wrong with alcohol, only with alcoholics. It is predicated on the notion that there is a clear difference between "normal" drinkers and "alcoholic" drinkers. This book operates on a different set of assumptions, and I have to agree with the stuff in this book more than with AA.
The bottom line is that I no longer drink alcohol and I don't feel like I'm being deprived of anything. That's the point of this book. And that is something that 5 years of AA attendance was never able to achieve.
I bought this book, by accident. Well, on purpose, but by accident. To be slightly more specific, I bought this book after drinking a bottle and a half of chardonnay, followed by a drunk shopping session on Amazon. Amazon knows that I buy so many Kindle books (drunk shopping) and return them, that they now have banned me from returning Kindle books (yes, that can happen, drunkies). So, I had trained my drunk self to only get the sample of a book I want.
One morning, I woke up with this and another Kindle sample from my evening of solo drinking. Surprise! I had no idea I'd gone Kindle shopping! When I discovered this book on my device, I went to delete it, then thought, "Hey, why don't I read the reviews first?". Then, after reading the excellent reviews, I decided to read the sample only. I did. It was amazing. It spoke to me with science and intelligence and common sense. I bought the whole thing. I read it as advised, taking my time, thinking after each chapter, and researching and learning more about topics that particularly interested me.
For almost 10 years, my thoughts have been consumed by drinking, or trying not to drink, or when I could drink again, or at what time I could drink, or how much money I had spent on wine that week, or how to hide my many bottles of wine, or how hung over I felt, or making elaborate plans to drink (I'll drink on Monday, but not Tuesday, then I'll drink Wed and Thursday, and only on Friday if no one is home.....). The longest I ever went in 10 years was 30 days sober. My life now is changed. My skin is clear. My hair is awesome. I'm happy. Thank you Annie Grace!