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This Is Your Brain on Joy: A Revolutionary Program for Balancing Mood, Restoring Brain Health, and Nurturing Spiritual Growth Paperback – June 26, 2011
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About the Author
Dr. Earl Henslin is a licensed counselor and author of six books and numerous professional articles. For the past fourteen years, working closely with brain imaging research pioneer, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Henslin has been integrating brain imaging in patient treatment.
Dr. Daniel G. Amen is a physician, double-board certified psychiatrist, teacher and eight-time New York Times bestselling author. Widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on applying brain imaging science to everyday clinical practice, Amen is the founder of Amen Clinics in Newport Beach and San Francisco, Calif.; Bellevue, Wash.; Reston, Va.; Atlanta, Ga.; and New York City. His work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including “The Dr. Oz Show,” “ABC World News,” “20/20,” Newsweek, TIME, The Huffington Post, BBC, London Telegraph, Parade Magazine, New York Times and Cosmopolitan. Additional information is available at http://www.danielplan.com.
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He divides the book into sections of what he calls the brain house and gives each "room" which he calls mood centers clever names that describe their function. There are 5 of them. They are all found in Section 2 of the book and are as follows:
1. The Pre-Frontal Cortex which he calls The Presidential Control Center.
2.The Cingulate Gyrus which he calls The Circular Gerbil Wheel
3. The Basal Ganglia which he calls The Basement of Giant Fears
4. The Deep Limbic System which he calls The Depressed Low-Mood Space
5.The Temporal Lobes which he calls The Temper Lofts
It is very entertaining and informative. After you read the book, I think you will have a much better idea of what goes on between your ears.
I love the informal, chit-chat style of the author, which makes the science fun and easy to understand (if you can tolerate his little commercials for Christianity). I especially appreciate how he tells Christians that people are not always really at fault for their "sins"---the brain so often determines behavior until/unless it is healed!
There is an excellent test to determine which part of your brain is weakest. I found that to be in sync, naturally, with what I figured out from Change Your Brain, Change Your Life. The beauty is that he presents drugs as a last resort, which they should be. Supplements, aromatherapy, and even books, music, and movies are recommended for healing! He also includes a list of famous people that suffered from each brain category so that you don't feel alone in your imbalance.
The book cover is also stunning. It compelled me to read it even though it was supposed to be after a number of books I had lined up.
My area of specialty is marriage. I have gone through much training on various marriage enhancement methods. But, when Dr. Henslin commented that twenty-nine of the thirty couples turned their marriages around by following the procedures to get brain scans (SPECT) and following the prescribed psychotherapy and medicinal regimen I was clamoring for more information. And, This is Your Brain on Joy delivers "in spades."
First, let me be clear. This book is primarily about the power of brain imaging to unearth the "abnormalities" that make our brains function at less than God's ideal when He first created us. While I have had some exposure to brain physiology during my own clinical training, I have never seen such an excellent effort at breaking highly technical terminology into language that can be understood by everyone. By substituting friendly, intuitive language (e.g., Basement of Giant Fears) to represent brain physiology (e.g, Basal Ganglia) Dr. Henslin is able to communicate the intricacies of the brain in a way that makes common sense. More importantly, the reader is able to identify his/her own areas of strength and weakness. Speaking of this, the book also includes an assessment that helps to identify how one's own life experiences are indelibly interconnected with one's brain health.
This book challenges all of us to think twice in our tendencies to be judgmental. He argues for more compassionate engagement because people are often held hostage by their brains. But, Dr. Henslin's book doesn't just point out the problem. He proceeds to offer natural, herbal remedies for many of the brain imbalances that are nothing short of miraculous from the testimonials included in the book. In some instances, prescription agents such as antidepressants may be suggested as well. The testimonies of people whose entire lives have changed (when they thought change was impossible) simply by following through with a brain scan and herbal or prescription medications.
I highly recommend this book because I have become convinced that many of the unhealthy behavioral patterns in our lives and in our marriages are a result of brain trauma that we may not even remember from years earlier. The results appear clear. Healthy lives and marriages require healthy brains. And, sometimes prayer alone may not improve the situation as much as if it was accompanied by a brain scan, the right herbal combinations, and a little encouragement.