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How to rewire your brain to improve virtually every aspect of your life-based on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology on neuroplasticity and evidence-based practices Not long ago, it was thought that the brain you were born with was the brain you would die with, and that the brain cells you had at birth were the most you would ever possess. Your brain was tho How to rewire your brain to improve virtually every aspect of your life-based on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology on neuroplasticity and evidence-based practices Not long ago, it was thought that the brain you were born with was the brain you would die with, and that the brain cells you had at birth were the most you would ever possess. Your brain was thought to be "hardwired" to function in predetermined ways. It turns out that's not true. Your brain is not hardwired, it's softwired by experience. This book shows you how you can rewire parts of the brain to feel more positive about your life, remain calm during stressful times, and improve your social relationships. Written by a leader in the field of Brain-Based Therapy, it teaches you how to activate the parts of your brain that have been underactivated and calm down those areas that have been hyperactivated so that you feel positive about your life and remain calm during stressful times. You will also learn to improve your memory, boost your mood, have better relationships, and get a good night sleep. Reveals how cutting-edge developments in neuroscience, and evidence-based practices can be used to improve your everyday life Other titles by Dr. Arden include: Brain-Based Therapy-Adult, Brain-Based Therapy-Child, Improving Your Memory For Dummies and Heal Your Anxiety Workbook Dr. Arden is a leader in integrating the new developments in neuroscience with psychotherapy and Director of Training in Mental Health for Kaiser Permanente for the Northern California Region Explaining exciting new developments in neuroscience and their applications to daily living, Rewire Your Brain will guide you through the process of changing your brain so you can change your life and be free of self-imposed limitations.


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How to rewire your brain to improve virtually every aspect of your life-based on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology on neuroplasticity and evidence-based practices Not long ago, it was thought that the brain you were born with was the brain you would die with, and that the brain cells you had at birth were the most you would ever possess. Your brain was tho How to rewire your brain to improve virtually every aspect of your life-based on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology on neuroplasticity and evidence-based practices Not long ago, it was thought that the brain you were born with was the brain you would die with, and that the brain cells you had at birth were the most you would ever possess. Your brain was thought to be "hardwired" to function in predetermined ways. It turns out that's not true. Your brain is not hardwired, it's softwired by experience. This book shows you how you can rewire parts of the brain to feel more positive about your life, remain calm during stressful times, and improve your social relationships. Written by a leader in the field of Brain-Based Therapy, it teaches you how to activate the parts of your brain that have been underactivated and calm down those areas that have been hyperactivated so that you feel positive about your life and remain calm during stressful times. You will also learn to improve your memory, boost your mood, have better relationships, and get a good night sleep. Reveals how cutting-edge developments in neuroscience, and evidence-based practices can be used to improve your everyday life Other titles by Dr. Arden include: Brain-Based Therapy-Adult, Brain-Based Therapy-Child, Improving Your Memory For Dummies and Heal Your Anxiety Workbook Dr. Arden is a leader in integrating the new developments in neuroscience with psychotherapy and Director of Training in Mental Health for Kaiser Permanente for the Northern California Region Explaining exciting new developments in neuroscience and their applications to daily living, Rewire Your Brain will guide you through the process of changing your brain so you can change your life and be free of self-imposed limitations.

30 review for Rewire Your Brain: Think Your Way to a Better Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Serena

    I expected a bit more from this book. It is a very, very basic review of the factors that influence neuroplasticity. It sort of reads like an extremely long magazine article, full of bulleted lists of tips (for example: maximize your micronutrients, which feed the proteins that power your brain; don't eat too much fried food or sugar . . . yadda). The recommendations are basically common sense, but I did find it interesting to know why, neurologically, I should move my butt each day, eat vegetab I expected a bit more from this book. It is a very, very basic review of the factors that influence neuroplasticity. It sort of reads like an extremely long magazine article, full of bulleted lists of tips (for example: maximize your micronutrients, which feed the proteins that power your brain; don't eat too much fried food or sugar . . . yadda). The recommendations are basically common sense, but I did find it interesting to know why, neurologically, I should move my butt each day, eat vegetables, and be nice to those around me. I suspected it was more than just preparation for swimsuit season, but now I'm sure. Still, I wish Arden had gone a bit deeper into the specific ways that neural pathways reorganize. That's the good stuff.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Ibrahim ♥

    There is not enough praise I can give for this book as it is written by an expert in the field of neuroplasticity who knows how to communicate in simple English to anybody while still sounding like a scientist. This is a book that I can refer to often as it has specific steps that one can keep mind and try to put into action order to "rewire" his brain. Too bad I can't write too long of a review but that would mean having to copy down big portions of the book in order to be fair. There is not enough praise I can give for this book as it is written by an expert in the field of neuroplasticity who knows how to communicate in simple English to anybody while still sounding like a scientist. This is a book that I can refer to often as it has specific steps that one can keep mind and try to put into action order to "rewire" his brain. Too bad I can't write too long of a review but that would mean having to copy down big portions of the book in order to be fair.

  3. 5 out of 5

    T

    -Neurons that fire together wire together. -Train yourself to think, feel, and behave on a regular basis to rewire your brain. -The more you do something the more likely it is that you will do it again in the future. The same goes for thinking. The more you think about something the more it will pop up in your mind again and again. Repetition rewards the brain and boosts habits. -Not only does repeated behavior change the structure of the brain through neuroplasticity, repeated thinking about or i -Neurons that fire together wire together. -Train yourself to think, feel, and behave on a regular basis to rewire your brain. -The more you do something the more likely it is that you will do it again in the future. The same goes for thinking. The more you think about something the more it will pop up in your mind again and again. Repetition rewards the brain and boosts habits. -Not only does repeated behavior change the structure of the brain through neuroplasticity, repeated thinking about or imagining particular behaviors can change brain structure as well. -Even just thinking about exercise activates new neuronal systems in the brain. Mental practice not only creates changes in the brain but also improved physical performance. -The emotional tone and perspective with which you describe each experience can potentially rewire your brain. The more you describe your ongoing experiences in a particular way, stronger the neural circuits that represent those thoughts will become. -When the neural networks begin firing together, they recruit other neurons to keep the mood going. As you feed the mood with particular thoughts, it becomes deeper and harder to shake. So do you choose positive or negative? -Consider possibilities, rather than limitations, to rewire your brain. Instead of "no problem", say "sounds great" -Cultivate wisdom by rewiring the brain. The first step is to focus on the bigger picture. Next, go beyond traditionally held beliefs. Also, thinking in shades of grey, checking context (adjusting opinions and perceptions to context rather than a preset notion), being optimistic, detaching (disconnect from repetitive negative beliefs), externalizing problems (consider it a problem rather than a reflection of worth). -If you try to avoid all thoughts, you will over activate your right frontal lobe which sets the stage for the production of those thoughts or anxious feelings. The key is to accept your thoughts and not become attached. - Procedural learning is essential for the development of the aspect of personality referred to as character: the behavioral, emotional, and cognitive consistency that one acquires overtime. -Dopamine circuits thrive on novelty. You and partner can become used to each other and not feel the same excitement. To prevent the dulling of your relationship, can charge up your dopamine system by doing novel things together like traveling and going out on romantic dates. -You can make the neurochemical foundation of your relationship deepen your long-term commitment. For example, when oxytocin is combined with dopamine (which occurs when excitement is rekindled through novel experiences), a long-term sense of love and commitment arises that feels exciting safe and fulfilling. -Left side of the brain is associated with positive emotions and action.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas

    I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the neuroscience behind habit forming (and wants to form new ones) To anyone that is feeling lethargic, has periods of anxiety, depression, insomnia or short - term memory problems. This book gives solid examples for some of the reasons why we develop these problems and how to use Neuroplasticity to physically restructure the brain. The book uses a system called FEED. And explains that through Focus, Effort, Effortlessness and Determination I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the neuroscience behind habit forming (and wants to form new ones) To anyone that is feeling lethargic, has periods of anxiety, depression, insomnia or short - term memory problems. This book gives solid examples for some of the reasons why we develop these problems and how to use Neuroplasticity to physically restructure the brain. The book uses a system called FEED. And explains that through Focus, Effort, Effortlessness and Determination we can form new and healthy habits and make good moods a constant. It has given me a lot of AHA moments and expanded my cognition in many fields such as memory retention, feeling happy, stress and unconscious fears and the importance of a balanced diet along with forming habits. This book really is GOLD but it requires a lot of reading (it is 256 pages) and it is written slightly more academic/scientifically rather then in a story form - Which in my opinion actually gives you the perfect opportunity to practice the FEED system and to also discipline yourself to retain the information and improve your life greatly. My advice for those reading is to take down as many notes that are vital and to add pictures that will make the notes interesting. "procedural memory allows you to recall how to repeat specific processes, including skills and habits: reading, gargling, typing, riding a bicycle, and so on. In procedural learning, no content is necessarily involved. Instead, you remember how to do things. With enough practice, procedural memory allows you to perform different actions or processes automatically and unconsciously." To put this into context we can read the information in this book but we will not retain it unless we consciously write notes, check up on those notes and apply it. Really fantastic book A+

  5. 5 out of 5

    Serena Long ﺕ

    Once thought to be "hard-wired," the brain is actually "soft-wired" by experience. Neuroscientific research is now telling us that the brain is quite plastic. What an important book. Absolutely amazing! I would recommend this book to everybody. Once thought to be "hard-wired," the brain is actually "soft-wired" by experience. Neuroscientific research is now telling us that the brain is quite plastic. What an important book. Absolutely amazing! I would recommend this book to everybody.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Kay Silva

    This book comes across as more "self help" type than scientific type. I found that despite his ability to describe things with fancy scientific names, there was no real new information here. Get lots of sleep, eat well, and exercise is what this book should have been called. This book comes across as more "self help" type than scientific type. I found that despite his ability to describe things with fancy scientific names, there was no real new information here. Get lots of sleep, eat well, and exercise is what this book should have been called.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tim K

    Rating 3.75

  8. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    repetitive but perhaps the point. far too many "self-help" books but if you have to get one, this is a no-brainer, no pun intended. repetitive but perhaps the point. far too many "self-help" books but if you have to get one, this is a no-brainer, no pun intended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mara Shaw

    Recommended for anyone with interest in the brain who wants to understand how to decrease anxiety or depression, improve memory and resiliency and improve their engagement in their lives. It's a thorough analysis of the areas of the brain associated with emotion, memory and cognitive function, their individual roles and specific ways to optimize their functioning to master emotions, memory and engagement. Well worth a thoughtful read. Arden presents an in-depth rationale for a vast array of chang Recommended for anyone with interest in the brain who wants to understand how to decrease anxiety or depression, improve memory and resiliency and improve their engagement in their lives. It's a thorough analysis of the areas of the brain associated with emotion, memory and cognitive function, their individual roles and specific ways to optimize their functioning to master emotions, memory and engagement. Well worth a thoughtful read. Arden presents an in-depth rationale for a vast array of changes that you can make in your life to improve brain function. He keeps bringing it all back to neurochemistry and what portions of the brain are involved, which is good, because it is quite convincing that the science supports the approaches he recommends. Approaches to change your brain include cognitive behaviour adjustments, specific dietary changes, exercise, healthy sleep, socializing, mindfulness, meditation, cultivating optimism, challenging yourself intellectually, facing manageable stress, remaining curious and ambitious, increasing focus and attention span, and taking positive action in your life to make changes and sticking with it. Laughter, humor, touch, staying organized and planning for the future are also advised. He uses the acronym FEED for his specific approach: Focus to learn a new emotional approach, fact or skill; make the Effort until what you are learning becomes Effortless; and have Determination to continue the new approach, skill or to retain the new knowledge. I understand the role of different parts of the brain now and how much of a difference it can make to undertake these actions to change the brain. Occasionally, I think Arden loses the thread of what he's trying to explain (or perhaps that's my brain :), but he encapsulates a huge array of neuroscience in a small book -- very nicely done. This summary is NOT sufficient to get the full insight on what Arden is saying, just a teaser.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    An interesting and informative read for anyone who wants to learn about the brain and how we can optimize it. I found some of the neuroscience sections to be a bit boring, but at the same time it was necessary reading to understand why certain behaviors/actions affect the brain the way they do. I learned valuable tips for both diet and exercise, and because of the neuro info, I can understand better why these tips are beneficial. So many diets, workouts or self help books recommend action withou An interesting and informative read for anyone who wants to learn about the brain and how we can optimize it. I found some of the neuroscience sections to be a bit boring, but at the same time it was necessary reading to understand why certain behaviors/actions affect the brain the way they do. I learned valuable tips for both diet and exercise, and because of the neuro info, I can understand better why these tips are beneficial. So many diets, workouts or self help books recommend action without explaining why. This book gave me scientific reasons, and that is motivating to me. I also enjoyed the section on mindfulness and yoga.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Schneider

    The science of Neuro plasticity is covered extensively in this book with many techniques for keeping it healthy! I enjoyed the multifaceted way he covered the brain and it’s many cognitive functions. I would recommend this book to any one interested in brain health. The science of Neuro plasticity is covered extensively in this book with many techniques for keeping it healthy! I enjoyed the multifaceted way he covered the brain and it’s many cognitive functions. I would recommend this book to any The science of Neuro plasticity is covered extensively in this book with many techniques for keeping it healthy! I enjoyed the multifaceted way he covered the brain and it’s many cognitive functions. I would recommend this book to any one interested in brain health. The science of Neuro plasticity is covered extensively in this book with many techniques for keeping it healthy! I enjoyed the multifaceted way he covered the brain and it’s many cognitive functions. I would recommend this book to any one interested in brain health.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Siti Dwita Anjani

    This book gave me insights of how our brain works. It helped me reset my mindset about learning, that, truthfully, learning is a forever journey and we can start anytime anywhere. There is no time limit in brain to absorb new information just like what I believed in the past. Brain is plastic until the end of our time. Reading this book really inspired me to keep on learning, evolving, and to improve my skills.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Дмитрий Маслюковский

    D. Millman says his 'way of the peaceful warrior' changes lives, I think this one really does. One of the best books about how brain works with explanations of complex stuff in simple language. And most importantly, it's not only theories, you can apply this new knowledge and exercises from the book right away. Recommended. D. Millman says his 'way of the peaceful warrior' changes lives, I think this one really does. One of the best books about how brain works with explanations of complex stuff in simple language. And most importantly, it's not only theories, you can apply this new knowledge and exercises from the book right away. Recommended.

  14. 4 out of 5

    mandeep Gandhi

    I think the depth in which material is covered quite extensively. The author makes a very good attempt to connect mind and the brain( and its chemistry)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Hall

    Had some good information about how to make changes in your life, based on studies of the brain.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nguyen Luan

    This book is recommended for everyone, I still love to read this book and happy to have found this wonderful and helpful book . I would recommend this book to anyone. I have extracted from the book some paragraphs that I like best in order to introduce this good book to the readers. You can read these interesting quotes prior to making a decision to read the whole book....! "Stress is a fact of life" "If you want to improve your memory" Thanks and Wish you and your family health and success. This book is recommended for everyone, I still love to read this book and happy to have found this wonderful and helpful book . I would recommend this book to anyone. I have extracted from the book some paragraphs that I like best in order to introduce this good book to the readers. You can read these interesting quotes prior to making a decision to read the whole book....! "Stress is a fact of life" "If you want to improve your memory" Thanks and Wish you and your family health and success.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dino

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book covering a wide range of topics, including cognitive based therapy, brain structures and neurotransmitters, stress, anxiety, nutrition and brain health, circadian rhythm, mindfulness, habit formation, exercise and brain health, memory and neuroplasticity that you normally expect to read on individual books. It's one of those books you want to keep and re-read so you can keep reaping its benefits. This book covering a wide range of topics, including cognitive based therapy, brain structures and neurotransmitters, stress, anxiety, nutrition and brain health, circadian rhythm, mindfulness, habit formation, exercise and brain health, memory and neuroplasticity that you normally expect to read on individual books. It's one of those books you want to keep and re-read so you can keep reaping its benefits.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    The problem I have with this is that it was pretty inconsistent. There would often be a recommendation on what not to do but no advice on what to do. Leaving me in the dark isn't the best idea when you just told me anxiety is going to kill my brain. It was also written pretty terribly in some places. The general advice however, is still good. If you are going to read a neuro book stay away from this one and go look up the way the Brain changes itself. The problem I have with this is that it was pretty inconsistent. There would often be a recommendation on what not to do but no advice on what to do. Leaving me in the dark isn't the best idea when you just told me anxiety is going to kill my brain. It was also written pretty terribly in some places. The general advice however, is still good. If you are going to read a neuro book stay away from this one and go look up the way the Brain changes itself.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Spencer-Rae

    Not very engaging, unfortunately. Some of the science has moved on since 2010, but there is still some good insight. He spends a lot of time talking about nutrition, measures to counter insomnia and the importance of social connection. All of these are important for healthy brain functioning, but if you are looking for a book on neuroplasticity, I wouldn't recommend this one. Rather read a book by Norman Doidge. Not very engaging, unfortunately. Some of the science has moved on since 2010, but there is still some good insight. He spends a lot of time talking about nutrition, measures to counter insomnia and the importance of social connection. All of these are important for healthy brain functioning, but if you are looking for a book on neuroplasticity, I wouldn't recommend this one. Rather read a book by Norman Doidge.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shannon S

    Parts of this were Ok, and it provides some nice tips for a variety of issues. I don't agree with the author's thoughts on food and recommending that individuals imagine the certain (what I would guess people call "bad") food as being disgusting in a way. That doesn't make for a future of a healthy relationship with food at all. Parts of this were Ok, and it provides some nice tips for a variety of issues. I don't agree with the author's thoughts on food and recommending that individuals imagine the certain (what I would guess people call "bad") food as being disgusting in a way. That doesn't make for a future of a healthy relationship with food at all.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stacie

    As someone who has always suffered from anxiety, this book was extremely helpful in providing ways of overcoming and managing anxiety. Moreover, this book is written in a very accessible way, it provides you with the important information but in a digestibility way, which makes it an enjoyable and easy read. I highly recommend this book for anyone who struggles with their mental health.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Steven L Cox

    extremely helpful This is one of the most helpful books I have read in a very long time. No fluff and ra-ra, new age mumbo jumbo. Hard facts with documentation make this a must read if you are serious about changing your life.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This is a great book on practical ways to use science to help "rewire your brain" for a happier and healthier life. I regret that I don't own this book, because it is best underlined, with notes to self, and the ability to re-read sections as you try to apply the methods into your own life. This is a great book on practical ways to use science to help "rewire your brain" for a happier and healthier life. I regret that I don't own this book, because it is best underlined, with notes to self, and the ability to re-read sections as you try to apply the methods into your own life.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andrea González De la Cerda

    Appky FEED technique...everything is hard before it comes effortless, the more you learn the more neurological structures you build. More neurological structures=less neurological damage Alzheimer and other illnesses can make.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Flo

    I don't like self help books that consist of client based stories. And this was one of them. I find them to be too specific as examples. I thought it was o.k but not worth a second read or keeping altogether. I don't like self help books that consist of client based stories. And this was one of them. I find them to be too specific as examples. I thought it was o.k but not worth a second read or keeping altogether.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Aisha Ali

    The book is extremely helpful in creating a healthy lifestyle. It brings our focus back to all the simple yet the most important things in our life, as sleep, a healthy diet, etc. that often get ignored in the chaotic lives most of us lead.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alessandra

    Interesting reading. The method explained can be applied to everything

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Some good chapters

  29. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Some good ideas to extend your brain possibilities. Also contains introduction to neurophysiology (very brief, if you read something about brain structure - you'll see nothing new). Some good ideas to extend your brain possibilities. Also contains introduction to neurophysiology (very brief, if you read something about brain structure - you'll see nothing new).

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sameera Shaik

    It's a very informative book on how brain plays a crucial role in ones life and how it be changed It's a very informative book on how brain plays a crucial role in ones life and how it be changed

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