Wednesday, August 22, 2018

THE CRAVING MIND by Dr. Judson Brewer

THE CRAVING MIND by Dr. Judson Brewer. (Subtitle: From Cigarettes to Smart Phones to Love: Why We Get Hooked, and How We Can Break Bad Habits.) From the publisher: “We are all vulnerable to addiction. Whether it’s a compulsion to constantly check social media, binge eating, smoking, excessive drinking, or any other behaviors, we may find ourselves uncontrollably repeating. Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? Is there a key to conquering the cravings we know are unhealthy for us? This book provides groundbreaking answers to the most important questions about addiction. Dr. Judson Brewer, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who has studied the science of addictions for twenty years, reveals how we can tap into the very processes that encourage addictive behaviors in order to step out of them. He describes the mechanisms of habit and addiction formation, then explains how the practice of mindfulness can interrupt these habits. Weaving together patient stories, his own experience with mindfulness practice, and current scientific findings from his own lab and others, Dr. Brewer offers a path for moving beyond our cravings, reducing stress, and ultimately living a fuller life.” Great audiobook, narrated by P. J. Ochlan. Why great? Combines neuroscience with mindfulness to change one’s perception of the world as a person in it, instead of being at odds with the world in a competitive ego-driven state of perpetual stress and unhappiness. Everyone wants real happiness, not just addictive "shallow excitement," right? What gets in the way? Oneself. We don't see things as they are, we see things as WE are. Usually this means being victims of habitual thoughts, which govern actions. Emotional contagions, both good and bad, infect both people in a room, and news feeds. We look for patterns, repeat them like robots, and are influenced by social media: real facts and fake. How does one change, given that behavioral engineering is at play in the workplace and in the culture? Behind the scenes we are studied and manipulated via fear. The takeaway is to learn how to think differently, as Steve Jobs once put it. But it’s more than just snappy one-liners or quotes. It lends perspective and methods on all levels. Programs from the author's lab have made headway in political arenas to aid those trying to quit smoking, gambling, and overeating. In the end, a psychology quiz is given that will help determine what is influencing you. For this reason and more it is a flashback AUDIOBOOK OF THE MONTH.  Also notable: BOOK GIRL, FLETCH, and DRIVEN
Sleeping with your Smartphone

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