Rewire Your Brain: Think Your Way to a Better Life

Rewire Your Brain: Think Your Way to a Better Life

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0470487291

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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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calcium ions into cells, which creates free radicals. If you don’t have enough antioxidants in your system, free radicals can careen around and punch holes in your cell walls, rupturing the cells and potentially killing them. Dendrites, the branches of a cell that reach out to other neurons to be potentially receptive to gather information, begin to wither back into the cell body. Thoughts and emotions become more rigid and simple. Your decisions will be rigid and will probably be destructive

memory. Later, when you are once again in that emotional state, you are more likely to remember explicit material that is congruent with that state. You typically have few explicit memories of the first three or five years of your life. Sigmund Freud inaccurately referred to this phenomenon as infantile amnesia. However, you haven’t forgotten or repressed these memories; rather, the memories are not conscious, and they are available to your consciousness only as an emotional reaction. The

and/or depletion of neurotransmitters. Fu e l i n g Yo u r B rai n 99 Amino Acids and Some Foods That Contain Them Amino Acid Precursor Neurotransmitter Effects Foods L-tryptophan Serotonin Improves sleep, calmness, and mood Turkey Milk Whole wheat Pumpkin seeds Cottage cheese Almonds Soybeans L -glutamine GABA Decreases tension and irritability; increases calmness Eggs Peaches Grape juice Avocado Sunflower seeds Granola Peas Tyrosine Dopamine Increases feelings of pleasure

handshake by placing his left hand on the shoulder of the person with whom he is shaking hands. The Effects of Nurturance and Its Deprivation Caring for others and being cared for by others have powerful effects on the brain from the moment of birth. A graphic example of how the lack of nurturance can affect the brain occurred in Romania. After the repressive regime of Nicolae Ceausescu was overthrown in 1989, more than 150,000 children were found languishing in Romanian orphanages. They were

to your set point after a period of adjustment. If your set point is not as positive and calm as you want it to be, you’ll have to feed your brain by inducing increased activation of positive left frontal states long enough to induce a new trait. The difference between states and traits represents two critical steps in inducing neuroplasticity. A state is a mood, such as happiness or sadness. Most people fluctuate among different states throughout the day, depending on what is going on in their

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