Brain Reset Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Anxiety, depression and addiction are the scourge of modern-day living. How are they linked? How do we beat them?
According to best-selling author and researcher David Gillespie, we are more addicted than ever before, which is playing havoc with our dopamine levels. This is fuelling epidemic-like levels of depression, anxiety and stress.
Gillespie reveals a large and robust body of research that shows how addictive activities, such as screen use, sugar consumption, drinking, gambling, shopping and smoking, spike our dopamine levels. This, in turn, affects our brain's ability to regulate our mood.
The good news is that we can break the cycle to make things better. There are myriad root causes of mental illness, many of which are beyond our control; David argues that it makes sense to tackle the thing that is within our control - our see-sawing dopamine levels.
Packed with cutting-edge research and practical advice, David's latest book arms us with the tools we need to break our addictions, conquer uncertainty and reset our brains.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 3 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||29 June 2021|
|Publisher||Macmillan Australia Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 3,374 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
9 in Anxiety Disorders (Audible Books & Originals)
19 in Self-Help for Anxieties & Phobias
184 in Mental Health (Books)
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David clearly has a talent for collating reliable high-quality research data and study outcomes, and translating that information into a coherent, engaging form for the common person. When I purchased this book, I was intrigued, but also tempered in my expectations, since the market is awash these days with more generalised self-help material. My expectations were quickly exceeded. It makes for compelling reading to learn how addiction plays out in a biochemical sense rather than as some vague notion of lack of self-control (often how it is often depicted elsewhere). Equally fascinating was the detailed information on how more commonplace pedestrian pursuits such as social media etc. are engineered to take advantage of the dopamine mechanisms of the brain, and how a single addictive state can biologically influence the risk factors of other such addictions, ultimately serving to increase states of anxiety/depression etc.
If you have ever sought a deeper and clearer understanding of how human behaviours (and mental health conditions) are influenced by biology, and want to come away with a firm and logical set of scientifically confirmed answers, get this book. It is of that rare style of work that makes you want to sail through it due to the sheer enjoyment. I also bought the audio-book version, which was equally pleasant, and have since bought a couple of David's other books as well. A very enjoyable find.
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Part of the problem is that this reads like a tired sequel, and according to the author it is a sequel to his first self-help book about avoiding sugar in the supermarket, although we're told to avoid much more this time, from gambling to smoking and drinking, mobile phones are frowned upon, and don't get him started on websites like Facebook which he tells us are designed to addict the user.
It's not the content that I have a problem with generally. Here is Mr Gillespie in a section titled 'other things that will help': '...we can also ensure that we get enough sleep and enough sun. And we can not be on the pill and avoid being a vegetarian'.
Charities and drug companies come in for criticism: 'Inducing anxiety for a dollar is not an acceptable way for a charity to behave anymore than it is for a drug company'.
I'd like to return to the criticism of vegetarian's though because it's one of Gillespie's stated principles that as a non-qualified 'expert' he says that he has to back up anything he writes with proven research and I've never heard vegetarianism dismissed as unhealthy before. When he does return to the subject he does admit that research only suggests it's possible that vegetarians are unhappier than carnivores. He admits that not enough research has been done to prove this.
All well and good, except that he manages to mention twice more before the end of the book that he doesn't think his readers should be vegetarian. The only conclusion I can come to is that by repeating his admittedly unproved warning we are crossing over from the strictly factual research into the realms of bigotry. This is a terrible let down from an author that I had admired so much prior to reading this book, especially as I am a vegetarian.
Even when he rehashes his views on psychopaths (which he aired in such a life changing way in Taming Toxic People) he manages to jar this time round when he suggests that anybody who thinks they don't have a psychopath in their lives should try looking in the mirror. Given that - from my reading - the average prevalence of psychopaths in the general population is around 1 in a 100 people I think it's quite possible that many are fortunate enough not to have a psychopath in their life. How many of us deal with 100 other people on a regular and reasonably intimate basis?
Still, I repeat, these are relatively small discrepancies in a book whose contents I largely don't have a problem with even if they don't interest me much, it's the overall tone that got on my nerves. It was like being hectored by my know-all Australian Uncle as held forth to the exclusion of any other speaker. (And that's no clever invention designed to pun on Gillespie's Nationality: I really did have one of those. He owned a health shop and the comparison is not a compliment).