Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Do you ever wonder what is happening inside your brain when you feel anxious, panicked, and worried? In Rewire Your Anxious Brain, psychologist Catherine Pittman and author Elizabeth Karle offer a unique, evidence-based solution to overcoming anxiety, based in cutting-edge neuroscience and research.
In this audiobook you will learn how the amygdala and cortex (both important parts of the brain) are essential players in the neuropsychology of anxiety. The amygdala acts as a primal response, and oftentimes, when this part of the brain processes fear, you may not even understand why you are afraid. By comparison the cortex is the center of worry - that is, obsessing, ruminating, and dwelling on things that may or may not happen.
Pittman and Karle offer simple, specific examples of how to manage fear by tapping in to both of these pathways in the brain. As you listen, you'll gain a greater understanding of how anxiety is created in the brain, and as a result you will feel empowered and motivated to overcome it.
The brain is a powerful tool, and the more you work to change the way you respond to fear, the more resilient you will become. Using the practical self-assessments and proven-effective techniques in this book, you will learn to literally "rewire" the brain processes that lie at the root of your fears.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 30 minutes|
|Author||Catherine M. Pittman PhD, Elizabeth M. Karle MLIS|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||29 July 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 585 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
2 in Anxiety Disorders (Audible Books & Originals)
3 in Neuropsychology (Books)
3 in Anxiety Disorders (Books)
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Although a scientific text, this book explains complex neurology in layman terms with practical advice.
If you are motivated to make a positive change in your life, start by reading this book.
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The first warning light comes on when the authors speak of “the more effective approach is to change your thoughts and images to decrease the resulting amygdala activation.” Behind the scientific language lurks what later is to be made explicit, that the best route to dealing with anxiety is through cbt: – cognitive behavioural therapy. This method has been largely discredited by major thinkers in the field of psychotherapy. As one who underwent such ”treatment” in a variety of forms, I can testify to their claims that it a facile, simplistic technique, full of activities, some of them useful enough in themselves for mild cases of anxiety, but mainly widely deployed here in the UK because it is cheap and easy to provide. It rests on a false premise, almost an inversion of the truth; that if we alter our thought patterns then our emotional states will respond positively. That is a simplification but close to the reality, nonetheless. It is interesting that the two authors speak only of present circumstances when anxiety is deeply rooted in the past. Rather it seems to me that the more radical method of reaching to the pain behind anxiety is the only way forward. Yes, it may take longer, is not without it’s own share of pain in confronting past experiences and certainly more expensive.
The book largely side-steps the question of medication. It does little more than briefly acknowledge this form of treatment and seems to be largely opposed to it on all but a minimal scale. That argument may hold water, but it needs far more rigorous attention than it receives here. A great deal of the substance of the text is given over to describing in list form manifestations of anxiety and extraordinarily straightforward and familiar ways of coping with it.
It is a strange book in combining quite sophisticated theories of the functioning of the brain with naïve, sometimes banal, practical suggestions for dealing with complex emotional states. I can't recommend it to those seeking genuine help with this painful disorder.
This didn't help me, unfortunately. I get it, I know why I am anxious and what causes it to some extent but it doesn't necessarily help negate it. The exercises and examples in this book, whilst valid, can be found on any "top 10 ways to deal with anxiety" list. To me, there is nothing new or groundbreaking in this book outside of its scientific breakdown.
This book may help you, but don't pin all your hopes on it. Regardless, good luck friend. Sometimes all we can do is put one foot in front of the other, so get your walking shoes on!