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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey Bass; 1 edition (19 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470487291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470487297
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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At last, a practical book that not only brings us up to date with the latest developments in neuroscience but also gives tools and techniques to help ′rewire the brain′ and maximize the brain′s potential. A fascinating and inspirational book.
Jane Stephenson, JSA  Seminars Dublin, Ireland

"Dr. Arden paved the way for brain–based therapy and what the brain can do. It s refreshing, practical and innovative.
Kit S. Ng, PhD, Director, Asia Institute of Professional Psychology, Singapore

"In Rewire Your Brain Dr. John Arden goes on an exciting quest for your mind. If you would like to learn more about Mindful Attitudes and Brain–based therapies, you definitely need to read this book.
George Dinchev, Owner of http://psychology–bg.com the psychology in Bulgaria and SEE Region

"Concomitantly with growing professional recognition of the importance of integrating advancements in neuroscience into clinical practice, books such as Rewire Your Brain make this innovative information accessible to the general public, thereby providing readers with practical guidelines to enhancing their wellbeing. It is a valuable contribution indeed.
Avigail Moor Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Tel Hai College, Israel

Once I started to read Rewire Your Brain, it was hard to stop. John Arden has a gift for making complicated and advanced scientific findings interesting and easy to understand. I have not been reading much about brain structures, processes, and neurotransmitters since studying first year psychology almost 30 years ago, a time when the knowledge in this field was quite rudimentary. Rewire Your Brain presents old knowledge and concepts together with results of new research in at way that gives you an updated insight in how we are wired. Even more important, it gives hope and practical advice for both therapists and their patients, but also for healthy individuals who want to improve their memory, mood, or bad habits!
Per A Straumsheim, Special Advisor, Norwegian Psychological Association

Dr. Arden tells us all about the brain in an accessible way, he even animates it in some way, in contrast to brain researchers who investigate the brain like an lifeless mechanism. In order to maintain an active and flexible brain, the author shows practical ways of neuropsychologically–competent mastery of brain.  Therefore the book is free of theoretical abstractions, scientific dryness, and haughtiness.
Gayane Shaverdian, Ph.D. Chair and Professor of the Department of Applied Psychology, Yerevan State University, Armenia

This book speaks of a universal language that breaks cultural borders . People from the West will have a better understanding of early Asian therapies and why it is effective; while those from the East will appreciate the contribution of modern Western health perspectives . It gives a scientific explanation of how therapies like meditation, chi–gong, exercise, hypnosis and other non–traditional healing interventions can affect health and longevity. It will certainly rewire the mindsets of many public readers.
Isabel Echanis–Melgar, PhD., Chair, Committee on Clinical Psychology, Psychological Association of the Philippines

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I bought the book because I am fascinated about the brain. I am particularly interested in learning how the brain works and how we can make the most of our potential.

What I most like about the book is its sense of hopefulness, The brain has the ability to reorganise itself throught life which means that you can establish new neural connections at any given time just by changing your behaviour. This is something called neuroplasticity.You can influence directly on how you feel or you can even change certain personality traits by modifying the way you act. It is a question of stimulating different parts of your brain that are not active. For example, if you are feeling really low, it means that your right frontal lobe is active and it promotes passivity and negative emotion so you need to shift left and stimulate your left frontal lobe which promotes positive feelings and taking action, how? by keeping yourself active, even if this is what you least feel like doing, but you should try hard to do something, you can go for a run, play the guitar, cook a new recipe, etc. taking action influences directly on your brain.The more you are in a particular mood, the more you'll tend to be in that mood. This is just one small example. The book is well written, clear, well organized and engaging from page 1, It is very interesting and useful.

I think this book is a must, I would recommend it to everybody interested in making the most of their potential. The brain is a very powerful tool, we should all learn how to keep it in good shape to help ourselves and to help others.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on 14 Mar. 2013
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If you want to change the way your brain works, this book will definitely help you. But the book is filled with scientific terminology, so if that puts you off, or you're not willing to put in the research; then this book isn't for you. The people who gave this a negative review were just put off by the heavy use of scientific language and the abbreviations that the author uses.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By J. Kirk on 30 Dec. 2011
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I disagree with the previous reviewer and found this to be a great overview of current neuroscience delivered in a practical context. I've read a number of books on the subject, but much of the time the ideas are presented too abstractly in ways that don't really apply to the average reader. This book focuses more on ways you can use discoveries in neuroscience to begin changing your own mindset immediately.

I also disagree with the idea that it's particularly complicated. Neuroscience isn't an especially simple subject, but the author breaks it down in a way that's easily understandable to the layperson. There are acronyms, but abbreviating names like pre-frontal cortex to PFC serves an obvious role in enhancing the readability of the book. If you can't remember a handful of abbreviations, you probably shouldn't be reading science books.

All in all, I highly recommend this book, and it's the most interesting and useful one I've read so far on the subject. The title sounds somewhat gimmicky, but the content is of a high quality and firmly backed by research. I think this would make a good introduction to some key neuroscience ideas, although you could read something like The Brain: A Very Short Introduction if you wanted some foundation in the different parts of the brain and their functions. Really, to give a book this good 3-stars based on ignorance is criminal.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Liam on 19 Jan. 2014
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Oh the irony. A PhD and a lifelong of research into the workings of the brain and yet the author (or perhaps the publisher) has made one abysmal error in the publication of this book. There are no diagrams/graphs/pictures which would aid one enormously in understanding the various parts of the brain and the related electrochemical components for which I purchased this book.

Ergo one is left with a book full of forgettable abbreviations and the usual extreme sob stories, where despite any mention of silver bullets the patients often make miraculous turnarounds.

Furthermore for a man who is clearly quite intelligent, he is amongst the majority of the medical profession who are miles behind when it comes to dietary advice. He advises a patient to cut back on all sugar and then recommends a glass of OJ as an alternative. While in a nutritional sense the fructose, glucose, K and Mg in OJ, combined with other electrochemical constituents such as NaCl and Ca, are very useful metabolically he is fundamentally wrong in that is contains plenty of sugar, albeit natural.

Furthermore he trudges that weary tale of eating foods high in tryptophan before bed to convert to serotonin, then says to avoid protein? Almost every food high in tryptophan is high in protein (it is an amino acid after all).

Still he does seem to have most things right and it cements the fundamentals of success (importance of sleep, diet, mental and physical exercise) but anyone looking to elevate their brain to a high level - and not out of the trash can - can pass this one over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annie on 9 April 2015
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I guess the subtitle of this book gives its main thrust away - 'Think your way to a better life', think is the key word.

It's well written with an excellent looking set of references, it takes account of the latest science and neuroscience and it has a little set of things you should do rounded up under the acronym FEED - focus, effort, effortless, determination. It's very persuasive but basically it's a kind of CBT approach and I don't think anyone with serious problems would be able to follow the recommendations through by themselves without support. Having the reserves to make an effort to change and being determined are things the average depressed person would love to be able to do but probably can't muster by themselves. I always wonder about the paragons who get quoted in the anecdotes in books like this and about the ones who fell by the wayside!
I also felt that this book was very American in approach. Having been to the States a few times and talked to a lot of Americans, I do like their positive approach and I often end up depressed by English cynicism and negativity, I suppose I'm being negative here but I have my doubts that the synthesis of this book is quite right this side of the Atlantic. I think a few more interactive exercises might have helped, I see he does have a website which offers some online courses and cds.

So I ended up a bit disappointed, a nice read but it's not going to change anything for the really depressed or traumatised and it can be criticised just like all CBT approaches for pushing away looking at the underlying reason for the depression or anxiety etc. If those terrified of public speaking, for instance, are just told to do more public speaking along with a few techniques for calming down, well for some that will work but for others it might just lead to so much stress that they'll end up with a serious breakdown further along the line.
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