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John B. Arden
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19 Mar 2010
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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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey Bass; 1 edition (19 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470487291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470487297
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 30 Dec 2011
By J. Kirk
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Ryan
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid book but needs some re-wiring itself 19 Jan 2014
By Liam
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By mariluz
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and practical 23 Dec 2013
By DGS
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Great book. Very easy to read and understand and best of all it translates the information in to practical applications.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 17 July 2013
By Cath
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A very good factual book, I have learnt a lot and can highly recommend it to anyone interested in how the brain works and how you can change.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very good do it yourself turn your life around book
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The book is very interesting to read. I have learned a lot about how the brain works. I will be differently looking at other books in the future.
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In this book we learn how we actually can use our brains to heal our lives....It's not rocket science it just neurology!! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Maureen Mcadam
5.0 out of 5 stars I needed this research to understand me
Dr Arden is doing us fabulous service in sharing medical research & insights from his practice. Anyone however educated or dedicated can get in a rut by harmful thought patterns or... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rewire you brain
Although this book has some useful advice it is just a bit hard going. I was expecting some useful practical tips.
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I have only read half way but its very interesting. After years reading NLP and cybernetics theres new knowledge here. Read more
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