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Sane New World: Taming the Mind [Kindle Edition]

Ruby Wax
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Ruby Wax has an extraordinary mind, and she has brought it to bear with trademark wit and searing honesty on the subject of that mind, and the minds of all us. Very few will be able to read this wonderful contribution to the literature of mental health without recognising some part of themselves, and certainly of someone they know. A ruby beyond price. (Stephen Fry)

I love this book more than I love Ruby. And that's saying quite a bit...in a loud, funny voice. Yes...I love this book. And I know books. And I know love. And Ruby's book is both. (Carrie Fisher)

Ruby Wax combats ignorance with knowledge, confusion with crystal clarity, prejudice with open-mindedness, rigidity with humour and slays the dragon of stigma in this superb introduction to the twenty-first century science of the mind. This book will be a turning point in our battle to bring parity of esteem to mental and physical health. Explaining in simple language the nature of mental disorder and describing evocatively what you can do about it, is a substantial contribution to making our society a better place. This manual for living must be read by everyone. (Peter Fonagy, Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis at UCL)

Ruby Wax is at her best in this wonderful book. Its acute observations are both extremely funny and deeply moving. Many people will be grateful for her courage, openness, humour and wisdom. (Mark Williams, author of Mindfulness)

In Sane New World, Wax touches upon her own anxieties and fears with honesty and humour...it royally hauls a stigmatised fact of life kicking and laughing into the open. (The Times)

The book does succeed as a 'life manual' exactly because it is Ruby Wax who has written it...her life-affirming humour carries it through on a tide of quirky jokes and separate anecdotes from her life. (Daily Express)

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Comedian, writer and mental health campaigner shows us why and how our minds can send us mad and how we can rewire our thinking, especially through mindfulness, to calm ourselves in a frenetic world.

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Ms Wax... 6 July 2013
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Brilliant Book. I read it with Ruby's voice in my head which made it easy and amusing. I wish she had written this book when I was 14, it would have saved me years of heart/head ache.. A must read for those who want to find out more about themselves and those around them. Thank you Ms Wax, I am only sorry that you had to suffer first in order to get tothis point in your life...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and lots of good advice 5 Jan 2014
By Mrs. T
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Ruby uses just enough science, personal anecdotes and humour to make this book easy and worthwhile reading. It's full of common sense and advice for life in the 21st century. I'd recommend it to anyone who suffers from anxiety or would class themselves as an excessive worrier. If nothing else this book will give you some laughs!
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135 of 143 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Owners Guide to the Mind 7 Jun 2013
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I've read a lot of books about neurology, psychology and psychotherapy. Just put this one down having finished the last page. This one is a bit special because it has been written by someone who writes from the heart, with an honesty that's compelling. It has been said that there is no owner's manual that comes with each brain. This one provides a pretty good idea of what to do if you feel that your own brain is not quite getting you through your life the way you'd like. Highly recommended. I've always liked the author as a comedienne... I like her even better as an author and educator.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read 27 Dec 2013
By Catmac
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As someone who suffers from stress and anxiety due to caring for my father who has a brain injury, this book has given me an understanding of some of his problems and what is going on inside his brain and taught me coping strategies on how to deal with my related stress. Ruby is funny, intelligent and plain speaking about mental health and what it throws at you. I read it in one go and will definitely read it again.
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILIANT 6 Jun 2013
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this book is a gift to the world. it's a helpful book without being a 'self help book.' funny, insightful and a revelation. it makes the most impossible concepts accessible for everyone and will help anyone understand the intricate workings of the brain and the responses we have to life. a must have for anyone trying to navigate their way through all the madness. major thanks to miss wax...
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139 of 157 people found the following review helpful
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What's the one thing we all say when asked what we'd wish ourselves or our children and loved ones? A happy life. This excellent book isn't just for those people with a mental health diagnosis. It's a book for any human being who wants a happier life. A manual for improved life quality - improved thinking, feeling and behaviour. I want to send one each to all our children.

Here's a modified something I wrote on Ruby Wax's website (www.rubywax.net) today.

"I'm glad the Irish Sane New World Tour went so well. My work hours were reduced from 36 to 12 per week when I had to have time off for an episode and the doctor's certificate showed 'bipolar depression'. That's a 2/3 cut in my salary. We moved area and I now work from home doing something I love. But mental illness can still hit us in the pocket and lower self-esteem further in this way, as you mention in SNW. The law definitely needs changing. We can never have too many people being open and honest about their experiences.

I'm now told by my e-reader I'm at '94 of 150' and thus at Part 4 of Sane New World. Although I took two NHS Mindfulness courses, the brain part was only explained in that we can change our thinking and thus feeling and behaviours. There simply wasn't the budget or time on the NHS to go into that detail and we concentrated on the actual practice.

So, at very long last, someone has explained for me in layman's/Joe Public human terms what scientists and scholars actually know, from all the research we have up to now (and clearly more needs doing), about our brains and minds. I knew Mindfulness was doing me good, making life richer and me more content, but the info in SNW's been a revelation to me. How complex is the brain! No wonder it's taking time to work it all out.
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87 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant sensitive Read 3 Jun 2013
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For anyone affected directly or indirectly by mental illness this is a must read. It is the first book that I have read on the subject that clearly explains how to turn around your thought process in laymen's terms. The technical details are explained clearly without being condescending.Sane New World: How to Tame the Mind
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny book with a very important message 21 Oct 2013
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Ruby writes about mindfulness in a way that actually makes sense. Her open and honest account of her own mental illness adds a layer of reality and truth sometimes missing in more zen like approaches to mindfulness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Consoling and inspirational
Thank you Ruby.....I twitch my toes a million times a day in a bid to hold onto my now. By the way we do exist -the ones who get the train before the train, the plane before the... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Haresleap
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant, clear explanations, kept me interested all the way through.
Published 1 day ago by Sortie
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting view on the modern mind
I am a student of mindfulness , Ruby has some good insights into what works and doesn't work in life and mental health. I hope MBCT helps her and more importantly me !
Published 2 days ago by Norfolk Chance
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I love this book, written with passion and humour. I have recommended it to so many friends, Ruby Wax doesn't preach or teach Mindfulness, she tells her story and experience of... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Frances
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I only wish it was a longer book. Ruby explains the concepts behind mindfulness and CBT from an expert's perspective but her anecdotes and personal experiences bring the book to... Read more
Published 3 days ago by claudia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really interesting and down to earth.
Published 3 days ago by J. A. Rayner
5.0 out of 5 stars In sum....
Brilliant, tippity top, write more please. That is all.
Published 3 days ago by Amanda
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly a good piece of work
Mostly a good piece of work, informative, amusing, helpful, and easy for anybody to understand the background and suffering mental problems of themselves and others. Read more
Published 5 days ago by clemi
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and written in an easy to understand way
Great and interesting book. Bought this copy for a friend who I knew would find it as good as I had. Read more
Published 5 days ago by F. J. Ronaldson
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother reading if you think you are God's gift to humanity
It's great to have a book on handling depression and anxiety which is grounded in humour and personal experience. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Dr Chris
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