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Good...but could have been excellent,
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This is a really good read in that it shows scientific evidence for things which until now you could only hope were true.
The book explains you can change your brain and I was encouraged to know there are things you can do to alter the way you approach things.
However, the big problem with it is, it's all about the research with just the last chapter telling you how to work on your brain.
We know the author is a scientist and I for one would trust his research to be robust but I didn't need to know all the ups and downs along the way.
I wanted to know more about how to use what he has uncovered.
Most advice of this kind is from gurus and people who appoint themselves as experts, when in reality they are just out to make money from books, talks, therapies and health spas. If a scientist was to offer really worthwhile help, it would top anything already out there.
If Richard Davidson produced a follow up in which the balance of research to self-help advice was the other way round it would be a must read.
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Initial post: 16 Aug 2012 13:27:03 BDT
William Shardlow says:
Maybe he's leaving the guidance on meditation, and other practices, to the real experts?Does he not give any recommendations? For instance the monk/scientist Matthieu Ricard is a prolific author in this area, and he's one of Davidson's main test subjects ("the happiest man on earth") Try Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill
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