Sane New World: Taming the Mind Paperback – 27 Feb 2014
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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)
In this book, she puts her hilarity in service of the important message that we can change our own minds to live better lives. Her disquisition will be wonderfully helpful to those whose minds need changing, and wonderfully entertaining to everyone else. (Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree)
Ruby Wax is brave, generous and hilarious - the perfect guide on a tour of the brain and how it workings affect our overall well-being. And she is passionate about our collective need to tap into the power of mindfulness to help still our minds in an age of speed, hyperconnectivity and distraction. (Arianna Huffington, New York Times-bestselling author of Thrive)
Finally -- a map for the troubled human mind. And it's funny. (Caitlin Moran, author of How to Be a Woman)
A very funny book about how to be calm and poised and not bonkers. (Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones's Diary)
Wonderful, painfully funny and instructive. (Allison Pearson, author of I Don't Know How She Does It)
I was both amused and educated by Ruby Wax's self-help look at our brains, and the ways they're out to get us, and what we can do about it. She's a smart and funny writer on a mission to help us help ourselves. I was impressed. (Neil Gaiman)
Witty, wise and thought-provoking. (Nigella Lawson)
Use this excellent book to navigate your mind and this world with new ease and wonder (Russell Brand)
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.See all Product Description
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What I love about the techniques is that you're not trying to overrule or change unwanted or negative thought patterns (think positive!...yeah, like that's possible if you're feeling traumatised, stressed or depressed, and she proves why it isn't possible to tackle it that way as well). It's done using simple awareness and focussing exercises. Sounds too easy doesn't it? well it is easy and I'm personally flabbergasted at the amazing results I've experienced already.
Like a lot of people I've tried various self help books and manuals and had counselling for my issues but none have been as effective as this approach. It's completely changed my perspective on how we tend to view thoughts as the self and defining rather than 'brain events' as she describes.
If you've explored your own issues but still find your mind, thoughts and mood hostage to them then I can't recommend this book highly enough to you. It works and the science backs it up so I guess that's why it works.
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.Read more ›
The second half of the book is for me where the gold is, techniques, and ones that are achiveable right now, to help manage anxiety attacks, panic attacks and different ways to handle the world when things start to spiral for you. We are all unique and what got us to our place of not coping, not feeling right, its all too much; what ever page you are on. For me this book is a game changer, for the first time in 13 years of not having any strategies that helped, the ones in this book really do. Some need practice, but that's ok, its all tools for your coping tool box.
Hey if you have been having panic attacks for 13 years without being able to take meds, or access assistance if they said wear a pink wig you would do it. It doesn't say that but this is THE BEST book for helping you find ways to make right now feel less threatening, to help you get through right now and so much more.
My other go to book for when times are really bad, or when you just haven't the words to explain what depression is like for those who haven't got it, maybe want to help you and neither of you have the words for how, is Matt Haig Reasons to Stay alive. I couldn't find the words to explain how dark the darkness is to others, how scary it is, but he does, and he's still alive, breathing in and out and helping others do the same.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pathetic dog-turd.. I liked the part where she said she was terrified on her TED talk.. I watched it and it was worse than she imagined. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Gibson Marshall
Really interesting book. Funny and very informative. Makes an involved and difficult subject amusing while still being very practical and knowledgeable. Well done Ruby. Read morePublished 16 days ago by LizC
Loved this book! Haven't read anything by ruby before but found it very informative, funny and surprising. Struggled to put it down! Great read would highly recommend.Published 17 days ago by Lea_b
Really enjoyable read. Despite the feeling that the subject matter jumps around, kangaroo style, this is a good illustration of how mindfulness works in the real world. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Gavin Thurston
Based on the reviews I was looking forward to reading this but unfortunately it just put me in a downer! Read morePublished 25 days ago by Unido87
When I saw this book I knew that I had to buy it. It was on offer when I bought it but it is well worth a read even at full price. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amber Johnson