- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (3 Jun. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060988479
- ISBN-13: 978-0060988470
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force Paperback – 3 Jun 2004
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"A daring rescue of the concept of the free human will."
"Fascinating . . . Schwartz and Begley excel at spreading enthusiasm for science by forging scintillating concepts out of difficult ideas."
About the Author
Jeffrey M. Schwartz M.D. is an internationally-recognized authority on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and is the author of the bestseller Brain Lock. He is a Research Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine.
Award-winning writer Sharon Begley is the science columnist for the Wall Street Journal; before that she was senior science writer for Newsweek. She lives in Pelham New York.
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The power of the mind to structure the brain
By Howard Jones
This is an account of how patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder were able to be guided through treating themselves by reconditioning of the brain. Dr Schwartz is a Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and his co-author, Sharon Begley, is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal. As well as describing clinical case studies, the book provides a suggested mechanism of action for mind-brain influence through quantum phenomena, as shared with the authors by quantum physicist Henry Stapp. The treatment and explanations Schwartz offers are also imbued with a fair measure of Buddhist philosophy. The calming effects on breathing, heart rate and blood pressure of meditative techniques have been known for thousands of years to eastern mystics and are used regularly in complementary therapies.
For the past two decades at least, books have been appearing to refute the idea that mind or consciousness is merely the name we give to brain function. This was the old materialist view in science that mind described brain function just as digestion describes the operation of the gut. However, there are now several books by physicians and psychiatrists that describe how patients can take conscious steps to improve their health by controlling brain and body function: books by Hamilton, Hay, Dyer, Dossey, Benson and Tart spring to mind.
Here, Schwartz describes how he teaches his OCD patients the practice of mindful awareness, which he describes as the foundation of Theravada Buddhism.Read more ›
'Sit up and listen' or 'Use it or loose it' or 'mind over matter'.
If we only realised that our thoughts, words and deeds become literal manifestations in OUR lives we would be careful what we thought, said and did! I read this book with much relish and relief.
Chapter on the quantum brain profoundly disappointing. Speculative, hazy evidence, no apparent practical value. Seemed to me to conflate and confuse moral philosophy (an esoteric version of Buddhism?) with a vague, poorly presented understanding of Quantum physics (a topic that not even physicists can explain consistently) I got more from just the first chapter of Feynman's QED. there was no clear (to me) theory on how quantum physics might explain neuro-plasticity, mindfulness, or how it might inform new treatments or explain "mental force". Very disappointing and of little value to a stroke survivor like me interested in self-directed rehab, to augment the invaluable help from my physio
So - for me at least - not exactly a page turner - had to ration myself to morning reads when my own brain was sharpest - but full of stimulating propositions. Please read!
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Coming with very limited knowledge of the brain and how it works i found this book quite accessible without being over simplified. Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2013 by solo wheelie
Agree very much with the review from "Proselytizing for New Age Quantum, Buddhism and Dualism"
Chapter 1 is starting with a frontal assault on `scientism', blind faith... Read more
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