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The Breakout Principle : How to Activate the Natural Trigger That Maximizes Creativity, Athletic Performance, Productivity, and Personal Well-Being - Herbert Benson

The Breakout Principle

How to Activate the Natural Trigger That Maximizes Creativity, Athletic Performance, Productivity, and Personal Well-Being


Published: 2nd March 2004
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Would it surprise you to learn that to solve a seemingly unsolvable problem, you need to get up and leave the room? A walk in the woods will help you finish your novel? Humming can make you a better tennis player? "Or completely giving up" is the way to succeed?

In "The Breakout Principle, " the bestselling author of "The Relaxation Response" delivers the ultimate self-help principle -- simple instructions to activate a powerful biological trigger that converts conflict and confusion into clarity and extraordinary performance, a state athletes refer to as "the zone."

More than three decades ago, Dr. Herbert Benson of the Harvard Medical School began research into why some people are devastated by stress while others thrive, turning it into brilliant achievement. Now "The Breakout Principle" reports the discovery of an easy-to-access inner switch that increases mental function, enhances creativity and productivity, maximizes athletic performance, and enriches spiritual life. The same internal mechanism that improves a tennis serve or golf putt strengthens your speaking skills, makes you a better negotiator, and fosters inner peace and belief.

Dr. Benson and coauthor William Proctor explain the cutting-edge science behind the phenomenon in accessible language, clearly describe the four distinct phases of the Breakout, and provide simple, step-by-step instructions on how to activate the Breakout "trigger." Compelling case histories and information on how to incorporate Breakouts into daily life are woven throughout the book.

Dr. Benson's previous discoveries have helped millions reduce the harmful effects of stress. "The Breakout Principle" now reveals how to maximize your untapped abilities and powers.

Sir John M. Templeton founder of the Templeton Prize for Progress and Templeton Growth Ltd. Dr. Herbert Benson and Mr. William Proctor have proven their top talents and diligence. Millions of people can benefit from The Breakout Principle.

Prefacep. xi
Powering the Breakout
What Is a Breakout?p. 3
Anatomy of the Triggerp. 26
The "Spirit" of Peak Experiencep. 46
Mapping the Creative Mindp. 69
The Ultimate Self-Help Principlep. 87
The Six Peak Experiences
The First Peak--Self-Awarenessp. 105
The Second Peak--Creativityp. 125
The Third Peak--Productivityp. 147
The Fourth Peak--Athleticismp. 182
The Fifth Peak--Rejuvenationp. 210
The Sixth Peak--Transcendencep. 233
The Power of Intrinsic Beliefp. 257
The End ... and the Beginning: Realizing the Promise of the Breakout Principlep. 283
Referencesp. 289
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780743223980
ISBN-10: 0743223985
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 2nd March 2004
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45