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User's Guide to the Human Mind : Why Our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious, and Neurotic and What We Can Do about It - SHAWN T. SMITH

User's Guide to the Human Mind

Why Our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious, and Neurotic and What We Can Do about It

Paperback Published: 1st December 2011
ISBN: 9781608820528
Number Of Pages: 208

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The inner workings of the human brain may be a great mystery, but the mind's true purpose has been verified time and time again: your brain is secretly conspiring against you to make you crazy. How else can we account for the needless fears, dramas, tizzies, and rages that affect us on a minute-by-minute basis? The User's Guide to the Human Mind attempts to explain the seemingly inexplicable operations of the human mind, a "don't get eaten machine" better suited to helping mankind escape bears in the forest than helping us cope with the trials and travails of modern life. Written by therapist and blogger Shawn Smith, this lighthearted yet useful guide offers solutions for overcoming the most common unpleasant emotional responses, such as worry, anxiety, pessimism, jealousy, and self-criticism. Readers learn to use cognitive strategies to override unhelpful yet natural emotional responses and create better interpersonal relationships, greater confidence, and peace of mind. The book's goal-setting, prioritizing, and goal-tracking guidance helps readers notice their progress as they gradually prod their brains toward a twenty-first-century-compatible way of processing and dealing with emotions.

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"You've been using the tool between your ears your whole life, but how often have you considered what it is and what it is good for? No user's manual came with it, but this book helps make up for that shipping mistake. You would not use your dishwasher without cracking the manual. Come on. Time to take a look!"
--Steven C. Hayes, PhD, Foundation Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada and author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
What This Book Is About
The Worry Machine
Protection at a Pricep. 9
Luke's Struggle
My Mind, My Bodyguard
The Argument Trap
The Paradox of Thought Suppression
A Day in the Life of a Mindp. 23
What Is the Mind?
Why the Mind Worries
How the Mind Speaks
Anxiety and Depression: Ancient Tools for Modern Times
The Mind Is Always Rational, from a Certain Point of View
Letting the Mind Do Its Jobp. 35
From the Mind's Point of View, Survival Matters Most
Thoughts Are Not Facts
Observing Your Thoughts
Observing Your Emotions
Happiness Is Not Your Mind's Job
How the Mind Uses Historyp. 51
How Penelope Lost Track of Her Values
The Past Is Not the Problem
The Mind's False Dilemmas
The Mind's Skewed View and Biased Memoriesp. 65
What the Mind Fears and How It Responds
The Survival Value of Biased Recall
How the Mind Makes Rules to Keep Us Safe
Values and Actionp. 75
Training the Mind to Tolerate the Pursuit of Values
The Higher Mind
Finding Your Values
Control Your Life, Not Your Mind
The Trap of Waiting for Thoughts and Feelings to Change
Take Your Mind with You on the Road to Valued Living
Four Ways Our Minds Coerce Us-and What We Can Do About Them
That Was Then and This Is Thenp. 97
What Meg Doesn't Know About Andy
Why Our Minds Rely on History
Trump Cards and Double Standardsp. 111
Trump Cards
Responding to Trump Cards
Double Standards
Staying Observant and Maintaining Distance
Pessimistic Thinkingp. 129
It Isn't Pessimism-It's Error Management
Pessimism: The Ancient Cure for Modern Times
Living with a Pessimistic Mind
Quick Fixesp. 143
How the Mind Competes with Itself
Breaking the Quick-Fix Habit
Managing the Drive for Quick Fixes
Mood, Lifestyle, and Psychological Flexibility
Welcome to Your State of Mindp. 159
Mallory's Mood
Don't Trust Every Mood You Meet
My Mind Might Be Wrong
Opposite Action: Moving Toward Values
To Medicate or Not to Medicate?
Mind the Basicsp. 173
How Healthy Habits Insulate Us from the Mind
One Final Exercise: Increasing Psychological Flexibility for a Lifetime
Referencesp. 193
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ISBN: 9781608820528
ISBN-10: 1608820521
Series: Unassigned Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st December 2011
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27

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