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Change or Die: Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain

We are tempt­ed to drop it all, find a nice warm tree in the park or cof­fee­house table, and sim­ply read 2 books that have just been pub­lished. We haven’t read them since they have lit­er­al­ly just been released today, but we are cer­tain there will be a fun and illu­mi­nat­ing read for any­one inter­est­ed in the brain and the mind.

Change or Die: The Three Keys to Change at Work and in Life by Alan Deutschman. Alan, a jour­nal­ist for Fast Com­pa­ny, turns the superb arti­cle Change or Die he wrote in May 2005 into a book. We liked the arti­cle so much, that it has been at the top of our rec­om­mend­ed Arti­cles since then.

Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Sci­ence Reveals Our Extra­or­di­nary Poten­tial to Trans­form Our­selves by Sharon Beg­ley. Sharon is the Sci­ence writer at the Wall Street Jour­nal, and here relates the 2004 Mind & Life Insti­tute meet­ing between the Dalai Lama and sev­er­al top neu­ro­sci­en­tists. The book descrip­tion leads with “Is it real­ly pos­si­ble to change the struc­ture and func­tion of the brain, and in so doing alter how we think and feel? The answer is a resound­ing yes.”

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  1. abcurtiss says:

    Hooray for Sharon Beg­ley and the Wall ST. Jour­nal adding com­mon sense to behav­ioral changes. My new book BRAINSWITCH OUT OF DEPRESSION shows how to change your depres­sive neur­al pat­terns by use of sim­ple mind exer­cis­es.

  2. Alvaro says:

    Thanks for your post. Yes, it is encour­ag­ing that there is increas­ing aware­ness of what each of us can do.

    What are a cou­ple of exam­ples of the mind exer­cis­es you rec­om­mend?

  3. Here’s one that works for a lot of peo­ple.
    When you find your­self sud­den­ly in some sud­den pain of depres­sion say yes, yes, yes, yes, yes,yes, over and over again in your mind. Scream it if you have to in order to main­tain dom­i­nance over the thought that you are in pain. Once the edge is off the pain, get into small chores or begin your dai­ly rou­tine, using yes, yes, yes any­time the pain comes back.

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