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The user's guide to the human mind : why our brains make us unhappy, anxious, and neurotic and what we can do about it

Author: Shawn T Smith
Publisher: Oakland, CA : New Harbinger Publications, ©2011.
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Your mind is not built to make you happy; it's built to help you survive. So far, it's done a great job! But in the process, it may have developed some bad habits, like avoiding new experiences or scrounging around for problems where none exist. Is it any wonder that worry, bad moods, and self-critical thoughts so often get in the way of enjoying life? Based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), The User's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Smith, Shawn T., 1967-
User's guide to the human mind.
Oakland, CA : New Harbinger Publications, ©2011
(DLC) 2011027865
(OCoLC)701809829
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Shawn T Smith
ISBN: 9781608820535 160882053X 9781608826049 160882604X
OCLC Number: 763170667
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 201 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgments; Introduction; What This Book Is About; Part 1; The Worry Machine; Chapter 1; Protection at a Price; Luke's Struggle; My Mind, My Bodyguard; The Argument Trap; The Paradox of Thought Suppression; Chapter 2; A Day in the Life of a Mind; 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; Chapter 3; Letting the Mind Do Its Job; From the Mind's Point of View, Survival Matters Most; Thoughts Are Not Facts; Observing Your Thoughts; Observing Your Emotions. Part 2Happiness Is Not Your Mind's Job; Chapter 4; How the Mind Uses History; How Penelope Lost Track of Her Values; The Past Is Not the Problem; The Mind's False Dilemmas; Chapter 5; The Mind's Skewed View and Biased Memories; What the Mind Fears and How It Responds; The Survival Value of Biased Recall; How the Mind Makes Rules to Keep Us Safe; Chapter 6; Values and Action; 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 LivingPart 3; Four Ways Our Minds Coerce Us-and What We Can Do About Them; Chapter 7; That Was Then and This Is Then; What Meg Doesn't Know About Andy; Why Our Minds Rely on History; Chapter 8; Trump Cards and Double Standards; Trump Cards; Responding to Trump Cards; Double Standards; Staying Observant and Maintaining Distance; Chapter 9; Pessimistic Thinking; It Isn't Pessimism-℗ƯIt's Error Management; Pessimism: The Ancient Cure for Modern Times; Living with a Pessimistic Mind; Chapter 10; Quick Fixes; How the Mind Competes with Itself. Breaking the Quick-℗ƯFix HabitManaging the Drive for Quick Fixes; Part 4; Mood, Lifestyle, and Psychological Flexibility; Chapter 11; Welcome to Your State of Mind; 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?; Chapter 12; Mind the Basics; How Healthy Habits Insulate Us from the Mind; One Final Exercise: Increasing Psychological Flexibility for a Lifetime; References.
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A quirky and informative guide to understanding and overriding our natural neuroses, psychoses, and other seldom useful, always tiresome antics of the human brain.  Read more...

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