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Your survival instinct is killing you : retrain your brain to conquer fear, make better decisions, and thrive in the 21st century

Author: Marc Schoen; Kristin Loberg
Publisher: New York : Hudson Street Press, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Thanks to technology, we live in a world that's much more comfortable than ever before. But here's the paradox: our tolerance for discomfort is at an all-time low. And as we wrestle with a sinking "discomfort threshold," we increasingly find ourselves at the mercy of our primitive instincts and reactions. Designed to keep us out of danger, our limbic brain's survival instinct controls what we intuitively do to avert  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marc Schoen; Kristin Loberg
ISBN: 9781594630972 1594630976
OCLC Number: 1021093532
Description: x, 250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1: The nature of discomfort. The 21st-century survivalist : the new paradigm for transforming discomfort into power ; The cozy paradox : uncomfortable in a comfortable world ; The balancing act : the delicate sway between calm and catastrophe ; The seat of the survival instinct : the biology of fear ; The birth of a bad habit : obsessions, compulsions, and addictions ; Conditioning and the genesis of habits : please and thank you ; Externalization : the dark side of creature comforts --
pt. 2: The nature of survival. Managing your comfort zone : fifteen simple strategies to stay cool, calm, and collected ; Taking the "dis" out of discomfort : the hardy survivalist ; Survivalism at work : performance and the art of decision making under pressure --
Conclusion: Discomfort --
an opportunity for growth.
Responsibility: Marc Schoen with Kristin Loberg.

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Thanks to technology, we live in a world that's much more comfortable than ever before. But here's the paradox: our tolerance for discomfort is at an all-time low. And as we wrestle with a sinking "discomfort threshold," we increasingly find ourselves at the mercy of our primitive instincts and reactions. Designed to keep us out of danger, our limbic brain's survival instinct controls what we intuitively do to avert injury or death. Rarely are we required to recruit this instinct today, but this part of our brain is programmed to react automatically to even the most benign forms of discomfort and stress as serious threats to our survival. In this book we learn how the Survival Instinct, stuck in the "ON" position. is what triggers a person to overeat, prevents the insomniac from sleeping, or leads travelers to avoid planes or freeways. This book will show you how to successfully manage discomfort while taming your overly reactive survival instinct.--From publisher description.

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