Are you optimistic or pessimistic? Glass half-full or half-empty? Do you look on the bright side or turn towards the dark? These are easy questions for most of us to answer because our personality types are hard-wired into our brains. As pioneering psychologist and neuroscientist Elaine Fox has discovered our outlook on life reflects our primal inclination to seek pleasure or avoid danger -- inclinations that in many people are healthily balanced. But when our "fear brain" or "pleasure brain" is too strong the results can be disastrous as those of us suffering from debilitating shyness addiction depression or anxiety know all too well.
Luckily anyone suffering from these afflictions has reason to hope. Stunning breakthroughs in neuroscience show that our brains are more malleable than we ever imagined. In Rainy Brain Sunny Brain Fox describes a range of techniques -- from traditional cognitive behavioral therapy to innovative cognitive-retraining exercises -- that can actually alter our brains' circuitry strengthening specific thought processes by exercising the neural systems that control them. The implications are enormous: lifelong pessimists can train themselves to think positively and find happiness while pleasure-seekers inclined toward risky or destructive behavior can take control of their lives.
Drawing on her own cutting-edge research Fox shows how we can retrain our brains to brighten our lives and learn to flourish. With keen insights into how genes life experiences and cognitive processes interleave together to make us who we are Rainy Brain SunnyBrain revolutionizes our basic concept of individuality. We learn that we can influence our own personalities and that our lives are only as "sunny" or as "rainy" as we allow them to be.>
Classification : General Non-Fiction
Pub Date : JUN 5, 2012
Imprint : Basic Books
Page Extent : 272
Binding : HB
ISBN : 9780465019458
Price : INR 1,375
Elaine Fox is Professor and Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Prior to moving to Australia she spent almost ten years at the University of Oxford where she founded and directed a world-leading research centre exploring the nature of resilience and mental wellbeing. A cognitive psychologist by training, she is a leading mental health researcher combining genetics, psychology and neuroscience in her work. Elaine also runs a consultancy, Oxford Elite Performance, bringing cutting-edge science and psychology to those at the top levels of sport, business and the military. She was born and brought up in Dublin, Ireland and has held academic positions in Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and Australia. Her first book Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain was published in 2012.
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