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Preferred that Brewer hadn t mixed his personal story with literary interpretation studies and Buddhism He should have ither In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, elaborated on the connections between all this or focused on one or two of these things Perhaps it would have been better if he had included somexamples from his mindfulness training As I said in the beginning I still Bark enjoyed reading the bookspecially the first half It was nice to learn about what happens in the brain during meditation and how our mind tends to wander and what one can do about it I also didn t know a lot about Buddhism so I learned some new things about that religion too If you re interested in these two topics I would recommend this book to you But if you re looking for help to cure your addiction I would not recomment this book to you Disclaimer I received a free copy in On Such a Full Sea exchange for an honest review The first chapter pretty much tells youverything you need to know I do recommend reading it but after that first part I felt like I got what I needed 35 stars I think I would have Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! enjoyed this audiobook with a different narrator or if I had read the book rather than listened to it The narrator sounded like a computer to me no personality or inflections in his voice just a monotone So the book lost half a star for that alone as it was distractingOther than that Injoyed it There was nothing terribly new about the first part on addictions Yes we get rewards for our addictions that is why they are so hard to break As a former psychology major I am well familiar with BF Skinner and operan At times one gets the feeling that the only thing Judson Brewer likes than mindfulness is Judson Brewer Perhaps his Cannibal editor is to blame Readers are constantly regaled with stories about Brewer s trials tribulations and ultimately successes Beyond the utter ubiuity of reward based learning I will remember that Brewer teaches at Yale that famous people are interested in his dynamic and cuttingdge research and that he apparently has a lot of time to meditateWhich brings me to an important point this book makes clear that mindfulness as we discuss it now has a class dimension It takes a certain level of wealth and flexibility to be able to do week and month long meditation retreats Who Mastered (The Enforcers, else but a tenured Yale professor could do so This book often uses drug addicts and alcoholics asxamples but its audience is middle and upper middle class knowledge workers the people whose ipads and iphones function like an IVOther problems very broad definition of addiction slavish devotion to reward. Ocesses that Man, Son of Man encourage addictive behaviors in order to step out of them He describes the mechanisms of habit and addiction formation thenxplains how the practice of mindfulness can interrupt these habits Weaving together patient stories his own xperience with mindfulness practice and current scientific findings from his own lab and others Dr Brewer offers a path for moving beyond our cravings reducing stress and ultimately living a fuller life
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Great book No time for a review I won this in a Goodreads giveawayVery good book More proof that Mindfulness is a skill we all need I found it nlightening ven though I ve read a lot about these topics It s a history of Dr Brewer s research and how he came to build mindfulness apps to work through addictive habitsI ve been using Eat Right Now for about 5 weeks now and it didn t only change my relationship to food it made me aware and mpowered about a lot of habits including how I relate to othersThe book is not a self help manual If you want help get one of the apps from Claritas and work through the Uncommon Wisdom exercises just a few minutes per day I have read a ton but without actualxercises it s just like reading about Unseen City exercise physiology andxpecting to build muscle I confess to having a phone addiction I recently read Cal Newport s incredible book Digital Minimalism and I followed some of his recommendations Example I uninstalled social media apps like Whatsaap and Facebook on my phone I now access Facebook once a week But despite these steps I m still not digitally minimal Art enough I still constantly check my phone and surf the internet countless times in a day Reading The Craving Mind is another try to cure my addiction The answers to addiction in this book however differs from those in Newport s While Newport recommends deliberately turning off notifications digital decluttering and the likes Judson Brewer recommends the practice of mindfulness or meditation Brewerxplains that the practice of mindfulness can interrupt our addictive habits Weaving together patient stories his own God Is in the Crowd experience with mindfulness practise and current scientific findings from his own lab and others Brewer offers a path for moving beyond our cravings reducing stress and ultimately living a fuller lifeI ve been wishing to start practising meditation Since this book had sufficiently shown its benefits as a medication for addiction I will delay no further Actual rating 35 starsInitial thoughts The Craving Mind was a little confusing in terms of its stance towards mindfulness On one hand mindfulness was presented as a mental state underpinned by psychological study On the other a fair bit of Buddhist teachings were drawn upon withoutver making clear the links between Buddhism and the origins of mindfulness I already knew that mindfulness was historically rooted in Buddhism before gaining popularity beyond but not much When Buddhism came up in The Craving Mind I Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard expected to gain insight NopeThat being said The Craving Mind did address. “Accessible andnjoyable The Craving Mind brilliantly combines the latest science with universal real life The Matriarchs (The Family experiences from falling in love to spending too much time with our phones” Arianna HuffingtonA leading neuroscientist and pioneer in the study of mindfulnessxplains why addictions are so tenacious and how we can learn to conuer them We are all vulnerable to addiction Whether it’s a compulsion to constantly check social media binge a.
Addictions how they develop and wh Sadly this is not what I xpectedI really wanted to get to know this interesting topic about addiction because if you look closer you ll see that we re all suffering from at least one kind of addiction This is why I had hoped that this book would When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) enlighten me about this subject and maybe share few tricks and tips about how to get over itBut noIt seemed to me that the author is like this little kid who had an amazing day at school and wanted to share with you what happened but you just asked him what he learned at school He did tell you what he learn though but for him it was a trivial thing It was not what you asked for but what he wanted to tellI really felt like the title should be bouddhisme or Meditation becauseven if the author talked about addiction he really focused on meditation as a form of therapy to it No Biggy! even though I didn t really Injoyed reading this book However it didn t live up to my Crush It! expectations when I read the title Ixpected practical advice on how to overcome addictions I was also a little surprised that it was based on Buddhist teaching I didn t get that from the description But if you keep these things in mind and you know what to Attracting Birds to Your Backyard expect you cannjoy this book I really liked the first half where Brewer Deep Listening explains different types of addiction he also presents many studies conducted by him and others on how addictions work what happens in the brain of an addict and how these processes are similar orven the same that happen when other things happen that we wouldn t consider unhealthy or an addiction It was very interesting to read about his studies about the Bird-by-Bird Gardening effects of meditation There are also many figures included that illustrate hisxplanations In the second half of the book the focus shifted from the studies and the theoretical background towards his personal The Works of Saint Augustine experience with mediation and how he developed his mindfulness training It was still interesting however I would have preferred to learn about about what mindfulness actually is and how it works This part of the book reads like his biography than anythinglse It was also hard for me to see the connection between his personal Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone experience and why he thought that mindfulness training would cure addictions I don t think that thexamples were well chosen In addition I was also a little confused why he analysed a novel Walden Two to give advice on how to overcome addictions Brewer s style was My Teacher Is a Robot easily accessible At some points I found hisxplanations and models too simple or superficial I would have. Ting smoking xcessive drinking or any other behaviors we may find ourselves uncontrollably repeating Why are bad habits so hard to overcome Is there a key to conuering the cravings we know are unhealthy for us This book provides groundbreaking answers to the most important uestions about addiction Dr Judson Brewer a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who has studied the science of addictions for twenty years reveals how we can tap into the very pr.