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The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love -- Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits Audio CD – Unabridged, March 7, 2017
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[Includes Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn]
We are all vulnerable to addiction. Whether it's a compulsion to constantly check social media, binge eating, smoking, excessive drinking, or any other behaviors, we may find ourselves uncontrollably repeating. Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? Is there a key to conquering the cravings we know are unhealthy for us?
This book provides groundbreaking answers to the most important questions 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 processes that encourage addictive behaviors in order to step out of them. He describes the mechanisms of habit and addiction formation, then explains how the practice of mindfulness can interrupt these habits.
Weaving together patient stories, his own experience 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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''Wisdom infuses [Judson Brewer's] research as he offers us a path of exploration to better our lives.'' --Jewel
''A remarkable book, one that will help free us from the powerful habits of craving and addiction…For many readers, this book will be life-transforming.'' --Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness
''As co-chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus, I've seen first hand the need for action… This book couldn't come at a time of greater need.'' --US Representative Tim Ryan
About the Author
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, founded the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
- Publisher : Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged Audio edition (March 7, 2017)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1538405032
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538405031
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.4 x 1 x 5.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,700,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Furthermore, as an appendix to the book, the author mentions an ancient Buddhist text that defines character types with the intent to know what their individual struggles will be with respect to meditation and best be able to tailor their meditation training accordingly. The author has included a quiz you can take to see what your personality type is. Cool! Who doesn't love a good quiz?! But once the quiz is over and you have your results, that's the end of the book. Literally. There is no discussion AT ALL of what meditation struggles each personality type will have, or any specific tips. Why even include the quiz if he's not going to say what the results of the quiz mean? He doesn't even suggest a book or other resource that could give you the information.
The author comes across as a genuinely caring human being, and it is puzzling to me that he doesn't offer people the help he's spent his adult life researching. I wish he would've at least given readers a list of suggested books or internet resources that could give people practical suggestions.
P.S. I did not purchase the audiobook, but listened to it through an excellent (and free) program through my local library called "Hoopla." This is why Amazon doesn't show it as a "verified purchase."
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As someone who previously went through a depressive phase, and takes a keen interest in mental health - I pretty much bought this on impulse... I actually ran into the book while searching for an image that represented dopamine, in an attempt to make fun of people that repeatedly asked eachother to follow their instagram.
I already had a vague idea of the addictive nature of the world around us, especially come the dawn of technology - this made the book more readable and perhaps buying it was just so I could confirm my views.
That said, I've found the book to be very impactful on my views of mental health in a range of areas - from others, to relationships, to myself.
My father had pleaded me to take up meditation since I was just reaching my teenage years, which I put off each day. I'm a individual of facts and figures, I know what I know, etc...
If you have a shred of doubt of the usefulness of meditation, or fail to take time to address your mental state - this book is a must read.
Be warned however, while the book is by no means large - the writer struggles to dampen his vocabulary from the highs of Doctorates jabbering technical jargon to eachother. His use of metaphors can help, but you could find yourself opening somewhat irrelevant wikipedia articles just to maintain a grasp of the story he is telling.
That's worth noting too, this book is not solely facts and figures presented in a line. The writer makes an attempt to tell a story of his own life alongside the teaching. This story telling isn't hugely intrusive but if you don't like the occasional snippet of the writers' personal life then you might be perturbed.
A grand read so far.
Fingers crossed it will stay that way.