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The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love—Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits Kindle Edition
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“It has a lot of practical advice, combining mindfulness training with patient testimonies and clinical practice. . . [A] great book everyone should read.”—Irvine Welsh, Metro
“[The Craving Mind] is informative, has practical clinical utility, and offers a very realistic view of addictions and an insightful look at a viable treatment option.”—Robert Perna, PsycCritiques
“Accessible and enjoyable. The Craving Mind brilliantly combines the latest science with universal real-life experiences—from falling in love to spending too much time with our phones.”—Arianna Huffington
"This masterful, personal, friendly, compelling, humorous, and erudite book offers us a radically new perspective on learning, on breaking habits of mind not by force or through the application of will power or the desire for a reward, but by truly inhabiting the domain of being."—Jon Kabat-Zinn, from the Foreword
"Entertaining and profound, Judson Brewer’s book brings our everyday addictions into clear view, helping us see how we get caught up in our habits, and giving us simple, grounded steps that we can take to overcome them. Wisdom infuses his research as he offers us a path of exploration to better our lives."—Jewel, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and author
"The core perception that 'something is missing' drives us to addiction and deprives us of the chance to live fully. By bringing together cutting-edge Western science, the radical insights of Buddhist psychology, and mindfulness practices, Judson Brewer offers a direct pathway to freeing our minds from the domination of craving."—Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
"The Craving Mind is a remarkable book, one that will help free us from the powerful habits of craving and addiction. Brewer lays out a practical and empirically based pathway to greater freedom and ease in our lives. For many readers, this book will be life-transforming."—Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening
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About the Author
- ASIN : B06VSPVRQQ
- Publisher : Yale University Press; 1st edition (March 7, 2017)
- Publication date : March 7, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1104 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 257 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #89,183 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.