User's Guide to the Human Mind Why Our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious, and Neurotic and What We Can Do about It

ISBN-10: 1608820521

ISBN-13: 9781608820528

Edition: 2011

Authors: Shawn T. Smith

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Written by a clinical psychologist and popular blogger, The User#xED;s Guide to the Human Mind is a quirky and informative pocket guide to understanding and overriding our natural neuroses, psychoses, and other seldom useful, always tiresome antics of the human brain.
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 12/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

What This Book Is About
The Worry Machine
Protection at a Price
Luke's Struggle
My Mind, My Bodyguard
The Argument Trap
The Paradox of Thought Suppression
A Day in the Life of a Mind
What Is the Mind?
Why the Mind Worries
How the Mind Speaks
Anxiety and Depression: Ancient Tools for Modern Times
The Mind Is Always Rational, from a Certain Point of View
Letting the Mind Do Its Job
From the Mind's Point of View, Survival Matters Most
Thoughts Are Not Facts
Observing Your Thoughts
Observing Your Emotions
Happiness Is Not Your Mind's Job
How the Mind Uses History
How Penelope Lost Track of Her Values
The Past Is Not the Problem
The Mind's False Dilemmas
The Mind's Skewed View and Biased Memories
What the Mind Fears and How It Responds
The Survival Value of Biased Recall
How the Mind Makes Rules to Keep Us Safe
Values and Action
Training the Mind to Tolerate the Pursuit of Values
The Higher Mind
Finding Your Values
Control Your Life, Not Your Mind
The Trap of Waiting for Thoughts and Feelings to Change
Take Your Mind with You on the Road to Valued Living
Four Ways Our Minds Coerce Us-and What We Can Do About Them
That Was Then and This Is Then
What Meg Doesn't Know About Andy
Why Our Minds Rely on History
Trump Cards and Double Standards
Trump Cards
Responding to Trump Cards
Double Standards
Staying Observant and Maintaining Distance
Pessimistic Thinking
It Isn't Pessimism-It's Error Management
Pessimism: The Ancient Cure for Modern Times
Living with a Pessimistic Mind
Quick Fixes
How the Mind Competes with Itself
Breaking the Quick-Fix Habit
Managing the Drive for Quick Fixes
Mood, Lifestyle, and Psychological Flexibility
Welcome to Your State of Mind
Mallory's Mood
Don't Trust Every Mood You Meet
My Mind Might Be Wrong
Opposite Action: Moving Toward Values
To Medicate or Not to Medicate?
Mind the Basics
How Healthy Habits Insulate Us from the Mind
One Final Exercise: Increasing Psychological Flexibility for a Lifetime
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