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

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New Harbinger Publications, Dec 1, 2011 - Self-Help - 216 pages

Your mind is not built to make you happy; it’s built to help you survive. So far, it’s done a great job! But in the process, it may have developed some bad habits, like avoiding new experiences or scrounging around for problems where none exist. Is it any wonder that worry, bad moods, and self-critical thoughts so often get in the way of enjoying life?

Based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), The User’s Guide to the Human Mind is a road map to the puzzling inner workings of the human mind, replete with exercises for overriding the mind’s natural impulses toward worry, self-criticism, and fear, and helpful tips for acting in the service of your values and emotional well-being—even when your mind has other plans.

•Find out how your mind tries to limit your behavior and your potential
•Discover how pessimism functions as your mind’s error management system
•Learn why you shouldn’t believe everything you think
•Overrule your thoughts and feelings and take charge of your mind and your life
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
THE WORRY MACHINE
The Paradox of Thought Suppression
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MIND
Ancient Tools for Modern Times The Mind
HAPPINESS IS NOT YOUR MINDS
THE MINDS SKEWED VIEW AND BIASED
VALUES AND ACTION
TRUMP CARDS AND DOUBLE STANDARDS
Staying Observant and Maintaining Distance
QUICK FIXES
Managing the Drive for Quick Fixes
WELCOME TO YOUR STATE OF MIND
Moving Toward Values
Increasing Psychological Flexibility for a Lifetime
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Shawn T. Smith, PsyD, is a psychologist in private practice who has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with the mind. He has done clinical work in diverse locations, including a rape crisis clinic, the International Commission on Missing Persons in Bosnia, and the Colorado prison system. Smith lives in Denver, CO, with his wife, daughter, and their dog.

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