Lyda here. Another book review today.
I read this book, “Change Your Mind, Change Your Life” by Dr. Daniel Amen – and it did change my life.
I actually read the book straight through once, then re-read an especially pertainent section, then read the whole book straight through again. Obsessive much? Plus, I watched the PBS show by Dr. Amen on this book. Which I recommend, if you can find it on your local listing. The PBS show is how I found out about the book, which has been out for years.
I learned a lot about how the brain works, and how different areas of the brain affect human behavior. This is a book that is not just general knowledge, “oh, isn’t this interesting” stuff. This information applies very specifically to the behavior of people.
People I know.
And me. Cleaning obsession? Now I know what part of the brain is pushing me.
And I found, as I read certain parts for the second time, that I was shedding ancient resentment and anger at someone specific. This person, I realized, had acted based on what was happening, chemically and otherwise, in their brain. It really was not their fault. I had worked a lot on this stuff, so I was surprised at how much I still had to let go. But there it was, and there it went.
There is great information on dealing with people one finds difficult. Which we all have to do – because we all have “difficult people” in our lives somewhere.
There is excellent information on dealing with one’s own issues, behavior, and thoughts. It’s like reading the Rosetta Stone for your own personal brain.
This book really did change my thinking on a lot of things, gave me insight and clarity and helpful tools to shift some things and to deal with others. Both my own stuff and other people’s.
Anyway… everyone who has talked to me for more than ten minutes this month has already heard how great this book is. And now, so have ya’ll.