The ReWired Brain: Free Yourself of Negative Behaviors and Release Your Best Self
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Do you feel trapped inside your own head? Are unhealthy emotional patterns causing you to make bad choices? Here's help and hope! Drawing on up-to-date research in neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and theology, Chilton shows how to re-evaluate negative experiences, overcome your fears, experience spiritual healing, and rejuvenate your mind so you can enjoy true freedom. 288 pages, hardcover from Baker.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 080100747X
ISBN-13: 9780801007477

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Trade Negative Thinking for Confident, Fearless Living

Most of us don't realize that we have a surprising amount of control over our own thoughts and behaviors and can unintentionally influence our brains negatively, causing cycles of bad choices and experiences.

The ReWired Brain offers a clear framework for understanding our brains and the decisions we make, showing how certain fears and instincts drive unhealthy emotional dysfunctions and related behavioral patterns in the most important areas of life. This book shows how to reframe negative experiences, experience emotional and spiritual healing, and ultimately rewire our brains, empowering to live fearlessly.

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Dr. Ski Chilton is a professor in the department of physiology and pharmacology at Wake Forest School of Medicine. His work is regularly featured in such venues as WebMD, Men's Journal, Men's Health, Prevention, the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, and more. He lives in North Carolina.

Dr. Margaret Rukstalis is an addiction psychiatrist who has studied the brain and behavior change for over twenty-five years. She received her MD at Dartmouth Medical School, is currently on faculty at Wake Forest School of Medicine, and has coauthored more than fifty scientific articles and book chapters. She lives in North Carolina.

A. J. Gregory is the author of Messy Faith and Silent Savior. She has also partnered with high-profile figures on over thirty-five memoirs and self-help books, some New York Times bestsellers. She lives in New Jersey.

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  1. muffin
    Honea Path, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A good and practical self-help book
    September 16, 2016
    muffin
    Honea Path, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Rewired Brain by Dr. Ski Chilton is an excellent self-help book. Dr. Chilton talks about how we dont realize how much control we have over our own thoughts and behaviors. Our own thoughts and our past definitely influence how we react to certain things, but we can train our brain to intentionally make the right choices. I loved how he showed how we can actually rewire our brain in making the right intentional choices/decisions. We can train our brain away from the negative.

    I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to better themselves and their relationships. This is a book I will keep on my shelf and refer to often.

    I received this book from Baker Books for my honest opinion.
  2. Laura
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Time consuming but worth the read
    September 7, 2016
    Laura
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'm fascinated by psychology, so I was excited to see this book hit the review list for Baker Books' blogger reviewer program. It did not disappoint!

    The Rewired Brain is not a book you just read, and that's why I'm posting this review in September when I got the book in late July. There's a lot of content here, delivered in an entertaining manner, that needs time to swirl around in the mind for a while. A lot of useful information is packed into this 270-page boom, with the original sources cited if you need a little more detail, and with reflection questions to help you apply the ideas to your own life.

    The majority of the book is about what a normal brain does and why, with some notes about what not normal brains might be doing. The last three chapters are probably the most helpful if you (like me) picked up the book to discover how a brain could be re-wired.

    Author Ski Chilton does a great job of making his point and staying lively, and I think that ability is a major differentiator between this book and its dryer, tome-like cousins.

    Definitely a good book and worth the read, but be prepared to spend some time on it
  3. cici
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Change is Hard Work and Dedication
    September 3, 2016
    cici
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
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    I have believed for years that we can change our way of being if we can only retrain ourselves and now it is clearly stated in print by highly educated individuals. The Rewired Brain: Free Yourself of Negative Behaviors and Release Your Best Self by Dr. Ski Chilton, Dr. Margaret Rukstalis, and A. J. Gregory have defined and addressed the best way to change our thoughts. The way we react to all situations can and usually are affected by the way we think and those thoughts are affected by our lives. However thought out these decisions are they are not exactly for the best interest of those involved and that is where this mind blowing book will help all of us out. Chilton, Rukstalis, and Gregory give the best tips and techniques to alter our frame of mind which will be difficult but overtime it will happen. This is so much more than a book it will be a tool that will be used for quite some time. Do yourself a favor and get a copy it is an altering read. I received a copy for this review from Baker Books and all opinions are my own.
  4. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good on explaining behavior, little on actual rewiring of brain
    August 9, 2016
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Scientists used to think that when neural pathways were made, they were permanent. We now know that the brain is capable of being changed. It has plasticity. We can literally rewire it.

    The basis of Chilton's book is a mind theory known as dual process reasoning. It provides a practical framework, Chilton says, to describe our actions and feelings. He describes two systems of thinking. System 1 is always on and we can't stop or edit the signals. It is controlled by our unconscious fears and instincts and is highly influenced by experiences from childhood. System 2 is more deliberate and logical. It is responsible for conscious thought and reasoning. System 2 is where we reflect God's image and can have a relationship with Him. It allows for self-reflection and the making of moral decisions. It can have control over System 1 but that requires effort and the use of disciplines.

    Much of this book is about the two systems, how they work, and the results they produce. Chilton also shares many of his own experiences. After two failed marriages and suffering from high blood pressure and depression, he was prompted to study the brain. He found this model to be the most important discovery of his life. (36)

    Chilton believes surrendering your System 1 dysfunctions, your old way of living and thinking, to God . . . provides the critical mechanism that makes brain rewiring possible. (239) He suggests the journey will include a great deal of contemplative prayer and meditation as you build new thought patterns, co-creating along with God. (242) The importance of forgiveness is emphasized too. He suggests finding professional help as many issues are deeper than what this book addresses.

    Chilton has done a good job of explaining behavior and why the brain needs to be rewired. While there is a plan for rewiring included at the end of the book, it seems more like an exercise in self-discovery than actual brain rewiring. He does say that these last chapters in the book are just a preliminary road map for the journey. I have read other books on brain plasticity that have been more practical in their exercises and techniques offered.

    Chilton reminds that he is not a licensed counselor. He has written this book from his research and personal experience. I recommend this book to those who are looking for a model explaining dysfunctional behavior. I also recommend the book to those who are looking for a process of self discovery. If you are looking to seriously rewire your brain, you will find only the beginning of the journey here.

    Food for thought: Rewiring our minds takes months, even years. (247-8)

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  5. Michael
    Indian Trail, NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Rewired Brain
    July 30, 2016
    Michael
    Indian Trail, NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "The Rewired Brain" is a good title for anyone wanting to understand how the brain works when we choose to have certain thoughts and behaviors. The title uses two types of thought processes the brain uses in our daily lives:

    1. System 1 - more instinctual and immature: feelings, reactions, remembering past events and trauma that reinforces fear, need to control, results in a survival of the fittest mentality towards life and the way other people are treated.

    2. System 2 - better developed that helps us make better and more informed decisions. Weighs pros and cons of decisions, decides on creative options. Reflects the biblical concept that we reflect God's image and have the potential to be intimately involved with God.

    Some of the points covered in the book include:

    1. We own our mind and can choose how to focus their thoughts.

    2. The three type of wills that people practice: "Survival of the fittest" (competitive, selfish, etc.), " Gradual Slope" (stuck in their situations because they lack self-examination: the ability to analyze what part they may have played), "Expressing true self" (have made mistakes and experienced trauma, but have a strong desire to learn and change the way they think).

    3. What it means to be like God (no, we are not little gods running around in this world, but we can reflect His behavior).

    4. Becoming men and women who do the right thing no matter the cost.

    5. Living grounded in love leads to peace, joy, and purpose.

    6. Examples of Bible verses to make their points (Job, Adam and Eve, etc.).

    7. How System 1 and System 2 thinking acts in certain situations: tragedy, parenting, intimacy and sex, forgiveness and freedom, etc.

    The authors, all highly educated folks, use some technical language. However, most of the book will be understandable to most readers. Good challenge to change the way we think. I was given a review copy by Baker Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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