Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain

How to Retrain Your Brain to Overcome Pessimism and Achieve a More Positive Outlook

Fox describes a range of techniques that can actually strengthen specific thought processes.

By Elaine Fox, PhD Read by Karen Saltus Health, Mind & Body / Nonfiction / Self-Help English, Unabridged 7h 26m Sell Sheet
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6 Audio CDs Tue Jul 19 00:00:00 UTC 2016 59.99 47.99 9781520020105 Add to Cart
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Description
							Are you optimistic or pessimistic? Glass half-full or half-empty? Do you look on the bright side or turn towards the dark? These are easy questions for most of us to answer, because our personality types are hard-wired into our brains. As pioneering psychologist and neuroscientist Elaine Fox has discovered, our outlook on life reflects our primal inclination to seek pleasure or avoid danger—inclinations that, in many people, are healthily balanced. But when our “fear brain” or “pleasure brain” is too strong, the results can be disastrous, as those of us suffering from debilitating shyness, addiction, depression, or anxiety know all too well.
Reviews

“Every day I send my kids out the door to school with this admonition, ‘you can choose to be happy.’ More often than not, they roll their eyes, but in Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain Elaine Fox (no relation) offers a scientific argument for my contention. After much research, and in comprehensive, but comprehensible detail, Professor Fox provides a mental map to the sunny side of the street. For optimists and pessimists alike, this fascinating book is a must read.” - Michael J. Fox

“A psychologist looks at the influence that outlook – a tendency toward optimism or pessimism – can play in shaping the events in our lives...An insightful addition to the self-help bookshelf.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Drawing on a host of studies in neurobiology and genetics, as well as evolutionary and behavioral psychology, Fox explores the struggle between the parts of the brain associated with fear and pessimism and those associated with pleasure and optimism...Fox introduces readers to many new concepts from experimental psychology and recent research on neuroplasticity and neurogenesis...[A] welcome, if intellectually demanding, introduction to a key area of brain research.” - Publishers Weekly