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Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being

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A manual for relating to the brain in a revolutionary new way,Super Brainshows you how to use your brain as a gateway for achieving health, happiness, and spiritual growth. The authors are two pioneers: bestselling author and physician Deepak Chopra and Harvard Medical School professor Rudolph E. Tanzi, one of the world's foremost experts on the causes of Alzheimer’s. They ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Harmony (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mike W
I enjoyed this book, and found it intellectually stimulating. It's an odd mix--part popular science, part metaphysics, and part self-help book. It could easily have turned out as a mess.

But the recipe works. Here self-help guru and spiritualist Deepak Chopra and neuroscientist Rudy Tanzi reject both materialist reductionism and sharp Cartesian dualism in favor of an integrated view of the mind-body relationship in which the mind is distinct from the brain but interacts with and affects it.

I feel terrible giving this book a negative review since I won an ARC in a First Reads giveaway, but it was honestly SUCH a disappointment. I entered to win because I was intrigued by the claims that Super Brain could help you be a happier and more relaxed person - yeah maybe if I understood what the hell it was talking about.

After the first 30 pages or so were completely over my head talking about neurons, synapses, and neuroplasticity, I decided to skip around to the more interesting chapters
William Crosby
A mish mash of earlier Chopra books with some neuroscience thrown in. I appreciated the physical stuff. Sometimes the abstract mindfulness, intuition, meditation mantras get tedious and too difficult to grasp. A little physicality mixed in with the philosophy is useful to me if nothing more than to give me a break/balance. Still, I disagreed with stuff said about pills vs talk therapy (sometimes fundamental chemistry issues simply cannot be helped with talking). Also, according to his listed cri ...more
This is one of the best books that I have read on the working of human brain. Book has made a huge difference in my life, especially the way I look at my life now with a meaning to it. Authors brilliantly explain how each one of look at the world differently and why we think that our imagination is reality whereas that may not be true in many cases.

The best part of the book is where author explains “why your brain does not represents your true you" i.e. you are not what your brain is, use your b
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This book could have been great, if it had picked one of its many identities to be. Instead it comes across as a jumbled mess of recent neuroscience, self-help, and spirituality.

I was most interested in the neuroscience bits. I really would like to know how to expand my brain's capacity. I was enamored by the geniuses and polyglots described in the book. It was interesting to hear how these concepts connect to disease, depression, and healing.

The first problem I encountered is in the self-help l
This is not a book about improving your brain. It's a self-help book with all the platitudes and verbal cheerleading of that genre. I couldn't stomach most of it.
Jim Lesniak
The idea of a super brain is not to have a cape streaming out of your ears. But literally anything is possible, so don't rule it out.

Deepak Chopra and Rudy Tanzi integrate the latest research on the brain and general science with the spiritual wisdom of the ages to propose how, through increased self-awareness and conscious intention, the brain can be taught to extend far beyond fulfilling the tasks of everyday life. In extremely accessible prose, the authors illustrate how consciousness control
This book starts well enough, but as others have noted descends into a typical self-help book. The basic message is to think positively and to keep your mind open to new things.

The chapter of weight loss is particularly bad. It basically says that most people can't achieve good bodies (Odd in a book about being "super") and that if you only eat when you are actually hungry you'll lose weight. I had to check the copyright date after reading that crap. Yep, 2012. Apparently all the information tha
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Mike Butler
Really enjoyed this book. Rudolph and Deepak do a great job providing scientific information about the processes in the brain while shedding much light on the importance of the mind. There is a lot of self-help kind of dialogue, but this could also be seen as a means to help you raise your own self-awareness. The way they describe their way of utilizing the brain, mind, and consciousness is both educational and inspiring. I recommend it to anybody as a new way to approach our understanding of th ...more
Andd Becker
The book will not turn you into a total recall hyperthymesiac, but it will help you improve your memory.
You will learn how to use your mind to control your brain. You will experience some paradigm shifts as you improve your life. You will become self-aware.
Through questions, thought patterns, and suggestions, the book will guide you toward a clear vision of the enlightened life you want to lead.
The book is outstanding in both content and organization.
I received this book free through the goodre
Dec 10, 2012 Lisa marked it as to-read
Shelves: first-reads
I won this on First Reads.

I take reading and reviewing books very seriously. Due to deaths and major family health issues, I have not been able to dedicate time or energy towards reading or reviewing. I do not want to do either half heartedly, so I will have to post this for now and will come back when things slow down. At that time I will update this with a proper review.
This book is filled with interesting information that is easy to understand and even easier to apply. I found the chapters on depression and emotions especially insightful and useful. This book offers a wide variety of insight into the functioning of the mind and how to make it work for you instead of against you.
Anna Erishkigal
I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I was excited to win and receive it and looked forward to reading it. I have read other works of Deepak Chopra and am fascinated by the science of brain plasticity. A neurosurgeon and a mind-body doctor with a gift for speaking in plain language? Seemed like a dream come true.

Why one star? This book was so repetitive as to be almost insulting. It bounced all over the place alternating overly-technical information with overly simpli
This book is co-authored, and that's exactly what it feels like; schizophrenic. It covers a huge swath of topics related to the physical brain and consciousness, including disease prevention, overall well being, depression, weight loss, child rearing, and faith. And with so many topics it's unlikely that all will speak to you, but across the board, the book is just lazy. Dubious pseudoscience is referenced as a counter argument to innumerable scientific evidence; constantly. For example, a nonch ...more
I won this book as part of Goodreads' first read program. While I didn't find anything groundbreaking in the book, it was still a good book to remind us how powerful our brains could be. The book hit its high note when talking about the separation of our mind and brain. Most of ingrained reactions stem from the brain dictating our response. But once we realize that, we can use our mind to overcome that natural reaction. This is most beneficial in overcoming fears, urges to overeat, depression, e ...more
Some years back my son told me I needed a Nintendo DS and the Brain Age game because I 'was getting old and was starting to forget things'. I wondered if this book would be more brain games and puzzles, and, surprisingly, it did refer to those kinds of exercises but it covered so much more. Instead of being brain focused, it emphasized mindfulness and awareness and how they shape the brain, even evolving it to transform one's world and reality. In addition to general well being, the book present ...more
The book provides a lot of information about how the brain works and amazing stories about how people recovered from brain injuries. Then it covered various topics like anxiety, depression, over eating, God, and on and on. It was like listening to a series of sermons and the actions for you to do are you control your mind and you take small steps to go from a bad state to a good state. While the mind is powerful, the answer to every problem isn't simply to think positive.

The only takeaway I got
At first I wanted to give this book 4 stars, because of all the talk about God, but really I can't. Even with that the book is so amazing. I love a book that just flows so easily into the next topic. Where it seems like all these separate ideas are so connected. It makes me want study neuroscience, physics, nutrition, health, and so many other things. I couldn't even decide where to start because it all seems so interconnected and important to the other. I am stuck on the last part of the book, ...more
A very large portion of this book is dedicated to brain science and discovery in the last 20 years and I loved every piece of it. I highly recommend this book, especially to people who fear stroke, Alzheimer's and heart disease as they age. While I don't fear it, I highly respect it and this book has given me powerful information with which I can age in a better way. There is a chapter near the end that is Deepak, through and through. My advice: if you don't like what he has to say about spiritu ...more
yosan g
Great read for anyone needing a brain rewire. Helps you stop being a BASELINE brain and more of a SUPER brain thinker. Both authors give their insights on the function of the brain and how to use it to its maximum ability. Deepak is more spiritual and Rudy is more research fact driven. My only problem was it was kinda short, they could of put more depth into it. But overall if your feeling stuck and not using your brain to the best of its abilities I highly recommend this book.
When I first received this book, I didn't expect it to be related to many aspects of our lives and health. It touches upon many subjects and there were tidbits of facts every now and then, which were nice to relate the topic to.

I thought the points provided in this book were also very helpful and accepting. It's grammar and word choice also make it a great book for people with not much medical terminology background.
I gave this 3 stars because I did learn some thing like "maturity is a choice." Hmmm. And it supplemented meditation practice a bit. But maybe I am not completely ready for the message as it lost me a bit or it seemed to repeat itself or it wasn't all that new. I'm not sure but ready some of the other reviews, I don't feel so odd with having expectations that - for whatever reason - were not quite met.
I like SCIENCE books-not self help books. And this was DEFINETLY a self-help. And even with that I didn't learn anything new. Yes, we know The Key is to be alert and present in your life every minute. And to actually THINK about your decisions instead of just reacting to a situation. Der. And this was my first Deepak book. Sigh, and probably my last. Fluffy, fluffy Deepak. Bad Deepak! Bad!
Melvina Davis
This book is filled with interesting information that is easy to understand. The chapters on depression and emotions are insightful and useful. It offers a wide variety of insight into the functioning of the mind and how to make it work for you instead of against you. I would recommend this book.

*Won on Goodreads*
Nathan Lamb
This book was exactly what I needed at this moment in my life. Personally, I think the title 'Super Brain' is more of turn-off than anything, which is probably why it took me two years to get at this book. (I won this as part of an auction basket) The brain is an amazing organ and it is mind-blowing (pun intended) to see how our brain can improve as we learn to use it. I'll admit, this book probably straddles the line between self-help and psuedo-science, but it includes many helpful exercises f ...more
Great teacher

Deepak as always has the ability to take complex concepts and make them easy to understand. I love that he brings together the east and thewest, science and spirit. the book also takes ideals and breaks them down into chunks that can be addressed in one's life.
Kelli Lynn Dwyer
Oct 28, 2012 Kelli Lynn Dwyer marked it as to-read
Shelves: giveaways-won
I just wanted to write a quick review right now thanking you for doing this giveaway and that I'm very happy to have been chosen as one of the winners. Once I receive and read the book I will be sure to write a proper review of it. Thanks!
Peggy Bechko
Fascinating, even entertaining at times, mind expanding. Easy to read and it was a great read. Amazing what the brain is capable of - even more thoughtful on who "I" really is. A definite good read.
I was highly anticipating the release of this book because of my affinity for neuroscience and spirituality. It did not disappoint. It was a thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating read. The collaboration of Chopra and Tanzi meshes neuroscience and spirituality with a cohesive flow. They tackle issues such as depression, anxiety , memory loss and being overweight. The authors provide helpful guidelines on how to tackle their issues they discuss. However, their advice on how to alleviate ...more
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Deepak Chopra, MD serves as the Founder and Chairman of The Chopra Foundation, and Co-Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of eighty books books with twenty-two New York Times best sellers in both
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“One of the unique things about the human brain is that it can do only what it thinks it can do. The minute you say, "My memory isn't what it used to be ..." you are actually training your brain to live up to your diminished expectations.

Low expectations mean low results.

The first rule of super brain is that your brain is always eavesdropping on your thoughts. As it listens, it leans. If you teach it about limitation, your brain will become limited.
But what if you do the opposite? What if you teach your brain to be unlimited?”
“Nobody really enjoys having to pacify their feelings. It's too much like failure; it reminds you of weakness. but feelings don't want to be pacified, either. They want to be fulfilled. You fulfill your positive feelings (love, hope, optimism, appreciation, approval) by connecting with other people, expressing your best self. You fulfill your negative feelings by releasing them. Your whole system recognizes negative feelings as toxic. It's futile to bottle them up, divert them, ignore them, or try to rise above them. Either negativity is leaving or it's hanging on - it has no other alternative.

As you fulfill emotions, your brain will change and form new patterns, which is the whole goal.”
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