There were so many things that I didn't like about this book that I just couldn't seriously recommend it to anybody.
1. The section on how to deal withThere were so many things that I didn't like about this book that I just couldn't seriously recommend it to anybody.
1. The section on how to deal with depression and fatigue are at the BACK of the book. Don't I have to get over these things just to pick up the book? Shouldn't this be at the beginning?
2. The introduction reads like an infomercial.
3. The seem to completely ignore the origins of the issues and perceptions of their case study patients and go straight to "Let's learn to look at this differently." WHY did that girl develop an eating disorder?? WHY did that guy think his family only liked having him around because of what he could give them? WHY matters!
4. This book was suggested to me by my therapist as a means to help overcome traumatic experiences, yet absolutely every page reminded me of the seemingly thousands of people who have told me that I'm just looking at things wrong and that "if you choose to be happy, you simply will be." Sorry, but if were that easy, I wouldn't be in regular therapy for the third time in my life to try to figure out how to be happy.
5. The section on dealing with depression and fatigue, all the way at the back of the book, consume a whopping page and a half and amount to "you know you need to get up and do things, so just do them."
6. Seemed like it might be a valid way of reprogramming the mind for some people who are dealing with one or two issues on the list at the beginning of the book, but doesn't seem to offer much for a person dealing with complex, uncontrolled PTSD and thus ALL of the issues on their list.
7. The book doesn't really impart much knowledge of how neuro-plasticity actually works in scientific terms; instead of explaining peptides and receptors and how actual neural mapping and remapping work, it gives exercises in repetitive positive thinking, list-making, and re-identification. This is frustrating for a person who wants to know how these things work so she can understand exactly how forcing herself to get up and do the laundry is going to make her feel better in the long run.
I was told this was a book about neuro-plasticity that has helps lots of trauma patients, but I honestly found this book somewhat frustrating to read and wound up browsing through most of it to see if it was ever going to redeem itself and give me something I haven't heard before from some half-cracked happy-addict who honestly thinks they're helping by saying I just need to stop dwelling and choose to be happy. Because I apparently have super powers to simply think away 36 years worth of fear, anxiety, and depression morphed into chronic pain and illness. Cannot recommend....more
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