Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy” as Want to Read:
Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  383 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Introducing a new strategy that changes the brain to enhance any conversation

In their groundbreaking research, prominent neuroscientist Andrew Newberg, M.D., working with Mark Robert Waldman, has discovered a valuable strategy called Compassionate Communication. In twelve clear steps it allows us to create a special bond with whomever we are speaking, a bond that aligns
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 14th 2012 by Avery Publishing Group
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Words Can Change Your Brain, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Words Can Change Your Brain

Community Reviews

(showing 1-10)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Jack Goodstein
May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Compassionate communication gurus explain the wonderful effects of postive communing in relationships and business. 12 steps will get you there, provided you want to go. If I say negative things people will be less likely to hear me, so I don't want to say anything critical of what is really a very unnecessary book.
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
This information was good, but this book could have been m-u-c-h s-h-o-r-t-e-r. The basic premise is that how you converse and listen to people can affect the depth of trust and communication that you obtain in your relationships, be they at home or work. The main strategies are to speak slowly, speak briefly, pause for the other person to respond often, and listen 'deeply'. Now, I've saved you the trouble of reading this. You're welcome.
Mar 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
I really am glad I took this out of the library. The author basically spent the first two chapters on a sales pitch as to why you should read the book! I couldn't finish it the book because he started to talk about microexpresions which is not HIS information. That is research done by Paul Eckman, explained in Telling Lies. He claims you really don't want to use any negative words with people because of the effect it might have. Well excuse me but how would we ever correct anything. Excuse my ne ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I listened to this audiobook on a trip a week ago, and I’m afraid that not a whole lot sank in. The key practice I remember is to slow down your conversation, even to ridiculous levels of slowness like one word every few seconds, when you are discussing difficult issues. That is, if you can get your conversation partner to agree. The author walks through a few examples of the use of this technique, which were quite time-consuming on the audiobook. I can see where the extra time allows for the th ...more
Tara Edelman
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Jedi Mind Tricks! Easy read, though I have to admit I didn't do the exercises and skimmed the last 50 pages. Some great insights into thinking about HOW you communicate, how you affect the people in your life and how you can have more successful, constructive interactions in your personal and business lives. Also, useful for thinking about core values and staying true to them in your day-to-day conversations and decision making. Would be constructive for anyone who might feel like they are strug ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Good parts - application of very recent studies by neuroscientists and business scholars to interpersonal communication, using personal values and strengths to make job decisions and cut down on stress,

Not anything new parts - active listening repackaged as 'compassionate communication,' progressive relaxation repackaged as 'compassionate communication,' and meditation repackaged as 'compassionate communication.'

That said, it wasn't a bad read, and it never hurts to be reminded of these core co
Marjorie Elwood
Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it
I had very mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it had some very good ideas, such as: speaking more slowly, ensuring that you are relaxed and positive prior to engaging in a discussion, and most importantly for me: speaking briefly. There were certainly portions that I would like to try out. There were also numerous studies quoted about the power of words and how we say things. On the other hand, it was very proscriptive with its '12-step program'.
Brian Finifter
This one didn't click for me so much. It reduces down to the usual how-to's of these kinds of books:

1. Practice mindfulness.
2. Focus on gratitude and positivity.
3. Genuinely listen to other people.

But I think there are better presentations of this same basic subject matter, like "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk."
Oct 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
الكتاب فعلا يؤثر عالمخ : بالملل الشديد -_-
Mady Asa
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was very exciting book, I would recommend it to my class.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
What Ever Happened to NVC? 1 5 Jan 12, 2013 05:40PM  
  • Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One
  • New Beliefs, New Brain: Free Yourself From Stress And Fear
  • Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear
  • Transformational Speaking: If You Want to Change the World, Tell a Better Story
  • The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Other Inspiring Stories of Pioneering Brain Transformation
  • The Open-Focus Brain: Harnessing the Power of Attention to Heal Mind and Body
  • The Art of Woo: Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas
  • Keep Your Brain Alive: 83 Neurobic Exercises to Help Prevent Memory Loss and Increase Mental Fitness
  • The Neurobiology of "We"
  • In, But Not of: A Guide to Christian Ambition
  • Persuasive Copywriting: Using Psychology to Influence, Engage and Sell
  • Brains on Fire: Igniting Powerful, Sustainable, Word of Mouth Movements
  • Beginner's Guide to Echolocation for the Blind and Visually Impaired: Learning to See With Your Ears
  • Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life: Train Your Brain to Get More Done in Less Time
  • Use Your Brain to Change Your Age: Secrets to Look, Feel, and Think Younger Every Day
  • The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics
  • Immersion Mastery
  • Discover Your Genius: How to Think Like History's Ten Most Revolutionary Minds
Dr. Andrew Newberg is Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine. He is considered a pioneer in the neuroscientific study of religiou ...more
More about Andrew B. Newberg...
“Any form of negative rumination—for example, worrying about your financial future or health—will stimulate the release of destructive neurochemicals.” 3 likes
“choose your words wisely, because they will influence your happiness, your relationships, and your personal wealth.” 3 likes
More quotes…