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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 Brain shows 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. Th ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Harmony (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sanjay Gautam
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book full of rich ideas, and a highly satisfying read. They back up all their arguments with full evidence, which makes this book different from others in its genre.
Mike W
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.

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Jessica
Oct 29, 2012 rated it did not like 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
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Stephanie
Dec 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
William Crosby
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Tejinder
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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Janette
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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Vaishali
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-improvement
A let down, though debunking claims like "Brain cells can't be regenerated." Exciting title, but 80% of his ideas can be found in the intro chapters of any Brian Tracy book. Vedanta is rehashed, but Chopra's lovely words gloss over gaps in logic... like I ate poor cake iced with rich frosting :)


First some quotes, then one example of a glittery glitch :
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“Without a new relationship, the brain cannot be asked to do new unexpected things.”

“What should be
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Andd Becker
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Brian
Nov 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jim Lesniak
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Mike Butler
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Joyce
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
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Kerry
Dec 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
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! ...more
Inez
Sep 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book is supposed to be about HUMAN brains, but it is full of experiments on ANIMALS. When will these pseudo scientists ever learn? Another piece of rubbish from Deepak Chopra.
Jonathan
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
DavidO
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
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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Wanda
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 it did refer to those kinds of exercises but it also covered so much more. Instead of being just 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 presented st ...more
Annie
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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Julie
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Jyoti
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Marc Spector
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a "deep" (excuse the pun!) book by DEEPak Chopra, but a lot of the book is relevant and interesting and not ALL of it was difficult to comprehend. AN insight into how the brain works, and CAN be modified by our conscious self-aware minds. Good read! ...more
Andreas
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That book can change someone's way of thinking. It is definitely one of my favorites and I highly recommend it for those who want to improve their self (in many different ways)!

The author describes some basics for our brains from the biological's side, and the interesting part is that it gives you examples and arguments on how your brain's structure (neural networks) affects your skills, talents, thoughts (psychology), and generally your daily life. The really exciting thing is that you can impr
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قسمت خالد
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amazing book😍😍😍
Donna Pachota
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book

I learned a lot and enjoyed the process immensely. Great book. Probably have to read it again, there was so much information.
Carrie
Dec 22, 2020 rated it liked it
nothing earth-shattering
Renae
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If only I could upload a picture of my copy of Super Brain.. colored flags jutting from the pages of highlighted text, pen underlinings, and inked notes... then maybe I wouldn't need to write a review. But here I am.
This book moved me. A complex topic, written by arguably the best minds in neuroscience, was described in such an approachable way that I would recommend this book to anyone seeking a greater sense of awareness. Particularly intriguing and invigorating to me was the idea of conscious
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Ravi Raman
Dec 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoy listening to Deepak Chopra audiobooks; his voice is so smooth! His written works, however, are hit or miss, though a few of his are outstanding, like The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire. This book was decent, but not awesome.

I was expecting more stories and data. Instead, there was a lot of conjecture, how-to and overt self-help speak. In a way, the book was very easy to read and accessible. This was the problem. The accessibility came at the cost of depth and technicality, which I pr
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Anna Erishkigal
Oct 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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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?”
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“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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