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Unlocking the Emotional Brain: Eliminating Symptoms at Their Roots Using Memory Reconsolidation

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Unlocking the Emotional Brainoffers psychotherapists and counselors methods at the forefront of clinical and neurobiological knowledge for creating profound change regularly in day-to-day practice.
ebook, 265 pages
Published November 2nd 2012 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2012)
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Malcolm Ocean
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal book. One of the 2 most important books I read in 2019, the other being Iain McGilchrist's The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World. I talked about both books and their interplay in my 2019 yearly review: "Divided Brain Reconciled by Meaningful Sobbing"

If somehow you're reading this review of UtEB and you haven't read Kaj Sotala's summary of UtEB on LessWrong, do that.

The book itself is on one level kind of dry & repetitive, but if you're as e
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book should receive six stars. It is in fact one of the most important books I have read to date. Ecker and his team have uncovered one of the most powerful techniques in psychotherapy and shown how it underlies the transformative power of the most potent modalities of psychotherapy that exist today. Ecker refers to this technique as the "therapeutic reconsolidation process" and delivers the steps of this process in detail, as well as a basic science explanation and evidence base for its co ...more
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Compelling model for how to achieve deep emotional change. Even if you're skeptical about the neuroscience supposedly backing the theory (as I am), the whole thing kinda still makes sense. ...more
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was very interesting, to me. It uses scientific changes in the brain to make permanent changes in people's thinking. It's hard for me to explain but I like the concept of doing something that is more than just talking about a problem & really be able to permanently help people see things differently. Of course reading one book isn't going to do this, but at least the option is out there. ...more
Judy Sutherland
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a clear and concise review of the really important advances being made in the field of memory, and their clinical implications. The ways in which the brain 'unlocks' memories and then reconsolidates them, either as they were or modified, has huge implications for clinical practice. This is an important book, read it if you work with people to facilitate change. ...more
Marcus Parks
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read on a process that helps with dissolving implicit emotional learnings from the limbic system of the brain. All based on a process known as memory reconsolidation. I hope that the technique will grow and spread so we, as therapists, can start helping our clients change their emotional realities instead of having them constantly battle different emotional learnings.
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I saw a quote about this book that said it is revolutionary if even half of it is true and I agree with this statement. As a therapist, it seems like I have been circulating around the key concept of the book without quite being able to put my finger on it. This book was so illuminating that I started incorporating elements even before finishing the book because it just clicked with what I was already trying to do. The book at times was hard to follow theoretically but the examples really h
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I seriously can't believe how far you've brought us in psychology. I cured my bpd accidentally, during a breakdown my husband talked me through, and reconciled the core issue. I felt a BURST in my brain and this book explained everything that happened to me. I was even on Zoloft which I found out plays a part in memory reconciliation vids on Youtube. The Science of Evil also helped me identify how messed up I was and put me on this path. Thank you so much. I can't overestimate how thankful I am. ...more
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“We have seen that when an emotional learning or schema is the
underlying cause of a therapy client’s presenting symptom, the
schema can be retrieved into direct, explicit experience and then
profoundly unlearned and dissolved by the same sequence of
experiences that neuroscientists identified in reconsolidation
“Emotional memory converts the past into an expectation of the future, without our awareness, and that is both a blessing and a curse.” 1 likes
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