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Unfuck Your Brain: Using Science to Get Over Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Freak-Outs, and Triggers

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  2,167 ratings  ·  308 reviews
Our brains do their best to help us out, but every so often they can be real assholes--having melt downs, getting addicted to things, or shutting down completely at the worst possible moments. Your brain knows it's not good to do these things, but it can't help it sometimes--especially if it's obsessing about trauma it can't overcome. That's where this life-changing book c ...more
Kindle Edition, 196 pages
Published October 16th 2017 by Microcosm Publishing
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AB Watson
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
They say content is king, but the audio quality on the AudioBook is very bad. Get the hardcopy instead of the audiobook if you want to read this.
Sonnet Fitzgerald
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Oof. I know this book is loved by a lot of people, so I guess I'm in the minority, but I couldn't even finish it. I tried reading straight through, skipping around, reading the boxes, nothing made it bearable to me. The tone (and I'm not talking about swearing, I fucking swear all the time) that other people find quirky and engaging felt to me like I was being forced to sit through a dudebro giving a TED talk. Was the information included correct and helpful? Probably, but I'll never know becaus ...more
Laurie Holding
Jan 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I felt like I was sitting at a bar with a sorority sister who had since gotten her doctorate in psychiatry and was in need of impressing me with her knowledge of the brain but couldn't speak one sentence without throwing "fuck" or "shit" or "asshole" into the convo. (Oh, and she uses the word "convo" a hundred too many times, too.) Just Blech.
Billie Cotterman
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: depression, owned
I really enjoyed this book, including the humor, but more because it has some concrete tasks and goals to achieve. If I could, I would give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5 because I wish it had more concrete tasks and had been a bit longer for the price I paid, but I'm still happy enough with it to give it 5 stars rather than 4. The bibliography also has some great additional readings that I was unfamiliar with. This and "The Body Keeps the Score" by Dr. Bessel A. van der Kolk will be two of my go-to bo ...more
Ashley
Aug 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
I fuckin hate these “cool edgy swearing book” trend thing, it sounds SO LAME the audio book omg did not finish.
Leigh Anne
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Catalina Ferro's bitching spoken word poem, "Anxiety Group," observes that "Rich people go to therapy. Poor people got shit to do." If you're now laughing -- bitterly or otherwise -- you will enjoy Dr. Faith's similarly blunt, homespun wisdom for coping with your unruly brainmeats.

Dr. Faith's writing is excellent because she explains things in layman's language without talking down to you. She also talks to you like a PERSON, and not like a doctor looking down her nose at you (which, sadly, some
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Yesenia Juarez
The sound quality isn’t good, the author curses way too much. I can’t believe I’m saying that my favorite word is muthafucker. But when it’s coming from someone who is supposed to be a doctor it doesn’t feel right.
Nathan Shuherk
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
DON’T DO THE AUDIOBOOK

While the book could be a charming, helpful look at anxiety and trauma, the audiobook is just awful. The reader/author is attempting to be down to earth, but all she is doing is pausing before and over emphasizing each “fuck” - and it’s in every sentence.
Swearing isn’t cool. It’s totally fine and deserves to be used, but it’s not cool (especially when it’s only there to try to be cool).
Cheryl
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm a trauma survivor. I've been told pretty much everything consolidated in this book over my years of therapy with a trauma specialist. I finished this book in a day-- easy read. Though I had been told these coping strategies before (some several times), I successfully calmed myself down during a trauma reaction a few days after finishing it. It really helped to have something quick and easy to read that wasn't triggering like SO many books about trauma can be. I found a lot of benefit in runn ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
Unf#ck Your Brain: Using Science to Get Over Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Freak-Outs, and Triggers written by Dr. Faith G. Harper is a satisfying and eye-opening read.
The book begins by explaining the basic functionality of the brain and some brain chemistry. Essentially this book is about trauma and how the brain is rewired by trauma. Dr. Harper explores anxiety, anger, addiction and depression and what is happening between the ears when we are experiencing these feelings. Each chapter ends wit
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Wendy
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"We're wired for self-protection and survival, and that's exactly what your brain is doing when it is acting all fucked up."

Faith Harper is the therapist we all need. Down to earth, full of compassion, humanity, a sense of humour and profanity that just makes me happy.

A Ph.D. without a stick up her bum, she gives us the science behind our brains activities and patterns in colloquial English. She also suggests strategies for not only riding out the shit storm the brain creates for us when trigger
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Solita
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The people at my favorite bookstore really like this book, so I gave it a shot. Initially, I was amused. But it didn't take long for me to become annoyed. The tone of the book. So annoying. (Though I'm sure many will be amused. I was amused on occasion.) I presume she is aiming for the lowest common denominator of people with the least amount of, or least interest in, education/academics? Or folks who are easily amused by this type of language. To me it just sounds like she's trying so f#cking h ...more
Danni Green
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: being-alive
Some useful content and some major “huh??”. The second on complimentary healing methods whitewashes most of them significantly and contains some outright misinformation about some of the modalities, so tread carefully in that section in particular. Overall I didn’t feel like it offered anything significantly different or better than other self-help books...other than using “fuck” and “shit” a lot; I, too, say “fuck” and “shit” a lot, but I feel like they become meaningless at a certain point and ...more
Cassidy Morgan
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have
Easy read. I understand the authors thought process behind the constant swearing, but it was overkill at times and made it difficult to read and comprehend. I found this book is mainly about dealing with specific traumas or traumatic experience, so if this isn’t the source for you anxieties about 80% of the book won’t apply to you. However the coping mechanisms are universal and I still found this to be a good, easy, self help read. Would recommend to anyone who is dealing with any mental illnes ...more
Trisha
May 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 brainy stars.

Self help books are not really something I reach for or have read much of, I will fully admit to this! But this book kept popping up for me so I figured I would give it a shot! There was a lot of information and I was interested in the details about the brain and how memories and traumas mix in. It is a network of complex things and since I live and battle with anxiety I thought it might offer some tips. I am always looking for tips on coping with anxiety because panic attacks
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Kaethe Douglas
May 02, 2020 marked it as abandoned
I am not having good luck absorbing new material. Reading along, enjoying it, everything's grand. But something interferes after I put it down, and then it goes from being an enjoyable book to a book I actively avoid. Fear of the unknown? ADHD? The damnable spring allergies?
H.M. Gooden
It was okay. Maybe I didn’t resonate with the need for constant f-bombs, but it seemed like very basic psychotherapy advice to me, and other than hearing it in a sassy- best friend smack you on the head manner I don’t think it added much to people looking for coping techniques. I may recommend to people who enjoy that style but I feel other books hit the mark better
Robin
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely great audiobook with the most relatable explanations and definitions I've seen yet. I need to buy myself a copy of this.
Juliet
May 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pretty sure this was recorded DIY in a large bathroom. On top of that, the content is mediocre (think self help book written by a middle aged person who’s trying to use “hip” language and thinks they’re funny but fails).
Lynda Lippin
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Faith Harper is a licensed therapist, and is the perfect person to give sound advice on how we can overcome our negative brain patterns, such as PTSD and depression, through the use of science-based behavioral, meditative, and learning techniques. I enjoyed the saucy language, as I too am a potty mouth! Her science is sound, and that is what counts.
Jessica
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never expected to enjoy reading about the fuckery in my brain so much, let alone be motivated to investigate more authors to continue the education. It covers such a hard topic in such a wonderfully simple method.
Kait
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I feel like I may need to read this a couple more times to get it all, but I liked it and have recommended it to a bunch of people.
Brian Sachetta
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a borderline masterpiece; I could barely put it down. Here’s why.

Very few books in the mental health space, at least in my humble opinion, discuss difficult topics (anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, etc) in an approachable, guard-down fashion.

This is problematic for one main reason: it, almost immediately, disengages the reader. Few folks want the technical jargon and “talking down to” if it doesn’t also provide understanding, connection, and, most importantly, help.

Harper rewri
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Renee Guill
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informative
I had gotten the audiobook from the library, using the Libby app.

I have been reading a lot of these self-help books lately. I have been dealing with a generalized anxiety disorder my whole life. I am usually skeptical about books like this, even if it is written by a doctor. This time I was pleasantly surprised.

This time she talks about the causes and how to use that to manage your anxiety/depression, instead of just managing the symptoms. I thought that was a unique approach and rather enlight
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Andie
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audiobook, and it was read by the author, so it felt like a really inspiring podcast. This is pretty short too - just shy of 4 hours - so I listened to it all on my weekend quarantine walks. There were several times when she said something that was so empowering and validating that I wanted to pump my fist and yell, "Yes!" or "Thank you!" or "I do have a right to my emotions!" as I walked around my neighborhood. As the title indicates, she does swear quite a lot and tells it li ...more
Robyn
Apr 22, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
It took me 100 pages, including some red flags I ignored, to realize that this book isn't for me. Very "natural approach" in sheep's "I'm a doctor and I'm here to help" clothing. You know when you learn a few things about brain chemistry and then you read a sentence like "with or instead of medication"? I don't have time to tell my depression that all-natural Kava is a medicinal endeavor.

And the swearing? Cool, it's an attention grabber for a dense topic, I get it. But after the twentieth "fuckb
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Amber P
May 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
99% sure she recorded her audiobook in her bedroom. You could hear kids and a man talking in the background, and the audio quality is terrible. But that’s not why I gave it 2 stars because obviously this isn’t an issue in print copies.

I get it, it’s hard to read stiff, dry books and take any of it in (I read War an Peace before this, talk about dry...). Swearing is fun, I loved the Gentleman Bastards series. Perfect balance there.
But this book, it’s just her trying to insert as many swear word
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Deborah
I had to return this to the library before I'd finished it, but it's good. Very informative, evidence-based, and with practical exercises to do.

Because it's about dealing with major issues, I'd recommend that anyone with any unresolved trauma have a good talk therapist and/or emotional support from someone trauma-informed, because delving into things and working to change old patterns or give up addictions is tough, and can cause more distress in the process of sorting it out.
Danielle DeVane Wells
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was interested in reading this particular book because of the information about trauma, how it affects your body and what to do about it. The author had such practical processes and ideas 2 work through trauma. It was written in such an easy to understand way!while you could probably tell from the title of the book, there was gratuitous use of vulgar language. She also has a list of related books to read and on topics such as depression, anger, anxiety and addiction.
Em (bibliophile_daydream)
I'm still getting to know the nonfiction genre and self-help books in particular. This was a good little introduction into anxiety, depression, grief and overall mental health from a scientific perspective. I especially liked the first half where she described how the brain processes emotion and what causes PTSD for example.

The style was generally entertaining, though there were times when it felt too much/too forced. And that's from a person who swears a lot.

Some of the info was very basic but
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