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

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Our brains are doing their best to help us out, but they can be real assholes sometimes. Sometimes it seems like your own brain is out to get you—melting down in the middle of the grocery store, picking fights with your date, getting you addicted to something, or shutting down completely at the worst possible moments. You already told your brain firmly that it isn't good t
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Published October 16th 2017 by Microcosm Publishing
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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
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.
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
Cass Rae
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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
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.
B.T. Mienoré
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.
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
While the information in this book is nothing particularly new, it is certainly presented in an unorthodox way. The direct, expletive filled text is refreshing, although a thorough copy edit is much needed.
Kait Jackson
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.
Nigel Senton
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
They’ve got to stop medicating foster homes and jails so much. Like the stats for prescriptions in those places are much higher than any other institution. It’s actually ruining mental illness.
In other countries where anti-psychotics are not available have way less rate of mental illness because they’ve solved their pyschoness.

That foster homes and jails have such a high rate of medication for psychotic meds is ruining it for people with real issue with mental illness and medicating is because
Kathryn Speckels
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Actual rating is more like a 4.5/5, but alas, no half-increments are allowed)

As someone who has read more than a few books on self-help, mental illness, etc., and seen my fair share of therapists--some good, some not so much--I'm always a little wary going into a book that purports to provide you with the tools you need to combat depression/anxiety/[insert common mental health problem here]. Still, this book seemed interesting, if nothing else, so I figured I'd give it a shot.

It did not disappo
Marty O'Connell
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love books.

How else can you travel through time and space into the mind of another person? I find them magical.

Therefore, I sometimes rate them higher than maybe they should be rated, but so be it. Anyone who starts reading a book I highly recommend and dislikes it is free to stop reading it.

If you view four-letter words as anything more than five-letter words with one less letter, _Unfuck Your Brain_ may not be for you. Just as a third of the words in the title are expletives, so is the expl
Dalia Maraoulaite
"This book is for the people who are fucking tired of hearing or thinking that they are just crazy. Or stupid. Or lazy. Or "too sensitive." Or just need to "get over" themselves. Who are tired of feeling bad, but even more tired of other people thinking they enjoy feeling bad. Like anyone would choose misery. Like they think you are just refusing to get better. Like you want to be miserable. Of fucking course you don't. But you've been stuck, and with no idea why."

I am sooooo excited to read thi
Laura Hiebenthal
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I listened to this audiobook while on a long drive. If you can get past the author's potty mouth, there is a reassuring message: this book is for anyone who feels their brain is a "hot mess" (um...that's just about everyone, right?) and that there is hope for that brain. Our brains are astoundingly complex, but they can be retrained and rewired. The author makes the case that often when we as humans feel miserable with anxiety, depression, anger, etc., there is a lot of science behind those feel ...more
Henry Brock
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From reading Unfuck Your Brain I learned about Microcosm Publishing. I look forward to reading some of their other publications.
I found some useful prompts and reminders in this book, thus five stars.
While the language fits the title, it feels like omitting all the swearing could save several pages in length. Less fun to read aloud then, though.
Faith Harper deviates from the mental health advice to give some nutrition advice and goes too far, claiming that people predominantly avoid wheat out of
3.5 stars

The first part of the book, was actually the most interesting in my opinion, since it dove deep into how our brains work and the mechanisms that trigger emotional reactions: when you know how something works, you not only better understand it, but you also gain the power to better control it.
This book is useful for those people that had a traumatic experience in their lives or think they are being triggered by random events and wanna maybe understand why that is.
This book is NOT gonna g
Amy Helms
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
This book has me questioning if I was diagnosed correctly. I went to the dr thinking I had post partum depression but after reading this I think I have PTSD trauma. I've had a series of events that happened throughout my life that made q huge impact on the way I act now. I was diagnosed as bipolar disorder with sever anxiety and depression but I think now it's something else. This was a good easy book to read and understand. I recommend to anyone who wants information on anxiety and trauma exper ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
this book is pretty thorough & accessible. the “cool cursing mom” vibe gets annoying tbh. ill probably return to refamilliarize myself with the stages of trauma. im not sure what i expected because a book of this type is definitely going to give you more information than you can retain from one read. it would be helpful for applying this stuff in real life/on the spot if there was a pocket book that touched on the main points of the book as a quick way to keep mindful. the excercises in it a ...more
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
A very down-to-earth explanation of how to cope with anxiety, depression, anger, freak-outs, and triggers. As described by the author, "This book is about general life bullshittery and other-people's dickitude."

The author, a therapist, uses a lot of slang and profanity to explain the brain's response to stress and trauma.

Despite its attempt and being an ultra-humourous and relatable "self-help book for people who don't read self-help books", I actually had a hard time staying focused on it's st
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This book has good info on how your brain deals with mental illnesses and ways to go about dealing with them in better ways-- focusing mainly on mental illness aspects related to trauma. There are many side comments during explanations, which when addition to the cursing, make it more accessible to some people. Even though the cursing gets a bit excessive, the book seems to serve the purpose of why it was written. It was an alright quick read that gave me a couple new ways to think about things ...more
Cherylcali "turn the page"
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Harper, a licensed professional counselor with a PhD in counselor education and supervision, has particular experience working with people who have experienced trauma. The book is full of useful suggestions for dealing with the mind-messes commonly caused by trauma and other mishaps in the past.

“A trauma can be an accident, an injury, a serious illness, a loss…or any kind of life event that kicks your ass,” she writes, noting that what causes one person to be unable to cope might be fine for som
Sarah Carter
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2018-women
Audiobook review

Brains are assholes, it’s official. The audiobook of this is terrific in all its sweary glory. While some of the middle chapters have a bit too much woo, the rest is good practical knowledge on why are brains work the way they do & how to get them working for you, rather than against you. The sound glitches in a few spots, but Faith Harper sounds like the sweariest, most honest version of your mom’s best friend. Glad I got the audiobook as I know I’m going to give this anothe
What I didn’t like is a constant swearing. Sometimes it is funny but here it was too much.
I noticed that she says that self-esteem is something from outer surroundings and not from withing. Very confusing because right now I’m finishing a book about self-esteem where during the whole book an author says the opposite. But it is not the main topic of “Unf*ck” and the book in general was ok.
And probably audio isn’t my format for books.
Dasha Ivanova
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not a fan of that kind of writing style when the author imitates the regular street talk with a lot of "f**k" words but I actually enjoyed the information and at some point, I started focusing on WHAT she was saying instead of HOW. I think this book gives very useful recommendations to those who whether struggles to understand what's going on or who already have identified the trauma/the source of stress and now is working on how to cope with it.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This consolidates a lot of information I've heard about psychology, and stress, brain science, etc.

I appreciate the concise way Dr. Harper conveys the information, and gets to the heart of the matter pretty quickly. The swearing is unnecessary, but did get me to chuckle a few times, and I think it would help a lot of people pay attention, and stick with it through the difficult parts.

Tell that amygdala what-for!
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

It started off well. The first part on how the brain works was very well written. But it lost steam later on. The chapter on anxiety wasn't that amazing.

Some people found problem with the language of the book. I didn't. I found it refreshing. No bs and words I could relate to. But maybe that's because I am a millennial and a lot of my friends talk that way.

Overall a good book but not the best one out there.
Elaine Will
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
There's some really great information and advice in this book, and it's written in an accessible way, easy for a layperson to understand. Unfortunately, I really feel the excessive amount of swearing brings it down a notch. (I know - there's an f-bomb right there in the title - what was I expecting?) Never thought I'd become such an old fuddy-duddy. But I really do feel the messages in the book would have been just as effective with less swearing.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed how Dr. Harper presents just how beautiful, complex and ultimately terrifying my brain is. The book is very well researched and explains in understandable English not only why my brain is trying to destroy me but also simple and effective methods of taking back control.
Highly recommend if you or anyone you know has ever struggled with anxiety or depression.
Olga Zelenova

I enjoyed this book, and think it made some fantastic points. Unfortunately, for me, it spent too much time throwing hip lingo around trying to be cool. It was entertaining for a chapter or two, and then was just too much. The title should have tipped me off, honestly. I did pick up some useful tools for my own emotional health, so that's pretty awesome.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
As someone who struggles with these topics often, I found the book to be so helpful with next steps and strategies. As a psychologist I found it to be a great review of brain chemistry and counseling tips! One thing I disliked was that all the cursing appeared to be a somewhat forced way to keep the attention of a young audience. Overall I found it to be a great self help book!
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