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

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  6,802 ratings  ·  916 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
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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.
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. ...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
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.
Nathan Shuherk
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was ok

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).
Billie Cotterman
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, depression
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
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
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
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Whew this was a read. Another I will probably reread in 2021, because there was a lot of information packed in, and a lot of tools to help anxiety, depression and anger from continuously hijacking my brain.

Is it a cure-all? No.

Does it have a lot of fantastic information to figure how how and why you think the way you do? Yes.

Is it filled with woo woo, some pretty fantastic, some insightful, some kinda eyebrow-raisy? Fuck yes.
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).
Sep 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was really hoping to get some useful information out of this book. I speak fluent profanity, but even I know there are limits. The gratuitous profanity is appalling. The book has the feel of being written by an unsupervised teenager. I can't even follow the content because the author seems more intent in squeezing in every bad word she knows than in actually delivering a decent book. The audio book version is a hot mess. It offers poor quality sound and a disturbing echo reminiscent of being r ...more
Yesenia Cash
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.
Jan 12, 2021 rated it did not like it
saying the f bomb every other sentence doesn't make you edgier or more approachable. Also, I felt the advice section for depression was so bad and scant compared to other chapters-- like oh depression is difficult, but just list out all the things depression has taken for you and you'll get better, it doesn't last forever. no practical advice whatsoever just profanity. ...more
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
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
Cassidy bookswithmybulldog
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
Steve Harper
Dec 25, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did this book on audible where it was read by the author. Though there was definitely some interesting areas covered, the author tries too hard to be hip in both her language and narration. I felt like her use of foul language was so over the top and her use of slang felt like she was over-trying to fit in - almost as if she was trying to impress an incoming class of undergraduates by showing how cool a professor she is.

In the end, if you are really interested in discovering practical strategi
Apr 22, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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. ...more
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
Morgan Stewart
Jul 30, 2021 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars

This is the “I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom” type of self help and anxiety book. The lingo was cringe-y and extremely try hard. Did I pick up some helpful info, sure… but the language used was extremely distracting.

This is a late entry, but I’m finally going back and adding these books to my GRs!

I finished this book as part of a “book boot camp” challenge! See my full video review below ❤️📚

I Read 7 Best-Selling Books on Anxiety and had this *breakthrough* with my panic dis
Katherine Marten
May 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Really helpful information for coping skills and how to deal with trauma.
Z. Yasemin
Jun 06, 2021 rated it did not like it
"I have a PhD I can say f*ck whenever I want"....uhm... sorry but no... those have no relation.

Waste of time... I listened to it for free via audiobook, and that should have been my clue. The author seriously needs to learn how to write anddd how to talk. I am even doubtful of her "phd" earned skills...

Danni Green
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mhndau, 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
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.
Shog Al Maskery
Mar 14, 2021 rated it liked it
I did learn from it, but I didn’t like how much swearing was in it specially that I was listening to the book.
Nopadol Rompho
Aug 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book especially for the one who need to know how to get over unwanted thought or emotion.
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this no nonsense self development book that got me out of my audio-reading rut. The amount of real advice plus curse words made it highly entertaining!
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
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
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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Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN is a bad-ass, funny lady with a PhD. She’s a licensed professional counselor, board supervisor, certified sexologist, and applied clinical nutritionist with a private practice and consulting business in San Antonio, TX. She has been an adjunct professor and a TEDx presenter, and proudly identifies as a woman of color and uppity intersectional feminist. She is ...more

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