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Unfuck Your Brain: Using Science to Get Over Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Freak-Outs, and Triggers (Five Minute Therapy Book 1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,489 ratings  ·  215 reviews
Our brains are doing our 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 to ...more
Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Microcosm Publishing
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AB Watson
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
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 ...more
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 ...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.
Leigh Anne
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Nathan Shuherk
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).
Ashley
Aug 31, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I fuckin hate these “cool edgy swearing book” trend thing, it sounds SO LAME the audio book omg did not finish.
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
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Cheryl
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Wendy
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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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 ...more
Danni Green
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  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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.
Lynda Lippin
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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.
Merceda
Well I cuss a lot, but Dr. Faith puts me to shame. The book was funny, with interesting tidbits of information. There was a lot on trauma and I can see how it manifests itself in anxiety and depression as she points out. Good book to read or listen to.
Daria
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to the audio book which was horrible quality but, the book was very interesting and helpful. The author broke down scientific stuff in a way that was simple to understand and provided helpful tools for dealing with different issues.
Nikki
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fascinating read. I really recommend it if you are wanting to find ways to uncover what’s going on in your noggin. Things you didn’t even realize.
Meg Acevedo
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious plus bonus she recommends alot of other material so will be checking out two other books because of this one.
Kristen
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Seriously go read this.


Anyone who can make someone feel a little less crazy and incorporate 1003 F*cks into a book is someone who deserves to be read.
Heather McQueary
Thought the perspective was interesting and I laughed a lot during this. As far as working for me personally that's TBD.
Chris Boutté
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I’ve read on explaining trauma, trauma responses and how to overcome it.
Michael
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Steph
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m excited to read this authors other works and the suggested reading. While short and concise, I could’ve kept reading more in depth explanations! I very much enjoyed the casual writing style because this topic and be so heavy and sometimes I don’t want to worry about remembering paragraphs of scientific texts without validating how much it fucking sucks. For everyone complaining about the cursing? Literally pick up ANY other book on brain chemistry. Goddess forbid there’s one that says fuck ...more
Travis
May 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book for the familiar and colorful cover, as well as the cheeky and colloquial language. The authors assertion that she's got a real hard-on for the science behind psychology was of interest as well.

Overall, the book ranked a little lower than 'Meh' for me. A big part of this is the fact that I'm a lot farther along in my mental health self care and education than is appropriate for the book. So, no biggie there. In fact, it's worth mentioning that that is who this book is best
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Bailey
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! As someone who deals with mental illness, I found this to be extremely helpful. It is full of great coping skills ans information on the brain and how ir processes trauma, grief, etc. Loved her personality as well. I can't wait to read more by her!
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