Breakthrough Discoveries in Brain Science and Psychology
Changing our lives and habits tends to be a losing
struggle because we attempt to give up important pleasures without compensating our
brains extremely powerful reward pathways. That is why 90 percent of dieters and 93 percent of
smokers who try to quit, eventually fail. This book forges vital discoveries in brain
science and psychology into practical tools for resolving conflict, eliminating
self-defeating/destructive behavior and freeing energy for action, achievement and a
CHECK WHICH CHANGES YOU ARE
- I cant lose weight and keep it off. Plenty
of company: 130 million American adults are overweight
- My financial situation is far from what Id like
it to be: 1.47 million Americans filed for personal bankruptcy
- I cant quit smoking. Of the 35 million who
attempt to quit, less than 7% succeed
- I cant cut back on my drinking. 7.5% or 21
million abuse alcohol or are alcohol dependent
- My love relationships never seem to work out. Average
marriage lasts 7 years
- Im often sad and unhappy . Of the 19 million
who are depressed, half arent doing anything about it
- I cant seem to realize my dream: write that
book/screenplay/song, go around the world or climb Mt. Everest.
The brains immensely powerful reward pathways
override willpower and stymie attempts to changeif we deprive them. By knowing how
to accommodate them, we can take the pain out of change, and turn even mundane activities
into flow experiences. See Chapter 5, Turning Boredom Into Flow.
- Are you caught up in an
exhausting, commuter-treadmill lifestyle, leaving you little time and energy to do what
you want? Read Chapter 8, Organized and In Control, for taking command.
- Are you sick and tired of
weight loss programs that dont work? Whoever said No pain, no gain,
doesnt know how the human brain functions! See Chapter 15, Weight, Fun and
Fitness, and find out why willpower, self-deprivation and diets are prescriptions
for failure. Be attractive enjoyably!
- If you don’t get enough excitement, joy and pleasure in your life, you may be suffering from the Reward Deficiency Syndrome. Read “Quest for Excitement” and “Your Pleasure Inventory,” Chapters 4 and 6.
- Are you stuck, with your
life littered with uncompleted projects and situations. Cortical Integration is a highly
effective process for resolving conflicts, achieving closures and getting unstuck.
- To understand and
cultivate lasting, nurturing relationships see Quit Sabotaging Your Love
Relationships! Chapter 19.
- If life has become more of an exhausting struggle than a challenging adventure, peruse “Life as an Adventure,” Chapter 13.
- Finally, if that dream you once had is dormant — buried under an avalanche of other people’s expectations — take a hard look at “Discover Your Dream,” and “Turning Dreams Into Lifestyles,” Chapters 21 and 22.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
For the past 18 years Al Louis Ripskis researched, written, counseled and lived many
lifestyles. For 13 years prior to that he was an investigative reporter whose
exposés sparked congressional hearings and national media coverage. He was featured in The
New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. For more details click Meet the Author. Ripskis is a
crisis hotline and SBA-partnered SCORE entrepreneur counselor. See his companion book, Cutting Loose:
From Rat Race to Dream Lifestyles, which was sponsored for the Pulitzer Prize.