The Craving Mind

The Craving Mind[PDF] ✓ The Craving Mind By Judson Brewer – “Accessible and enjoyable The Craving Mind brilliantly combines the latest science with universal real life experiences—from falling in love to spending too much time with our phones”—Arianna “Accessible and enjoyable The Craving Mind brilliantly combines the latest science with universal real life experiences—from falling in love to spending too much time with our phones”—Arianna HuffingtonA leading neuroscientist and pioneer in the study of mindfulness explains why addictions are so tenacious and how we can learn to conuer them We are all vulnerable to addiction Whether it’s a compulsion to constantly check social media binge eating smoking excessive drinking or any other behaviors we may find ourselves uncontrollably repeating Why are bad habits so hard to The Craving PDF/EPUB ² overcome Is there a key to conuering the cravings we know are unhealthy for us   This book provides groundbreaking answers to the most important uestions about addiction Dr Judson Brewer a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who has studied the science of addictions for twenty years reveals how we can tap into the very processes that encourage addictive behaviors in order to step out of them He describes the mechanisms of habit and addiction formation then explains how the practice of mindfulness can interrupt these habits Weaving together patient stories his own experience with mindfulness practice and current scientific findings from his own lab and others Dr Brewer offers a path for moving beyond our cravings reducing stress and ultimately living a fuller life  . At times one gets the feeling that the only thing Judson Brewer likes than mindfulness is Judson Brewer Perhaps his editor is to blame Readers are constantly regaled with stories about Brewer's trials tribulations and ultimately successes Beyond the utter ubiuity of reward based learning I will remember that Brewer teaches at Yale that famous people are interested in his dynamic and cutting edge research and that he apparently has a lot of time to meditateWhich brings me to an important point this book makes clear that mindfulness as we discuss it now has a class dimension It takes a certain level of wealth and flexibility to be able to do week and month long meditation retreats Who else but a tenured Yale professor could do so? This book often uses drug addicts and alcoholics as examples but its audience is middle and upper middle class knowledge workers the people whose ipads and iphones function like an IVOther problems very broad definition of addiction slavish devotion to reward based learning and a repetitive structure There is little by way of conclusion except about Brewer's research plans and an epilogue that sounds an awful lot like an advertisement for his businessMindfulness is a business It is good to be present and mindful many religions and social systems teach this If it works for drug addicts and alcoholics that is wonderful But most current mindfulness discourse is a weak response to a destructive and unsustainable socio economic order of social media and digital tech Rather than change how we work and live we are told to meditate and demand mental health services We should try changing how we work and live But that is a moral and political issue where an attitude of non judgment won't sufficeThe Craving Mind will teach you a little bit about the process of addiction and how to be aware of the thought patterns that entrench habits Beyond that I'd recommend looking elsewhere 35 stars I think I would have enjoyed this audiobook with a different narrator or if I had read the book rather than listened to it The narrator sounded like a computer to me no personality or inflections in his voice just a monotone So the book lost half a star for that alone as it was distractingOther than that I enjoyed it There was nothing terribly new about the first part on addictions Yes we get rewards for our addictions; that is why they are so hard to break As a former psychology major I am well familiar with BF Skinner and operant conditioning Brewer spends a lot of time on Smartphone and Facebook addiction I guess to keep things current along with other typical physical and psychological addictions cigarettes etc The chapter on addiction to overthinking was interesting to me as I certainly suffer from this tendency though I am not convinced it is really an addiction as much as a personality traitAs an avid cyclist I particularly enjoyed the chapter about Lance Armstrong whom Brewer admits to idolizing and then later being unable to believe the doping charges being leveled against his hero until the evidence was overwhelming I could have written that section as I felt the same I also appreciated Brewer's description of the flow that he experienced while riding his mountain bike as I have felt the same Mountain biking is the ultimate in mindfulness as you really do have to remain focused on the challenges coming at you at that momentno zoning out The latter part of the book focused on mindfulness and meditation as a means to overcome our addictions I have been doing much reading on mindfulness and meditation lately but had not considered this connection There is uite a bit of science behind this and Brewer's scientific knowledge is impressive In the Epilogue he promotes his mindfulness app which I haven't checked out yet but it does sound like it could be helpful I didn't find the promotion to be intrusive since it was only offered up at the end of the text and not advertised throughout The first chapter pretty much tells you everything you need to know I do recommend reading it but after that first part I felt like I got what I needed I enjoyed reading this book However it didn't live up to my expectations when I read the title I expected practical advice on how to overcome addictions I was also a little surprised that it was based on Buddhist teaching I didn't get that from the description But if you keep these things in mind and you know what to expect you can enjoy this book I really liked the first half where Brewer explains different types of addiction he also presents many studies conducted by him and others on how addictions work what happens in the brain of an addict and how these processes are similar or even the same that happen when other things happen that we wouldn't consider unhealthy or an addiction It was very interesting to read about his studies about the effects of meditation There are also many figures included that illustrate his explanations In the second half of the book the focus shifted from the studies and the theoretical background towards his personal experience with mediation and how he developed his mindfulness training It was still interesting however I would have preferred to learn about about what mindfulness actually is and how it works This part of the book reads like his biography than anything else It was also hard for me to see the connection between his personal experience and why he thought that mindfulness training would cure addictions I don't think that the examples were well chosen In addition I was also a little confused why he analysed a novel Walden Two to give advice on how to overcome addictions Brewer's style was easily accessible At some points I found his explanations and models too simple or superficial I would have preferred that Brewer hadn't mixed his personal story with literary interpretation studies and Buddhism He should have either elaborated on the connections between all this or focused on one or two of these things Perhaps it would have been better if he had included some examples from his mindfulness training As I said in the beginning I still enjoyed reading the book especially the first half It was nice to learn about what happens in the brain during meditation and how our mind tends to wander and what one can do about it I also didn't know a lot about Buddhism so I learned some new things about that religion too If you're interested in these two topics I would recommend this book to you But if you're looking for help to cure your addiction I would not recomment this book to you Disclaimer I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review Sadly this is not what I expectedI really wanted to get to know this interesting topic about addiction because if you look closer you'll see that we're all suffering from at least one kind of addiction This is why I had hoped that this book would enlighten me about this subject and maybe share few tricks and tips about how to get over itBut noIt seemed to me that the author is like this little kid who had an amazing day at school and wanted to share with you what happened but you just asked him what he learned at school He did tell you what he learn though but for him it was a trivial thing It was not what you asked for but what he wanted to tellI really felt like the title should be bouddhisme or Meditation because even if the author talked about addiction he really focused on meditation as a form of therapy to it even though I didn't really get itI should blame his editor because it was hisher job to help the author makes senseI'm sorry for my harsh words but I really wanted this book to be as good as I thought Actual rating 35 starsInitial thoughts The Craving Mind was a little confusing in terms of its stance towards mindfulness On one hand mindfulness was presented as a mental state underpinned by psychological study On the other a fair bit of Buddhist teachings were drawn upon without ever making clear the links between Buddhism and the origins of mindfulness I already knew that mindfulness was historically rooted in Buddhism before gaining popularity beyond but not much When Buddhism came up in The Craving Mind I expected to gain insight NopeThat being said The Craving Mind did address addictions — how they develop and why we carry on even when we cognitively know that our addictions harm us regardless of how much better we feel in the face of temporary reprieve It also invites readers to take a closer look at habits that might have become addictionsAfter finishing this book I walked away with greater awareness about myself and the resolve to be in the moment focusing on the things I'm currently doing For example rather than eating at my desk to save time I will carve out proper meal times again during which I focus on my food That should come with several benefits enjoying my food properly less snacking because I'll actually know how much I eat and therefore less overeating Also mind wandering — my mind tends to go into overdrive imagining a billion scenarios instead of actively working towards a specific desired outcomeGiven the benefits I reaped I think The Craving Mind serves well as a self help book but as book on psychology? Not so much There's not enough explanation or theory for that I confess to having a phone addiction I recently read Cal Newport's incredible book Digital Minimalism and I followed some of his recommendations Example I uninstalled social media apps like Whatsaap and Facebook on my phone I now access Facebook once a week But despite these steps I'm still not digitally minimal enough I still constantly check my phone and surf the internet countless times in a day Reading The Craving Mind is another try to cure my addiction The answers to addiction in this book however differs from those in Newport's While Newport recommends deliberately turning off notifications digital decluttering and the likes Judson Brewer recommends the practice of mindfulness or meditation Brewer explains that the practice of mindfulness can interrupt our addictive habits Weaving together patient stories his own experience with mindfulness practise and current scientific findings from his own lab and others Brewer offers a path for moving beyond our cravings reducing stress and ultimately living a fuller lifeI've been wishing to start practising meditation Since this book had sufficiently shown its benefits as a medication for addiction I will delay no further I found it enlightening even though I've read a lot about these topics It's a history of Dr Brewer's research and how he came to build mindfulness apps to work through addictive habitsI've been using Eat Right Now for about 5 weeks now and it didn't only change my relationship to food it made me aware and empowered about a lot of habits including how I relate to othersThe book is not a self help manual If you want help get one of the apps from Claritas and work through the exercises just a few minutes per day I have read a ton but without actual exercises it's just like reading about exercise physiology and expecting to build muscle I won this in a Goodreads giveawayVery good book More proof that Mindfulness is a skill we all need Great book No time for a review

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  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • The Craving Mind
  • Judson Brewer
  • English
  • 26 August 2014
  • 9780300223248