Back in Charge! : A Guide to Harnessing the Magic of Your Brain to Create the Life You'll Love

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  • Copyright: 2009-05-15
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network
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Book & CD. Entertaining and insightful, this book breaks down the complexities of the brain's physiology, and illustrates how to apply recent breakthroughs in neuropsychology to daily life. Tackling issues that range from yo-yo diets to financial difficulties to dysfunctional relationships, the book is peppered with lively examples and practical exercises. The accompanying CD guides the reader through simple yet powerful processes that rewire the brain's physiology to work for, not against, goals and dreams that previously seemed out of reach. Based in science yet easy to comprehend, this is not just another motivational book but a down-to-earth handbook for those seeking permanent positive change.

Author Biography

Adrianne Ahern, Ph.D., has two master's degrees, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She is also the author of Snap Out of It Now! Dr. Ahern speaks to corporations nationwide and leads seminars on training your brain for peak performance.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
To Reap the Benefitsp. xi
Bridging the Chasmp. 1
Looking Across the Chasmp. 1
Disbelief in Changep. 4
Exercise: What Popped Your Balloon?p. 5
The Known Is Painful-But the Unknown Is Terrifying!p. 6
Specific Negative Beliefsp. 7
Your Conditioning: A Ferocious Warriorp. 9
The Problem with Affirmationsp. 9
Exercise: Test your conditioningp. 10
Limitations of Willpowerp. 10
Exercise: Finding the Whyp. 11
Exercise: Teaming up With Cheerleadersp. 12
The Bridge over the Chasmp. 12
Exercise: Make me a dealp. 13
Your Brain: A Primerp. 15
Working with the Systemp. 15
Automatic Pilotp. 17
Different Feels Strangep. 19
Exercise: Benign Conditioning on Automatic Pilotp. 20
Mental/Emotional Treadmillp. 21
Exercise: It just Feels Rightp. 22
Who Dunnit?p. 23
Early Childhoodp. 24
Cultural Conditioningp. 25
Exercise: Tackling the Boogie Manp. 26
The Creator of Your Realityp. 29
The Most Powerful Truthp. 29
Your Conditioned Perceptionp. 31
Our Personal Realitiesp. 31
That Tree in the Forestp. 32
Exercise: What's Going on in Your World?p. 33
Ignorance Can Be Blissp. 34
Exercise: What Don't I Know?p. 35
You See and Hear What You Expectp. 35
Making a Lie Truep. 37
Looking in the Looking Glassp. 39
Exercise: What Do You Expect?p. 39
Perception Determines What Is Possiblep. 40
Determined to Failp. 41
Exercise: If You Knew You Couldn't Fail ...p. 42
Your Choicep. 43
Damage Controlp. 43
Power of Feelingsp. 47
On the Cellular Levelp. 47
Powerful Split Secondp. 48
I'm Gonna Kill That Guyp. 49
Exercise: What's Your Story?p. 50
What about Love?p. 50
Exercise: How Do I Love Thee?p. 51
Plugged into Your Physiologyp. 52
From Feeling to Emotionp. 53
Exercise: Releasing Emotion From the Bodyp. 54
Emotion Leaves No Choicep. 55
Exercise: Your Place of Choicep. 55
Emotions Are Not So Brightp. 56
Carving a Vicious Cyclep. 57
Feelings: Innocent and Wisep. 58
Exercise: Taking Inventoryp. 59
Exercise: You've already Been Therep. 60
Emotion and Feelings as Toolsp. 60
Power of Breathp. 65
Breath Basicsp. 66
Breath and Physical Healthp. 66
Breath and Emotional Healthp. 68
Exercise: Prove It To Yourselfp. 70
Breathing and Mental Clarityp. 71
Exercise: Get Smartp. 72
There's Breathing ... and There's Breathingp. 72
Exercise: Are you a Belly Breather or a Chest Breather?p. 73
Exercise: Baby Breathp. 74
Under Stressp. 75
Exercise: Stress Testp. 75
Part of Your Daily Routinep. 77
Exercise: Breathe in Healthp. 78
Breathing for Healthp. 78
Exercise: Breathe Yourself to Sleepp. 79
Breathing to Rewire Your Brainp. 79
Power of Imaginationp. 81
It's All in Your Head?p. 82
Exercise: Mental Health Breakp. 84
Visualization and Performancep. 84
Visualization vs. Imaginationp. 86
We're Imagination Prosp. 86
Exercise: Taking Charge of Worryp. 87
Let's Pretendp. 89
Exercise: Black Belt Momentsp. 89
Positive Focusp. 90
Exercise: What are you Rehearsing?p. 92
Present Focusp. 92
Beyond Wordsp. 93
Start Easyp. 94
Not Just a Daydreamp. 95
Exercise: Create Your Imagep. 96
Can't Imagine It?p. 97
Exercise: Self-Discoveryp. 97
The Power of Acknowledgment: Face It or Get Chased by Itp. 99
You Are Not Your Conditioningp. 100
From Monologue to Dialoguep. 101
Behind Your Backp. 102
Out of Sight, Still in Mindp. 103
Acknowledgment and Cleansingp. 104
Exercise: Acknowledge and Cleansep. 106
Feeling Not So Groovyp. 107
Suppressed Emotionp. 108
Getting to the Feelingp. 110
Exercise: Unearthing the Feelingp. 111
History Reviewp. 111
Exercise: Ancient Historyp. 112
Exercise: Catch it as it Comes upp. 112
You May Need Assistancep. 113
How Do I Use This?p. 113
Pulling It All Together: Rewiring in a Nutshellp. 115
Set Yourself Upp. 116
Your Triggerp. 116
Exercise: Create your Triggerp. 117
Make It Stickp. 118
Play It Again, Samp. 118
Let's Get Physicalp. 120
Emotionally Attachedp. 121
Writer's Blockp. 122
Competitive Drivep. 123
Calming the Tasmanian Devilp. 125
Bridging the Chasmp. 126
Exercise: Sixty Seconds to Momentump. 129
Exercise: Progress Reportp. 132
Epilogue: Beyond Conditioningp. 135
Carried Away by Beautyp. 138
Joy to the World!p. 138
Exercise: Beauty Restp. 139
Playing Aroundp. 140
Exercise: Tap the Joyp. 141
Attitude of Gratitudep. 141
Exercise: Appreciation by the Alphabetp. 141
What's the Point?p. 142
About the Authorp. 145
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