The User's Guide to the Human Mind: Why Our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious, and Neurotic and What We Can Do About It

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  • Edition: Original
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  • Copyright: 2011-12-01
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Pubns Inc

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Written by a clinical psychologist and popular blogger, The User#xED;s Guide to the Human Mind is a quirky and informative pocket guide to understanding and overriding our natural neuroses, psychoses, and other seldom useful, always tiresome antics of the human brain.

Author Biography

Shawn T. Smith, PSYD, is a psychologist in private practice in Denver, CO. He lives with his wife, daughter, and dog.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
What This Book Is About
The Worry Machine
Protection at a Pricep. 9
Luke's Struggle
My Mind, My Bodyguard
The Argument Trap
The Paradox of Thought Suppression
A Day in the Life of a Mindp. 23
What Is the Mind?
Why the Mind Worries
How the Mind Speaks
Anxiety and Depression: Ancient Tools for Modern Times
The Mind Is Always Rational, from a Certain Point of View
Letting the Mind Do Its Jobp. 35
From the Mind's Point of View, Survival Matters Most
Thoughts Are Not Facts
Observing Your Thoughts
Observing Your Emotions
Happiness Is Not Your Mind's Job
How the Mind Uses Historyp. 51
How Penelope Lost Track of Her Values
The Past Is Not the Problem
The Mind's False Dilemmas
The Mind's Skewed View and Biased Memoriesp. 65
What the Mind Fears and How It Responds
The Survival Value of Biased Recall
How the Mind Makes Rules to Keep Us Safe
Values and Actionp. 75
Training the Mind to Tolerate the Pursuit of Values
The Higher Mind
Finding Your Values
Control Your Life, Not Your Mind
The Trap of Waiting for Thoughts and Feelings to Change
Take Your Mind with You on the Road to Valued Living
Four Ways Our Minds Coerce Us-and What We Can Do About Them
That Was Then and This Is Thenp. 97
What Meg Doesn't Know About Andy
Why Our Minds Rely on History
Trump Cards and Double Standardsp. 111
Trump Cards
Responding to Trump Cards
Double Standards
Staying Observant and Maintaining Distance
Pessimistic Thinkingp. 129
It Isn't Pessimism-It's Error Management
Pessimism: The Ancient Cure for Modern Times
Living with a Pessimistic Mind
Quick Fixesp. 143
How the Mind Competes with Itself
Breaking the Quick-Fix Habit
Managing the Drive for Quick Fixes
Mood, Lifestyle, and Psychological Flexibility
Welcome to Your State of Mindp. 159
Mallory's Mood
Don't Trust Every Mood You Meet
My Mind Might Be Wrong
Opposite Action: Moving Toward Values
To Medicate or Not to Medicate?
Mind the Basicsp. 173
How Healthy Habits Insulate Us from the Mind
One Final Exercise: Increasing Psychological Flexibility for a Lifetime
Referencesp. 193
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