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Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain: The New Science of Optimism and Pessimism: Fox, Elaine: BOOKS KINOKUNIYA
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Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain: The New Science of Optimism and Pessimism
Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain: The New Science of Optimism and Pessimism
著者名 Fox, Elaine
出版社 : William Heinemann Ltd
出版年月 : 2012/06
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9780434020171

BookWeb価格 : MYR 76.95
会員価格 : MYR 69.26

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Table of Contents
 
Introduction                                       vii
    1 Rainy Brains and Sunny Brains                1  (30)
      The Affective Mind
    2 Sunny-Side Up                                31 (34)
      Investigating Optimism
    3 The Rainy Brain                              65 (30)
      Why Optimism Is More Elusive Than
      Pessimism
    4 Optimism and Pessimism Genes                 95 (32)
      Are There Genes for the Way We Are?
    5 The Malleable Mind                           127(36)
      The Remarkable Plasticity of the Human
      Brain
    6 New Techniques to Reshape Our Brains         163(38)
      From Fear to Flourishing
Acknowledgements                                   201(2)
Notes                                              203(38)
Index                                              241
 

Are you optimistic or pessimistic? Glass half-full or half-empty? Do you look on the bright side or turn towards the dark? These are easy questions for most of us to answer, because our personality types are hard-wired into our brains. As pioneering psychologist and neuroscientist Elaine Fox has discovered, our outlook on life reflects our primal inclination to seek pleasure or avoid danger--inclinations that, in many people, are healthily balanced. But when our 'fear brain' or 'pleasure brain' is too strong, the results can be disastrous, as those of us suffering from debilitating shyness, addiction, depression, or anxiety know all too well. Luckily, anyone suffering from these afflictions has reason to hope. Stunning breakthroughs in neuroscience show that our brains are more malleable than we ever imagined. In Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain, Fox describes a range of techniques--from traditional cognitive behavioural therapy to innovative cognitive bias retraining exercises--that can actually alter our brains' circuitry, strengthening specific thought processes by exercising the neural systems that control them.The implications are enormous: lifelong pessimists can train themselves to think positively and find happiness, while pleasure-seekers inclined toward risky or destructive behavior can take control of their lives. Drawing on her own cutting-edge research, Fox shows how we can retrain our brains to brighten our lives and learn to flourish. With keen insights into how genes, life experiences and cognitive processes interleave together to make us who we are, Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain revolutionises our basic concept of individuality. We learn that we can influence our own personalities, and that our lives are only as 'sunny' or as 'rainy' as we allow them to be.