Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give You

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Like heart disease, says psychotherapist Richard O'Connor, depression is fueled by complex and interrelated factors: genetic, biochemical, environmental. In this refreshingly sensible book, O'Connor focuses on an additional factor often overlooked: our own habits. Unwittingly we get good at depression. We learn how to hide it, how to work around it. We may even achieve great things, but with constant struggle rather than satisfaction. Relying on these methods to make it through each day, we deprive ourselves of true recovery, of deep joy and healthy emotion. UNDOING DEPRESSION teaches us how to replace depressive patterns with a new and more effective set of skills. We already know how to "do" depression-and we can learn how to undo it. With a truly holistic approach that synthesizes the best of the many schools of thought about this painful disease, O'Connor offers new hope-and new life-for sufferers of depression.
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Little, Brown
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Jan 7, 2010
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384
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9780316071352
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English
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Psychology / Mental Illness
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We humans tend to get in our own way time and time again—whether it comes to not speaking up for ourselves, going back to bad romantic partners, dieting for the umpteenth try, or acting on any of a range of bad habits we just can’t seem to shake. In Rewire, renowned psychotherapist Richard O’Connor, PhD, reveals exactly why our bad habits die so hard. We have two brains—one a thoughtful, conscious, deliberative self, and the other an automatic self that makes most of our decisions without our attention. Using new research and knowledge about how the brain works, the book clears a path to lasting, effective change for behaviors that include:
ProcrastinationOvereatingChronic disorganizationStaying in bad situationsExcessive worryingRisk takingPassive aggressionSelf-medicationBringing together many different fields in psychology and brain science, Dr. O’Connor gives you a road map to overcoming whatever self-destructive habits are plaguing you, with exercises throughout the book. We can rewire our brains to develop healthier circuitry, training the automatic self to make wiser decisions without having to think about it; ignore distractions; withstand temptations; see ourselves and the world more clearly; and interrupt our reflexive responses before they get us in trouble. Meanwhile, our conscious minds will be freed to view ourselves with compassion at the same time as we practice self-discipline. By learning valuable skills and habits—including mindfulness, self-control, confronting fear, and freeing yourself from mindless guilt—we can open ourselves to vastly more successful, productive, and happy lives. The book even demystifies how to overcome what Dr. O’Connor calls the “undertow” (the mysterious force that sabotages our best efforts when we’re just on the edge of victory) for long-lasting change. Offering a valuable science-based new paradigm for rewiring our brains, Rewire is a refreshing guide to becoming a healthier, happier self.
We humans tend to get in our own way time and time again—whether it comes to not speaking up for ourselves, going back to bad romantic partners, dieting for the umpteenth try, or acting on any of a range of bad habits we just can’t seem to shake. In Rewire, renowned psychotherapist Richard O’Connor, PhD, reveals exactly why our bad habits die so hard. We have two brains—one a thoughtful, conscious, deliberative self, and the other an automatic self that makes most of our decisions without our attention. Using new research and knowledge about how the brain works, the book clears a path to lasting, effective change for behaviors that include:
ProcrastinationOvereatingChronic disorganizationStaying in bad situationsExcessive worryingRisk takingPassive aggressionSelf-medicationBringing together many different fields in psychology and brain science, Dr. O’Connor gives you a road map to overcoming whatever self-destructive habits are plaguing you, with exercises throughout the book. We can rewire our brains to develop healthier circuitry, training the automatic self to make wiser decisions without having to think about it; ignore distractions; withstand temptations; see ourselves and the world more clearly; and interrupt our reflexive responses before they get us in trouble. Meanwhile, our conscious minds will be freed to view ourselves with compassion at the same time as we practice self-discipline. By learning valuable skills and habits—including mindfulness, self-control, confronting fear, and freeing yourself from mindless guilt—we can open ourselves to vastly more successful, productive, and happy lives. The book even demystifies how to overcome what Dr. O’Connor calls the “undertow” (the mysterious force that sabotages our best efforts when we’re just on the edge of victory) for long-lasting change. Offering a valuable science-based new paradigm for rewiring our brains, Rewire is a refreshing guide to becoming a healthier, happier self.
Vous êtes-vous déjà demandé pourquoi certains de vos tracas quotidiens reviennent de manière récurrente ?
C’est parce que nous autres, humains, utilisons beaucoup de notre temps à produire et reproduire des comportements qui sont mauvais pour nous. Nous choisissons toujours le même type de partenaire amoureux... qui s’avère désastreux, entamons un xième régime tout en continuant de grignoter, arrivons en retard au RV d’embauche qui changerait notre vie et développons toute une gamme de mauvaises habitudes dont nous avons bien du mal à nous défaire.
Dans Recâblez votre cerveau ! le docteur O’Connor révèle pourquoi nos mauvaises habitudes ont la vie dure. C’est parce que nous avons deux cerveaux qui travaillent séparément :
• l’un travaille de façon réfléchie, consciente et volontaire,
• l’autre fonctionne de manière automatique et prend des décisions en dehors de notre attention.

S’appuyant sur les dernières recherches en matière de psychologie et en neurobiologie, ce livre propose d’enrayer vos mécanismes intérieurs d’auto-sabotage et de vous débarrasser efficacement et durablement des comportements toxiques du quotidien, tels que :
la procrastination • le grignotage • la désorganisation chronique • le maintien stérile dans de mauvaises situations • l’inquiétude déraisonnable • la prise de risque excessive • L’agression passive (personnalités passives-agressives) • les addictions, etc.

Arrêtez de fonctionner à « l’insu de votre plein gré » !

À l’aide de nombreux exercices et études de cas, le Dr O’Connor vous donne une feuille de route pour surmonter toutes vos habitudes autodestructrices en recâblant votre cerveau : c’est-à-dire en établissant de nouveaux circuits de réflexion et de décision plus sains et plus sages permettant de :
• résister à la tentation,
• ignorer les distractions,
• vous voir et voir le monde plus clairement,
• bloquer vos mauvais réflexes.

Une fois libéré de ses mauvaises connexions, grâce notamment à la prise de conscience, la compassion et l’auto-discipline, votre esprit conscient est capable de nouvelles habiletés, parmi lesquels : la pleine conscience, la maîtrise de soi, la confrontation à la peur, l’oubli de la culpabilité.

Un livre qui offre une meilleure connaissance du cerveau et du psychisme, et un nouveau paradigme fondé sur la science pour en finir avec nos petits et grands auto-sabotages.

A propos de l'auteur
Le docteur Richard O’Connor est psychothérapeute depuis plus de 30 ans. Il a dirigé durant de nombreuses années une clinique de santé mentale. Il exerce aujourd’hui à New York et dans le Connecticut

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