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E-PUB á Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain: The New Science of Optimism and Pessimism õ 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 wellLuckily, anyone suffering from these afflictions has reason to hope Stunning breakthroughs in neuroscience show that our brains are malleable than we ever imagined In Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain, Fox describes a range of techniques from traditional cognitive behavioral therapy to innovative cognitive 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 livesDrawing 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 revolutionizes 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 I will not be writing a complete review of this book However, a few points The author is incredibly biased in painting optimism as the holy way of life that will bring you success and happiness You can see this straight away in the introduction That being said, all of her claims are supported by research therefore while she has a bias, she is not fabricating her information like many self help books out there Which leads me to say that this is definitely not a self help book as the focus of I will not be writing a complete review of this book However, a few points The author is incredibly biased in painting optimism as the holy way of life that will bring you success and happiness You can see this straight away in the introduction That being said, all of her claims are supported by research therefore while she has a bias, she is not fabricating her information like many self help books out there Which leads me to say that this is definitely not a self help book as the focus of it is very much scientific in nature Reading this book made me realise I find myself in a strange position of being an optimistic depressive I believe things will turn out ok I just often don t seem to care that they will My anxiety also doesn t seem to be of the pessimistic variety I m equally afraid of things going my way and not going my way And that s a good thing, because if I were to read this book looking for ways to getoptimistic, I d walk away disappointed It s heavy on science and light on self help and thi Reading this book made me realise I find myself in a strange position of being an optimistic depressive I believe things will turn out ok I just often don t seem to care that they will My anxiety also doesn t seem to be of the pessimistic variety I m equally afraid of things going my way and not going my way And that s a good thing, because if I were to read this book looking for ways to getoptimistic, I d walk away disappointed It s heavy on science and light on self help and this is how I like such books, but the title and cover might be a bit misleading The reader will learn a lot about how brains work, but not much about how to change it the balance between the two parts of your brain the bit that seeks pleasure and the bit that tries to avoid danger Clearly, we need both to function healthily, but occasionally our fear brain wins and locks us in a feedback loop that works like a self fulfilling prophecy We look for negative things and we find them And thewe find them, thewe look for them The biggest take away from this book is that you get what you pay attention to, so redirect your attention every now and then.Didn t we know that We kinda knew that But still, lots of good brain science This is another of the new surge of psychology and brain science books being cranked out by the scientists themselves.In this case, Elaine Fox, an Oxford University researcher, travels some well worn ground on earlier experiments showing how our emotional center, the amygdala, and our control areas in the prefrontal cortex are linked to each other, and how dysfunctions in those connections underlie everything from anxiety to OCD to depression.But her larger purpose in Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain is This is another of the new surge of psychology and brain science books being cranked out by the scientists themselves.In this case, Elaine Fox, an Oxford University researcher, travels some well worn ground on earlier experiments showing how our emotional center, the amygdala, and our control areas in the prefrontal cortex are linked to each other, and how dysfunctions in those connections underlie everything from anxiety to OCD to depression.But her larger purpose in Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain is to argue that even though we may all be born with slightly different genetic inclinations toward optimism or pessimism, we are not destined to live with those for the rest of our lives Relying on the emerging field of neuroplasticity the ability of the brain to adapt and change she talks about work in her lab and others that can get people to look at the worldoptimistically to activate our sunny brain with techniques that range from computer games to meditation to cognitive relabeling of our fears and negative feelings.One of the most interesting of the new exercises is called Cognitive Bias Modification It involves watching negative and positive images on a computer screen and then paying attention to a target probe If the probe is always placed next to the positive images, people afterward not only report feelingoptimistic, but actoptimistically on such tasks as trying to solve tough problems The opposite effect occurs if the probe goes next to the negative images.It suggests that even brief interventions like these are enough to reset our mental wiring for an indefinite period, and it offers hope that those of us who are trapped in a negative, fatalistic view of life can help pull ourselves out of it without psychotropic medications or expensive therapy It s hilarious to me that all this new science and ways of helping curing people with depression, post traumatic stress disorder, and OCD has been written in the Bible for thousands of years Re training the brain for ahappy life, epigenetics, CBM proceduresyepit s all there Goes to show that if you want to know how a massively complicated piece of machinery works, you should ask the guy who designed and built it, not the guy who tickers with it on weekends in his garage