Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain: The New Science of Fear and Optimism

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Harper Collins, Jun 5, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 272 pages
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Why are some people driven to dangerous risks, while others shun danger? Why do some people seem to be born optimists, while others are more prone to worry and pessimism? Drawing on her own groundbreaking research and the research of many other scientists from around the world, Elaine Fox helps answer why. With a compelling mix of science and anecdotes, Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain addresses

  • Why optimism is more difficult than pessimism
  • How innocent stimuli can become triggers for terror
  • The emergency brain: how our ancient neural circuits take over our thoughts and memories
  • New techniques for counteracting fear and anxiety disorders
  • Dangerous minds: the psychology of risk

Perhaps most important, Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain shows how malleable our minds really are. There is increasing evidence that we can learn to change our brain states. It is possible for people trapped in pessimistic and negative mindsets to take their more “rainy” brain to a sunnier one with real change that’s reflected at the level of neurons within their brains.


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CHAPTER 1Rainy Brains and Sunny BrainsThe Affective Mind
CHAPTER 2SunnySide UpInvestigating Optimism
CHAPTER 3The Rainy BrainWhy Optimism Is More Elusive Than Pessimism
CHAPTER 4Optimism and Pessimism GenesAre There Genes for the Way We Are?
CHAPTER 5The Malleable MindThe Remarkable Plasticity of the Human Brain
CHAPTER 6New Techniques to Reshape Our BrainsFrom Fear to Flourishing
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Elaine Fox has spent enough of her life datingto know that the scenarios described in this book arecompletely plausible -- though she disclaims any direct experience with any of them. Fortunately,however, she has been able to parlay this extendedsearch for romance into a career and hopesher readers appreciate the cathartic experience whileliving happily-ever-after lives themselves. Elainecurrently lives in Virginia.

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