THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

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A collection of anecdotes about doctors and patients demonstrating that the human brain is capable of undergoing remarkable changes.Research psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Doidge (Columbia Univ. Psychoanalytic Center) calls this growing awareness of the brain's adaptability "the neuroplastic revolution," and he profiles scientists whose work in neuroplasticity has changed people's lives. He begins ... Read full review

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This book is a rare combination of art and science. It gives a tremendous intellectual pleasure and inspires the reader by dramatic examples of human spirit. It is introduced at the Amazon site by a short story of a patient who lost her vestibular function. The example may leave an impression that the book is a collection of patient stories. It is far more than that.
First, it introduces the reader to the new paradigm of brain plasticity.
It is very clearly described. No special knowledge required. The concept is important to be familiarized with because it has a global significance for understanding human nature.
Second, besides the intellectual beauty the theory of brain plasticity has strong practical implications. Using very vivid examples, author illustrates how knowledge of brain plasticity facilitates learning, helps injured people to recover. He explains why actively learning people stay young and why older people have more trouble adjusting to new cultural surroundings.
Several more interesting examples: Distress or depression can trigger a temporary plastic change in the brain associated with decrease in ability for long term memory. Rewiring the brain helps to survive pain and turns suffering into pleasure in some acute cases. Rethinking life and mental exercise may help to correct serious psychological illness.
Finally and maybe most important of all, this book brings many uplifting examples of human spirit. If you are interested how people find energy to fight a dreadful disease or how they break the existing powerful paradigm sometimes raising against entire society this is a book you will definitely enjoy.

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Great book to read and re-read and then re-read again. Absolutely packed with information that is discussed in a reader-friendly format.

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Over the last few years I've read this book in its entirety several times. Most recently I read it again at a doctor's suggestion. While it is not specifically about fibromyalgia, it is about neuroplasticity and the ability that we ALL have to change our brains - to rewire those neurons to achieve a healthy and mostly pain free life. This is NOT a passive process and it will require your full participation and a 110% commitment to getting better. This book is essential to that process. 

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Absolutely fantastic! This book has changed my teaching and approach to therapy. Highly recommended!

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Compelling and optimistic. This is not a self-help book. This is a science book written for lay people. Worth the read.

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I really enjoyed this book: It was a fun read. However, I was expecting something with more science. It seemed to me like a Chicken Soup for the ______ Soul type book. Interesting…but not what I expected. It also seemed like the author thinks we are not paying attention. The phrase "Neurons that fire together wire together" is used way to often. OKAY. We get it. Now please, never mention that saying again. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book. 

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An excellent read presenting evidence with which I concur. Back in the seventies and eighties, I helped learning disabled students transform themselves from failures to successes, with goal-setting tools, honest assessment, and tutorial help. By transferring the burden from teacher to student, they accomplished little miracles of change. I call myself Change Agent, but the student attitudinal change always preceded the success. Neuroplasticity may well describe what was accomplished in this private sector venture. Betty Clemens 

Review: The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

User Review  - Santhosh - Goodreads

An easy way to understand brain and Nueroplasticity. I knew our brain can change at some point of time but this book gave me a detailed overview about how that happens. The brain is a very powerful ... Read full review

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User Review  - Arturo Bandini - Goodreads

Serious scientific findings on plasticity of the brain are often presented by Doidge with a light hand, adding stories, biographies and very personal experiences to transform this important book into compulsory read for anyone interested in sneak-peaking at how the mind works. Read full review

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