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Inside this Book – Nothing is more confusing or painful than when your brain takes over your thoughts, attacks your self-worth, questions your abilities, overpowers you with cravings, or attempts to dictate your actions. “It’s like the invasion of the brain snatchers,” says Ed, a talented Broadway performer whose career was on hold for years because of his intense stage fright and fears of rejection. Running on autopilot in a most unhelpful way, Ed felt like his “brain just took over,” filling him with self-doubt and anxiety. “It was horrible and humiliating … it told me all these things about me that just weren’t true. That I was no good, a second-class citizen, that I didn’t deserve anything.” What’s worse, those deceptive brain messages about Ed were dead wrong. The truth is that Ed is an accomplished performer who is revered and loved for his wit, ability to engage a crowd, and unshakable confidence on the stage. People are always excited to see him and are moved by his performances, yet his deceiving brain would not let him accept their rave reviews. Rather than believing in his inherently wonderful qualities and impressive skills, Ed’s brain was programmed to ignore his positive attributes and instead focus on what he might have done wrong or how people might perceive his mistakes— in essence, to home in on his minute flaws and imperfections. Where did these negative beliefs and doubts come from? Although he sees that most of his deceptive brain messages took root in childhood, one specific experience changed everything for him. It all began, he remembers, when he was standing before a famous Broadway producer at age twenty. As he prepared to run the scene, Ed became dazed and paralyzed. “I just left my body,” he says. “It was the most horrifying experience.” The event haunted his dreams and, by the time he was thirty, it began to plague his days. “I was no longer having nightmares about being onstage naked, I was having that feeling more or less whenever I went to an audition. I felt exposed and raw.” Beneath that competent and tranquil façade, Ed was gripped by a fear of rejection and was in turmoil. Taking his deceptive brain messages completely at face value, Ed avoided auditions altogether, believing that his career was over—that his anxiety and fear had won.
Inside this book –You Are Not Your Brain PDF Book by Jeffrey M. Schwartz – Imagine what it would be like to wake up one day and not be able to move half of your body. On the Saturday before Easter in 2001, Connie Smiley experienced that firsthand. An engaging, lively sixty-five-year-old outreach coordinator at the Cincinnati Zoo, Connie was driving to the zoo for a Safari pre-trip meeting. As an avid animal lover and former grade school teacher, Connie couldn’t wait for this trip to Africa, which would be her fourth. This time she was going to visit the cheetah sanctuary—a lifelong dream—and tour parts of Africa she had never seen. As she was driving to the zoo that day, she noticed that something was wrong. “I began to realize that I was having trouble keeping my car from going left,” she says. A little later, while walking on the zoo grounds, she was dragging her left foot slightly and it felt like her left arm was “made out of a ton of bricks.” She met her daughter there, who correctly identified that she was having a stroke and insisted she go to the hospital. Both she and her daughter knew the signs of stroke well because Connie’s husband had a massive stroke ten years prior and lived out his days in a nursing home, unable to care for himself. Connie was admitted to the hospital and at first her symptoms did not seem that bad. However, by Monday morning—three days after her symptoms began—she could not move the left side of her body at all. “Not a finger, not a toe, nothing,” she recalls. When you have a stroke like that, you lose half of all your muscles, including those muscles involved in chewing, breathing, and speaking loudly. Connie didn’t want to believe what was happening to her and was incredibly disappointed that she was about to miss this amazing opportunity to see her favorite animal in its natural habitat.
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- Author of this Book – Jeffrey M. Schwartz
- Language – English
- Book Genre – Non-Fiction, Psychology, Science, Self Help
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