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Untangling the Mind by D. Theodore George, M.D. (Excerpt)

Untangling the Mind by D. Theodore George, M.D. (Excerpt)

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Don't let emotions—your own, or someone else's—control your life!

Feeling extreme emotion is part of being human. We may feel overwhelming joy at the birth of a child, crippling terror at the sight of an intruder in our home, or unbearable sadness upon the death of a loved one. While we may be surprised at the force of our feelings, they are normal and are not a cause for concern. What's concerning is when strong emotions cause us to spin out of control and make us behave in ways we later wish we hadn't.

In Untangling the Mind, Dr. George explains how to:

* Identify the difference between a legitimate emotional reaction and a pathological one
* Understand the biological basis of your hard-wired reactions
* Recognize why your distress is caused by a neurological malfunction

Dr. George, a psychiatrist, has accessed the most cutting-edge technology, such as fMRI, facial analysis, PET scans, and chemical infusions. With this technology, he is able to provide a deep understanding of the inner workings of the brain that can portray a clear picture of what happens—chemically and physically—when we get depressed, act out, or fall into an addiction. Once we understand what happens, we can start to live a calmer, more harmonious life.
Don't let emotions—your own, or someone else's—control your life!

Feeling extreme emotion is part of being human. We may feel overwhelming joy at the birth of a child, crippling terror at the sight of an intruder in our home, or unbearable sadness upon the death of a loved one. While we may be surprised at the force of our feelings, they are normal and are not a cause for concern. What's concerning is when strong emotions cause us to spin out of control and make us behave in ways we later wish we hadn't.

In Untangling the Mind, Dr. George explains how to:

* Identify the difference between a legitimate emotional reaction and a pathological one
* Understand the biological basis of your hard-wired reactions
* Recognize why your distress is caused by a neurological malfunction

Dr. George, a psychiatrist, has accessed the most cutting-edge technology, such as fMRI, facial analysis, PET scans, and chemical infusions. With this technology, he is able to provide a deep understanding of the inner workings of the brain that can portray a clear picture of what happens—chemically and physically—when we get depressed, act out, or fall into an addiction. Once we understand what happens, we can start to live a calmer, more harmonious life.

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Published by: HarperOne (an imprint of HarperCollins) on Apr 14, 2014
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Un-tangling theMind
WHY WE BEHAVE THE WAY WE DO
D. Ted George, M.D.
with Lisa Berger
Anger
Fear
GuiltDisgust
Craving
Depression
 
Contents
 Introduction 1
Part I. Why Emotions Spin Out of Control
 1
Patient Zero 11
 2
It’s All About Survival 27
 3
What Ignites Your Emotions 45
 4
An Answer in the PAG 65
Part II. Losing It: Extreme Behavior
 5
Hair-Trigger Tempers and Anger Unleashed 87
 6
Desperate to Escape: Panic 109
 7
Going into Shutdown 127
 8
Stone-Cold Predators 147
 9
Held Hostage by Trauma 167
 10
Another Route to Survival or Sickness: The Reward Pathway 189
Part III. Seeking Healthy Emotions
 11
Smothering the Fire: Treatment 215
 12
The Blame Game and Taking Personal Responsibility 235
 Acknowledgments 245 Notes 247 Index 261 About the Authors 277 

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