The human brain is able to overcome deeply embedded patterns of behavior such as drug addiction, work addiction, spending addiction, sex addiction, relationship addiction, gambling addiction, and other forms of addiction.
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Considering the many ways people seek emotional pleasure, relaxation or escape in self-harmful ways - from excessive alcohol use and drug abuse to smoking, overeating, compulsive gambling, out-of-control spending and even lesser behaviors like habitual nail-biting - there are few of us who do not have, or know someone close who has, an addiction or habit they wish they could break. The problem common to all, says author Browne-Miller, is that psychological reactions to events have motivated behaviors which, in turn, have created biochemical reactions in the brain that actually wires it for repeating the habit or addiction. In this groundbreaking book, Browne-Miller explains simply and clearly how we can control our thoughts to rewire the brain and beat the pattern that spurs repeating harmful habits, and addictions.
About the Author:
Dr. Angela Browne-Miller is the founder of Addiction Stoppers based in northern California, director of Metaxis Institute based in northern California, and has been a keynote speaker at conferences around the world on addiction, violence, trauma, and behavior change. She is set editor for the Praeger International Collection on Addictions, 4 vols., and is the author of Praeger's To Have and to Hurt: Seeing, Changing or Escaping Patterns of Abuse in Relationships and Raising Thinking Children and Teens: Guiding Mental and Moral Development.
We are all about survival. Or are we? Survival is why we live. Or is it?
We have to wonder. Although our personal experiences in our daily lives may not tell us this directly, survival of the species appears to be what most of our behavior is about. After all, we sense, on some deep level, that without the survival of the species, we as individuals have no future and will cease to exist. Yet, the human brain, and the behaviors it conducts, do not always work toward survival. Sure, the human brain does its best. Yet, this human brain of ours is not coping as well
as, nor evolving as rapidly as, we may need it to.