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Jeff Schwartz: You Are Not Your Brain on ThirdAge.com

Posted by Levine Communications Office on May 26, 2011

A new book co-authored by Dr. Jeffrey M. Schwartz, a research psychiatrist at UCLA School of Medicine, offers a way to deal with rejection and painful feelings of betrayal. The title of You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking and Taking Control of Your Life refers to the brain’s neuroplasticity, or ability to be “reprogrammed.”

You Are Not Your Brain calls on us to think about a breakup or another painful emotional situation in a new way.  “We all have in the brain an area that in the book we call the ‘self-reference center,’ which leads us to take social rejection and disappointments personally,” says Schwartz. “When the self-reference center is activated, we feel emotional pain, and even physical pain, in an area of the brain not too far away.”

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