- Tapa dura: 272 páginas
- Editor: Hodder & Stoughton General Division (6 de junio de 2013)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1444755730
- ISBN-13: 978-1444755732
- Valoración media de los clientes: 3 opiniones de clientes
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº364.251 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
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Sane New World: Taming the Mind (Inglés) Tapa dura – 6 jun 2013
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The book does succeed as a 'life manual' exactly because it is Ruby Wax who has written it...her life-affirming humour carries it through on a tide of quirky jokes and separate anecdotes from her life. * Daily Express * Her wonderful, painfully funny and instructive book has inspired this depressive to sign up for mindfulness training. * Alison Pearson, The Telegraph * In Sane New World, Wax touches upon her own anxieties and fears with honesty and humour...it royally hauls a stigmatised fact of life kicking and laughing into the open. * The Times * Ruby Wax combines neuroscience with her usual eloquence, clarity and humour. You will laugh and cry but certainly understand more about how to live a 'sane' life in our crazy, chaotic world. * Marjorie Wallace CBE, founder of SANE * Ruby Wax is at her best in this wonderful book. Its acute observations are both extremely funny and deeply moving. Many people will be grateful for her courage, openness, humour and wisdom. * Mark Williams, author of Mindfulness * Ruby Wax combats ignorance with knowledge, confusion with crystal clarity, prejudice with open-mindedness, rigidity with humour and slays the dragon of stigma in this superb introduction to the twenty-first century science of the mind. This book will be a turning point in our battle to bring parity of esteem to mental and physical health. Explaining in simple language the nature of mental disorder and describing evocatively what you can do about it, is a substantial contribution to making our society a better place. This manual for living must be read by everyone. * Peter Fonagy, Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis at UCL * I love this book more than I love Ruby. And that's saying quite a bit...in a loud, funny voice. Yes...I love this book. And I know books. And I know love. And Ruby's book is both. * Carrie Fisher * Ruby Wax has an extraordinary mind, and she has brought it to bear with trademark wit and searing honesty on the subject of that mind, and the minds of all us. Very few will be able to read this wonderful contribution to the literature of mental health without recognising some part of themselves, and certainly of someone they know. A ruby beyond price. * Stephen Fry *
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Ruby Wax - comedian, writer and mental health campaigner - shows us how our minds can jeopardize our sanity. With her own periods of depression and now a Masters from Oxford in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy to draw from, she explains how our busy, chattering, self-critical thoughts drive us to anxiety and stress. If we are to break the cycle, we need to understand how our brains work, rewire our thinking and find calm in a frenetic world. Helping you become the master, not the slave, of your mind, here is the manual to saner living.Ver Descripción del producto
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I am currently going through a stressful peroiod, so I relate to "voices" in my head: anxiety, negativity, fear of failure and a sense of not being good enough. Therefore the idea of a manual to deal with these voices appealed to me.
In this sense, Ruby Wax delivers.
The book is divided into parts, and each part provides background information to the punchline of the book, which is :practice mindfulness and you'll live a longer and happier life. Throughout the book there are also tidbits of Ruby's personal story, which relate to the point she is trying to make. I find these tidbits funny, but also an excellent way to relate the advise Ruby gives to my personal feelings.
Part one: It describes negative feelings and emotions that affect normal people like us. Modern life, with its fast pace and information overload, tries us to our very limit and we are ill equipped to face it with our brains that have evolved from hunting, gathering, roaming plains and singing songs. I find the humor in this section too dark on one or two instances. But maybe is because I am reading it under stress.
Part two: It describes problems that affect mentally ill people. The brain is incredibly complex but is after all an organ, just like the liver, the heart or kidneys, and when it faces physiological problems it can cause serious disturbance in our lives. This part serves two purposes: to illustrate how an injured/ill brain can make people behave in bizarre and unexpected ways and to propose that depression fits into this category, that people that suffer depression are not faking it or being whiny and should not be treated as social outcasts that ought to just harden up.
Part three: This is where it gets succinct and comprehensive. This part describes the brain in detail, its parts, processes, inner workings and interconnections. I felt as if I was looking under the hood of a car and the author was telling me what is the carburetor and what does it do, how do spark plugs fire up to create combustion inside the engine pistons, what is the role of the coolant in keeping the engine healthy,etc etc etc. A great read on its own.
Part four: The punchline of the book, the practice of mindfulness. The author introduces the concept of mindfulness and how it helps to calm a brain in overdrive. This part provides examples and exercises that the reader can practice to get started. With the information provided in previous chapters, the reader can see how mindfulness calms the mind and pay attention to how the body behaves when practicing exercises. I find this is useful information and I will come back to reread it multiple times, and I would like to know more.
Part Five: Alternative techniques. If mindfulness is not your cup of tea, the author shows similar techniques that have arisen from other studies that also help to calm the mind. The message of this part is that we are all different and we just need to find the technique that does the job for us.
Also I dint know the author or her previous show business life, but she is quite funny throughout the book.
The juxtaposition of science and Ruby Wax's musings and personal story is bizarre at times, as she comes across as vapid as a peroxide factory blond one minute, a sage the next, and then writes authoritatively on the workings of the brain!
And that's what makes it great. It's the kind of book you can give to your depressed and anxious friends without feeling like a patronising new age nuisance.
Ruby has reinvented herself several times. What most people don't know is that she suffered from depression. Ruby is the last person that you would suspect to suffer from depression. After twenty five years in television, Ruby was out of luck and suffered an emotional setback.
Ruby returned to school to study mindfulness cognitive therapy. She has written this book to help the rest of us understand why we beat ourselves up so much and self abuse. This book is written by a witty self deprecated personality who helps understand in such a funny way.
The book is broken down into five parts entitled "What's Wrong With Us? For the Normal-Mad;" "What's Wrong With Us? For the Mad-Mad;" "What's in Your Brain/What's on Your Mind?;" "Mindfulness-Taming Your Mind;" and "Alternative Suggestions for Peace of Mind."
It's refreshing and consoling because it's honest. It makes complex material astonishingly accessible. Not once does it begin to feel trite or a little 'culty'. Then it delivers a set of tools that so simple to use you can't believe it when they actually work better than anything you've tried before. Ruby isn't the only one benefitting from her late-onset education. Anyone who reads this book will.
I most certainly did.