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Remapping Your Mind: The Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story
Self-Help & Empowerment
by NCR Admin     August 03, 2015    
Cynthia Sue Larson
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Harness the life-changing power of the Default Mode Network of your mind

If you've ever noticed how friends and family describe themselves to new people, you'll likely hear them describing themselves through stories and metastories--the stories of our lives. "There are no truths, only stories," as Thomas King points out, and yet these stories need not stay stuck in one particular type of archetypal plot type, but can be changed in ways that benefit our emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health. Remapping Your Mind provides us with a road map by which we view the inner landscape of our collective minds as the territory of stories we live by. We tell ourselves and others who we are, what motivates us, how we arrived where we are today, and what kinds of challenges we face in the stories we live by. As it turns out, stories are far from passive, inert influences in our lives; they can be every bit as dangerous as they are healing. Author Lewis Mehl-Madrona and his wife Barbara Mainguy share insights for transforming stories from their professional practices in osteopathic medicine and psychotherapy in Remapping Your Mind, with strong support from recent scientific research to explain how and why story therapy can work. Research explaining how the Default Mode Network (DMN) describes activities in the brain region responsible for running the background activity constantly running in our minds. Scientific studies investigating the remarkable efficacy of the Placebo Effect provide insights as to how the stories people tell influence mind-body-spirit health and wellbeing. While the case studies and scientific research are quite convincing, I admit that I already know the methods described in Remapping Your Mind are effective--because this method is one I have found to be quite reliable when assisting my life coaching clients over the past sixteen years. I have witnessed the same kind of remarkable transformations in peoples' lives as described in this book, in which people find profound insights in discovering their story, and as they become facile in changing the landscape of the significance and meaning of events and characters in their lives. There is a kind of magic that occurs when people move out of feeling victimized into a bigger world of more positive possibility, and Remapping Your Mind provides a trusty guide to start this transformation right away. Whether or not you can wrap your mind around the transformative healing power of stories, and even if you don't yet know what your stories are, Remapping Your Mind will likely be one of your most treasured reference books. As Thomas King once pointed out, "The truth about stories is that that's all we are." How wonderful that we have a very big say in how we tell the stories of our lives! Highly recommended for anyone interested in self transformation!

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