Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You: Retrain Your Brain to Conquer Fear, Make Better Decisions, and Thrive in the 21st Century

Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You: Retrain Your Brain to Conquer Fear, Make Better Decisions, and Thrive in the 21st Century

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By (author) Marc Schoen

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  • Publisher: Hudson Street Press
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 36mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 21 March 2013
  • ISBN 10: 1594630976
  • ISBN 13: 9781594630972
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Sales rank: 227,510

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Thanks to technology, we live in a world that's much more comfortable than ever before. But here's the paradox: our tolerance for discomfort is at an all-time low. And as we wrestle with a sinking "discomfort threshold," we increasingly find ourselves at the mercy of our primitive instincts and reactions that can perpetuate disease, dysfunction, and impair performance and decision making. Designed to keep us out of danger, our limbic brain's Survival Instinct controls what we intuitively do to avert injury or death, such as running out of a burning building. Rarely are we required to recruit this instinct today because seldom do we find ourselves in situations that are truly life-threatening. However, this part of our brain is programmed to naturally and automatically react to even the most benign forms of discomfort and stress as serious threats to our survival. In this seminal book we learn how the Survival Instinct is the culprit that triggers a person to overeat, prevents the insomniac from sleeping, causes the executive to unravel under pressure, leads travelers to avoid planes or freeways, inflames pain, and due to past heartache, closes down an individual to love. In all of these cases, their overly-sensitive Survival Instinct is being called into action at the slightest hint of discomfort. In short, their Survival Instinct is stuck in the "ON" position...with grave consequences. "Your Survival Is Killing You" can transform the way you live. Provocative, eye-opening, and surprisingly practical with its gallery of strategies and ideas, this book will show you how to build up your "instinctual muscles" for successfully managing discomfort while taming your overly reactive Survival Instinct. You will learn that the management of discomfort is the single most important skill for the twenty-first century. This book is, at its heart, a modern guide to survival.

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Marc Schoen, Ph.D., is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine.

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"This book is outstanding... Dr. Schoen is unconventional, and so is this book. Ancient wisdom with new findings in brain research lead to a startling conclusion: What has allowed our species to survive is driving us crazy. There is something you can do about it--read this book, and follow its advice. Reading this book is like having a conversation with Dr. Schoen and that can change your life." --David Logan, Ph.D., New York Times #1 bestselling coauthor of "Tribal Leadership" and "The Three Laws of Performance. "Professor, USC (University of Southern California) Marshall School of Business "Dr. Marc Schoen knows what it takes to be resilient and healthy in these modern times. It is not, as some would have you believe, to replace feelings of pain and discomfort with feelings safety and comfort, but rather to allow these seemingly incompatible feelings to sit side by side to inform and shape one another. Grounded in solid theory and evidence as well as engaging stories, including his own, this book is a must-read for any one facing mysterious physical ailments." --Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., author of "Positivity" and "Love 2.0" "I know so well how easy it is to fall into the trap of using food, addictions, or other forms of avoidance as protection from my fears of being uncomfortable. Reading Dr. Schoen's book was challenging. It felt so close to home--almost too close and personal in fact. Yet as I came to understand the message of this book, it became so much more obvious to me. This book is about the unavoidable - being uncomfortable. Dr. Schoen's book offers a gift: How to successfully manage your discomfort and fears, and equally as important, how to use the discomfort in your life as a vehicle for empowerment." --Carnie Wilson, Celebrity, Singer, TV host, and author of "Gut Feelings," "I'm Still Hungry" and "To Serve With Love " "Dr. Schoen puts his attention to the discomfort, disappointment, worry and impatience that