Great New Reads: Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You

Retrain Your Brain to Conquer Fear, Make Better Decisions and Thrive in the 21st Century
March 22, 2013

By: Marc Schoen, Ph.D.

March

Hudson Street Press; $25.95

Stress. It’s a small word that packs a big punch. And our ability to handle it seems to be diminishing, says Marc Schoen, an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. We live in a pretty comfortable world with less life-threatening situations today than in the past, and, because of that, we don't take uncomfortable situations well. Our nerves are jumpy, and we overreact to annoyances and irritating situations, not just immediate dangers. Schoen, author of When Relaxation is Hazardous to Your Health , explains why our limbic system, the area of the brain that triggers the fight-or-flight response, is in overdrive and how we can dial it back to a manageable, civilized level--that "Survival Instinct" needs to cool its jets. With minimal medical jargon in Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You
, Schoen explains the relationship between our “inner survivalist” and the external forces that lead to overstimulation and agitation. For example, one effective way to control anxiety is to exercise our “Discomfort Muscles,” so we’re better able and more accustomed to tolerating uncomfortable situations. To that end, Schoen provides exercises and techniques to tame the anxiety monster and the mayhem it causes. Relief is in sight.

You might like

Can You Be Trusted?

Can You Be Trusted?

It’s time for a hard look in the mirror.

August 4, 2017
The Secret to Happiness Is Just Love

The Secret to Happiness Is Just Love

According to the longest-running study on human development, this is the one thing you need to live the good life.

August 3, 2017
How Much Do You Really Know About Healthy Relationships?

How Much Do You Really Know About Healthy Relationships?

Jim Rohn said we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.

July 28, 2017