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YOUR SURVIVAL INSTINCTS ARE KILLING YOU

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

by Loberg, Kirstin

The modern world makes our survival instincts overreact, which not only alters our physiology but also our behavior. It drives us to form bad habits--overeating, substance abuse, overwhelming anxiety and insomnia, to name a few--in order to sooth our body's distress. Now, an expert in psychomatic medicine shows us how to manage and live with anxiety. Using tools from mind-body medicine, Dr. Schoen teaches readers how to recondition the brain, training it to differentiate between real dangers and imaginary threats.

There’s traffic. A slow cashier is making you late. Your burglar alarm goes off. The reaction you have—anxious, irritated, scared—is your limbic brain at work.
Historically, this part of our brain only fired when there was real, immediate danger. Now, everyday life elicits the same reaction. Overly sensitive to threat, we are in fight or flight mode with nothing to fight or flee from. In order to manage our anxiety, we reach for a drink, eat a pint of ice cream or lose our temper—and have no idea why.
But Dr. Marc Schoen does. In Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You, he explains why our limbic brain is in overdrive and how we can teach it to relax. Outlining easy techniques for readers that soothe the survival instinct, this book helps readers ditch bad habits, alleviate stress, boost health, improve decision making, and pursue happier lives.
Marc Schoen, PhD is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, a faculty member in psychiatry at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center and has a thriving private practice. Kristin Loberg has written 5 New York Times bestselelrs, three of which hit #1. Loberg is expert at writing and positioning health and wellness nonfiction and brings her own experience to our book.

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