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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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

In this book, she puts her hilarity in service of the important message that we can change our own minds to live better lives. Her disquisition will be wonderfully helpful to those whose minds need changing, and wonderfully entertaining to everyone else. (Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree)

Ruby Wax is brave, generous and hilarious - the perfect guide on a tour of the brain and how it workings affect our overall well-being. And she is passionate about our collective need to tap into the power of mindfulness to help still our minds in an age of speed, hyperconnectivity and distraction. (Arianna Huffington, New York Times-bestselling author of Thrive)

Finally -- a map for the troubled human mind. And it's funny. (Caitlin Moran, author of How to Be a Woman)

A very funny book about how to be calm and poised and not bonkers. (Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones's Diary)

Wonderful, painfully funny and instructive. (Allison Pearson, author of I Don't Know How She Does It)

I was both amused and educated by Ruby Wax's self-help look at our brains, and the ways they're out to get us, and what we can do about it. She's a smart and funny writer on a mission to help us help ourselves. I was impressed. (Neil Gaiman)

Witty, wise and thought-provoking. (Nigella Lawson)

Use this excellent book to navigate your mind and this world with new ease and wonder (Russell Brand)

Présentation de l'éditeur

'Finally -- a map for the troubled human mind. And it's funny.' - Caitlin Moran

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.




Détails sur le produit

  • Broché: 272 pages
  • Editeur : Hodder Paperbacks (27 février 2014)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1444755757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444755756
  • Dimensions du produit: 13 x 1,9 x 19,8 cm
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Geoff de Peri le 23 août 2013
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The first half of the book is what I expected from Ruby, hilarious writing while explaining the workings of the brain and body in terms I could understand. The second half is somewhat darker and more serious, explaining in deeper detail. I feel I understand what drives me much better. Well done Ruby.
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Succinct but comprehensive advice on the practice of mindfulness for mental health 13 juin 2013
Par José Zapata - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I purchased this book because I saw a TV interview with the author and she said "It is a manual to deal with the negative voices inside your head" or something along those lines.
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.
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Four and a half stars if I could... 10 juin 2013
Par Cat.Bird - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It took me a little while to be won over by this book, while I was expecting it to have a conversational tone I wasn't expecting Ruby Wax to come across as quite so chatty and, well, actually loony! Having said that, I now think that this is one of the strengths of the book. It's like having a long conversation with your favourite crazy aunt and coming away with a new and profound perspective on how to be.

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.

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11 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
excellent introduction to why contemporary neuroscience opens a door to freedom from destructive patterns for each of us 7 juillet 2013
Par anna yeatman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a very good book where Ruby Wax's own struggle with a difficult childhood history, intergenerational trauma and a pattern of terrible episodic depression in adulthood led her to do a masters degree in contemporary neuroscience. She learnt two fabulously important lessons: 1. our brains are plastic -- and our nervous system is potentially open to all possibilities of new learning; 2. but we can tap these only if we also learn to inhibit old destructive reactive patterns of behaviour by opening up a space between our tendency to work to pattern and our potential for doing something new. Opening up this space can come with whatever helps us to inhibit our tendency to revert to the old reactive pattern especially under stress. Meditation is one tried and true practice which Ruby Wax has used. She makes all this accessible and clear. It is a book offered with whole heart and mind and generosity of spirit--as well as her familiar bitter-sweet comedic style. Good on you Ruby!!!!!
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Sane New World 7 décembre 2013
Par Damaskcat - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Ruby Wax – as might be expected – is an amusing writer. In this interesting guide book to the mind she intersperses her own experiences – frequently bad – with the knowledge she gained from going to university and gaining a Masters degree in mindfulness based cognitive behaviour therapy. Honesty and clarity make this in an excellent little book for anyone who wants to understand their own moods and feelings and to deal with and control them in a way which will help them live a more productive and saner life.

If you want to read a book which gives you the theory of neuroscience in accessible language and personal experience which helps to bring the theory to life then this is the book for you. There are two sections on self-help remedies – one section describes mindfulness techniques and the other describes alternative ways of dealing with stress, depression and other emotional problems.

The book is written in practical down to earth everyday language with plenty of humorous comments and asides. The author is not slow to laugh at her own thoughts and feelings either. The only thing which this book lacks is a bibliography/reading list but apart from that it is an excellent guide to the mind and the ways in which it can malfunction in everyday life.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Sanity Made Simple 5 avril 2014
Par Ian Buchan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Some of the best advice on controlling mood and mind I've ever read. Because it's the simplest. If you have even a passing acquaintance with depression you should read this book. If you spend a lot of time in the infinite dark, you absolutely must read this book the first time you have enough light to do so.

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.
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