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  • Audio CD: 6 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True; 1 edition (April 28 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604077905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604077902
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 2.5 x 15.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Kelly McGonigal is a leader driven by compassion and pragmatism."

- 20 Inspiring Women

On The Neuroscience of Change, psychologist and award-winning Stanford lecturer Kelly McGonigal presents six sessions of breakthrough ideas, guided practices, and real-world exercises for making self-awareness and kindness the basis for meaningful transformation.

About the Author

Kelly McGonigal, PhD, is a health psychologist and award-winning lecturer at Stanford University. A leading expert on the mind-body relationship, her work integrates the latest findings of psychology, neuroscience, and medicine with contemplative practices of mindfulness and compassion from the traditions of Buddhism and yoga. She is the author of The Willpower Instinct and Yoga for Pain Relief.

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I listen in my car, so far, and I have been teaching these concepts to my clients.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5c44804) out of 5 stars Great Mix of Science, Stories, & Ancient Wisdom On The Process Of Change June 5 2012
By Kunal P. - Published on
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I recently listened to Kelly's Audio CDs for the Neuroscience of Change and I really enjoyed the concepts, ideas, and stories presented throughout the 6 CDs. Kelly presents key concepts of mindfulness & compassionate inner dialog and how they relate to making long lasting changes to your life. Whether you are dealing with a mood/anxiety disorder or you want the best chance you can get to making changes to your life, these CDs have a ton of stories, research data, and wisdom to help you on your way.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5c44858) out of 5 stars Most helpful! April 9 2013
By Ana - Published on
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Dr McGonigal extracts the most valuable and beautiful teachings from the "wisdom traditions" and enriches them with the precise and very reliable information and modern evidence of the neuroscience investigation in order to understand the difficulties of our human minds, our brains and our unconscious responses and the suffering they bring us. She explains also how our suffering can be diminished by this understanding and the awareness this knowledge brings.
After listening to her words many times I am aware now of many things I wasn't before and of course I feel more calm with the knowledge that this is how everyone is "built".
Dr McGonigal explains in detail, but just insofar as needed, the "default human mode" which causes lots of suffering and she gives us the way out of it by guiding us to being in the "experiencing self" . This is really helpful !
She talks about our old bad habits and how to be able to replace them with new good ones aligned with our values and goals .
Self criticism self vs the self accountability is also a very useful differentiation.
The audiobook has also very good guided meditations that are tools for the implementation of the teachings.

Maybe because this is an audiobook and not a written book many people do not know this wonderful and very helpful information so,
I hope that she could also write a book with her very simple way of explaining things about this same subjects : diminishing suffering, understanding human nature and having compassion with others and with our own selves . What could be more important in life?
Her book "The will power instinct", understanding desires dopamine etc also very good . I wonder if perhaps the physiology of the "default human mode" has something to do with the physiology of desire explained in that book.
Thanks Dr McGonigal your teachings have helped me a lot!
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5c44c90) out of 5 stars Could not be better! July 13 2013
By Nan - Published on
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I rarely rate ANYthing 5 stars, because in my view, there's almost always room for improvement. So, this reflects an exceptional product. I am listening over and over and over again to try to get it to sink in to my old brain and heart and soul. Worth every penny of the investment. If you have tried to change in the past, and who hasn't, this will help you understand why you likely failed to stick with the original goal, and how you can use the power of the brain's habit development mechanism to make change stick. It also helps lots with how to be compassionate with yourself when you fall short of expectations. There's so much more, but if I get going, I'll summarize every CD of the program. If you are even remotely thinking about this, do yourself a huge favor, and just BUY it...then use it.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5c44c78) out of 5 stars but there is a wonderful interleaving between the techniques described in TWI and the ... Jan. 26 2015
By Piixel Pusher - Published on
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I purchased this ciurse only after having read McGonigal's book "The Willpower Instinct". I was hungering for clues on how to make lasting changes in my own life, and decided that this person could be learned from.

I'm re-reading TWI and going through TNOC simultaneously, and in a relatively mindful way. The book and the CDs seem to mesh well at two chapters per CD. NOTE: They are not the same material at all, but there is a wonderful interleaving between the techniques described in TWI and the philosophy that permeates TNOC.

Thank you for reading, and thank you, Prof. McGonigal, for writing.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5de1054) out of 5 stars Life changing audiobook Sept. 3 2013
By L. Friedrichs - Published on
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I bought this last year and have gone back to the visualizations and meditations often since initially listening to the book. The audio meditations are amazing for keeping with a daily practice.

This book is perfect for anyone with a curious mind that really wants to make a change in their life. You'll have no more excuses after reading this book--it's that good!! Prepare to have your life changed and start taking the steps to really face your fears. This is a book for results oriented people--it really works.