Use Your Head: A Guided Tour of the Human Mind

Dr Daniel Freeman & Jason Freeman


In Circulation

Ever wondered what goes on up there? Why do we think, feel and act in the way we do? What makes us happy or sad, angry or anxious? The Freeman brothers unravel the secrets of the mind and explain the scientific facts behind our behaviour. Armed with key psychological insights you'll be able to apply them to everyday situations and understand why we are attracted to certain people or remember faces rather than names. Having trouble sleeping? Suffering from panic attacks? Use Your Head will pin-point your symptoms and give you practical advice on how to overcome these difficulties. Clear, concise and immediately relevant, this is essential reading.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Understanding Cognitive Biases: The book explores various cognitive biases—systematic errors in thinking—and how they influence decision-making, perception, and behavior. By becoming aware of these biases, individuals can make more informed choices and avoid common pitfalls.

  2. The Power of Perception: Freeman and Freeman discuss how perception shapes our reality, emphasizing that our interpretations of events are often influenced by preconceptions, expectations, and past experiences.

  3. The Role of Attention: The authors highlight the importance of attention in shaping our experiences and interactions with the world, emphasizing how selective attention can influence what we notice and remember.

  4. Cognitive Flexibility: The book emphasizes the importance of cognitive flexibility—the ability to adapt our thinking in response to changing circumstances—and provides strategies for enhancing this skill, such as challenging assumptions and considering alternative perspectives.

  5. Emotional Intelligence: Freeman and Freeman discuss the role of emotions in decision-making and interpersonal relationships, emphasizing the importance of emotional intelligence in understanding and managing our own emotions as well as those of others.

  6. Overcoming Negative Thinking Patterns: The authors explore common patterns of negative thinking, such as catastrophizing, black-and-white thinking, and mind-reading, and offer practical techniques for challenging and reframing these patterns.

  7. The Impact of Stress and Anxiety: The book examines the effects of stress and anxiety on cognitive functioning, highlighting how these states can impair decision-making, problem-solving, and memory recall.

  8. Building Resilience: Freeman and Freeman provide strategies for building resilience in the face of adversity, including cultivating optimism, practicing mindfulness, and developing coping skills to manage stress and anxiety.

  9. The Science of Memory: The authors delve into the science of memory, discussing factors that influence encoding, storage, and retrieval, as well as common memory errors and techniques for improving memory performance.

  10. Practical Tips for Everyday Life: "Use Your Head" offers practical tips and exercises for applying the principles of cognitive psychology to everyday life, such as improving communication skills, enhancing creativity, and making better decisions.

Language English
ISBN-10 1848545487
ISBN-13 9781848545489
No of pages 318
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher John Murray
Published Date 08 May 2010

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