The human brain is buggy. Sometimes your mind distorts reality, gets frustrated with shortcomings, and spirals out of control. With practice, you can debug your brain. Catch those distortions of reality, transform those frustrations into insight, and short-circuit those downward spirals.
Debugging Your Brain (DYB) is a clear applied psychology book and a concise self-help book. Whether or not you have a technical background, you will find the software development analogies approachable and insightful. You will likely reference and re-read DYB many times, each time discovering new insights.
DYB is full of practical techniques. Each technique is condensed to its core idea, accompanied by just enough story to make it memorable. Each chapter has activities to help you put its techniques into practice. The chapters include: Modeling The Brain, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Introspection, Identifying Inputs, Experience Processing, Experience Validation, and Cognitive Restructuring.
Your brain is a complex system. Patch the software that runs in your mind.
This book brings together two parts of Casey's background: psychology and software development. Casey studied neurobiology at Yale University, and he is a co-author on several neurobiology papers. He has also worked in software development for 10 years, including at Heroku. Casey is an independent author based in Washington, DC.
"I am inspired to treat my own anxiety and depression symptoms, in part, using these wonderful techniques. I do tend to downward spiral often, and you have given me some tools to nip those instances in the bud. I expect I'll be referencing this book rather frequently as I begin implementing the techniques."
"The content is presented in a way that is both digestible and engaging. I see this book as something to have in my back-pocket."
"A straightforward and easily digestible read that decodes several basic, but complex concepts in psychology. It offers an introduction to the elements of thought processing and how to integrate effective behavioral techniques into everyday situations in life. With a little practice, the topics and techniques covered in this book will help train your brain how to deal with any situation effectively and productively. The author's lighthearted and relatable way of writing makes it an enjoyable read."
"I’ve been going to therapy for a while, but sometimes I am not always aware of the 'why' behind the techniques my doctors suggest. This book has helped me understand the 'why'!"
"It's short enough and the table of contents is so clear that no one will have any trouble going back to review something. It points toward more resources for the folks in the audience who have the capacity to do more. It's got assignments. Like it's REALLY well set up for anyone with basically any amount of time or effort to dedicate, from a little to a lot."
"I am well versed in psychology and have a great deal of experience in clinical settings. I believe this book would be a great asset in client education in a clinical setting. Casey has a gift to make very complex information clear in a manner that everyone can understand and apply."
Debugging Your Brain is written to be read in order, with each chapter building on the last. Each chapter is written such that you can return to any chapter later as a reference for yourself. Each of the eight chapters covers one major concept:
You will learn the most if you can integrate these concepts into your life. Once you are aware of them, you can begin to practice and internalize them. Each chapter has activities at the end to help make this easier.
The book is propagating through more stores all the time. Check your favorite book retailer to see if it's there.
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