- Gebundene Ausgabe: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: Hodder & Stoughton General Division (6. Juni 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1444755730
- ISBN-13: 978-1444755732
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,4 x 2,5 x 24 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 46.672 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Sane New World: Taming the Mind (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 6. Juni 2013
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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 Ruby Wax combines neuroscience with her usual eloquence, clarity and humour. You will laugh and cry but certainly understand more about how to live a 'sane' life in our crazy, chaotic world. Marjorie Wallace CBE, founder of SANE 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 Her wonderful, painfully funny and instructive book has inspired this depressive to sign up for mindfulness training. Alison Pearson, The Telegraph 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
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Arriving in Britain from the United States in 1977, Ruby Wax began her acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She went on to write and perform in her own hugely popular television programmes for the BBC and Channel 4 and was Script Editor on all series of Absolutely Fabulous. Recently she has obtained a Masters degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University and spoke at TEDGlobal. She has become the poster girl for mental illness in the UK.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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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.
Some readers might find the rhetorical style of the first half rather irritating: Wax seems too preoccupied with getting laughs rather than talking about herself in an honest manner. Yet this technique proves nothing more than a facade, a way of deflecting attention away from the experience of depression: laugh about it and possibly it will go away. Yet Wax is forced to admit to herself at length that it doesn't go away; the only way to deal with it is to confront it. For the three out of every four people who haven't suffered from it at one point in their lives, the truly difficult aspect to understand is that there is no miracle cure. People can't just take a course of anti-depressants and hope to be better; they have to try and train their minds as well. Wax comes to understand this in time; hence her emphasis on the power of mindfulness.
Mindfulness is basically a process of training oneself; to develop a series of meditative strategies to cope with the experience of depression. This requires people to train their minds to focus on certain things (Wax suggests one's breathing, one's feet, the act of walking) which can help to prevent those feelings that lead to depression or panic-attacks. The process is not easy: there is no quick fix. Patients have to learn how to be mindful on a regular basis - in an ideal world, they should try to practice it every day, even 24/7.
Wax offers a valuable guide to the practice of mindfulness, combining personal experiences with a series of useful exercise that anyone can pursue. As the book unfolds, she becomes brutally honest about herself: she is no longer that bubbly personality that used to grace British television screens on a regular basis. On the other hand, the experience of depression has made her more self-aware: she has learned how to take care of herself, and not fall prey to those kind of self-critical emotions that could set her up once more for a depressive attack.
SANE NEW WORLD is a short book that can be read in one sitting. Yet its lessons are so valuable that anyone - not just those suffering from depression - can benefit from looking through its pages.
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.