On the way to finding and creating vibrant, successful relationships, too many of us end up tangled in the same old patterns, tripped up by relationship habits that get in our way whether we “know better” or not.
We're on autopilot, and the navigation system is not only mis-wired, it's operating in stealth mode.
In Rewire Your Brain for Love, neuropsychologist and psychotherapist Marsha Lucas, PhD, helps you break oout of autopilot and untangle those relationship snarls, bringing together the latest neuroscience with a practice consistently heralded by top academic institutions for its effectiveness in changing the brain: the practice of mindfulness.
Dr. Lucas’s clear, unintimidating, often laugh-out-loud style invites you to explore how the brain functions in relationships, helping you understand how your current relationship wiring developed, and showing you how you can rewire your relationship brain.
A down-to-earth therapist and self-described neuroscience geek, Dr. Lucas has written this chapter-by-chapter guide with compassion, wisdom, and humor. In Rewire Your Brain for Love, she takes you on a journey through seven high-voltage relationship benefits—everything from keeping your fear from running the show to cultivating healthy, balanced empathy—and offers specific mindfulness practices to help bring those benefits into your life.
With a few minutes of practice a day, you can change the way you interact with everyone around you . . . especially those closest to you. You can transform your brain from an enemy to an ally in all matters of the heart, creating more loving communication, building emotional resilience, and reducing overreactivity—not to mention enjoying better sex.
You don’t have to become a monk, or a vegetarian, or spend hours contemplating your navel—you just need to update the relationship wiring of your brain. The simple practice of mindfulness can help get you there, with Dr. Lucas showing you how.
“With Rewire Your Brain for Love, Marsha Lucas has pulled off an achievement that is as valuable as it is rare: she synthesizes complex neurophysiological information about the brain’s role in relationships, in clear, reader-friendly ways; and combines this with effective tools and suggestions for beefing up the capacity for attachment. And there’s a bonus: she’s a really fine, witty, accessible writer. Anyone who struggles with garden-variety anxiety about love, all the way up to fullblown phobia, should read this book, more than once. And it should be dog-eared and well worn on every therapist’s reference shelf.” — Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, author of Invisible Heroes and creator of the Health Journeys guided imagery series
Rewire Your Brain for Love has been praised and recommended by experts and everyday readers alike, including leaders in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, meditation, relationships, and psychotherapy -- Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Ron Siegel, Rick Hanson, Lou Cozolino, Christiane Northrup, Sharon Salzberg, Belleruth Naparstek, and others.