Editorial Reviews

“This is great stuff. The latest, best mindful brain science in a wildly practical form, with wise and clear practices that can radically transform your relationships.”
Jack Kornfield, PhD, author The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology

“With entertaining humor and enlightening clarity, Dr. Lucas blends cutting-edge discoveries in neurobiology and psychology with time-honored practices from ancient wisdom traditions to help us navigate the challenges of intimate relationships. Full of real-life examples and practical tools, this book is a delightful must-read for anyone wanting to get along better with other people.”
Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School; author of The Mindfulness Solution

Rewire Your Brain for Love is delightfully engaging and easy to read. Everyone will find something life-enhancing inside these pages.”
Christiane Northrup, MD, author of the New York Times bestsellers Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

“Honest, warmhearted, and funny. Marsha Lucas explains neuroscience in plain English, so all of us can understand. She brings great clarity to the sometimes murky waters of romantic relationships and gives us a wonderful introduction to mindfulness meditation and its benefits.”
Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness

“Marsha Lucas takes the mystery out of two mysterious subjects—the inner workings of our brains and the successful pursuit of true love. She’s a wise and funny cupid, bringing together our hearts and minds as she explains amygdalas and anxiety, frontal lobes and commitment-phobes. She’s an excellent advocate for meditation, presenting its benefits in a unique, compelling way.”
Priscilla Warner, New York Times bestselling author of Learning to Breathe

“Each of us has the potential to live with an open, loving heart. This book shows us how meditation awakens our capacity for increased presence, intimacy, and understanding in our relationships. With clarity and humor, Marsha Lucas gives us both the fascinating science behind this transformation, and the practices that make it possible.”
Tara Brach, PhD, bestselling author of Radical Acceptance

“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

“Dr. Lucas shows readers how to use the power of neuroplasticity—the capacity of the mind to change the brain—to build up the ‘circuits’ of resilience, empathy, and assertiveness for relationships. Her voice is warm, funny, down-to-earth, practical, and so very helpful. This book is like having a best friend who is both savvy about the brain and a world-class therapist.”
Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha’s Brain

“Marsha Lucas’s is a smart and reader-friendly guide for an exciting journey through our hearts and brains. Dr. Lucas skillfully interweaves her therapeutic and neuroscientific knowledge with personal wisdom into a rich, meaningful, and accessible tapestry that expands our self-awareness in the service of sustaining and deepening our relationships.”
Louis Cozolino, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Pepperdine University; author of The Neuroscience of Human Relationships

“Dr. Lucas provides an accessible and practical guide to help us bring alive the exciting intersection of mindfulness and neuroscience for healthier relationships and a better life.”
Elisha Goldstein, PhD, author of The Now Effect and co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

“We live in a world of failed relationships and loss of love. Dr. Lucas has given us the science and clinical application of mindfulness meditation tools to help us heal ourselves, our relationships, and our world. We are all in need of this sage advice.”
Allan Warshowsky, MD, FACOG, ABIHM, Director Emeritus of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine

“You hold in your hands a unique piece of work. Marsha guides you carefully, to help you understand the unique benefits of mindfulness from the inside-out, and so helps to ignite or re-ignite your passion for the meditative practice. Better relationships lie at the heart of a life of health and well-being. Through reading this book, you learn to become an electrician of your own brain, and discover specific mind techniques that lead to a better relationship with both yourself and those close to you. A delight to read—highly recommended!”
Shamash Alidina, author of Mindfulness for Dummies and Relaxation for Dummies

“This excellent book takes the reader on an exciting journey of self discovery and healing through the emerging field of neurobiology and mindfulness meditation. Dr. Lucas presents scientific concepts in an easily understood manner and goes on to assist the reader to learn meditation techniques that have demonstrated proven healing benefits for emotional, psychological, and physical problems as well as for those individuals who strive for optimal wellness. This book is a must-read for everyone.”
Leonard A. Wisneski, MD, FACP, Professor at George Washington University, Georgetown University, University of Colorado; author of The Scientific Basis of Integrative Medicine

“Ever wondered why you get stuck in the same old relationship patterns? With no-nonsense wit and warmth, Marsha Lucas shows you what’s happening at brain level when habits form, persist, and most importantly, shift. Crucially, she also shows you how to apply this knowledge to transform your intimate connections—all with the simple practice of mindfulness. This book will bring joy not just to many readers, but to those who share their lives.”
Ed Halliwell, co-author of The Mindful Manifesto

“Psych Central’s Recommendation: Worth Your Time! Rewire Your Brain for Love is one of those great hybrids between self-help and education. If you’re looking for a method to tackle relationship problems (or even just ‘life’ problems), you’d be hard-pressed to find a better primer.”
— Dan Berkowitz, PsychCentral Book Reviews

“Change your brain’s pathways and you change the path of your relationships: that’s what neuropsychologist and psychotherapist Marsha Luca, PhD offers in Rewire Your Brain for Love. She uses her sense of humor and compassion as much as her knowledge of neuroscience and mindfulness to get you growing toward new, more vibrant relationships. Incredibly useful and highly engaging!”
Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author of Happy For No Reason and Love For No Reason

“…In a market already overwhelmed with self-help titles, these five distinguish themselves as eminently readable and substantive enough to spur genuine self-improvement. Rewire Your Brain For Love… successfully combines mindfulness, psychotherapy, and neuroscience to illustrate how retraining one’s brain leads to better relationships. Whereas many self-help books focus on improving romantic partnerships, this book refreshingly aims to benefit one’s relationship with oneself and everyone else, including lovers. Using a chatty, humorous style in which she recognizes the complexity of her subject matter, Marsha Lucas, PhD, a practicing therapist, first gives readers a tour of the brain and its functions in layman’s terms. … Her friendly reassurance that she is awed by her topic makes her seem like a partner on the reader’s journey instead of an aloof expert. Her jaunty tone never falters as she explains the therapeutic concept of attachment. After arming readers with an explanation of neuroscience and attachment, Lucas then enumerates seven ways to change the way one interacts with the world using mindfulness and an awareness of how the brain functions. The author weaves in pertinent examples of clients from her own practice to illustrate each of the seven principles, deftly generalizing from each specific situation to make the concepts applicable to all readers.”
Jill Allen, ForeWord Magazine

“In her book ‘Rewire Your Brain for Love’, Dr. Marsha Lucas draws on her expertise in neuroscience to offer explanations about how our brain works. As she expounds on the science of brain development and the fact that our wiring is determined very early on in our lives, it seems that if our “wiring” is faulty, it can have a negative impact on how we view and enter relationships, and that there is not much we can do about it except lament that “It’s just how I am.” But reading this book shows us just the opposite—that we can actually rewire our brains and affect change in a positive manner, simply by using a method that is ages old—meditation.
“I began to read this book due to a growing interest in meditation and how it relates to my field of study, which is psychology. While I have enjoyed reading just some of the volumes of information recently written on mindfulness meditation… Lucas has a way of engaging the reader in a humorous, educational, conversational way. In her book, she takes us on a journey that gives a vision as well as the practical tools to use in achieving that vision.
“I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in improving their relationships, in gaining insight into their behaviors, and in exploring meditation practices. Dr. Lucas presents the information in her book in a friendly, loving, and honest way that gives a wonderful overview of the inner workings of our brains and an easy introduction into the world of mindfulness.”
Sandra E. James, Mindfulness (Academic Journal)

“Dr. Marsha Lucas, psychologist and neuropsychologist, has just released her new book, ‘Rewire Your Brain for Love’, that brings together the latest in neuroscience and mindfulness meditation in a guide to help you, whether single and struggling to find love or in a relationship that is not fulfilling, find healthier and more satisfying relationships. She skillfully makes her way through ‘brain speak’ (which I have previously found a struggle to wrap my own head around, and I’m a trained therapist!) in a relatable way, infused with her chuckle-inducing humor and essential education.
“‘Rewire Your Brain for Love’ is a must-have for anyone wanting to improve their emotional and relationship health. At the very least, incorporating a mindfulness practice into your life can decrease your emotional reactivity by calming your nervous system. Over time and practice, the alarms in your mind sound less frequently and a more peaceful existence can ensue. Dr. Lucas has skillfully demonstrated how this also can improve your relationships.
“I have personally brought a mindfulness practice into my life – and into my psychotherapy practice. I have seen overwhelmingly positive results in myself and many of my clients. I am recommending ‘Rewire Your Brain for Love’ in my individual and couples therapy practice as part of our work, to help my clients understand how it all came to be and how it can change by developing the skills to ‘become your own master electrician’ to improve your body regulation, fear modulation, emotional resilience, response flexibility, insight and empathy.
“Though a book could never be the ‘be-all-end-all’ and guarantee your relationship dreams come true, it can surely provide you with guideposts and tools to give yourself a great starting point. This one packs a powerful, research-backed punch. Don’t miss it.”
Lisa Brookes Kift, The Relationship Toolbox