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Of Two Minds: The Revolutionary Science of Dual-Brain Psychology

By   Fredric Schiffer, M.D.
 

Of Two Minds



 

Book Description

Most people experience themselves as two-sided: one side seems mature and stable, the other emotional and impulsive. But have you ever wondered if there really are two minds in each of us? If so, do traumatic as well as ordinary experiences affect the way our minds grow and interact? According to Fredric Schiffer, a leading Harvard psychiatrist and researcher, advances in science prove what many of us have always intuited is true: We are of two minds, each one with a different degree of maturity, and each one associated with the left or the right brain. This brilliant, provocative book illustrates how the interaction of these two minds -- whether they sabotage each other or work in harmony -- actually determines our psychological nature and ultimately the emotional problems or progress we may experience in life.

Drawing on his own twenty-five years of research on the brain and behavior, Schiffer gives us overwhelming evidence that each side of our brain possesses an autonomous, distinct personality -- with its own set of memories, motivations, and behaviors. In working with his patients, Schiffer discovered that strategically altering someone's visual field can positively or negatively affect that person's sense of well-being. He shows how using this technique of visual stimulation can activate the specific regions of the brain that harbor both traumatic and joyful memories. This dramatic breakthrough demonstrates how it is possible to access, isolate, and work with the memories encoded on one side of the brain.

Dr. Schiffer's dual-brain approach has yielded remarkable results with a wide range of emotional disorders, from anxiety and depression to addiction and stress-induced heart disease -- offering an exciting new perspective on therapy. Just as earlier investigations of the brain and its cognitive functions revolutionized our understanding of how we think, Of Two Minds transforms our understanding of how and why we experience emotional distress and conflicts, and suggests a path to a more harmonious, balanced relationship between our two selves.


Author
Fredric Schiffer M.D.

Fredric Schiffer, M.D., a psychiatrist, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and is Associate Attending Psychiatrist at McLean Hospital. His writing has been published in the field's most prestigious publications, including the Journal of Neuropsychiatry, Comprehensive Psychiatry, and the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. Dr. Schiffer also maintains a clinical practice in adult psychiatry in Newton, Massachusetts.



 

Praise for Of Two Minds

                           Joseph Bogen, M.D.
                           Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery, University of Southern California

"Wonderfully readable and well informed, this is the best book ever on the social and psychiatric implications of the split-brain research."
 
 
                    Candace B. Pert, Ph.D.
                           author of Molecules of Emotion

                           "Dr. Schiffer rivals Freud in his revolutionary theories on understanding the human
                           psyche. He convincingly portrays the workings of two autonomous minds in one
                           consciousness -- offering a radical new strategy in treating a multitude of illnesses,
                           both mental and physical. I believe Dr. Schiffer's insights will be very useful for
                           those of us waiting to optimize a harmonious, healthy balance among our bodyminds
                           and emotions."
 
 

                         John J. Ratey, M.D.
                           author of Driven to Distraction and Shadow Syndromes

                           "An extremely readable...compelling account of how the act of perception and
                           subsequent activation of one of our hemispheres can lead to changes in the way we
                           think and feel, perhaps initiating permanent changes in psychopathology and even
                           personality."
 
 

                           Bessel A. Van Der Kolk, M.D.
                           Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

                           "Of Two Minds provides the reader with a lucent exposé of the evolving
                           understanding of the dual mind/brains that we all possess. This book offers new
                           ways of understanding unconscious mental processes and their role in the activation,
                           processing, and integration of experience. Fredric Schiffer not only clarifies the
                           neuroscience of our dual-brain system, but also provides numerous illustrations of
                           how the application of this understanding can lead to
                           healthier and happier lives."
 
 

                           Robert Pyles, M.D.
                           President of the American Psychoanalytic Association

                           "This riveting, provocative work promises to be a seminal contribution to the critically
                           important convergence of neurobiology and psychodynamic psychology. Dr.
                           Schiffer's work is clearly at the leading edge of a true biopsychosocial integration of
                           mind and brain."
 
 

                         Marcel Kinsbourne, M.D.
                           Professor of Cognitive Studies, Tufts University

                           "Dr. Schiffer provides an ingeniously simple application of brain theory to individual
                           psychotherapy. His work is a model of scholarly thinking combined with a
                           gratifying empathy for his clients. I recommend this book both for its contribution to
                           methods of psychotherapy and for its insightful individual case reports."


Excerpt

Chapter One: Introduction



Reviews






QUESTIONS ABOUT ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, TREATMENT, ETC.??  Ask Dr. Schiffer, so what does he think?