Anxious: The Modern Mind in the Age of Anxiety by Joseph E LeDoux

By Joseph E LeDoux

“[Anxious] is helping to give an explanation for and stop the categories of debilitating anxieties we all face during this more and more demanding world.” —Daniel J. Levitin, writer of The geared up Mind and This Is Your mind On Music

A accomplished and available exploration of hysteria, from a number one neuroscientist and the writer of Synaptic Self

Collectively, anxiousness issues are our so much popular psychiatric challenge, affecting approximately 40 million adults within the usa. In Anxious, Joseph LeDoux, whose NYU lab has been on the vanguard of study efforts to appreciate and deal with worry and nervousness, explains the variety of those problems, their origins, and discoveries which could repair victims to normalcy.

LeDoux’s groundbreaking premise is that we’ve been brooding about worry and nervousness within the opposite direction. those aren't innate states ready to be unleashed from the mind, yet reviews that we gather cognitively. remedy of those difficulties needs to deal with either their awake manifestations and underlying non-conscious tactics. whereas wisdom approximately how the mind works can help us detect new medicines, LeDoux argues that the best breakthroughs may well come from utilizing mind examine to assist reshape psychotherapy.

A significant paintings on our so much urgent psychological healthiness factor, Anxious explains the technological know-how at the back of worry and nervousness problems.

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The suggestions I make in this book concern in part the words we use to describe certain phenomena, but my argument is not simply about semantics. Words have extended meanings that imply a great deal. For example, some researchers who study fear in rats by measuring freezing behavior say that they are not studying what most people think of as fear, but rather some nonsubjective physiological state that they call fear. While this scientific redefinition of fear makes it more tractable as a research problem, it has three disadvantages.

Praise for Anxious “In this tour de force, LeDoux artfully guides the reader from the unconscious defensive system, through attention and memory, to the conscious experience of fear and anxiety. His traverse from the unconscious to the conscious experience of emotion is rich in scientific detail and yet exquisitely readable. LeDoux completes his masterpiece with provocative discussions of therapies for anxiety. ” —Michelle G. , Professor of Psychology and Director, Anxiety Disorders Research Center, UCLA “Anxious is a profound, exciting and immensely useful work about one of our most troubling—and puzzling—emotions.

Michael Gazzaniga, Professor of Psychology, University of California, and author of Tales from Both Sides of the Brain and Who’s in Charge? ” —Kerry J. com To all the researchers who have worked with me over the years and to all my colleagues who have helped move our understanding of fear and anxiety forward PREFACE When I completed my previous book, Synaptic Self, which was published in 2002, I wasn’t certain I wanted to write another book for a general audience. I had gotten the idea that the way to really have an impact on the field was to write a textbook in my particular area, behavioral and cognitive neuroscience.

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