I have lately read a neuroscience book that I am increasingly enjoying. Brain Rules is a book written by John Medina that speaks in a scientific way about the principles for surviving and thriving at work, home, and school. The principles are based on research and case studies at the intersect of neuroscience, psychology, and biology.
What I liked
The chapter about stress (principle #3) is my favorite. Maybe because I related to it as I was reading the book. The reason might be as well how real the chapter is and the approach that the author has taken to explain the body’s defense system and how we are wired to deal with short term and long term responses. I am quite convinced as well that the worst kind of individual stress is the feeling that we have no control over a problem. We would actually be helpless. The author also demonstrates the impact of stress on creativity and productivity.
What I liked less
All other 11 chapters were not consistently interesting. At time, I found the book to be boring, long, and repetitive. The reason may be external having read now many similar book. I found many of the theories very popular already and I wondered why another book?
The author’s value add lies in the why of all these theories made simple and accessible. I also discovered that this book comes with a film which is probably targeting those who learn better through multimedia. This is not a book I regret having read. However it is not a book that I necessarily recommend. Perhaps I recommend having it and reading the principles that one relates in a particular situation.
For the curious, the 12 principles the author details are around
Having read a number of similar books I surely recommend more these that I have already reviewed.
Who should read this book: Those interested in the brain
Why you should read this book: To understand the why of our behaviors and how to improve those
Book genre: Non-fiction, self-improvement, neuroscience
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