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In Sane New World, author Ruby Wax explains how we can better handle the stress of the modern world, pressures our brains just aren’t naturally equipped to handle. She outlines concrete steps you can take to curb anxiety, depression and fear and lead a happier life. With dedication, you will learn how to “rewire” your brain, replacing destructive habits with healthier ones.

  • Anyone dealing with stress, anxiety or depression
  • Anyone looking to lead a healthier life
  • Anyone interested in achieving inner peace

Ruby Wax is an actress, screenwriter and comedian. A depression sufferer herself, Wax initially studied mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and other psychotherapeutic practices for her own benefit, and now brings the success of her studies to others.

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Sane New World

Taming the Mind

By Ruby Wax
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Sane New World: Taming the Mind by Ruby Wax
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In Sane New World, author Ruby Wax explains how we can better handle the stress of the modern world, pressures our brains just aren’t naturally equipped to handle. She outlines concrete steps you can take to curb anxiety, depression and fear and lead a happier life. With dedication, you will learn how to “rewire” your brain, replacing destructive habits with healthier ones.

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A lack of satisfaction, whether at work or at home, leads us to feel unhappy.

When was the last time you felt insecure, or envious? It probably wasn’t too long ago. We all suffer from negative thoughts, inspired by a variety of reasons.

That inner voice that tells you you've done something wrong developed when you were a child. When we're young, parents and teachers tell us what to do and what not to do. While important as we’re growing up, this guidance often morphs into a voice that make us insecure and unhappy.

This critical voice doesn't like change, and doesn't want to deal with new, unpredictable situations.

Imagine you're at a party. You might only speak to people you already know, as your inner voice is telling you that if you talk to a stranger, they might not like you.

Here's the problem: if you're unhappy with your life, your inner voice may be preventing you from taking steps to change it.

When we're unhappy, it's often because we're constantly wanting something yet we're never satisfied when we get it. We may feel temporary happiness, but the moment passes quickly.

Some people deal with this permanent state of dissatisfaction by keeping themselves busy with unhealthy behaviors, so they don't have to think about what they really want in life.

You might want to be a team leader in your company, for example. If you get a promotion, however, you'll initially be happy about your new status and increased income. Eventually, however, you might feel burdened by the increased workload and responsibility.

So you may just try to keep busy with your new job, even if you don't enjoy it. Gradually you’ll get burned out, and then feel even unhappier.

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