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Here is a list of 5 Books helping you master the mind. From mindfulness to neuroplasticity there is now a huge array of science and ancient techniques for us to utilize in our day to day lives. Please check out our books section for an array of other must reads and also Powerful Books that instantly shift perspective on life. So dive in and start learning how to master your mind!

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1. The Brain That Changes Itself

Have you heard of neuroplasticity? It is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is in unalterable, hard wired and hard to change. This book will demonstrate how our brains can rewire from experience and repetition allowing us to overcome many mental limitations. The book has fascinating stories from people who have overcome major illness or mental challenges such as a women with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, ageing brains rejuvenated, children with cerebral palsy learning to move more efficiently and disorders such as depression and anxiety successfully treated. Our brain has the ability to change through learning, experiences and thoughts. The discoveries and experiments depicted in this book will change the way you view the brain and impact the way you live.

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2. Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow discusses the two decision making systems in our brains. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional, System 2 on the other hand is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. This book demonstrates the capabilities – and the biases and faults – of fast thinking. It also reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior. It influences whether or not we take risks or our visualization of the future in our lives, understanding the two systems can help shape our judgements and decisions.

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3. The Social Animal

As the population increases on our planet we are forever part of a growing society and increasing social circles. This book looks into the patterns and motives of diverse human behavior from; conformity, terrorism, politics, obedience, race relations, war, advertising, interpersonal attractions, religion and cults. Aronson’s life work is dedicated to understanding how we think, how we behave, what makes us aggressive and what makes us loving. This book encapsulates this, the good and the bad, nearly all of which is based on landmark scientific research from all over the world.

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4. Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Most of you who read our site may be familiar with the term ‘be present’ and what state of mind that insists of, if not then take a look at the observing thought article. In our day to day lives we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available to us each and every moment. Thich Nhat Hanh who is a well known zen master, spiritual leader and author, shows us how to create positivity out of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. Mindfulness will be covered in nearly all of these books in this list, but this book will emphasize it’s importance in day to day life and the seemingly mundane. Profound satisfactions, feelings of joy and completeness can be found in the next aware breath and the next smile in which you make.

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5. Super Brain: Unleashing the explosive power of your mind to maximize health, happiness and spiritual well-being

Deepak Chopra, always at the forefront of controversy teamed up with Rudolph E. Tanzi, one of the leading experts on Alzheimer’s Disease for this book. They suggest the notion that we can all take our brains way beyond ‘baseline’ to achieve way more than present limitations suggest. From scientific research to spiritual insights, they discuss 5 myths that limit your potential and show you how to break away from them in order to unleash your potential. Chopra and Tanzi discuss how the brain can heal itself, reshape and rewire, allowing us to utilize these properties we can now work towards the next step in evolution in the not so distant future.

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