Reviews of the best books and articles in the field of mindset architecture

good reads

This Good Reads section highlights research material published by authors who can enhance your understanding of key mindset architecture issues. In particular, this section highlights books and articles published by philosophers, social scientists, and practitioners who are investigating our bodies’, brains’, and minds’ neurobiological structures. Moreover, this section highlights books and articles published by authors who explain and analyze the developmental aspects of this neurophysiological hardwiring. Featured material will also examine work published by practitioners writing about the unique mindsets that characterize particular groups of people, especially today's leaders, learners, and organizational change agents. Finally, this section will review books and articles that examine the ideas of practitioners writing about the ways we can support individual human beings develop their habitual modes of thinking and habits of mind.

Changing Consciousness
David Bohm & Mark Edwards

In Changing Consciousness: Exploring the Hidden Source of the Social, Political and Environmental Crises Facing our World, physicist and philosopher David Bohm shows how people need to adopt a new level of thinking in order to solve the crises now facing the planet. In this book, Bohm’s thesis is presented in dialogue form, accompanied by Mark Edwards’ photo essay. Through the examination of a totality or whole system, Bohm suggests that we may learn more than by examining its parts. Changing Consciousness consists of two sections: a photo essay and an exploration in dialogue form of the deeper causes of why civilization, human life, and the planet itself are threatened by technological development, while at the same time new possibilities for living creatively and productively are emerging. The photographs provide the reader with a direct, non-verbal expression of the problems brought about by our patterns of daily living, and the fundamental similarity of human beings everywhere regardless of their technological level. This photo/essay is followed by Bohm's probing of the underlying cause of the crises, which is a basic and pervasive lack of harmony between the intellect and the emotions. Human beings are out of balance according to Bohm, and the way out is through a radical re-examination of our levels of consciousness and our meaning making processes.

Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D. & Sharon Begley
The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force

The Mind and the Brain is a groundbreaking work of science that confirms the possibilities for human control over the workings of the brain. Conventional science has long held the position that 'the mind' is merely an illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain. Now in paperback, Dr Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley argue exactly the opposite; the mind has a life of its own. Dr Schwartz, a leading researcher in brain dysfunctions, and Wall Street Journal science columnist Sharon Begley demonstrate that the human mind is an independent entity that can shape and control the functioning of the physical brain. Their work has its basis in our emerging understanding of adult neuroplasticity, which is a term that suggests the brain's ability to be consciously rewired, not just in childhood, but throughout life, a trait only recently established by neuroscientists. 

Through decades of work treating patients with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Schwartz made an extraordinary finding: while following the therapy he developed, his patients were effecting significant and lasting changes in their own neural pathways. It was a scientific first: by actively focusing their attention away from negative behaviors and toward more positive ones, Schwartz's patients were using their minds to reshape their brains; and discovering a thrilling new dimension to the concept of neuroplasticity. When Schwartz’s discoveries are transferred into the field of adult development, and adults who are interested in expanding and strengthening their own orders of consciousness learn about it’s potential, self-directed neuroplasticity becomes a real possibility.

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