The scientifically proven route to enriching and enhancing your state of mind.
Emma Young has no history of mental illness; just like everyone else, occasionally she gets down, anxious, and disproportionately stressed. Disappointed that her mind does not always deal well with the pressures of modern life, Emma decided to go on a mind-toning journey.
Is it possible to tone your mind just as you can tone your body so it becomes more resilient and better prepared to deal with what life throws at you?
By looking at some of the new tried and tested techniques, from meditation to mental preparation involved in extreme sports and military training, Emma has devised a programme that will help everyone achieve mental stability.
©2015 Emma young (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
This is a competent and interesting round-up of various different self-help and personal development techniques, with the focus on picking modalities which have been scientifically tested to have significant results. There's nothing particularly groundbreaking here, in terms of what the author tries out. If you've been doing your own self-help work, you've likely come across all the same stuff: stoicism, mindfulness, exercise, etc. But it's put together and narrated in an interesting and lively fashion.
I would have preferred a little more emphasis on what happened personally when she tried them out, and a little less on how "scientific" everything happens. The way it is sort of gives the impression that it all fell neatly into place, and I don't believe that is the case for anyone, but it's a reasonable authorial choice to not dwell too much on what didn't work. Just my personal preference.
What really spoiled this for me was the narrator. She does a good job when working in the voice of the author, but regularly she is called upon to speak the words of other experts in the book, and then usually this results in her doing a bad American accent. At best it's distracting, at worst, it's rather creepy. Witness the telephone calls with an American professor, which sound like something from a horror film when the psychopath rings up his prey to taunt them. *Shudder* It was the wrong choice for me to act out these lines in an accent, when reading them normally would have resulted in a far less jarring (and creepy) listening experience.
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