David DiSalvo's newest book, Brain Changer, is now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other major booksellers.
"David DiSalvo takes us on a whistle-stop tour of our mind's delusions. No aspect of daily life is left untouched: whether he is exploring job interviews, first dates or the perils of eBay, DiSalvo will change the way you think about thinking...an enjoyable manual to your psyche that may change your life."
“The expression ‘knowledge is power’ has never been more appropriate. Mr. DiSalvo takes the mystery out of our daily self-sabotage. Using science and psychology he leads us into awareness and provides us action steps to make our lives better.”
Science and technology journalist DiSalvo (What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite) suggests that in order to effect change, we need to think about thinking. Metacognition, the author notes, is “the most potent internal influence we have to... improve the outcomes of our brain’s constellation of feedback loops.” The “Theory of Mind” allows for self-awareness, awareness of other’s mindsets, and awareness of the awareness of others. In this “think different” primer, the author not only describes how to “detach” from immediate thoughts and exert conscious control on our thinking, but presents readers with a “thought box” that includes tactics for doing so. DiSalvo describes a series of steps to help the reader assess thought patterns and employ methods to retrain the brain, and understand the feedback loops of the brain to engage conscious control over our emotions. This book will help the reader learn to stop or postpone thoughts that aren’t wanted, consider the basic physical conditions needed for better cognition, and consider personal achievements and effects on others. DiSalvo suggests that by retraining the brain, our thoughts may take us somewhere more satisfying than where we are.
What others are saying:
“David DiSalvo will change the way you think about your own thinking, and in the process provide you with practical tools for keeping life’s challenges in perspective.”
With engaging prose and compelling stories, DiSalvo provides a fast-paced overview of mental shortcuts and foibles that make us happy in the short-term, often to our long-term detriment."
— Daniel Simons, author of The Invisible Gorilla, and Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us
“This book is the Swiss Army knife of psychology and neuroscience research—handy, practical, and very, very useful. It boils down the latest findings into simple easy-to-understand lessons you can apply to your daily life.”
—Joe Hallinan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Why We Make Mistakes