It has been demonstrated that the human brain can be rewired. Many studies and treatments have shown positive results in rewiring the brain, especially in the treatment of addictions and trauma. The Rewired Brain (Chilton, 2016) is a book about that, how to rewire the brain.
Chilton’s main idea is that rewiring the brain can be done thanks to the plasticity and flexibility of the human brain. It is presented as the organ where our emotions, thoughts, behavior, and everything related to these three aspects are generated.
The book is divided into three main sections. Part 1 (Reflect) deals with dual process reasoning (DPR). The author presents the concept of DPR and the importance of being aware of the implications of the DPR and how it is connected with the process of rewiring the brain. Part 2 (Reframe) focuses on how to balance our brain in order to find the equilibrium in our daily as well as in our behaviors. Part 3 (Rewire) is the practical section of the book. Through self-directed and self-explanatory exercises, the author introduces readers into a process of self-exploration in order to get to know ourselves a little bit better. Who am I?; Surrender; and Forgiveness and Freedom are the three chapters included in this final section.
Readers can have the initial idea that this book is a self-help book. I would say yes and no. Though the concepts and exercises included in this book are clear and well directed, the author recommends readers to seek for professional help if there are areas of struggle Chilton claims this book to be “a preliminary road map for the journey” (p. 213). Readers should not get the wrong idea that anyone can heal every traumatic experience or addition just by reading the book. That would be a wrong assumption.
One of the strengths this book offers is reflection questions. Both, part 1 and 2, offer reflection questions at the end of every chapter. These questions are omitted in part 3, as this section offers practical exercises.
Summarizing, this book is an excellent resource for professional counselors and those in helping professions such as pastors and church leaders, as this book can help them understand people and their behavior much better.
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