Book Review: "Magnificent Mind at Any Age: Natural Ways to Unleash Your Brain's Maximum Potential" by Daniel G. Amen

Magnificent Mind at Any Age: Natural Ways to Unleash Your Brain's Maximum PotentialMagnificent Mind at Any Age: Natural Ways to Unleash Your Brain's Maximum Potential by Daniel G. Amen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First, my disclaimers:

1. I did not read the entire book cover to cover. I used this book as a reference book to look up information.

2. I really give the book three and a half stars, but I'm not sure how to show that on GoodReads.

A few months ago, I read an article on line about ANTS - automatic negative thoughts - and how they plague (mostly) women. As I read the article, I saw myself, my friends, and my family in the descriptions of how these ANTS infect the brain with negativity and self-doubt.

So I began to research the phenomena, and stumbled across this book while looking for a different book. "Magnificent Mind at Any Age" shows how the physical structures of the brain reflect our lives in terms of damage, and how that damage in turn effects our lives. By breaking this circle of negative reinforcement, we can make our lives better.

As one of the ways to improve your thinking, the author discusses ANTS and how to deal with them. But he also covers lots of other areas in which a person can improve their brain.

I only gave the book three and a half stars because I cannot justify a higher score without reading more of the book. And because what I read leaves me with the nagging suspicious that the author somehow gets a kickback from people who sell fish oil supplements.

But if you are looking to improve your mind and are willing to take fish oil pills, then this is definitely the book for you.

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  1. Hey! Did Blogger eat my comment?

    I think I said something about taking fish oil pills for my eyes instead of for my brain because our eye doctor told us to.

    Then I mention this book I read called The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain. I loved the author's other book, The Primal Teen, and this book is equally good. While it is a little bit pop-science (most people can't handle the hard science anyway or they'd be reading Scientific American instead of this book), she cites a lot of up-to-date (at time of printing anyway) scientific research as well as interesting interviews with those researchers whose writings she cites. I also love Barbara Strauch's style of writing: she's a good journalist with a highly readable style.

    1. Yes, I think that Blogger ate your first comment. I know because I received an email about it, but then it wasn't here.

      I think I will look up the books you mention, because they sound interesting. I'll let you know what I think.

    2. Drives me crazy when I spend several minutes composing a reply and it gets eaten. :P Oh well, I'd spelled Strauch's name wrong the first time anyway. LOL!


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