This book was a very pleasant surprise to me for several reasons. I hadn’t thought of changing neural pathways to have better relationships. Who woulda thought it? And I didn’t think reading about it could be a great experience. Neural pathways? Neuroplasticity? Reading about neural-anything sounds as exciting as watching paint dry unless you’re a doctor, scientist, etc. I was wrong, wrong, wrong. And, yes, it is possible to rewire your brain.
While there are some technical terms that have to be navigated, Banks doesn’t let you drown in them. She gives you the technical information and then shares with you, in practical terms, what it means to you. It is down to earth. The bottom line is (according to the publicity on the book) “Research shows that people cannot reach their full potential unless they are in healthy connection with others.”
Dr. Amy Banks tells us what happens in our brains with and without those healthy relationships and gives us some solid information on how to change your brain in ways that enhance your relationships. Everything here is win-win: enhanced relationships enhance your brain which in turn enhances your relationships which in turn . . . you get it.
Dr. Banks hit a wonderful balance of “keeping it real” in terms of understanding and yet not “talking down” to the reader. You will learn about a CARE plan to help you create relationships that are vehicles for our health and healing. You will learn the three rules of brain change and the nine steps to a physically healthy brain. That is worth the price for this book. Really.
Who should read this book? As starters, anyone wo has a challenge in establishing and maintaining a healthy, happy relationship with another person. But each of us can benefit from the information in this book that gives us clear information about how to improve our brain health. How can you beat having stronger relationships and a healthier brain? Sounds like a great combination to me.