- By Andrew B. Newberg Mark Robert Waldman

Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy

  • Title: Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy
  • Author: Andrew B. Newberg Mark Robert Waldman
  • ISBN: 9781594630903
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Words Can Change Your Brain Conversation Strategies to Build Trust Resolve Conflict and Increase Intimacy Introducing a new strategy that changes the brain to enhance any conversation In their groundbreaking research prominent neuroscientist Andrew Newberg M D working with Mark Robert Waldman has disco

    Introducing a new strategy that changes the brain to enhance any conversation In their groundbreaking research, prominent neuroscientist Andrew Newberg, M.D working with Mark Robert Waldman, has discovered a valuable strategy called Compassionate Communication In twelve clear steps it allows us to create a special bond with whomever we are speaking, a bond that alignsIntroducing a new strategy that changes the brain to enhance any conversation In their groundbreaking research, prominent neuroscientist Andrew Newberg, M.D working with Mark Robert Waldman, has discovered a valuable strategy called Compassionate Communication In twelve clear steps it allows us to create a special bond with whomever we are speaking, a bond that aligns our brains to work together as one In this unique state free from conflict and distrust we can communicate effectively, listen deeply, collaborate without effort, and succeed quickly at any task Using data collected from MBA students, couples in therapy, and caregivers, Newberg and Waldman have seen again and again that Compassionate Communication repositions a difficult conversation for a satisfying conclusion Whether you are negotiating with your boss or your employees, arguing with your spouse, or coping with your kids, Compassionate Communication is a simple and unbeatable way to achieve a winwin dialogue to help you reach your goals.

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    1. Compassionate communication gurus explain the wonderful effects of postive communing in relationships and business. 12 steps will get you there, provided you want to go. If I say negative things people will be less likely to hear me, so I don't want to say anything critical of what is really a very unnecessary book.

    2. This information was good, but this book could have been m-u-c-h s-h-o-r-t-e-r. The basic premise is that how you converse and listen to people can affect the depth of trust and communication that you obtain in your relationships, be they at home or work. The main strategies are to speak slowly, speak briefly, pause for the other person to respond often, and listen 'deeply'. Now, I've saved you the trouble of reading this. You're welcome.

    3. I really am glad I took this out of the library. The author basically spent the first two chapters on a sales pitch as to why you should read the book! I couldn't finish it the book because he started to talk about microexpresions which is not HIS information. That is research done by Paul Eckman, explained in Telling Lies. He claims you really don't want to use any negative words with people because of the effect it might have. Well excuse me but how would we ever correct anything. Excuse my ne [...]

    4. I listened to this audiobook on a trip a week ago, and I’m afraid that not a whole lot sank in. The key practice I remember is to slow down your conversation, even to ridiculous levels of slowness like one word every few seconds, when you are discussing difficult issues. That is, if you can get your conversation partner to agree. The author walks through a few examples of the use of this technique, which were quite time-consuming on the audiobook. I can see where the extra time allows for the [...]

    5. Jedi Mind Tricks! Easy read, though I have to admit I didn't do the exercises and skimmed the last 50 pages. Some great insights into thinking about HOW you communicate, how you affect the people in your life and how you can have more successful, constructive interactions in your personal and business lives. Also, useful for thinking about core values and staying true to them in your day-to-day conversations and decision making. Would be constructive for anyone who might feel like they are strug [...]

    6. Good parts - application of very recent studies by neuroscientists and business scholars to interpersonal communication, using personal values and strengths to make job decisions and cut down on stress, Not anything new parts - active listening repackaged as 'compassionate communication,' progressive relaxation repackaged as 'compassionate communication,' and meditation repackaged as 'compassionate communication.'That said, it wasn't a bad read, and it never hurts to be reminded of these core co [...]

    7. I had very mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it had some very good ideas, such as: speaking more slowly, ensuring that you are relaxed and positive prior to engaging in a discussion, and most importantly for me: speaking briefly. There were certainly portions that I would like to try out. There were also numerous studies quoted about the power of words and how we say things. On the other hand, it was very proscriptive with its '12-step program'.

    8. This one didn't click for me so much. It reduces down to the usual how-to's of these kinds of books:1. Practice mindfulness.2. Focus on gratitude and positivity.3. Genuinely listen to other people.But I think there are better presentations of this same basic subject matter, like "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk."

    9. The book has some very good ideas, but I found it hard to read because at some point I was getting bored. There aren't many examples in the book and the ideas aren't very well revealed.

    10. Listened to this book: questionable title; BLUF: breath deep; think about what you say.riously?!? (thanks, genius) + too much salesmanship for the 'how-to' follow up training.

    11. Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy "That title like sounds like pretty high falutin' promises," is the way the woman who raised me might have phrased it. And now, as then, she would probably be right. I must admit that the initial claims of potential benefits outlined in this book reminded me of the pitch for Transcendental Meditation, how it and the Maharishi were going to make the world a nicer place way back when. Bu [...]

    12. from the library / get text againalso unabridged on CD, in line again 7/14 I've been putting this off It is hard work.Table of Contents Authors' Note viiPart 1 The Evidence: The Neuroscience of Communication, Consciousness, Cooperation, and TrustChapter 1 A New Way to Converse3 (20)Chapter 2 The Power of Words23 (16)Chapter 3 The Many Languages of the Brain39 (14)Chapter 4 The Language of Consciousness53 (24)Chapter 5 The Language of Cooperation77 (10)Chapter 6 The Language of Trust87 (16)Part 2 [...]

    13. (1) Don't underestimate the importance of warmth in talking with others. (2) Talking about either positive or negative subjects has an immediate impact on the people around us.

    14. The material presented in this book is very interesting; I listened to the audio book format and must confess if it weren't because I was listening to it on my commute to work I would probably never have finished it. I am glad I pushed through, because halfway (or towards the end of the book) I find out (spoiler alert) that studies have shown that when you speak slowly and using a monotone voice, the message is carried across "neutrally" and won't feel "aggressive". WOW! That explained why the b [...]

    15. I read Words can change your brain, in exchange for review from NetGalley. The book was written by Andrew B. Newberg and Mark Robert Walman. The book discusses how communication can build trust, resolve conflict, and increase intimacy. People need to chose their words carefully, listen, and observe non verbal body cues. The right words (or wrong ones) can affect stress levels (physical and emotional), behavior, meaning, tangible benefits, and intangible beneifts. The book also discusses the 12 s [...]

    16. I didn't finish this book, but as of yet, it appears that GoodReads doesn't have an "I gave up because this book is terrible" option. I really wanted this book to deliver on its promises. I'm about to embark on a marriage and being able to "resolve conflict" (think fighting about who has to do dishes, and visiting in-laws) and "increase intimacy" (now that we're stuck together for life), seemed pretty important in figuring out and investing in. The book starts out cocky-- which would have been c [...]

    17. The techniques this book tries to explain, illustrate, and give the reader/listener are worth enduring the book, but I thought could have been offered in a more succinct and potent form. First, he argues there are twelve things the reader must keep in mind to realize the value of the techniques. Most cognitive scientists agree that four to seven is the most effective range in which to present one's main ideas. Maybe if I had received these ideas in a class, I would be more impressed with their v [...]

    18. Pretty mediocre. Slow writing pace and frequent typos. The conclusions were mostly obvious. The interesting part to me was quantifying positivity. Apparently someone with 3:1 positive to negative thought ratio (3x more positive thoughts) is often clinically depressed, happy people have 5:1 ratio or better. Also apparently writing down positive feelings leads to long-term lasting improvement.

    19. I was really interested in the premise of this book, and I think there is some good research in this field, but I felt the authors spent the majority of the book telling me how much people liked their methods, and not enough actually telling about the methods. I lost track of all the executives, etc. who were prominently listed in the book, and it basically killed my interest. A few blurbs and some name dropping is fine, but don't make it most of the book.

    20. Pretty good. Sometimes I think he is a little too optimistic or trusting in using "nice," or "happy" words. I don't doubt the reflective compassionate communication steps before entering into a volatile situation though. They have worked for me in the past and continue to help me communicate more calmly and effectively

    21. Great content. I like the concept of compassionate conversation.It started to be a bit lengthy and repetitive towards the end. I would have put last couple of chapters into appendix. But overall a very good book worth reading!

    22. I just finished the most recent version. A good overview of neuroscience & validation of ideas that have been around for 2,600 years. A thorough read for those of us entering the dialogue of Compassionate Conversation.

    23. Didn't finish it, but mostly b/c I wasn't in the mood for the content. It was done well enough. Maybe I'll read it later, but not sure that it's worth it. Didn't offer me anything I hadn't already learned in college/grad school.

    24. good for meditation exercise, it is some how a combination between a scientific book and a self help book. it is translated in arabic under name: الكلمات وتأثيرها على العقلIn the audio of this book, it explain the exercises inside the book.i read and heard the book .

    25. Provides foundations for a deep conversation. The authors state their goal, provide a method, and convince with evidence. Changed the way I think about communicating, and hopefully will change the way I communicate.

    26. Good ideas that will undoubtedly impact my life, however it could have been condensed into half the length.

    27. This book is outstanding. I'm practicing brevity, breathing, and pauses and I'm already seeing a shift on my conversations. This is a MUST read.

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