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Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body

Lu par : Daniel Goleman
Durée : 9 h et 8 min
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Two New York Times best-selling authors unveil new research showing what meditation can really do for the brain. In the last 20 years, meditation and mindfulness have gone from being kind of cool to becoming an omnipresent Band-Aid for fixing everything from your weight to your relationship to your achievement level. Unveiling here the kind of cutting-edge research that has made them giants in their fields, Daniel Goleman and Richard J Davidson show us the truth about what meditation can really do for us, as well as exactly how to get the most out of it. Sweeping away common misconceptions and neuromythology to open listeners' eyes to the ways data has been distorted to sell mind-training methods, the authors demonstrate that beyond the pleasant states mental exercises can produce, the real payoffs are the lasting personality traits that can result. But short daily doses will not get us to the highest level of lasting positive change - even if we continue for years - without specific additions. More than sheer hours, we need smart practice, including crucial ingredients such as targeted feedback from a master teacher and a more spacious, less attached view of the self, all of which are missing in widespread versions of mind training. The authors also reveal the latest data from Davidson's own lab that point to a new methodology for developing a broader array of mind-training methods with larger implications for how we can derive the greatest benefits from the practice. Exciting, compelling, and grounded in new research, this is one of those rare books that has the power to change us at the deepest level.

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  • tom
  • 05/11/2018

Truly exceptional compilation of research.

Daniel happens to be a excellent narrator as well. A nice scientific approach for those close minded about the religious aspects of meditation like me.

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  • Bryce
  • 27/01/2018

Fascinating

Some of the most interesting research and anecdotes in the field of neuroscience today. Great book for the science minded meditator.

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  • Luanna Vieira Leite
  • 11/01/2018

Important information for meditation seekers

Good to know the proven benefits of meditation. I had a little difficulty in understanding the narrator before I started listening to the audio on a lower speed.

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  • Wade
  • 01/03/2019

Easily digestible

this book does an excellent job of reviewing the research done on meditation and its effects. it also speaks to the topic of what makes valid research. and how the scientific community has gotten away from it in some respects. I will admit the author's kind of go on tangents about there meditation experiences and retreats. but they make up for it with a focused in a nutshell summary at the end of each chapter. if you want to focus on the nuts and bolts just read the summaries.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 17/01/2019

Scientifically precise, but not so entertaining

The book does not present a story throughout, instead each chapter present scientific findings related to meditation and mindfullness. Although the science seems precise and convincing the presentation is dry and repetative, mentioning too many unnecessary details and I had a hard time listening to and paying attention to the content.

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  • E. A. Jacques
  • 14/12/2017

Couldn't Make it Past the Two Hour Mark

I have a standing rule that I will listen to any audio book I purchase until the end, no matter what. I have a few that are still queued up that I intent to finish at some point so I am true to myself. This one has been relegated to that queue. Over two hours into the book and so far, no substance what so ever. I do not see what people are getting from this book.

I practice meditation daily and am working to making living mindfully a way of life. I have purchased countless books on the subjects. Some of the top rated and some not so high up the list and every one has been far better than this book.

I had a hard time figuring out where the authors were going with this book. Just babbling about who traveled where and did what, some vague references to studies that were completed, and just plain dribble for two hours. I started skipping chapters to see if it was going to actually get-on-with-it. Nope. Same old stuff.

And to make matters worse, the narrator speaks like he is reading a kids book to a bunch of first graders. Not that it could have saved this book, but spend the money and get a professional narrator next time.

I would have given it one star in every category, but since I did not finish the book, I gave it two stars for story.

There are sooooo many better books out there on meditation and mindfulness. Do yourself a favor don't make this your first one on the topic and skip it if, like me, you have been studying for some time. Not worth the credit. I wish I could get a refund

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  • Robert Merlin
  • 22/09/2018

Good information

Kept my attention but the authors voice was hard to listen to. Normally I enjoy when the author reads their own work. But the story of meditation and the studies were so captivating that it was ok. Read this if you want to know about the science of meditation and not the fluff that we are being told is real. loved the wrap up at the end of each chapter.

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  • Tristan
  • 05/01/2019

Couldn't wade through it

It is strange that one of the authors is a journalist, because the writing does not flow. The stories feel like a distraction rather than something that pulls you in. I skipped forward a bit to try to get to the meat and then just gave up. Other reviewers are right that when the authors write about themselves in the 3rd person, it doesn't work. Instead of sounding personal and engaging, it sounds jarring. It'd be ok if it were for just a moment, but the whole book is written that way.

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  • lisa
  • 14/02/2019

infomercial stroke session

Actual information if present at all is buried so deep in this disjointed infomercial you can't get to it. The repeated "we're so great and we were beyond our time" makes this book tedious and unbearable. Who published this self- serving tripe? Don't waste your time. So disappointed.

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  • Joel C S
  • 23/02/2019

A Totally Understandable Summary of the Science

This excellent book provides a clear and comprehensive summary of what is know scientifically about the benefits of meditation and its effects on the human mind. If you are a practiced meditator; a scientifically interested person; a scientist working in the field of neurobiology and psychology looking for a summary overview of the field; or a person just interested in improving your mental health and considering meditation as an approach, this book is for you. As a working scientist and meditator myself, I loved this book and have recommended it to my nonscientific friends who have raved about it. A must read for any curious person.

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  • Marguerite Smoot
  • 19/12/2018

Great book! Scientific support for meditation.

the book of gives an exhaustive explanation of scientific research and methods and that part may tempt you to not listen to the rest of the audiobook, but it gives important insight into how meditation has been proven to be a benefit and how it can actually change your physical and mental traits. please listen to the whole audio and stick through the "boring" details.

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  • John T.
  • 08/06/2018

An inspiration to improve my practice

Yet another briliant piece from Daniel Goleman. I love that he goes into the details of the studies to show which were done correctly and which not. I think after this book no one can doubt the effect of meditation on the brain. The narator and author is excelent as always. He does a very good job of transmitting his own excitement and passion about the subject. Will definitely go to a meditation retreat after reading this.

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  • J. Wie.
  • 02/01/2018

Join the journey!

Life changing information on what the mind ist capable of when we venture onto that journey into meditation. Dan Goleman as one of the pioneers of bringing eastern practice together with western science speaks passionately about what that could mean for individuals, society and last but not least the survival of our species.

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  • Chad C. Muligan
  • 11/01/2020

Mindchangjng

I am convinced that one day I will look back at my life and consider Golemans book among those that have made the biggest impact on my life for the better.
In a way, this masterpiece of scientific journalism goes right to the core of our existence, the state of mind in which we experience presence, being and connection with others in the form of empathy.
The journey through which he takes the listener is adventurous, surprising and most importantly in a way and pace that allows one to understand the complex topic at hand, feel its importance and leave with an idea of what to do to implement some of the suggestions made into ones own life.
Besides a clear perspective and astonishing inside knowldege, Goleman is blessed with a golden voice. Whoever thought scientists are boring speakers is definetely disproved.

In a nutshell: The book for anyone interested in meditation and what we know about it, anyone strugling in life and trying to make a positive transition into more stability and connectedness.

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  • Roman Filipoiu
  • 20/11/2019

Oh my, this is absolute crap

I tried very hard, but was unable to finnish. this audiobook is absolute crap, has no real content and is absolutely NOT in line with its description.

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  • Simi
  • 16/07/2019

Fascinating!

Great summary of the current research about the effects of meditation on the mind! Most of the findings do not suprise me though, they reflect perfectly my inner experience about meditation. This makes the hole topic actually even more fascinating.

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  • Lelouch Killuah
  • 13/05/2019

Great book

This Book was quite long but great for learning about science an meditation. As someone who cares about both topics I really enjoyed it.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 21/03/2019

some interesting points but far too long

some interesting points on the recent findings on meditation, but overall by far too many details. speaker is hard to understand.

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  • Kashmira
  • 11/12/2017

very clear, seeped in science.. wonderful voice

very clear, seeped in science. The narrator's voice is absolutely wonderful. matches to the topic of mindfulness and science.