In The Trouble with Thinking (October 2010), Lauren describes how our habits of thinking don’t always help us. In this superbly written and surprisingly funny book, she shows how often we run on autopilot, making up negative stories about our lives and the people in them.
Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, she describes the way that our emotions, our judgments, our upbringing, even our biochemistry can affect us more than we would like. The decisions we make based on this “thinking” can lead to all kinds of unhappiness hurt feelings, antagonistic relationships, and serious mistakes.
By detailing the process of our automatic thinking, which she calls the Rat Brain Loop, Lauren shows how to change this unconscious pattern. For the truth is, we can make choices about how we interpret information, how we interact with people, and how we can own our thinking instead of letting it own us. She explains how to improve our intrapersonal intelligence, our own internal insights, in order to choose how we experience reality.
The implications for both business and home life are enormous. Full of extraordinary stories, this book and Lauren’s presentations enlighten anyone for whom human interaction deeply affects what they do.