Switch on Your Brain

Caroline Leaf

Switch on Your Brain



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If you think that our genetic makeup is unchangeable and therefore our lot in life is already determined from day 1, you need to think again. Our biology does not determine our destiny, and our mind can have a truly huge impact on our brain and on our physical and mental health. Neuroscientist Caroline Leaf specialises in the power of thought and the impact of our choices. In her book Switch on Your Brain, she explains how our thoughts and choices affect us physically, mentally and emotionally. Her "brain detox plan", teaches readers how to destroy toxic thoughts and replace them with healthy ones, thereby effecting a positive change in the brain, which is actually malleable by nature, to attain unprecedented levels of happiness and mental health.

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Analysis and key concepts


Brain plasticity: our brain is not in a fixed state, it is constantly changing


Mind controls matter, not the other way around


Free will and responsibility: our destiny is not written in stone


The importance of thinking intentionally and staying focussed


The 21 day brain detox plan to destroy toxic thoughts and build healthy ones


The first two phases of brain detox: awareness and intentional thought


The final three stages of the brain detox plan: journal, replace, action step




Take-home message

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Many useful tips to:

  • Understand how your thoughts can influence your emotions.
  • Learn to shape your brain through the quality of your thoughts.
  • Learn to control your thoughts to live a healthier, happier life.

Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist who specialises in communication pathology, and cognitive and metacognitive neuropsychology. Since the early 1980’s, her research has focussed on the connection between the mind and the formation of memory. She is described as a pioneer in the field of neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain to adapt to environmental changes by forming new neural connections over time. Her work brings together the Sacred Scriptures and science, in an attempt to understand how they fit together. She has written several books including Think, Learn, Succeed, and Cleaning up Your Mental Mess. She lectures at neuroscience conferences and her “brain detox” method has been developed into an app, called Neurocycle.

Publishing house:

Baker Books