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Why We Snap : Understanding the Rage Circuit in Your Brain (Hardcover) (Ph.D. R. Douglas Fields)

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The startling new science behind sudden acts of violence committed by ordinary, sane people from a leading neurobiologistAccording to R. Douglas Fields, PhD, we all have a rage circuit we can’t fully control once it is engaged. The daily headlines are filled with examples of otherwise rational people with no history of violence or mental illness suddenly snapping in a domestic dispute, barroom brawl, or road rage attack. We all wish to believe that we are in control of our actions, but the fact is, in certain circumstances we are not. Something in our environment can unexpectedly unleash an automatic and complex rage response.Dr. Fields is an internationally recognized neurobiologist and authority on the brain and the cellular mechanisms of memory. He has spent years trying to understand the biological basis of rage and anomalous violence, and he has concluded that our culture’s understanding of the problem is based on an erroneous assumption: that rage attacks are the product of morally or mentally defective individuals, rather than a capacity that we all possess. The sad truth is that the right trigger in the right circumstance can unleash a fit of rage in almost anyone. And as Dr. Fields reveals and details for the first time, there are preciselynine triggers.Fields shows that violent behavior is the result of the clash between our evolutionary hardwiring and triggers in our contemporary world. Our personal space is more crowded than ever, we get less sleep, and we just aren't as fit as our ancestors. We need to understand how the hardwiring works and how to recognize the nine triggers. With a totally new perspective, engaging narrative, and practical advice,Why We Snap uncovers the biological roots of the rage response and how we can protect ourselvesand others.
The startling new science behind sudden acts of violence committed by ordinary, sane people from a leading neurobiologist

According to R. Douglas Fields, PhD, we all have a rage circuit we can?t fully control once it is engaged. The daily headlines are filled with examples of otherwise rational people with no history of violence or mental illness suddenly snapping in a domestic dispute, barroom brawl, or road rage attack. We all wish to believe that we are in control of our actions, but the fact is, in certain circumstances we are not. Something in our environment can unexpectedly unleash an automatic and complex rage response.

Dr. Fields is an internationally recognized neurobiologist and authority on the brain and the cellular mechanisms of memory. He has spent years trying to understand the biological basis of rage and anomalous violence, and he has concluded that our culture?s understanding of the problem is based on an erroneous assumption: that rage attacks are the product of morally or mentally defective individuals, rather than a capacity that we all possess. The sad truth is that the right trigger in the right circumstance can unleash a fit of rage in almost anyone. And as Dr. Fields reveals and details for the first time, there are preciselynine triggers.

Fields shows that violent behavior is the result of the clash between our evolutionary hardwiring and triggers in our contemporary world. Our personal space is more crowded than ever, we get less sleep, and we just aren't as fit as our ancestors. We need to understand how the hardwiring works and how to recognize the nine triggers. With a totally new perspective, engaging narrative, and practical advice,Why We Snap uncovers the biological roots of the rage response and how we can protect ourselvesand others.
Number of Pages: 408
Genre: Science, Social Science
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Author: Ph.D. R. Douglas Fields
Language: English
Street Date: January 12, 2016
TCIN: 46776098
UPC: 9780525954835
Item Number (DPCI): 247-52-0649
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Presents new research on the neuroscience of aggression. Engaging reading. Many interviews and stories. An important and timely subject. Helpful information for understanding and controlling rage.see moreof the reviewer's review
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