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  • Summary

  • Are you anxious and not sure why?

    If you answer yes, then that’s completely normal; you are human! Our brains aren’t evolved for the complexities and complications of modern life.

    So for his next trick, Derren Brown will reboot your brain, with the help of world-renowned experts. By drawing on wisdom and insights from modern psychology to ancient philosophy, Derren demonstrates how you can rise above your brain’s limitations and think yourself into a more fulfilling, less anxiety-ridden and perhaps happier life. 

    A 7digital production for Audible Original Podcasts.

    ©2022 Audible, Ltd (P)2022 Audible, Ltd
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  • Mar 3 2022

    As human beings, we often struggle to cope emotionally with the 21st Century environment we’ve created, which has severe consequences for our well-being. Derren diagnoses the problem and, with a little help from psychology and philosophy, helps us marry our ape brains and the modern world.

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    38 mins
  • Mar 3 2022

    How do you deal with difficult people?  

    Who we are as people is largely dictated by our relationships, so Derren and his expert guests reveal how psychological insights and philosophical wisdom can oil the wheels of social interaction.

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    36 mins
  • Mar 3 2022

    We have developed a huge capacity to worry about things over which we have no control. Derren examines the causes of our common worries and how we can overcome them to take control of our anxieties.

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    33 mins

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Great listen

I just love to listen to Derren Brown speak. He has a way of making you listen and appreciate the research that went into the production of what is presented, while making seemingly difficult topics appear accessible, like you're part of the conversation. Interesting topics and ones I'm sure to research more in my own time.

P. S. I also believe I am much smarter now than I was at the beginning of the podcast. Perhaps it's just an illusion... 😁

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a good time

was well researched.
entering and highly fun to listen too.
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Both helpful and a joy to listen to

This podcast is very well researched, narrated and produced - so a joy to listen to, and filled with helpful, practical nuggets of wisdom.

I really like Derren's style of explaining why we experience things the way that we do, and what to do about it, seasoned with dry humour.

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Derren Brown is wonderful

I find Derren very relaxing to listen to. like everything he does, he's out significant with into this series and it's entertaining and mildly thought provoking. recommended

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Brilliant Bootcamp!

thanks Derren for an interesting, educational and humorous series . More Bootcamps please.
A great series.

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Loved it

Just listening to Derren’s voice would be enough to clear the mind but so much sage advice too. Highly recommended.

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Never a disappointment from Derren brown.

I've followed Derren for much of his career and have read most of his paperback books. This book was equally as good.

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  • Ievab89
  • 09-03-2022

Delightful and insightful

This is an excellent collection of fairly simple yet practical advice for leading a better, more considered life. Derren's commitment to helping us plebians understand the complexities of human psychology echoes throughout his work, and these audio programs are a prime example of that. He points our attention to several common cognitive/behavioral pitfalls that many of us fall prey to, and guides us through navigating them more mindfully than we may have before. I can't think of a person that wouldn't benefit from giving this program their attention. Would highly recommend.

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  • Nick
  • 04-03-2022

Feels like this has a double meaning

I want to start by saying that I’ve always liked Derren’s work. I’ve seen him live a lot of times and I’ve read his books. That is why I listened to this but I was very disappointed with the content. It felt like a lot was being said but very little information was shared. Rather than explaining techniques to help, this felt like topics were glossed over but not really explained. This is a purely personal thing as well, I feel that derren is over the top with blowing his own trumpet in this. There is so much self applause mixed with an undertone of grandeur, that in a book helping with mental health, left a disgruntled feeling. I also felt that the french happiness, bitter taste in the mouth summed up what derren has seeded the whole series with and it just feels cheap and unneeded. Listen to the series and you’ll understand

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  • sxswlondon
  • 07-03-2022

As Alan Partridge might say, "Audio gollllld!"

I listened to DB's previous Audible podcast, Derren Brown's Boot Camp for the Brain, and while I enjoyed it, I had no real desire to go back and give it a second listen. I'm already on my second listen of this one, however, and plan to give it a third listen and make some notes.

I'll admit now that I'm a massive DB fan. Add to this the fact that he references Oliver Burkeman, author of the life changing must-read '4,000 Weeks' and speaks to another of my favourite thinkers and social commentators, the brilliant Sam Harris, and really, for me anyway, this is unmissable stuff. I just read a review that said that although they'd enjoyed this, they felt that DB was 'a bit too full of himself'. Okay, let me add this: the icing on the cake of this gem is DB's *very obviously* self deprecating humour. I have laughed out loud at this on several occasions (the comment about the orangery and the pool cover...) and find it unbelievable that anyone could seriously begin to think that he is being anything other than hilariously ironic. The fact that DB has the gift of being able to deliver his witty asides in such a wry, off the cuff way just adds to the inherent listenability of this. Oh, and the Anglicised language and pronunciation is an absolute breath of fresh air in these default-Americanised times. He says 'lee-verage'! He says '@rsehole'! Infact, the utter disdain with which he spits out the word '@sshole' is deeply enjoyable.

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Contrary to another piece criticism I've read, this series DOES very clearly offer solutions to the problems it identifies, recommending approaches like taking a Stoical or a mindful approach to worrying and catastrophising, and suggesting Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as a way to tackle anxiety disorder, amongst other things. Presumably these dissatisfied reviewers want some kind of tailored therapy plan to feel that they've got their money's worth from this free series? Maybe it should come with a warning (in addition to the increasingly amusing ones about The Language) that makes it clear that *some actual further research* may be necessary? Sigh.

Anyway, you'll have gathered that I enjoyed this: along with the aforementioned '4,000 Weeks' by Oliver Burkeman (some of the themes of which this explores further), I'm feeling that 2022 has already offered up two genuinely essential tools for getting through this thing called life without going completely mad or stabbing anyone in the throat.

Give that man a gong for services to humankind right now.

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  • "the_gentleman_of_the_bush"
  • 11-03-2022

REALLY Good

I've never been a particular fan of Derren Brown, not into magic and I don't like illusionists (smug buggers). But this - and his last series - is excellent.

He's easy on the ear, insightful, and I've enjoyed every minute. It even sent me off on a few new avenues to research.

Do yourself a favour and listen to it.

I still don't like magic though!

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  • Coops
  • 06-03-2022

Remarkable

Absolutely amazing. So insightful. The intelligence behind all this really leaves you questioning your behaviours and helps you to understand so much about yourself.

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  • emma
  • 08-03-2022

To be continued

Does anybody know of the song played at 29minutes on the second episode. This is as far as I have got so it would be unfair of me to make a judgment at this point but if anybody knows the song… because it’s eating me up inside then that would be great. Thanks

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  • 16-03-2022

Not much new here

I really enjoyed Boot Camp For Your Brain, but this I feel has fallen way short. It's like someone had a great idea to present ideas and information about the mind and brain (the earlier podcast) which was fabulous - but then became successful enough that now there was a need to try and come up with another reason to do a second podcast, although all the really interesting stuff was done in the first one.
As a result I didn't think this podcast has anything new to offer, and a lot of the ideas and topics were bland and not all that interesting. And because of the more typical subject matter, it came across as much more 'self helpy', which I didn't enjoy at all.
I haven't read all the reviews, obviously, but I'm surprised that none I've read so far have mentioned the awful sound quality in this podcast too. Most of Derren's voice over is muffled, and this didn't make it any more enjoyable to listen to.
Some parts that touched upon ideas from the earlier podcast were, to me, the only good bits. So I'm afraid I can't recommend this one at all, you won't miss anything by not listening to it, but do listen to Boot Camp For Your Brain instead.

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  • d t
  • 13-03-2022

Fun, useful, interesting.

This is a witty, erudite and palatable rendition of some of the points made in his book “Happy,” which if you enjoy this presentation you will enjoy too.
The book has more meat to it and no music and so on, but it’s a description of practical applications of the Stoic philosophy, which I’m persuaded is a lot more useful than most other self help books.
It contains very British humour, so I hope it’s not too mashed by US reviewers as a consequence ;)
Will listen again.

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