Capture : unraveling the mystery of mental suffering / David A. Kessler, MD.
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- ISBN: 9780062388513
- ISBN: 0062388517
- Physical Description: ix, 406 pages ; 24 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 
- Copyright: ©2016
|Bibliography, etc. Note:|| Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-387) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:|| A HUMAN MYSTERY. The terrible master ; Capture ; The nature of mental distress ; The search for a common mechanism -- THE HISTORICAL AND SCIENTIFIC CONTEXT OF CAPTURE. William James and attention ; Freud and drive ; The science underlying capture -- WHAT CAPTURES?. A continuum from the ordinary to mental illness ; Rejection ; A brutish father ; Drink ; Physical pain ; Childhood trauma ; Blind love ; Obscene fascination ; Gambling ; The body ; A work of art ; Death ; A threat ; Two addicts ; Control ; Sadness ; Grandeur ; Abandonment ; Going mad ; Accumulation of burdens ; A unified theory -- WHEN CAPTURE TURNS ON THE SELF. David Foster Wallace -- WHEN CAPTURE LEADS TO VIOLENCE. Striking out ; The assassination of Robert Kennedy ; The Columbine school shootings ; The murder of John Lennon ; The murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School ; A theory of human capital -- CAPTURE AND IDEOLOGY. The America I have seen ; The obligation of our time ; I'm going traveling ; @SlaveOfAllah -- CAPTURE AND SPIRITUALITY. Capture by the divine ; Paying attention ; Captured by a message ; The revelation of nature -- CAPTURE AND CHANGE. Martin Luther's "Anfechtungen" ; Meaningful association ; Moments of clarity ; A creative life ; Compelled to be different ; Being in the right place ; Distracting the black dog ; Belief ; "Good-bye to All That" ; Reconciliation and forgiveness ; A toolkit borrowed from Buddhism ; Is there freedom from capture? ; A modest form of autonomy.
|Summary, etc.:|| Why do we think, feel, and act in ways we wished we did not? For decades, Dr. David A Kessler has studied this question with regard to tobacco, food, and drugs. Over the course of these investigations, he identified one underlying mechanism common to a broad range of human suffering. This phenomenon--capture--is the process by which our attention is hijacked and our brains commandeered by forces outside our control. In this book, Dr. Kessler considers some of the most profound questions we face as human beings: What are the origins of mental afflictions, from everyday unhappiness to addiction and depression--and how are they connected? Where does healing and transcendence fit into this realm of emotional experience? Analyzing an array of insights from psychology, medicine, neuroscience, literature, philosophy, and theology, Dr. Kessler deconstructs centuries of thinking, examining the central role of capture in mental illness and questioning traditional labels that have obscured our understanding of it. With a new basis for understanding the phenomenon of capture, he explores the concept through the emotionally resonant stories of both well-known and unknown people caught in its throes. The closer we can come to fully comprehending the nature of capture, Dr. Kessler argues, the better the chance to alleviate its deleterious effects and successfully change our thinking and behaviors. Ultimately, Capture offers insight into how we form thoughts and emotions, manage trauma, and heal. For the first time, we can begin to understand the underpinnings not only of mental illness but also of our everyday worries and anxieties. Capture is an intimate and critical exploration of the most enduring human mystery of all: the mind.--Adapted from dust jacket.
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