This is an excellent book, on several levels. Firstly the book begins by describing the two different thinking systems used by our brain, which Gardner calls ‘Head’ and ‘Gut’. He does so in a beautifully lucid and interesting way, linking it clearly to our evolution. His description is next-to-identical with the model we use in Cognitive Hypnotherapy – no wonder I liked it.
The second level is where he goes on, in fascinating detail, how the media, the pharmaceutical industry, the government and others, are all contributing to a global increase in our anxiety levels.
I used to think it was a deliberate ploy on their parts to maintain their grip on the populace – and to a degree I still think it is, but when I realised that the individuals involved are doing so as a result of the same mental processes they’re invoking in us, I started shouting at the book. Read it.