March 10, 2021

How to Change Bad Habits and Overcome Addiction

Our guest is Dr. Judson Brewer. He is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, and author of the new book “Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind.”


In this episode, we’re joined by Dr. Judson Brewer. He is a renowned psychiatrist and neuroscientist, and director of research and innovation at Brown University’s Mindfulness Center. We talk with him about his new book, Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind.  He shares why anxiety can become a ‘habit loop’ and offers ways to break it.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Simple ways to break a bad habit
  • How our habits influence anxiety
  • Why willpower isn’t enough
  • How to hack your brain’s reward system
  • Simple steps to overcome anxiety and addiction
  • How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear

Resources

Dr. Jud’s Website

Book: Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind 

Apps: Eat Right Now / Unwinding Anxiety / To Quit

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Dr. Judson Brewer

Addiction Psychiatrist

Dr. Judson Brewer is an internationally renowned addiction psychiatrist and neuroscientist. He is an associate professor in the School of Public Health, and Medical School at Brown University. His 2016 TED talk, "A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit," has been viewed over 14 million times. He has trained Olympic athletes and coaches, government ministers, and business leaders. His first book, The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits, was published in over 16 languages.