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Most of us want to change something about ourselves. It might be our response to stress, our weight, patterns in our relationships or our performance at work. Change is hard, and it’s emotional, but it’s not as impossible as you think… In this groundbreaking book, neuroscientist and behavioural coach Dr. Gabija Toleikyte gets straight to the heart of why we form certain hab Most of us want to change something about ourselves. It might be our response to stress, our weight, patterns in our relationships or our performance at work. Change is hard, and it’s emotional, but it’s not as impossible as you think… In this groundbreaking book, neuroscientist and behavioural coach Dr. Gabija Toleikyte gets straight to the heart of why we form certain habits and behaviours and shows how we can realistically stop ourselves from repeating the same mistakes. Gabija takes us on an eye-opening journey through the extraordinary human brain, exploring how it deals with the everyday challenges that face us all. With relatable case studies and practical strategies and tools, Gabija demonstrates in this expertly researched book how you can rethink change, including: Why you shouldn’t suddenly stop bad habits. How you can take control of your emotions. Simple ways to improve your productivity at work. How you can become a better communicator and decision-maker. The secret to strengthening your relationships. How to look after your brain health and why it’s so important. This transformative, inspiring and empowering book will help you get unstuck and guide you through every step in achieving meaningful, lasting change in every aspect of your life.


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Most of us want to change something about ourselves. It might be our response to stress, our weight, patterns in our relationships or our performance at work. Change is hard, and it’s emotional, but it’s not as impossible as you think… In this groundbreaking book, neuroscientist and behavioural coach Dr. Gabija Toleikyte gets straight to the heart of why we form certain hab Most of us want to change something about ourselves. It might be our response to stress, our weight, patterns in our relationships or our performance at work. Change is hard, and it’s emotional, but it’s not as impossible as you think… In this groundbreaking book, neuroscientist and behavioural coach Dr. Gabija Toleikyte gets straight to the heart of why we form certain habits and behaviours and shows how we can realistically stop ourselves from repeating the same mistakes. Gabija takes us on an eye-opening journey through the extraordinary human brain, exploring how it deals with the everyday challenges that face us all. With relatable case studies and practical strategies and tools, Gabija demonstrates in this expertly researched book how you can rethink change, including: Why you shouldn’t suddenly stop bad habits. How you can take control of your emotions. Simple ways to improve your productivity at work. How you can become a better communicator and decision-maker. The secret to strengthening your relationships. How to look after your brain health and why it’s so important. This transformative, inspiring and empowering book will help you get unstuck and guide you through every step in achieving meaningful, lasting change in every aspect of your life.

30 review for Why the F*ck Can't I Change?

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    This book might well have been written for me. The title certainly reflects a question I always end up asking myself. Half the time it seems like I fail to stick to my new habits without any conscious decision not to- choices made on autopilot or under the emotional pressure of a really shitty day. I'm not one for self-help books usually, but I wanted to see if this tell me why I find it so difficult to change even smallest things. Dr. Toleikyte's book offers a scientific and powerfully explanat This book might well have been written for me. The title certainly reflects a question I always end up asking myself. Half the time it seems like I fail to stick to my new habits without any conscious decision not to- choices made on autopilot or under the emotional pressure of a really shitty day. I'm not one for self-help books usually, but I wanted to see if this tell me why I find it so difficult to change even smallest things. Dr. Toleikyte's book offers a scientific and powerfully explanatory basis for thinking about why we do the things we do. While not all of it will be relevant to every reader at the point they pick it up, the first section on personality, habits, and emotions has general applicability. Within that section are practical ways of identifying your real 'self' amongst all the fake versions we present to ourselves and to others. I could see immediately how well these tasks could work, so much so that it made me not want to do them. Trying to truly understand yourself is a terrifying thing- you might not like what you find. But the principle of this book is that you have to clear away all the noise, all the bullshit, to identify what matters to you and why you think the things you do about yourself, your relationships, you work and more. Only in doing that, can you see the fault lines in your thinking. Flawed assumptions, goals that reflect other people's desires rather than your own, expectations placed upon you by society that you don't even really believe in. It allows you to consider much more clearly what you want to change and why. In some cases whether you really do. There's a lot to consider here. This is not one of those books you put down filled with the determined (and naive) spirit of someone who has just written their New Year's Resolution. It's one you ponder. You think about what it said and make connections and perhaps do the tasks again, but more honestly. It offers understanding, or at least the beginnings of it, and that's a good step towards change I think. ARC via Netgalley

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Bayer

    The title gives a rather misleading impression of this book, which is very science-heavy and serious. It was written by a neuroscience and covers the neurological reasons behind things like why we pick partners that remind us of the worst parts of our parents or can never keep up habit changes. There are nine chapters, which cover topics like communication, leadership, habits and relationships. It goes into heavy science about the types of things going on in the brain that cause us to make bad d The title gives a rather misleading impression of this book, which is very science-heavy and serious. It was written by a neuroscience and covers the neurological reasons behind things like why we pick partners that remind us of the worst parts of our parents or can never keep up habit changes. There are nine chapters, which cover topics like communication, leadership, habits and relationships. It goes into heavy science about the types of things going on in the brain that cause us to make bad decisions and such. There are suggestions to correct these, but none are quick or easy. For instance, if you want to stop eating pastries one thing to do is make a list of the things that are most important to you and then make a list of like 50 good benefits to giving up pastries (look good in jeans, save money you can use on hobbies, increase health, etc.). It's very science-heavy. I'm a science geek and I found myself really tired of it before I got far into it, but it was still interesting information. There are a lot of examples of people (and the author) to illustrate her teachings. A summary at the end of each chapter reminds you of all the key takeaways for that topic. I read a digital ARC of this book for review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gerda Janušauskaitė

    Not your regulat self help book. It was so interesting to read, re-read and think about practising. I feel like I have learned a great deal about the way brain works and the way to go along with it

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    Thank you to NetGalley and Thread Books for the chance to read an early copy of this book! This cover and title jumped out at me, and I imagine you might do the same. Self-improvement is always on my mind, especially now that we're in "New Year's Resolution" season. While this book isn't a magic pill, it is stuffed full of practical tips and insights into why our brain is fighting us so much. I always appreciate a well-structured self help book. The chapters are very clearly laid out, with each ch Thank you to NetGalley and Thread Books for the chance to read an early copy of this book! This cover and title jumped out at me, and I imagine you might do the same. Self-improvement is always on my mind, especially now that we're in "New Year's Resolution" season. While this book isn't a magic pill, it is stuffed full of practical tips and insights into why our brain is fighting us so much. I always appreciate a well-structured self help book. The chapters are very clearly laid out, with each chapter starting with an overview and ending with a summary, with lots of subsections in between. There is a LOT of information, and I had a hard time absorbing more than one chapter at a time. But also, because of the convenient structure, it's easy to look back and refresh yourself. My main detraction from the book was that I didn't find the personal examples (which included both personal anecdotes from the author as well as hypothetical scenarios) very useful and just skimmed through those. Additionally, for all the emphasis on actionable tips, there were some very elaborate list-making requests like "write down 50 reasons why this is a good thing" that immediately put me into a detached, defensive mode. Still, I really think I'll be turning back to this information. It touches on many different dimensions, which will stand out in different ways to different people. For example, the Leadership section really spoke to some management style issues I've been struggling with at work, but the [Romantic] Relationships section didn't seem particularly useful (I guess I should be grateful I'm in a healthy relationship!). This book's strength is in assimilating familiar information (habits, productivity, self-care, etc--they're all things I've seen before) and in adding the neurological background that can help your rational pre-frontal cortex identify when your "mammal brain" amygdala is taking over. This is a great overview applying these lessons (which mostly boil down to rational brain vs mammal brain) to many areas of life.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gill

    Why can’t I change? – it’s a question I ask myself on a regular basis, so when I saw the title of this book I couldn’t resist having a read of it. This is a fascinating book. When a neuroscientist starts explaining to you in relatively layman terms how your brain works and what the different parts do and how that in turn affects other parts of the brain, you sit up and take note. As you read through the book, as well as being astounded at the cleverness of the brain, you also begin to realise tha Why can’t I change? – it’s a question I ask myself on a regular basis, so when I saw the title of this book I couldn’t resist having a read of it. This is a fascinating book. When a neuroscientist starts explaining to you in relatively layman terms how your brain works and what the different parts do and how that in turn affects other parts of the brain, you sit up and take note. As you read through the book, as well as being astounded at the cleverness of the brain, you also begin to realise that willpower alone is never going to work. I should mention though that just reading a book is never going to work either, so you need to be armed with a good notebook and a pen and be prepared to put in a lot of work yourself. I’ve read loads of self help books and I think one of the things that stood out about this particular approach to guiding the reader is the author never tries to ‘sell’ you ideas. So often in self help books I find that the author will keep repeating themselves over and over on a given idea to the extent you begin to wonder who they’re trying to convince, you the reader or themselves. The writing in this book is kept to the point with clear and concise suggestions on how you should go about change with perhaps one real life example to explain the point. The other thing I liked was there wasn’t the constant citation of research data that you so often see in these kinds of books which I always find distracting. The book is split up into sections but I would definitely recommend starting with section one which is changing habits, changing emotions and changing personality. The last one perhaps sounds more extreme than it actually is. You’ll still be the same old you, just with a better understanding of what makes you tick, and how you can improve some of the traits you might think you were born with but which you are actually able to work with and change to some extent. Among some of the other chapters are changing your productivity, changing your brain health and changing relationships. I really enjoyed this fascinating book and will most definitely be going right back to the beginning, this time with a notebook to hand and much more time to digest and put into action some of the suggestions. It’s time to calm your Amygdala, engage your PFC and trigger that neural plasticity into change, hopefully for the better.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Josephine

    For some reason, because of the title, I thought this would be more humorous. Probably because of the swearing in the title and a lot of books use that in a funny way. I still thought that, even if it was funny, it would offer insights, and while it's not humorous, it did offer interesting insights. I liked the chapters on Changing Your Relationships, Changing Your Communication, and Changing Your Personality. Changing Your Personality goes over how we get our personality, what biases are, and h For some reason, because of the title, I thought this would be more humorous. Probably because of the swearing in the title and a lot of books use that in a funny way. I still thought that, even if it was funny, it would offer insights, and while it's not humorous, it did offer interesting insights. I liked the chapters on Changing Your Relationships, Changing Your Communication, and Changing Your Personality. Changing Your Personality goes over how we get our personality, what biases are, and how to discover what your values are. There's a 13 question survey to help you determine and document your values (you later use this in other chapters). It also covers challenging 'shoulds' and letting go of other people's values. Changing Your Relationships goes over how to align your values and create a conscious partnership. Each partner identifies their top three values (using a questionnaire from another chapter in the book) and then the partners figure out how to align these values to help reduce friction. Changing Your Communication goes over the best way to have difficult conversations and also covers the four types of interactions that are harmful. The author discussing the ratio that is required between positive and negative interactions in order to have a fulfilling relationship, and offers ways to have more positive communication in your relationships. There is a section on internal communication, as well, since how we talk to ourselves is as important as how we talk to others. Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for a free eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mana

    Such a great book about our habits, based on scientific facts, but very readable and easy to understand. It offers all the knowledge about our own behaviour, why are we stuck and practical tools for creating change. We can know our true self by learning about the inner mechanisms of our brain, because our brains were designed to create and maintain habits to save energy and ensure quick reaction times. Very inspiring and motivational guide!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    Why the F*ck Can't I Change? Insights from a neuroscientist to show that you can by Dr. Gabija Toleikyte Publisher: Thread Books Genre: Health, Mind & Body | Self-Help Release Date: January 21, 2021 Why the F*ck Can't I Change? by Dr. Gabija Toleikyte is a fascinating look at change. The book is broken into three parts, which is then broken in to related chapters. Part one is called “Changing the Self” and focuses on your habits, emotions, and personality. Part two is called “Changing the Results” an Why the F*ck Can't I Change? Insights from a neuroscientist to show that you can by Dr. Gabija Toleikyte Publisher: Thread Books Genre: Health, Mind & Body | Self-Help Release Date: January 21, 2021 Why the F*ck Can't I Change? by Dr. Gabija Toleikyte is a fascinating look at change. The book is broken into three parts, which is then broken in to related chapters. Part one is called “Changing the Self” and focuses on your habits, emotions, and personality. Part two is called “Changing the Results” and focuses on changing your productivity, your brain health, and your decision-making. Part three is called “Changing Relationships” and focuses on changing your leadership, your relationships, and your communication. This really is a great resource and contains so much information. It is easy to read and the author guides you along the way. This really was a fascinating read. I will definitely be re-reading it with a notebook to take notes! I would recommend this to anyone who is struggling, feels stuck, or who wants to create better habits and results! I'm so grateful to Dr. Gabija Toleikyte, Thread Books, and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this ARC ebook in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shauna

    This book has a lot of good information on how habits are formed, how to break bad habits and most importantly, how to form new ones. There are several helpful exercises to help focus on what you really want and how to get there. This book is helpful for anyone wanting to make a change or even just wanting a better understanding of their own behavior.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wildflower Reading

    "Most of us want to change something about ourselves. It might be our response to stress, our weight, patterns in our relationships or our performance at work. Change is hard, and it’s emotional, but it’s not as impossible as you think…" Going into this book I expected to find what I have more or less found in other habit books. I was pleasantly surprised to find the author tackle not only the big thing everyone wants to change/start (a habit), but also other elements of our day to day life that "Most of us want to change something about ourselves. It might be our response to stress, our weight, patterns in our relationships or our performance at work. Change is hard, and it’s emotional, but it’s not as impossible as you think…" Going into this book I expected to find what I have more or less found in other habit books. I was pleasantly surprised to find the author tackle not only the big thing everyone wants to change/start (a habit), but also other elements of our day to day life that we may want to improve upon (emotions, personality, productivity, brain health, decision-making, leadership, relationships, and communication). What I really appreciated about this book are the various sources the author brings in from academic research, to personality assessments, to case studies. Additionally, you can tell that this is an area that the author is really passionate about and that she enjoys helping others to reach their goals. I found the case studies in the earlier chapters to be more interesting and realistic than the ones in the later chapters (particularly the conversations between partners and the mother/daughter one). The chapters are all fairly short though and the author does a good job making the scientific jargon understandable. If you're looking for an easy and informative read to help you change/start some habits, I think you'll enjoy this book! Thank you to the author, Thread Books, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this title. An eBook copy of Why the F*ck Can't I Change was the only compensation received in exchange for this review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Montague

    Based on the title I was expecting this to be a self-help book along the lines of books with similar titles that provide vague suggestions and end feeling like a very long infomercial for some program the author is running. I was PLEASANTLY SURPRISED! As a Licensed Professional Counselor I found the information very relevant and this could easily be a book I would recommend or lend to my clients. I like that there were real activities that the author explained and then gave examples of instead o Based on the title I was expecting this to be a self-help book along the lines of books with similar titles that provide vague suggestions and end feeling like a very long infomercial for some program the author is running. I was PLEASANTLY SURPRISED! As a Licensed Professional Counselor I found the information very relevant and this could easily be a book I would recommend or lend to my clients. I like that there were real activities that the author explained and then gave examples of instead of a rough description with no application like books with similar titles. I read other reviews where people discussed the activities being tedious and time consuming but I feel that this is necessary to create real life-long change rather than a brief spurt of motivation that fades away faster than a drunken New Years resolution. My only issues are that the title, while attention grabbing, is going to attract more of the self-help feel good group of readers and miss the more professional readers who will also find it very useful. I also wish it were being published in the United States as I have not found it available anywhere other than a bookstore in the UK where shipping will be as much as the book. Hoping to see an American publication soon but will plan to splurge on a couple copies from the UK store if not available. It is that worthwhile! I read this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    MoonSugar

    I recommend this book to everyone who's ever asked themselves the question posed in the title. Even though the book is very science heavy (neuroscience and psychology), it is easy to read and understand. The book is very well structured, and always starts with basic explanations so it's easy to follow along. Different chapters focus on different aspects of our life - our personality, emotions, relationships, leadership, communication etc. The book is very inspirational as it validates that you ar I recommend this book to everyone who's ever asked themselves the question posed in the title. Even though the book is very science heavy (neuroscience and psychology), it is easy to read and understand. The book is very well structured, and always starts with basic explanations so it's easy to follow along. Different chapters focus on different aspects of our life - our personality, emotions, relationships, leadership, communication etc. The book is very inspirational as it validates that you are not alone in feeling unable to change, it explains why do you actually feel so, makes you realize that you CAN actually change, you've just been doing things in scientifically not the best way possible up to now. It offers much better understanding of yourself and your behaviors, as well as reasons behind everything. It was very interesting to learn how brain functions and what's actually happening in there that causes our responses, choices, emotions, behaviors. There are also real life examples presented in the book and actual techniques how to effectively change in all areas of life. I will definitely reread this book in the future! (I got an arc through NetGalley.)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book. Dr. Gabija Toleikyte has written a very important book with a very unfortunate title. The appearance might try for edgy and current, but seems from the title and cover to be imitative of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. Yes the Mark Manson book was a best seller and a big popular book, but that was 4 years ago. A book about change, shouldn't be derivative like that. What the book offers is scientific evidence for why humans can't seem t Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book. Dr. Gabija Toleikyte has written a very important book with a very unfortunate title. The appearance might try for edgy and current, but seems from the title and cover to be imitative of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. Yes the Mark Manson book was a best seller and a big popular book, but that was 4 years ago. A book about change, shouldn't be derivative like that. What the book offers is scientific evidence for why humans can't seem to get out of their own way. The science lingo might seem daunting, but the explanations are clear and many oh that's me and aha moments are had throughout. Plus the exercises and tools offered to get out or your rut are helpful and can be catered and adapted for most individuals. Don't let the cover fool you, it might seem the same as other books, but this book offers real hope for change.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bek (Stories With Bee)

    Why The F**k Can’t I Change? by Dr. Gabija Toleikyte ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 This was a really great book that brought together the scientific, neurological and psychological powerhouses behind why we keep the habits that we want casted out of our lives. Reading this made me become drastically aware of how comfortable and set I get in my ways I am, but also, it really highlighted to me just how much my brain really puts a barrier between myself and my goals. It was a bit of an eye opening experience. I bel Why The F**k Can’t I Change? by Dr. Gabija Toleikyte ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 This was a really great book that brought together the scientific, neurological and psychological powerhouses behind why we keep the habits that we want casted out of our lives. Reading this made me become drastically aware of how comfortable and set I get in my ways I am, but also, it really highlighted to me just how much my brain really puts a barrier between myself and my goals. It was a bit of an eye opening experience. I believe because I now have an understanding of the processes behind the scenes and I feel as if I will only be able to combat the things I want to achieve at a much more successful rate. As a Psych major, I was absolutely fascinated by this read. The content was easy and approachable - meaning it’s not set at a academic level - and the book really sets out to give you a full and comprehensive understanding of everything you need to know on this topic. Dr. Toleikyte is a neuroscientist and business coach. She has completed her Ph.D. at the University College London on the neuronal basis of memory and navigation. During her years of Ph.D. Gabija has acquired business coach qualification and worked as an internal coach at UCL for the senior academics and administrative staff. Combining coaching experience with neuroscience insights, Gabija has been able to develop unique seminars, and books where solid neuroscience research is presented in the context of the topics relevant for organisations and businesses. I was given the opportunity it’s to review this ARC in exchange for my honest review. This book will be published on the 21st January in the US.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    I read this right after Blame my Brain, another accessible neuroscience/self help/science for the masses book. I think it perhaps spoilt my enjoyment of this book because the intended audiences are different. So, whilst I found myself really engaging with BmB (aimed at teens) despite it not being new info for me, this book, by comparison, was too dry; too preachy. Listing 50 reasons for anything is a big ask. You start with important things and then end up with things that are really inconsequen I read this right after Blame my Brain, another accessible neuroscience/self help/science for the masses book. I think it perhaps spoilt my enjoyment of this book because the intended audiences are different. So, whilst I found myself really engaging with BmB (aimed at teens) despite it not being new info for me, this book, by comparison, was too dry; too preachy. Listing 50 reasons for anything is a big ask. You start with important things and then end up with things that are really inconsequential. I don’t rate it as a self help resource but I gave 3 stars because the broad integration of neuroscience and coaching theory was good. I agree with other reviewers, the title really gives the impression of another book. Something with a more conversational tone and definitely not something that could double as a textbook on a counselling/coaching course.

  16. 5 out of 5

    LEE-ANN HOLMES

    A fabulous book that everyone should read! Our minds are often our own worst enemy and it can be difficult to understand just why we think the way we do. This book, written by a neuroscientist, sets out to explain this. Even though it is an extremely detailed book that explains the science of our brains and bodies it is not overwhelming. Everything is explained in a straightforward and easy to understand way. The book itself is organised in very clear chapters with an introduction and summary of A fabulous book that everyone should read! Our minds are often our own worst enemy and it can be difficult to understand just why we think the way we do. This book, written by a neuroscientist, sets out to explain this. Even though it is an extremely detailed book that explains the science of our brains and bodies it is not overwhelming. Everything is explained in a straightforward and easy to understand way. The book itself is organised in very clear chapters with an introduction and summary of each chapter to help focus the information. There is so much in this book from explanations to exercises to help focus and calm the mind that I will definitely keep referring to it. A must have book to support mental health.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Beca ☾

    Going into reading this, I thought this would be more humorous, however, it is very science-heavy with both neuroscience and psychology aspects. This being said, the book is very easy to read and understand. It was also very well structured, and provides basic explanations leading into new topics/chapters. The book is broken up into sections, which are also broken up into chapters to cover all aspects of the topic. Working in the mental health field, I found the book to be relevant and would reco Going into reading this, I thought this would be more humorous, however, it is very science-heavy with both neuroscience and psychology aspects. This being said, the book is very easy to read and understand. It was also very well structured, and provides basic explanations leading into new topics/chapters. The book is broken up into sections, which are also broken up into chapters to cover all aspects of the topic. Working in the mental health field, I found the book to be relevant and would recommend to others in my field. The downside, is that while the title is eye-catching, many professionals may overlook it thinking it will be humorous. Thank you to NetGalley and Thread Books for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest review

  18. 4 out of 5

    Angie Vanschoick

    We all have aspects of our life where we feel a change is needed. And, just as often, we work on implementing that change only to realize a couple months later that everything is back to how it was before. Why is that? Dr. Toleikyte provides us with the scientific reasons that change can be so difficult, as well as real-life stories to back up the scientific explanation. I found this to be an informative read. The scientific aspects were, at times, dull, but provided a good support for the stori We all have aspects of our life where we feel a change is needed. And, just as often, we work on implementing that change only to realize a couple months later that everything is back to how it was before. Why is that? Dr. Toleikyte provides us with the scientific reasons that change can be so difficult, as well as real-life stories to back up the scientific explanation. I found this to be an informative read. The scientific aspects were, at times, dull, but provided a good support for the stories that were told. The chapters are laid out in a way that one can pick the area they wish to read about, without having to read through the whole book. It's definitely a good book to keep on hand to serve as a refresher when we meet challenges in our life.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Why the F ck Can't I Change? by Dr Gabija Toleikyte is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early December. Ways to challenge different aspects of your personality and how you interact with others in order to effectively change and break out of a stagnant, difficult cycle with a hypothetical person assigned to illustrate each aspect/situation. Dr Toleikyte really goes into cognitive psych to point at the brain's anatomy and functioning to pinpoint what happens when one's reactions and choices be Why the F ck Can't I Change? by Dr Gabija Toleikyte is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early December. Ways to challenge different aspects of your personality and how you interact with others in order to effectively change and break out of a stagnant, difficult cycle with a hypothetical person assigned to illustrate each aspect/situation. Dr Toleikyte really goes into cognitive psych to point at the brain's anatomy and functioning to pinpoint what happens when one's reactions and choices become habitual. And it's this detail (plus end-of-chapter summaries) that makes it seem more like a textbook than a self-help book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    To be honest, I'm getting a little bored of the 'shocking' titles - didn't seem remotely necessary here. In fact, it's almost a shame to put some people off, as I think this is one worth a read. There are a million and ten books out there aiming to help you with your New Year's Resolutions, but taking a step back and first describing how the brain works is going to be helpful regardless of your goals. Full review is up on my blog. To be honest, I'm getting a little bored of the 'shocking' titles - didn't seem remotely necessary here. In fact, it's almost a shame to put some people off, as I think this is one worth a read. There are a million and ten books out there aiming to help you with your New Year's Resolutions, but taking a step back and first describing how the brain works is going to be helpful regardless of your goals. Full review is up on my blog.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Inuta

    Title is definitely misleading and F word seems irrelevant, since it’s a quite serious book. It covers 9 topics from neuroscience and psychology aspect, most of them fundamental/basic, so don’t expect some extraordinary perspective. All good and valuable information, just that mix of everything was confusing, something like “intro in neuroscience/psychology” for psychology students. Or actually anyone interested in human brain/mind without a previous background in the topic or wanting to refresh Title is definitely misleading and F word seems irrelevant, since it’s a quite serious book. It covers 9 topics from neuroscience and psychology aspect, most of them fundamental/basic, so don’t expect some extraordinary perspective. All good and valuable information, just that mix of everything was confusing, something like “intro in neuroscience/psychology” for psychology students. Or actually anyone interested in human brain/mind without a previous background in the topic or wanting to refresh their knowledge.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Whilst an enjoyable and educational book which leaves plenty of food for thought, Why the F*ck Can't I Change wasn't quite what I expected. From the title, I was expecting this to be a slightly more approachable and humorous look at the human brain, however the content is pretty dense and at times, dull. The information provided is well researched and explained in understandable terms however I did find it pretty dry at times. Overall, worth a read, just don't expect humour. Thanks to Thread Books Whilst an enjoyable and educational book which leaves plenty of food for thought, Why the F*ck Can't I Change wasn't quite what I expected. From the title, I was expecting this to be a slightly more approachable and humorous look at the human brain, however the content is pretty dense and at times, dull. The information provided is well researched and explained in understandable terms however I did find it pretty dry at times. Overall, worth a read, just don't expect humour. Thanks to Thread Books and NetGalley for the ARC.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie (PeekabooReads)

    3.5* This one explained how our brain works in relation to our bad habits. I found a lot of good practices in here that I want to apply to see if it helps with my own issues. You know a self help book is successful when there are practices in there that are unique to the individual and the reader actually wants to implement that advice. It was full of medical jargon but I learned a lot. My favorite section was the one on relationships. Thanks to Netgalley for the early review ARC.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Toby Philpott

    Excellent combination of neuroscience and coaching I really appreciated the insights from neuroscience in this book and it’s given me much better insights into my foibles and also of my family. I’m already starting to see the benefits of applying some of the ideas in this book. Thoroughly recommended.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    This is a very informative book split out into nine separate sections each dealing with different issues around change and how we can actually put the steps in to bring about real and lasting change in our lives no matter what we want to achieve.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rima Simkute

    In the book DR Gabija Toleikyte explains how the brains works and gives lots of tools how to change certain areas of life. I loved it ❤️

  27. 4 out of 5

    Daria

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bob

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Schmitz

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