For most activities in the practice of law, knowledge of what is going on in our own mind and our brain is one important key to success. Lack of that knowledge is dangerous; we are not practicing self-leadership and therefore are at the mercy of the brain's whims and wiles. Once we have harnessed our own head, we can better understand and help our clients, too. Here's a new book that can help you to master your mind.
I first learned of the unique book The Head Trip: Adventures on the Wheel of Consciousness when reading this review in The Washington Post. The book's author Jeff Warren (bio here) is certainly one of a kind, as is his book. Click here to see Warren in action at his book's launch. (The book is more serious than what you will see on the YouTube but it is still very entertaining.)
Warren describes in The Head Trip our diverse and multiple states of sleeping and waking consciousness, and many points in between wake and sleep. And he shows us how to utilize these states and reap their rewards. From the introduction:
[C]onsciousness exists in more wildly varied and abundant forms than simply waking, sleeping, and dreaming. By describing some of its stations, I hope not only to give you some insight into the biological and psychological processes that underlie our changing experience of consciousness—to reveal, as it were, some of the operating rules of the Self—but also to show why this matters. When I set out on my adventure I wanted to discover what these states might have to teach us about our own habits of mind. In this I wasn't disappointed. I eventually came to see not only that we have far more agency over our changing mental states than most of us suspect, but also that each of these states taps into its own unique blend of knowledge and insight.
To learn a little more about these states, click on each of the stations on this wheel; to learn much more and to see how to mine the states, read the book. As you read, you will see that the book is aptly named. Warren takes us on a memorable head trip through the states of consciousness. The book's practical benefit is found in Warren's roadmap to using the states for greater personal and professional efficacy. Bon voyage!