Tuesday, May 26, 2009

This Is Your Brain on Joy: A Revolutionary Program for Balancing Mood, Restoring Brain Health, and Nurturing Spiritual Growth

By Dr. Earl Henslin


How do you picture joy?

Some may envision children with Jell-O-red smiles, rambunctious puppies, or Fourth of July parades. For others, joy may conjure up memories of time spent with someone you love or warm summer evenings.

However, in this book, the author takes a more scientific approach. Through the use of SPECT (single photon emission computerized tomography) imagery, brain scans are now able to expose emotions such as joy, anger, depression, fear, etc.

Why is this important to the average lay person? This imagery provides powerful information to identify disorders such as ADHD (attention concerns), fears, addictions, compulsions, obsessions, depression, grief, anger, etc. In other words, conditions common to the average person in today’s world.

Doctors, counselors and therapists use this information to prescribe personalized treatment. While treatment may include medication, usually there is a combination
of diet, supplements, music, cinematherapy (watching certain movies), laughter, aromatherapy, biofeedback, as well as physical and spiritual exercise (prayer, reading scripture, etc.).

The author, Dr. Henslin, is a licensed counselor and graduate school faculty member. According to the back cover, “Dr. Henslin has been integrating brain imaging into the treatment of psychological, physical and spiritual problems (at his) Christian counseling group in Brea, California.”

I found this book to be enjoyable, practical and easy to read.