“A Good Brainwashing” by Georganna Bickle is a self-help guide that teaches a technique for overcoming negative self-talk. The author is a military veteran who has used this technique to overcome alcoholism, PTSD, Bipolar, and Military and Civilian Sexual Traumas. She has used this technique in conjunction with a 12-step program and church attendance to change her life.
The book begins with a well-researched discussion of how the brain works, and how attitudes and self-talk affect our view of the world. The discussion has a large amount of foot notes and additional reading for those who want to go into the subject further. It also has several diagrams of the brain and how it works.
It then gives step-by-step instructions on how to make a recording of positive affirmations. It includes a list of affirmations for a positive self-image, overcoming an addiction, teen-age uncertainty, and sexual trauma. If those lists aren’t long enough to make a tape, the author lists other resources for finding positive messages. The reader is encouraged to tailor the recording to meet their specific needs.
I can’t review the book based on how well the technique works because I haven’t tried it yet. But, the book is well written, fully researched, well organized, and takes a complex subject and brings it down to the consumer’s level of understanding. Her point, that a recording of your own voice is more effective in replacing negative self-talk than a recording of someone else’s voice, seems logical. I tried affirmation tapes years ago, but the tapes didn’t help because I thought the background music was irritating, and the speaker’s voice sounded just like my mother. Some of the affirmations didn't apply to my life. This technique, of creating your own customized tape, and listening to your own voice, would overcome those roadblocks and take the technique to the next level of effectiveness.
I purchased the Kindle version of the book on Amazon for $2.99. However, because the reader is required to mark the affirmations to be included in the tape, and write in additional thoughts, it would seem to be a more effective tool if purchased in the paperback edition.