The Breakout Principle
Would it surprise you to learn that to solve a seemingly unsolvable problem, you need to get up and leave the room? A walk in the woods will help you finish your novel? Humming can make you a better tennis player? Or completely giving up is the way to succeed? In The Breakout Principle, the bestselling author of The Relaxation Response delivers the ultimate self-help principle -- simple instructions to activate a powerful biological trigger that converts conflict and confusion into clarity and extraordinary performance, a state athletes refer to as "the zone." More than three decades ago, Dr. Herbert Benson of the Harvard Medical School began research into why some people are devastated by stress while others thrive, turning it into brilliant achievement. Now The Breakout Principle reports the discovery of an easy-to-access inner switch that increases mental function, enhances creativity and productivity, maximizes athletic performance, and enriches spiritual life. The same internal mechanism that improves a tennis serve or golf putt strengthens your speaking skills, makes you a better negotiator, and fosters inner peace and belief. Dr. Benson and coauthor William Proctor explain the cutting-edge science behind the phenomenon in accessible language, clearly describe the four distinct phases of the Breakout, and provide simple, step-by-step instructions on how to activate the Breakout "trigger." Compelling case histories and information on how to incorporate Breakouts into daily life are woven throughout the book. Dr. Benson's previous discoveries have helped millions reduce the harmful effects of stress. The Breakout Principle now reveals how to maximize your untapped abilities and powers.

The Breakout Principle Details

TitleThe Breakout Principle
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 2nd, 2004
PublisherScribner
ISBN-139780743223980
Rating
GenreSelf Help, Personal Development, Psychology, Nonfiction

The Breakout Principle Review

  • The
    January 1, 1970
    This book was fine, but they basically took 200+ pages to say what could have been said in about 5 pages: When you want to solve a problem or get to a higher level of performance, work very hard, then take a break to do something relaxing or monotonous, and you'll tend to have a bit of an epiphany. Good advice, but not an entire book.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Not exactly what I was expecting. However, there is much to gain from the book. I found that my own personal "transcendence" and spiritual journey as well as my personal study of stress and success line up with the principles of the book.
  • Alex Tavares
    January 1, 1970
    Ohh man. This book repeats the same thing over and over again... I am only half done and already considering breaking my own rule and not read it fully. It gets boring.
  • Sambasivan
    January 1, 1970
    Powerful psychological model which was proven scientifically as well. How to get more by giving up? The break out from routines gives one inspirational moments that help achieve peak performance and do the seemingly impossible tasks. Go for it.
  • Terri O'Brien
    January 1, 1970
    In the Breakout Principle, Dr. Herbert Benson provides a solid background on the physiology of mind-body states that support expanded creativity. He states that we can achieve these highly productive states by following steps to sever prior thought patterns. Although some people might find it a bit bland, the book provides numerous tools to play with for expanded creativity. Some reviewers criticize the author for his treatment of spirituality, but I believe the fact that he shares his perspecti In the Breakout Principle, Dr. Herbert Benson provides a solid background on the physiology of mind-body states that support expanded creativity. He states that we can achieve these highly productive states by following steps to sever prior thought patterns. Although some people might find it a bit bland, the book provides numerous tools to play with for expanded creativity. Some reviewers criticize the author for his treatment of spirituality, but I believe the fact that he shares his perspective makes his views transparent, and provides another access point for spiritual peopleI give this book five stars because I think the author provides a lot of detail about states of flow and how to reach them that is not found in many other books. This is a very good book for anyone who wants to develop the capacity to stimulate creative thought on demand. It's also a great information for creativity coaches and life coaches who want to help their clients reach success. As for myself, I intend to experiment with his ideas and see what works!
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  • Jen Banks
    January 1, 1970
    I like that this book validated what I have already been practicing myself and with clients in my group yoga classes or in individual counseling. I think that physiological principles will be vital in the future of helping professions and as folks continue to explore biological and spiritual edges.
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  • Waseem
    January 1, 1970
    This book was interesting, yet very basic and not exactly something ground breaking to the point id think id like to read a whole book about it - i dont want to be overly critical, but you will get the idea on the idea if you check out fellow dissapointed reviews which are not as sympathetic lolWaseemhttp://www.WaseemMirza.net
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  • M. Brown
    January 1, 1970
    On the back it says, "Believe it or not, sometimes the only way to succeed is by completely giving up."After days of slogging through the author's theories, studies and, (yawn) trigger descriptions, I decided to give this book up.Success!
  • Benjamin
    January 1, 1970
    Eh... it's an interesting look at the biology of epiphanies (or breakouts as the book terms them). If that subject is highly interesting to you, check it out. If not, stay away. It probably hasn't changed my life or anything.
  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    This book was terrible. Please don't read it. I can summarize the entire book with: Take a break when you're stressed out and faith is good. There, now you don't have to read it.
  • Courtney Edgcomb
    January 1, 1970
    Informative and enlightening but I became bored by the end of it. Great read though on enhancing your creativity and how to provide breakouts.
  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    This book has a really interesting premise but gets really repetitive really fast. I understand he's just trying to show many examples of achieving a breakout, but it really started to wear at me.
  • Ty
    January 1, 1970
    This book although strange, felt authentic and informative. I suppose it still may be, but even after trying hard to apply the principles, I found it very easy to forget it all together.
  • David Belliveau
    January 1, 1970
    Pedantic and self-serving.
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