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Jeffrey M. Schwartz

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Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D. is an American psychiatrist and researcher in the field of neuroplasticity and its application to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).[1][2] He is a proponent of mind/body dualism and appeared in the 2008 Film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, in which he told interviewer Ben Stein that science should not be separated from religion.[2][3][4][5]

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Brain lock

Brain lock is a term coined by Schwartz to describe obsessive-compulsive behavior and to describe a treatment plan he published in his 1997 book Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior.[6][7] In the book Schwartz claims that obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) are a result of a bio-chemical imbalance where brain functions will get "locked" in an obsessive-compulsive pattern and that OCD can be self-treated by following four steps,[8] which are listed as follows:[9]

  1. Relabel the obsessive thoughts and compulsive urges as obsessions and compulsions, not as real thoughts.
  2. Reattribute the obsessive thoughts to a brain malfunction called OCD.
  3. Refocus on a wholesome, productive activity for at least fifteen minutes.
  4. Revalue the entire obsession and compulsion group as having no useful meaning in your life.

Publications

Books

  • Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley, The mind and the brain: Neuroplasticity and the power of mental force, New York: Regan Books, 2002. ISBN 0-06-039355-6.
  • Jeffrey Schwartz and Beverly Beyette, Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior, New York: Regan Books, 1997. ISBN 0-06-098711-1.[10]
  • Jeffrey Schwartz, You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life, New York: Avery, 2011. ISBN 1-58333-426-2.

Articles

  • Schwartz, J. M., Stapp, H. P., and Beauregard, M. (2005). Quantum theory in neuroscience and psychology: A neurophysical model of mind-brain interaction. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B, 360(1458):1309-27. Full paper
  • Schwartz, J. M., Stapp, H. P., and Beauregard, M. (2004). The volitional influence of the mind on the brain, with special reference to emotional self-regulation, in Beauregard, M. (Ed.), Consciousness, emotional self-regulation, and the brain, Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins Publishing Company, chapter 7. ISBN 90-272-5187-8.
  • Schwartz, J. M., Gulliford, E. Z., Stier, J., and Thienemann, M. (2005). Mindful Awareness and Self-Directed Neuroplasticity: Integrating psychospiritual and biological approaches to mental health with a focus on obsessive compulsive disorder, in Mijares, S. G., and Khalsa, G. S. (Eds.), The Psychospiritual Clinician's Handbook: Alternative methods for understanding and treating mental disorders, Binghamton, NY: Haworth Reference Press, chapter 13. ISBN 0-7890-2324-5.

References

  1. Malcolm, Lynne. "Part 1 of 2: The Power of Plasticity". ABC.net.au. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/part-1-of-2-the-power-of-plasticity/3183256. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 4th Annual Discovery Society Insiders Briefing on Intelligent Design
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  5. A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism
  6. Austin, Michael (2011). Useful Fictions: Evolution, Anxiety, and the Origins of Literature. University of Nebraska Press. pp. 50-51. ISBN 9780803232976. http://books.google.com/books?id=LKD7Kg94oEwC&pg=PA50&dq=%22Brain+Lock%22+Schwartz&hl=en&sa=X&ei=I2sBVK76LYfNggTLv4KgCQ&ved=0CDgQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=%22Brain%20Lock%22%20Schwartz&f=false. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  7. Chansky, Tamar E. (2001). Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Random House LLC. pp. 7, 28, 39, 181, 190. ISBN 0812931173. http://books.google.com/books?id=5ra7Nv5_1CwC&pg=PA28&dq=%22Brain+Lock%22+Schwartz&hl=en&sa=X&ei=I2sBVK76LYfNggTLv4KgCQ&ved=0CFUQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=%22Brain%20Lock%22%20Schwartz&f=false. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  8. Slaughter, Adele. "Shalhoub brings obsessive compulsive disorder to light". USA Today. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/spotlighthealth/2002-08-19-spotlight-health-shalhoub_x.htm. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
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  10. Volk, Steve. "Rewiring the Brain to Treat OCD". Discover Magazine. http://discovermagazine.com/2013/nov/14-defense-free-will. Retrieved 30 August 2014.

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