Ansiedade - Augusto Cury

Ansiedade - Augusto Cury

Learn with Augusto Cury in this summary, the accelerated thinking syndrome: how and why humanity has fallen ill collectively.

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In an increasingly hectic and chaotic world, there are often great difficulties in reconciling all our obligations. Incredible as it may seem, even our thoughts become unmanageable in this environment.

Throughout Augusto Cury's book, "Ansiedade", you'll discover what are the causes of the great "evil of the century", as well as gain valuable insights on how to combat this new millennia anxiety.

Are you excited to receive valuable tips about how to overcome these problems?

Then you came to the right place!

About the book "Ansiedade"

Published in 2013, "Ansiedade", Augusto Cury addresses important themes related to mental health, explaining clearly and objectively the Accelerated Thinking Syndrome (ATS).

According to the author:

"Thinking is good, thinking lucidly is great, but thinking too much is a bomb against psychic health, the pleasure of living and creativity."

In this statement, the author brings us the reflection that slowing down our thoughts and knowing how to manage our mind is key to a healthier life.

About the author Augusto Cury

Augusto Cury is a psychiatrist, scientist, and writer. Author of several books, considered one of the most influential Brazilian authors of the 2000s, selling more than 25 million books around the world.

The author published other famous books such as "The Dream Seller: The Call" and "Multifocal Intelligence".

Cury is the creator of Multifocal Intelligence Theory, which explains the functioning of the human mind and how we can exercise greater control over our lives through intelligence and thinking.

To whom is this book indicated?

If you are anxious and want to learn about Accelerated Thinking Syndrome (ATS), how to control your thoughts, to not be slave to them, this book is for you!

Main ideas of the book "Ansiedade"

  • How excess thinking can bring serious problems to your health;
  • What is ATS and how does it affect our mind;
  • How to manage your thoughts, so that you are not their slave;
  • The lack of teaching of emotional intelligence in modern teaching.

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[Book Summary] Anxiety: Facing Today's Evil - Augusto Cury

Overview: Accelerated Thought Syndrome

In this section of the book "Ansiedade", Augusto Cury starts describing how modern society, is bombarded with information and the need for urgency. Violating something that should be unchanging: the rhythm of the construction of thoughts.

This creates serious problems for all of us, such as changing the pleasure of living, developing intelligence, creativity, and communication.

We may consider ourselves to be true "cavemen" as far as our mental health is concerned, and should dedicate more time caring for it. Acting instantly, as soon as some disturbing thoughts invaded our thoughts.

An alarming finding is that 20% of the world's population will someday suffer from depression and that 80% of all of us suffer from Accelerated Thought Syndrome. Based on these data, Cury addresses several other aspects of our subconscious.

Overview: Are We Really Free in Our Mind?

Can we say that we are free in our minds? According to the author Augusto Cury, we will only have complete freedom in our minds if we are fully capable of controlling our thoughts.

Cury states that our memory records everything automatically, not filtering out what is good or what is bad. Our brain simply stores everything that is passed on to it. This phenomenon is known as AMR (Automatic Memory Recording).

The book "Ansiedade" approaches mathematically the construction of thought. For Cury, this is simply equals to the body of available information plus stimulus received. It is precisely this information that gives us support for all our decisions.

Overview: The structures of thought

It is evident that people do not know how to deal with their thoughts, look around. How many of the people close to you face or have ever faced any kind of emotional problem?

We are at the height of the leisure industry, however, our society is sad. Although we are in the midst of so much knowledge, our society has never been so ingrained, without creativity, only repeating what has already been created.

Augusto Cury clarifies, that in-depth knowledge about the thinking of the human being is fundamental. It is necessary to know the causes of each reaction of our brain, only through this is possible to fight the ATS and anxiety.

Overview: The memory trigger

Through external stimulus, the memory trigger accesses what has already been experienced by us. After these stimuli, it opens the windows of memory and activates instant interpretation and instant awareness.

The memory trigger is what associates the environment in which we are immersed in our subconscious. It is activated when we come in contact with the most diverse types of stimuli, such as light, sounds, tactile, gustatory and olfactory stimuli.

According to the book "Ansiedade", this trigger has a very important role because it is through it that we can learn and relate.

Despite its importance, when not properly managed, it can cause harmful effects such as syndromes, addictions and other types of psychic diseases.

Overview: Memory windows

On computers, there are digital memories, which the users have access to. In human memory, this is no different. We have access to specific areas of memory, which is termed by Augusto Cury as, memory windows.

Access to memory windows occurs through reading and building information. Each of these windows is responsible for certain unique types of information.

The author separates the memory windows into three classes.

Neutral windows

Correspond to more than 90% of memory areas. As its name implies, it contains thousands of "neutral" information, i. e. it does not contain information related to emotions.

Basically, the information contained here deals with everyday matters such as numbers, school information, addresses, telephones, and professional knowledge.

Killer Windows

Correspond to areas of memory that contain information that refers to distressing, tense, depressive, compulsive or phobic moments.

The name killer comes from the fact that these windows prevent the operation of several other windows, which leads to giving away their freedom and people to be prisoners of themselves.

Light Windows

Correspond to all areas of memory that contain pleasure, tranquility, serenity, generosity, flexibility, sensitivity, ponder, coherence, support and healthy examples.

Light windows "illuminate" the self to cause the development of complex functions, such as the ability to think before acting, empathy, resilience, creativity, complex reasoning, encouragement, determination, persistence, and the management of thoughts.

Overview: The Self and self-flow

The Self as Augusto Cury puts it, can be considered the center of the human personality, it is what commands the psyche, the conscious desire, the capacity, and the self-determination.

The definition of the Self in "Ansiedade" is extremely broad as it is responsible for more than 25 vital roles.

The Self-flow performs the task of connecting all memory windows with triggers.

Overview: The Accelerated Thought Syndrome

We never lived in a society so full of excesses. We are bombarded every day by an unrestrained amount of information, work, and collections.

The Accelerated Thought Syndrome (ATS) as Augusto Cury describes arises due to all the excesses, mainly due to the huge amount of thoughts processed in our brain.

The book "Ansiedade" makes the case that ATS reaches most of us. It generates problems like muscular pains, headaches, irritability, to enjoy the pleasures of life, lack of focus, insomnia, and preoccupation in advance.

What are the ATS levels?

Cury says that the ATS can be divided into 6 stages:

  1. The first level: it is about living distracted, always forgetting one thing or another;
  2. The second level: it is that type of person who does not "enjoy the trajectory". This type of person only thinks about the future and does not enjoy of the good things of the present;
  3. The third level: it is about cultivating boredom. At this stage, problems become uninteresting and more evident;
  4. The fourth level: it is about not supporting slow people. People in this degree of ATS can not teach more than two or three times because they are very impatient;
  5. The fifth level: in this stage the person starts to plan the vacation well in advance. These are people who are always tired and thinking about future moments of leisure;
  6. The sixth level: these are people whose goal is retirement. These individuals anxiously waits to no longer have to work.

Overview: The Consequences of ATS

The first point addressed by the book "Ansiedade" is the early aging of emotion. People with the ATS have a chronic dissatisfaction, they are impatient when someone disagrees with their opinions, have no focus and can not enjoy the present.

Delaying emotional maturity is another recurring symptom. It is characterized when the biological age does not match the mental and emotional age.

For Augusto Cury the person carrying the ATS, the Self can not mature adequately.

In most cases, people find it difficult to take their dreams and face the necessary challenges to reach them.

Overview: Managing the Accelerated Thought Syndrome

There are 8 ways to manage the syndrome:

  1. Empowering the Self to be the writer of your own story;
  2. Do not be a slave of your thoughts. It is fundamental to have free thought;
  3. Know how to manage anticipatory suffering, and anxiety. Living the present moment is crucial to a happier life;
  4. To do the mental hygiene through the DCD technique (doubting, criticizing and deciding);
  5. To recycle old beliefs, that is, to find what we no longer believe and immediately discard them;
  6. Do not just retention information. Learn to filter what really adds value;
  7. Do not overwork;
  8. Give more importance to your quality of life. Think more about yourself.

What do other authors say about it?

In the book "Contagious: Why Things Catch On", author Jonah Berger makes it clear that mental triggers are meant to allow your brain to function better without overloading information.

They serve to connect one thing to another, to when we talk about one something, we automatically link it to another, forming a connection between them, thereby increasing your power of persuasion in negotiating your sale.

In "The Power of Habit", author Charles Duhigg argues that people can use all anxiety for better end. For example, if you value endorphins in the race, your routine of running every morning can become an automatic cycle of habits.

Author Nir Eyal, in his book "Hooked", reports that triggers fuel his behavior. They are suggestions telling people how they should act. Advertising capitalizes on these motivators.

Okay, but how can I apply this to my life?

Answer honestly. Do you ever suffered from any of the points brought by Augusto Cury?

If not, you may consider yourself lucky. But otherwise, time to roll up your sleeves and exercise the tips brought up here.

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