Judson Brewer is a Psychiatrist and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at University of Massachusetts.
Recent episodes featuring Dr. Judson Brewer
The Best Of 2019: Part II
“If you have a spiritual life, it is for you. It is not something you should inflict on other people.”Russell BrandWelcome to Part II of our 7th annual Best of the RRP Anthology — our way of taking a moment to reflect on the past twelve months by revisiting the year's most compelling podcast guests.It's been an honor to engage with so many extraordinary people over the course of 2019. Reviewing the year in conversation brought powerful new insights -- a reminder that these evergreen exchanges continue to inspire and inform.For long-time listeners, my intention is to launch you into 2020 with renewed vigor. If you're new to the show, my hope is that this anthology will stir you to peruse the back catalog and check out episodes you may have missed.Links to the full episodes excerpted in this anthology are listed in the below show notes.Thank you for taking this journey with me. I appreciate you. I love you.You can watch it all go down on YouTube. And as always, the conversation streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.Here's to an extraordinary 2020. Join me, and let's do this thing together.Peace + Plants,Listen, Watch & Subscribe             Apple Podcasts | YouTube | Spotify | Stitcher | Google PodcastsThanks to this week’s sponsorsAthletic Greens: 75 Wholefood Sourced Ingredients, 5 Key Areas of Health, 10 years in development. The Delicious Daily Habit That Sets You Up For A Healthy Future. Healthy Daily Supplement. Invest In Your Health. No Compromises. Go to: athleticgreens.com/richroll and claim your special offer today: 20 FREE travel packs valued at $79 with your first purchase.On Running: Born in the Swiss Alps, On Running shoes feature the first patented cushioning system which is activated only when you need it – during the landing. To learn more about On go to on-running.com/richroll, pick your favorite shoe or apparel piece, and run in it for 30 days after which you can keep ‘em or return ‘em for a full refund no questions askedSeed: Stewarding the future of how we will use bacteria to restore and sustain human and planetary health, Seed's Daily Synbiotic combines 24 clinically-verified, naturally-occurring, probiotic strains with plant-based prebiotics. Head on over to seed.com/RICHROLL to get 20% off your first month of their game-changing Daily Synbiotic.Note: One of the best ways to support the podcast is to support the sponsors. For a complete list of all RRP sponsors and their respective vanity url's and discount codes, visit my Resources page and click "Sponsors".FULL EPISODES EXCERPTEDRRP #448: The Awakening Of Russell BrandRRP #459: Amanda Palmer On Radical Compassion & The Power Of VulnerabilityRRP #479: Edward Norton: Thoughts on Ego, Taking Big Swings & Speaking Truth To PowerRRP #467: Kelly Corrigan Is The Poet Laureate Of The OrdinaryRRP #447: Cal Newport On Digital MinimalismRRP #465: Keep Evolving: Julie Piatt ReturnsRRP #414: Zach Bush, MD On The Science & Spirituality Of Human And Planetary TransformationRRP #483: Ryland Engelhart's Philosophy Is GratitudeRRP #487: Kendra Little Is Becoming MoreRRP #471: The Craving Mind: Dr. Jud Brewer On Treating Addiction With MindfulnessRRP #470: Ryan Holiday: Stillness Is The Path To Everything We Want In LifeRRP #450: Rebecca Rusch Is The Queen Of PainRRP #473: We Can Solve Climate Change Now: Paul Hawken & IN-Q LIVEThanks to Jason Camiolo for production, audio engineering, interstitial music and show notes; Margo Lubin and Blake Curtis for video, editing and graphics. Theme music by Ana Leimma.*Disclosure: Books and products denoted with an asterisk are hyperlinked to an affiliate program. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.Save $20 on your Meal Planner subscription with promo code POWER20 at checkout (offer open between Dec. 29 - January 31) HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE PODCAST?Tell Your Friends & Share Online!Subscribe & Review:  iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Soundcloud | Google PodcastsDonate: Check out our Patreon accountSupport The Sponsors: One of the best ways to support the podcast is to support our sponsors. For a complete list of all RRP sponsors and their respective vanity url's and discount codes, visit my Resources page and click "Sponsors".
#179 — The Unquiet Mind
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Judson Brewer about addiction, craving, and mindfulness. They discuss the nature of reward-based learning, the role of subjective bias in addiction, the neuroscience of craving, the neural correlates of the sense of self, real-time neuroimaging, effort and effortlessness in meditation, smoking cessation through mindfulness, the difference between dopamine-driven reward and happiness, how to make meditation a habit, working with anxiety, and other topics. SUBSCRIBE to continue listening and gain access to all content on samharris.org/subscribe.
How to Build Life Changing Habits and Break Addiction with Dr. Jud Brewer
YOUR EGO NEEDS FEEDING. We all have addictions. Some of us know exactly what habits we need to break. Others don’t even realize we’re addicted to unhealthy patterns. Whether it’s smoking, relationships, or simply being addicted to ourselves, we could all benefit from mapping out our habits to begin to understand them. It’s important to foster our curiosity. If we can learn to investigate our minds the way we investigated our environment as children, we can begin to understand ourselves.  Sometimes it’s our ego that we continue to feed. Other times it’s a false sense of reward we think we’re receiving from an old habit. Through mindfulness, we can learn to experience our habits as they are and not as we remember them. When we do this, we can begin breaking even our most challenging addictions. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, we discuss optimizing habits, breaking addictions, and transforming your life with one of the kindest addiction psychiatrists and mindfulness experts that I have ever met: Dr. Jud Brewer. Dr. Jud Brewer is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and associate professor in psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Brown University, as well as a research affiliate at MIT. As an addiction psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for treating addictions, Dr. Jud has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, and emotional eating and anxiety. So get ready to learn how mindfulness can free you from addiction on Episode 878. Some Questions I Ask: What was the hardest addiction for you to overcome? (11:05) What is the first thing people can do to self-assess themselves? (21:45) What are the 5 or 6 common addictions that most people have? (22:30) Are meditation and mindfulness the solution to everything? (36:00) Are there any addictions that you have not been able to overcome? (46:55) What’s the difference between a habit and an addiction? (50:00) Is mental illness something that can be cured? (54:30) What is the difference between mindfulness and overthinking? (57:50) In This Episode You Will Learn: About the ego and how many people are addicted to themselves (13:25)  How mapping out your habit loops can help you understand the truth about your experiences. (21:00) The power of curiosity (20:00)  About reward-based learning (26:30)  The science behind reward-based learning and how it helps us understand changing behavior (31:30)  How to hack cravings with curiosity (34:30)  How Dr. Jud’s apps help you map out your habits and start your habit-breaking journey (42:00) About positive habits and when they become problematic (45:00)  About the two types of curiosity (52:00)  Why we continue to struggle so much when the answers are often right in front of us (59:00)  The science behind the effect of true generosity, kindness, and connection on our habits (1:07:00) Plus much more... If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/878 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
The Craving Mind: Dr. Jud Brewer On Treating Addiction With Mindfulness
“What we’re seeing with meditation is that when we get out of our own way, our brains naturally work better and we can really start to get into the flow of things and in sync with life.”Dr. Jud BrewerAddiction is tenacious. We're all craven animals, vulnerable to habits that don't serve us. Whether it’s a constantly checking social media, binge eating, smoking, excessive drinking, most of us fall prey to compulsions we feel powerless to arrest.Why is this? And what can neuroscience teach us about the nature of cravings and how to overcome them?Dr. Jud Brewer has devoted his career to answering these questions. His discoveries just might change your life.A psychiatrist, neuroscientist, thought leader and scientific researcher in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, Dr. Brewer is the founder of MindSciences and Director of Research and Innovation at the Brown University Mindfulness Center. Formerly, he served as an associate professor in Medicine and Psychiatry at UMass Medical School, an adjunct faculty member at Yale University, and a research affiliate at MIT.Dr. Brewer has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He has trained U.S.A. Olympic coaches. His work has been featured on 60 Minutes, Time magazine, Forbes, BBC, NPR, Businessweek and many other prominent media outlets. And his TED Talk, A Simple Way To Break A Bad Habit, is the 4th most viewed TED talk of 2016 with over 13 million views to date.As a long-time recovering alcoholic prone to a myriad of compulsive behaviors, it's fair to say that habit change is an obsession. Always on the hunt to extend my sobriety routine beyond 12-step, I came across Dr. Brewer's book, The Craving Mind. A scientific primer on the mechanisms of habit and addiction formation, it makes the case for how mindfulness can help us transcend cravings, reduce stress, and ultimately live a fuller life.I was compelled by Dr. Brewer's findings. I needed to know more. And so here we are.This is a powerful and potentially life altering conversation about the psychiatric and neurological nature of addiction. It's a deep dive into the science of habit change. And it's a master class on how meditation and mindfulness can help us finally overcome the unhealthy patterns that live between our reality and the best version of ourselves lurking within.Note: As a special thanks for listening, Dr. Brewer was gracious enough to offer my listeners a special discount on his evidence based habit change programs specifically designed to overcome anxiety and cravings. Visit drjud/richroll and enter code RICHROLL2019 and you will receive 20% off a subscription to any of his three apps for Android or iPhone (Unwinding Anxiety, Eat Right Now and Craving to Quit). As a disclaimer, I am not an affiliate and have no financial interest or otherwise with these programs – just sharing the good doctor's kind offer.The visually inclined can watch it all go down on YouTube. And as always, the conversation streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.A companion piece to my recent podcast with Atomic Habits author James Clear, my hope is that this solution-based exchange assists you in overcoming the compulsions that don't serve youOn a personal level, I learned a ton — and have already experienced positive results.
241: Judson Brewer: Addiction and the Craving Mind
Judson Brewer MD PhD is widely considered an expert in the areas of habit change, the "science of self-mastery" and mindfulness training for addiction. He has published a number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, he has trained US Olympic coaches, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TEDMED, Time, Forbes, BBC, NPR, Businessweek and others. So - you get the idea...this guy knows what he's talking about and what he's talking about is fascinating. It's a very different approach to ridding yourself of addiction and it works. it works much better than even currently accepted "gold standard programs" and it's something you can learn how to do today. In fact, you can learn how to do it by listening to this episode.Please Support The Show with a DonationVisit oneyoufeed.net/transform to learn more about our personal transformation program. Sanebox Biggest time waster at work - automatically filters out the emails that don't need your focus. Get your email under control free 2 week trial and get a $25 credit www.sanebox.com/wolfThe Great Courses Plus app streaming service where you can learn anything that interests you. iRest research based form of deep meditation 10 step meditation practice Feed your curiosity. Feed your good wolf. thousands of lectures and lessons on human behavior, history, science, cooking, photography, drawing Get a full month of unlimited access for free www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/wolf Want to feel like you're sleeping in a 5-star hotel? Try a Casper mattress at no hassle to you and get $50 off select mattresses Go to www.casper.com/oneyoufeed promo code oneyoufeed  In This Interview, Judson Brewer and I Discuss...His book, The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love - Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad HabitsTrigger, Behavior, ResultRewards and PunishmentsHabit LoopSubjective BiasAddiction: Continued use despite adverse consequencesAddiction: a way to avoid somethingEvery time we give in to a craving, we reinforce that habit loopCravings are like stray catsIf you don't feed a craving it will burn itself outSurfing a cravingThe way cravings feel like they're going to crush us and last forever - cognitive distortionCraving Wave: come - crest - go away\Awareness helps us surf these craving wavesWhat does this feel like in my body right now?Paying attention to the craving rather than avoid it or make it go awayRAINThis method had 5x quit rates than the gold standard smoking cessation programSubstitute behaviorIn their quest for happiness, people mistake excitement of the mind for real happinessInvestigate the craving and the rewardExcitement brings contractionGet curious about your experiences - it helps you remain openDefault mode networkConceptual vs Experiential SelfThe contraction of egoHow we relate to our thoughts and feelings makes all the differenceJusdon Brewer LinksHomepageTwitterPlease Support The Show with a Donation
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