The book, “The Brain that Changes Itself” by Norman Doidge is a path-breaking research material that focuses on the myths concerned with the care and cure of the human brain. The myth that has continued percolating through the minds and knowledge of mankind is that a human brain is a machine and any damage to a particular part can be fatal without any means of replacement. Doidge, who is a veteran research psychiatrist and psychoanalyst at Columbia University and at the University of Toronto, delicately weaves each page of this precious book to unfold the mysteries and like a true doctor, takes the initiative to cure our myths regarding almost every facet of the human brain.
The New York Times rightly commented that “The power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility. Mind-bending, miracle-making, reality busting stuff …Straddles the gap between science and self-help”.
These lines clearly hint at the content of the book. The brain is the most complicated organ. It regulates and controls the entire body. It is quite evident that the resolution of a myriad of myths pertaining to this complicated organ is obvious and always under trial and error. This is the reason why there are many facts and beliefs pertaining to the operating and functioning of the brain which changes the perspective from time to time. With the development and advancement of neuroscience, many unknown and bewildering facts came out during the myths related to it. These facts were completely different from our cognition and turned our pre-occupations upside down. The book is self-help which indicates that Norman Doidge used this book for the common mass that possesses mostly general idea about the human brain and its function and is largely guided by intuition and pre-occupation. The book is basically designed for them and the scholars of the field as well.