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The Self Illusion

Bruce Hood
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Bruce Hood

Most of us believe that we possess a self - an internal individual who resides inside our bodies, making decisions, authoring actions and possessing free will. The feeling that a single, unified, enduring self inhabits the body - the 'me' inside me - is compelling and inescapable. This is how we interact as a social animal and judge each other's actions and deeds. But that sovereignty of the self is increasingly under threat from science as our understanding of the brain advances. Rather than a single entity, the self is really a constellation of mechanisms and experiences that create the illusion of the internal you.We only emerge as a product of those around us as part of the different storylines we inhabit from the cot to the grave. It is an ever changing character, created by the brain to provide a coherent interface between the multitude of internal processes and the external world demands that require different selves.

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Supersense

Bruce Hood
Authors:
Bruce Hood

Alan Jasanoff

Alan Jasanoff is the award-winning director of the MIT Center for Neurobiological Engineering. He lives near Cambridge, Massachusett

Albert Ellis

Albert Ellis, Ph.D. founded Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), the pioneering form of the modern Cognitive Behavioural therapies. In a 1982 professional survey, Dr. Ellis was ranked as the second most influential psychotherapist in history. His name is a staple among psychologists, students, and historians around the world. He published over seven hundred articles and more than sixty books on psychotherapy, marital and family therapy, and sex therapy. Until his death in 2007, Dr. Ellis served as President Emeritus of the Albert Ellis Institute in New York, which provides professional training programs and psychotherapy to individuals, families and groups. To learn more, visit www.albertellis.org.

Ann Wetmore

Ann Wetmore is a registered psychologist with a private practice in Halifax, Nova Scotia, specialising in treating adults experiencing traumatic life events, transitions, and/or major stressors. She is currently appointed as a clinical associate with the Dalhousie University department of psychology & neuroscience in Halifax, Canada.

Brenda Hogan

Dr Brenda Hogan is a clinical psychologist who previously worked at the Primary Care Psychological Treatment Service in Cambridge. She has since moved to Vancouver, Canada, where she continues her work in psychological assessment and the provision of brief psychological treatment for anxiety and depression. Brenda and her colleagues have created a pioneering service in primary care based on self-help approaches to help alleviate a range of common psychological problems.

Bruce Hood

Bruce Hood is currently the Director of the Bristol Cognitive Development Centre in the Experimental Psychology Department at the University of Bristol. He has been a research fellow at Cambridge University and University College London, a visiting scientist at MIT and a faculty professor at Harvard.

Charles Young

Dr Charles Young is based in the Department of Psychology at Rhodes University, South Africa, where he has co-ordinated professional training programmes in clinical and counselling psychology. He previously worked at the Primary Care Psychological Treatment Service in Cambridge, UK. Much of his work involves the provision of brief psychological approaches to alleviate anxiety and depression. He helped to develop a pioneering service in primary care based on self-help approaches to help alleviate a range of common psychological problems.

Christopher Freeman

DR CHRIS FREEMAN was an honorary professor at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. As consultant psychiatrist, he created and led services for eating disorders for over forty years and ran outpatient, day patient and inpatient units and, most recently, an intensive home treatment team for severe anorexia nervosa - all in the Edinburgh/South-East Scotland area.

Clare Grace

Dr Grace is the author of Overcoming Weight Problems, along with Jeremy Gauntlett-Gilbert. Until very recently she worked at London's only specialist NHS clinic for overweight people. She is a dietician and is currently based at Queen Mary's, University of London, undertaking a research project exploring perceptions and understanding of diabetes risk in the local Bangladeshi community.Dr Clare Grace is a registered dietician who has specialised in weight management since 1994. She gained most of her experience through working at a London NHS specialist obesity clinic. Dr Grace has published a number of papers and journals articles on issues relating to the management of overweight and obesity and is a commitee member of the Dieticians Obesity Management group and a member of the Association for the Study of Obesity, the British Dietetic Association and the Nutrition Society.

Claudia Herbert

Dr Claudia Herbert is a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist, CBT Psychotherapist, EMDR Consultant, Schema Therapist, Psychological Practice Supervisor and Director of the Oxford Development Centre Ltd.

Colin Espie

Colin A. Espie PhD, DSc is Professor of Sleep Medicine in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience and a Fellow of Somerville College, University of Oxford. He is Research Director of the Experimental and Clinical Sleep Medicine program within the Sleep & Circadian Neuroscience Institute, and Clinical Director of the Oxford Online Program in Sleep Medicine. Dr Espie has authored/co-authored over 200 publications and books, particularly on CBT, and is co-founder of Big Health (Sleepio) which develops digital interventions for insomnia.

Constance Barter

Constance Barter is a British schoolgirl, born in 1993, who was diagnosed with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa aged 14, from which she has since made a complete recovery. In between schoolwork, she is a Young Ambassador volunteer for BEAT, the leading UK charity for people with eating disorders.

Daniel Freeman

Daniel Freeman is Professor of Clinical Psychology and a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford

David Veale

David is the author of Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Manage Your Mood, along with Rob Willson. He is a consultant psychiatrist in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Priory Hospital, North London. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. He is an accredited cognitive behaviour therapist and President of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies 2006-8. He has about 50 publications to his name, accessible through his website www.veale.co.uk. He has been helping people with depression and anxiety disorders for more than 15 years.

Jan Scott

Jan Scott, an internationally renowned expert in the use of CBT in the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder, is the author of Overcoming Mood Swings. Head of Glasgow University's Department of Psychiatry, she is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapists. She is also a trustee of the Mental Health Foundation.

Jason Freeman

Jason Freeman is an experienced writer and editor.

Jeremy Gauntlett-Gilbert

Dr Gauntlett-Gilbert is the author of Overcoming Weight Problems, along with Clare Grace. Until very recently he worked at London's only specialist NHS clinic for overweight people. He is a clinical psychologist and his areas of special interest are weight issues and chronic pain. Dr Gauntlett is a member of both the British Psychological Society and British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

John Marzillier

John Marzillier has extensive experience as a clinical psychologist and has worked at the Institute of Psychiatry and the University of Oxford, as well as acting as 'Force Psychologist' for Thames Valley Police Force. His previous book, The Gossamer Thread: My Life as a Psychotherapist was short-listed for the MIND Book of the Year, 2011.

Lee Brosan

Dr Lee Brosan is a consultant psychologist with the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. Over a long career she has been Head of the Psychological Treatment Service, Trust Lead for the Development of Psychological Therapies, Clinical Associate at the MRC Cognitive and Brain Science Unit in Cambridge, a founder member of the Cambridge Clinical Research Centre for Affective Disorders, and Associate Lecturer in the Experimental Psychology Department at Cambridge.