Have you ever caught yourself saying the same phrase or making the same movements over and over? Or have you noticed something in a relative that reminds you of someone else, but can’t quite put your finger on it? Worse, do you find yourself repeating unwanted behaviors without thinking about it until after? Dr. James Baird’s new book might shed some light for you!
We humans behave in mysterious ways. We fight for seemingly no reason, eat too much, make our selves and others unhappy, and behave in all sorts of self-defeating ways. Why do we do what we do? And how can we change our behavior for the better? James D. Baird, author of the bestselling Happiness Genes, has researched the answers to these questions. In Behavioral Genes, he brings state-of-the-art science to our fingertips, giving us the knowledge to transform our lives for the better.
The root cause of our mysterious behaviors is that 30-50% of what we do is driven by genes inherited from our prehistoric ancestors. But we needn’t be trapped by those genes or those behaviors! The new science of epigenetics proves that genes are not necessarily destiny. These exciting new discoveries are already being used by medical organizations, and Dr. Baird shows us how we can use them in everyday life.
Behavioral Genes offers specific ways to move beyond your ancient “caveman mind” and actually change your biology. It examines the sources of stress, aggression, conflict, overeating, hurt feelings, mistaken perceptions, and unhappiness. It brings understanding to core behaviors such as personality, happiness, relationships, love, and differences between the sexes. Drawing on the proven therapies of meditation, mindfulness, cognitive therapy, and epigenetic behavioral therapy, Behavioral Genes maps out a positive new way to increase well-being.
James D. Baird, Ph.D. has more than forty years of experience as a successful inventor and graduate engineer. A pioneer in the new science of ultrasonics, Baird has earned several patents and as a successful entrepreneur founded Dynasonics, Inc. a design and manufacturing company of ultrasonic sensors and computers.
His inventor background instilled in him a persistent curiosity about how things work, translating from mechanisms to life. His passion for understanding the bioengineering that makes us human combined with his religious and spiritual beliefs has led him to research the subject of happiness for more than 20 years, and in the process, earned him a Ph.D. in Natural Health.
As a natural health advocate with an inventor’s curiosity, he was intrigued by the paradox that “diets don’t work.” In an effort to uncover the reasons and provide an answer, he wrote his third book, The Mindful Meals Diet (iUniverse 2007), which explained how genetic factors are the basis of unhealthy eating habits that lead people to become overweight. His program incorporated self-hypnosis and mind/body strategies to develop healthy eating habits (www.mindfulmealsdiet.com).
From his research of genetics in diet evolved the understanding that humans have a spiritual nature and that faith is genetic. This confirmed his belief that the expression of spirituality is genetically motivated and results in natural happiness. Results from researching genetic behavior and the new science of epigenetics inspired Baird to write the HAPPINESS GENES.
Intrigued by people’s behaviors, Baird used his 20 years of researching in behavioral genetics to write BEHAVIORAL GENES- why we do what we do and how to change. This book describes the genetic roots of our most common behaviors providing understanding of why we do what we do. While other books note that the genetic heritability component of behaviors is unchangeable, Baird shows that genes aren’t destiny. Using evidence that epigenetic modalities, such as: meditation, mindfulness, and cognitive therapy can modify behaviors, practical therapies are described in the last chapter of the book.