New Release Books by Shlomo Breznitz

Shlomo Breznitz is the author of Sinamatella - A Quest for Meaning (2014), Maximum Brainpower (2012), Cry Wolf (1984) and Memory Fields (2017).

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Sinamatella - A Quest for Meaning

release date: Aug 26, 2014
Sinamatella - A Quest for Meaning
Don's personal life is shattered by a trauma, and he is devastated and helpless. His obsessive, automat-like way of thinking leaves no room for fresh or novel experiences. He seeks help from Irv, a highly unconventional therapist, who sends him to Africa in order to "unfreeze his personality." There, at Sinamatella, he starts the long journey back from his deep depression. Slowly, step by step, his inner life, which was an empty shell, starts to evolve, and with it his ability to cope. He meets a person unlike anyone he has known before, who teaches him to trust his intuition. He learns to infuse meaning into the most mundane experiences and thus enrich his life beyond recognition. Sinamatella is a story of hope and of a second chance in life. Shlomo Breznitz is a world-renowned expert in the area of psychological stress and coping. His more recent work is in the area of cognitive aging and brain training. He has published numerous scientific books in his field. The most recent, Maximum Brainpower: Challenging the Brain for Health and Wisdom, which he wrote with Collins Hemingway, was published by Ballantine Books in 2012. In addition he has written two memoirs, Memory Fields and The Tapestry of Life. He was the rector and president of the University of Haifa and briefly served in the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament. He lives in Haifa.

Maximum Brainpower

release date: Jul 02, 2012
Maximum Brainpower
Written by internationally renowned cognitive psychologist Shlomo Breznitz and technologist Collins Hemingway, Maximum Brainpower is filled with colourful real-life stories and fascinating psychological experiments that show you how to make the most of your grey matter. This book is not only a fascinating tour of the science of the mind, it also shows how you can improve your mental abilities, extend your thinking to its highest levels and ensure your brain fitness in the future. • Why challenge and stimulus improves your brain and how to harness this process • How to separate good stress from bad • What role hope and socialising play in fighting off the worst symptoms of dementia. • How sudoku and crossword puzzles are actually little help to your brain power • Why multitasking can be detrimental to your mental health. This revelatory work will help adults of any age build and retain their mental acuity. Expand your brainwidth to think better, live better, be better with Maximum Brainpower.

Cry Wolf

release date: Jan 01, 1984
Cry Wolf
First published in 1984. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Memory Fields

release date: Sep 19, 2017
Memory Fields
Memory Fields recounts Shlomo Breznitz's devastating experiences upon being placed in a Sisters of Saint Vincent orphanage just hours before his parents were sent to Auschwitz. He tells of events with other orphans, his teacher, classmates, the prelate and dreaded visits by Nazi officers periodically searching for Jewish children. He describes overwhelming feelings of isolation and loneliness, and persistent dread of being discovered. Interwoven throughout the book, Breznitz, the psychologist, draws on his history and explores the nature of cruelty and kindness, of stifling fear and outstanding courage, and the ways in which memory shapes our lives.University of Haifa psychology professor Breznitz, who was caught up in the Holocaust as a child, has written a spare and eloquent memoir of his experiences. Born into a Jewish family in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, he narrowly avoided transport to a concentration camp, because his parents, who were soon shipped to Auschwitz, managed to place the six-year-old Shlomo and his 10-year-old sister, Judith, in a Catholic orphanage, where they remained until the end of the war. There Shlomo strove to become a good Christian, hiding his circumcision from the other boys, who frequently treated him cruelly, and memorizing the Catholic litany so well that he was chosen to recite for the prelate. The pain of his memories of the convent was reinforced by an anti-Semitic incident that took place in 1959 when the author was traveling through Hungary as a member of the Israeli student chess team. The book is a moving contribution to Holocaust literature.
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