A Quick and Easy Way to Tune Up the Mind and Maximize Emotional Health (in 2 hours!)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Everyone


What people are saying about The Brain Mechanic:

  • A 'must-read.' I feel brighter and better having read it!"

    Carole Bayer Sager: singer, painter, Oscar & Emmy-winning songwriter
  • Concise, accessible, and indescribably powerful."

    David Geffen: cofounder of Dreamworks SKG
  • Great book."

    Sheri Salata: executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show
  • Only the brightest minds can distill a complex subject into drinkable parts. Spencer Lord does just that in his book The Brain Mechanic. Drink it up. It goes down smooth, and will change the way you view the world."

    Carole Radziwill: Emmy-winning journalist, author of 'What Remains,' Real Housewife of NYC
  • 'The Brain Mechanic' is Spencer Lord's personal journey and interpretation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through his life. He has developed an easy to read and understand blueprint for others to "tune up" their lives. This book should be read by any adult who has ever felt depression, anxiety or unresolved emotional pain. It is a self help bibliotherapy that can be used as an auxiliary to individual therapy or perhaps a path to personal solutions to negative thoughts, beliefs, and feelings. I suggest that we look at the results of "The Brain Mechanic" in the life of the author. He is focused, energized, and resiliently engaged in life, learning, and service to humanity. He's setting a shining example of the power and effectiveness of 'The Brain Mechanic.'"

    Dr. Jack Apsche: board certified clinical psychologist, founder and director of the Apsche Clinic, program director for forensic psychology at Walden University, and author of "Mode Deactivation Therapy to Treat Aggression and Oppositional Behavior in Adolescents" (New Harbinger Press)
  • Spencer Lord is a not only a Mechanic of the brain but a life enlightener and surgeon of the soul."

    Mario Cantone: writer, comedian, Tony-nominated actor
  • A work of preternatural genius."

    —William Cole, Ph.D.: former president of Lake Forest College, former dean of students at Williams College, and chairman of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations
  • This is heavyweight psycho-spiritual guidance doled out with a ladle of honey. Spencer is the quintessential affable guru—friendly, approachable, flexible. His ‘emotional algebra’ provides an invaluable formula for liberation, empowering each of us to be our own brain mechanic instead of a sniveling victim to the false self. A ‘must read’ for spiritual seekers—one which I will be using at Columbia College with my Mystical Consciousness students."

    Elizabeth-Anne Stewart, Ph.D.: author, and professor at Columbia College
  • Spending one night with The Brain Mechanic can change your life."

    Lori Andrews: Law professor, legal chair for the Human Genome Project, and author of "The Silent Assassin"
  • A good brain mechanic is hard to find. Usually you wind up in a chop shop. And the replacement parts are inferior. Spencer Lord has changed all that. He offers a one-stop service and you're out and running smooth before lunch. This may sound glib, but you'll feel the same way when you realize how simple it is and how stupid you were not to have realized it before you drove into that wall."

    Bruce Vilanch: six-time Emmy winner, and head writer for the Academy Awards Show, and "Hollywood Squares"
  • Mr. Lord uses letters like words, words like thoughts, thoughts like tools, tools like dreams, and dreams like reality..."

    Christopher G. Ciccone: artist, director, author of "Life With My Sister Madonna"
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the gold standard of psychotherapy. I am happy that Spencer Lord has written a book about it which is easily read and comprehended by people from non-psychological backgrounds."

    Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil: humanitarian, and founder of Lakshya Trust
  • Spencer is the ultimate connector — of our friends, our dreams and our brains."

    Hilary Rosen: editor-at-large for The Huffington Post, and CNN political contributor
  • The Brain Mechanic empowers its readers with a simple, straightforward "equation" for change. Perhaps EV + B = EM should be offered to all middle-school youngsters as part of the standard curriculum. How skillfully they would navigate through life learning this tool early on!"

    —Rhonda J. Noonan: M.S., L.P.C.; Clinical Director of inpatient psychiatric hospital
  • Your brain can't run without a good mechanic. Spence is mine."

    Howard Bragman: founder of Fifteen Minutes, publicist, and author of "Where's My Fifteen Minutes"
  • Well, I thought I knew everything. Apparently not. This book has, if I say so myself, made me brilliant. I have only two words for anyone who wants to unlock the potential of his/her brain: You. Should. Read. This."

    Elayne Boosler: comedian, writer, and founder of Tails of Joy
  • In an easy to read, and simple way, Lord explains the science & dynamics of Cognitive Behavioral Theory and how our spurious beliefs can be changed via 'self-enhancement.' This is the must read book to create self-change and build a sustained life balance."

    Meghan Stabler: HRC board of directors
  • Brace yourself: 'The Brain Mechanic' is the best brain candy to gobble up at the moment. Spencer Lord weaves together a simple, easy-to-read guide to understanding your emotions and your behavior. More importantly, he provides the tools needed to create the possibility for real transformation. Delicious!"

    —Greg Archer: San Francisco Examiner
  • This book will change your outlook and your life!”

    ANT: comedian, and VH1 host
  • 'The Brain Mechanic' by Spencer Lord empowers people to take control of their own thoughts, emotions and behaviors by understanding how their own belief system is responsible for how they react in certain situations. I have recommended it to friends who write to tell me what it a powerful impact it has had in their lives during challenging situations. Spencer Lord is a genius when it comes to simplifying cognitive behavioral therapy that may have confused you in the past. It's a gem of a tool for your mental health and overall well-being."

    —Maria Dorfner: founder/CEO of NewsMD Communications
  • The how-to guide for taking control of your emotional life. A great read!”

    Richard Dowling: recording artist, and founder of Dowling Music
  • I'm not sure which sexologist once quipped that the average man utilized the clitoris in much the way an orangutan might play a violin, but I thought of him when I read "The Brain Mechanic." Not, of course, because I have a clitoris (that is NOT what is in my jar by the door), but because most of us use our brains as ineptly and as rarely. I do know that Neil Simon used to read "How To Be Your Own Best Friend" twice a day with a glass of water, because it got him back in his best frame of mind, flushed out the toxins. Nora Ephron thought the book might be magical. That was more than thirty years ago. Today, I think they would find this book to be their magic pill. I like how the book distills a lot of knowledge that we are SUPPOSED to know and think we already know, but rarely utilize. I want to quip some more (because the book gets your engines going and the synapses aflame), but to be as clear and as precise as the book, let me just say that it allows you to begin living the examined life we always thought was a myth. Like that clitoris. And that musical orangutan."

    —Jim Grissom: HBO, writer/editor; author
  • An indispensable interdisciplinary tool for taking back control from the demons that plague us - anxiety, depression, drug addiction, etc."

    —C. Cryn Johannsen: founder of Education Matters
  • Spencer Lord has provided us with a user's manual to the human brain. By applying the material in 'The Brain Mechanic' one has the tools to positively change their life. I see this book as a step in the right direction to powerfully merge science and spirituality."

    Jesse Brune Horan: founder of Project Service L.A., personal trainer, and reality television star
  • Thank you Spencer Lord for writing this book. The benefits of learning how to control our beliefs independent of our thoughts are crucial no matter what your situation. Thus this book could benefit anyone just as it has me! He has made something profound quite simple to do."

    —Corey Spears: actor, blogger, movie star



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About the Author

Spencer Lord worked for Mother Teresa in Calcutta after attending the University of Chicago. He has recently formed Brain Mechanic Films to develop "The Brain Mechanic," feature-length movie version of the book.

You have the incredible power to change the way you think, perceive, and react to stress—for the better—through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ("CBT"). CBT has been known to be widely successful in the treatment of problems associated with anxiety, anger, depression, mood, personality, addiction, weight, insomnia; and many other emotional disturbances. Until recently, access to CBT was only available through professional therapy. Now with "The Brain Mechanic," Spencer Lord delivers a concise, entertaining, and easy-to-use handbook that demystifies Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. First, the reader learns "Emotional Algebra," which lies at the heart of the Cognitive Model. The author then presents customizable mental exercises, which allow people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the life-changing benefits of CBT. Through simple exercises, and clear explanations "The Brain Mechanic" makes it easy for you to fit the techniques of CBT into your daily life to improve your mood, broaden your communication skills, and enrich your relationships.

Life can be brutal. When it deals you a heavy blow, you may feel anger, anxiety, rage, jealousy, or even depression. Most people think they have to just live with these destructive emotions, or struggle (mostly in vain) to mitigate their impact. Wrong. CBT is the most powerful, evidence-based form of modern psychotherapy, and it teaches you how to stop these destructive emotions before they get started. In less than two hours you can read this book, and learn the basics of CBT. If you want the most powerful and effective relief modern psychology has to offer, make the most important investment you’ve made in your future: give yourself two hours to read “The Brain Mechanic”—a layman’s guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It will fundamentally Change Your Life... forever.

"The Brain Mechanic is by far the most uncomplicated and easy-to-absorb discourse on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy I’ve ever read. I breezed through this little tome within hours, marking page after page with a yellow highlighter so that I could refer to it later, and most importantly, so I could share it with my kids and friends. I came away from reading this book with a smile on my face. It’s entertaining, it makes perfect sense, it’s easy to follow, and any one of us can benefit immediately from reading it. Spencer Lord introduces the reader to several important parts of the brain, but with a slightly unorthodox methodology – he cuts to the chase, and makes his material accessible to everyone. He describes the Prefrontal Cortex; the Amygdala; and the Cingulate Gyrus in layman’s terms. In other words, he takes the medical school, out-of-my-pay-scale mystery out of these important structures, and turns them into neighborhood friends that we can get to know, and understand. Mr. Lord makes the argument that we can indeed control our behaviors once we understand emotional algebra. He has devised a way to teach this equation (EV + B = EM) quickly, and creatively. I highly recommend The Brain Mechanic. I would venture to say that as you seek knowledge and actualization of mind-body wellness, self-worth and self-esteem, emotional algebra could end up being one of the best lessons you ever learned.” —Dr. Cheryl Saban, Ph.D, author of "What is Your Self Worth? A Woman’s Guide to Validation"