29 May Book Review: Sane New World: Taming the Mind by Ruby Wax
The pressure of everyday life can lead us to burnout and depression. In this best-selling book, Ruby Wax – comedian, writer and mental health campaigner – shows us how our minds can jeopardise our sanity.
Arriving in Britain from the US in 1977, Ruby Wax began her acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She went on to write and perform in her own hugely popular television programmes for the BBC and Channel 4. Recently she has obtained a Masters degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University. She has become the poster girl for mental illness in the UK. She was recently awarded an honorary OBE for her services to mental health.
With her own periods of depression as well drawing from her extensive learning experience, she explains how our busy, chattering, self-critical thoughts drive us to anxiety and stress. If we are to break the cycle, we need to understand how our brains work, rewire our thinking and find calm in a frenetic world.
She notes ‘I am one of the one in four who has mentally unraveled; this book is for the four in four. It’s for everyone, because we all share the same equipment; We suffer, we laugh, we rage, we bitch, we’re all vulnerable, delicate creates under our tough fronts’