Jeff Schwartz

TAGS: Change Management, Motivation, Personal Improvement, Psychology

Jeff Schwartz

Dr. Jeffrey M. Schwartz is a research psychiatrist at the School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles and one of the world’s leading experts in neuroplasticity. Decades ago, he began to study the philosophy of conscious awareness, the idea that the actions of the mind have an effect on the workings of the brain. Jeff's breakthrough work in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) provided the hard evidence that the mind can control the brain's chemistry. He has lectured extensively to both professional and lay audiences in the US, Europe, and Asia. Jeff’s books include The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force and the bestseller Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, the seminal book on OCD. His latest book, You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Ending Destructive Behavior, Changing Bad Habits, and Taking Control of Your Life, was published in 2011.



    I’m not good enough. I’m going to fail. He doesn’t really like me. There must be something wrong with me.

    At one point or another, we have secretly had these kinds of thoughts. Plagued with self-doubt and indecision in those moments, we may have responded with anxiety, depression, unhealthy habits like overeating, throwing back a few drinks or repeatedly over-checking something, like our texts or email. For many of us, this becomes an unending cycle in which habits become more engrained and automatic.

    In You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life, Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D., leading UCLA psychiatrist and researcher, combines cutting-edge scientific research with an adaptable 4-step program to help people understand, identify, and free themselves from the deceptive brain messages that hold them back. By learning how to identify deceptive brain messages and channel them through the power of focused attention, those who follow this easy-to-implement program can ultimately lead more fulfilling and empowered lives.

  • WORKSHOP: Why the Neuroscience of Leadership Matters

    Breakthroughs in brain research explain how to make organizational transformation succeed.

    One of the biggest challenges organizations encounter is how to thrive when faced with constant, disruptive change. The study of neuroscience has provided us with a deeper understanding of why people find change so unsettling. It offers valuable insight into the way people approach new tasks or manage upheaval and helps us understand how the human brain utilizes mental resources to deal with ambiguity, resolve conflict, or find creative solutions to complex problems.

    Neuroscience can help organizations become more effective in how they manage change, which should increase organizational productivity and employee satisfaction. Responding thoughtfully to external events, rather than saying what first comes to mind, prevents leaders from responding in a way they may later regret.

    In this workshop you will learn how to develop the capacity to consider the context surrounding external events before reacting to them. Dr Schwartz will discuss the importance of what the great economist Adman Smith called the 'impartial spectator' and the concept of a quiet mind, in remaining cool and rational under pressure. The more we understand the phenomenon of change, the more effectively we can manage it.

    Neuroscience shows us why some common practices work well, such as allowing people to take ownership of a new initiative. It also explains why some don’t succeed

  • You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Ending Destructive Behavior, Changing Bad Habits, and Taking Control of Your Life

    In this new book, two leading UCLA psychiatrists discuss cutting-edge research that explains why your brain deceives you and how to make your brain work for, rather than against, you. Using their clinically proven, renown Four Step method that increases awareness of deceptive brain messages, you will learn how to access and bolster – most often without medications – the loving, smart inner guide within you to prevent your deceiving brain from taking control of you and your life... MORE →


  • Jeff Schwartz Official Website
  • Book: Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • LA Time: Interview
  • Video: The Ed Bernstein Show