Biochemical Payoffs From Destructive Habits and Negative Emotional States

  • April 24, 2010 · 2:00 PM
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John Montgomery, a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, will discuss The Answer Model, which suggests that the brain receives unconscious biochemical rewards from destructive habits – such as chronic procrastination, worry, and self-sabotage; and negative emotional states – such as chronic anger, hurt, regret, and self-pity. Neuroscientists have found that stress hormones released during these states have effects in the brain that are almost identical to the effects of addictive drugs like cocaine or methamphetamine. The Answer Model proposes that nearly all of us develop literal biochemical addictions to various distressing emotional and behavioral patterns. The model also presents a powerful curative method that involves no medication, but instead shows people how they can overcome their core “emotional” addictions and derive biochemical payoffs in healthy, rather than self-destructive, ways. The model also involves a therapeutic system that has been shown to be extraordinarily effective in treating a wide variety of psychological and physical ills, including anxiety disorders, chronic depression, chronic pain, body dysmorphic disorder, sex addiction, and drug addiction. The Answer Model is licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide continuing education for Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (PCE #4505). Dr. Montgomery received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from Caltech in Pasadena, California, and his B.A. in molecular genetics from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Some of his articles on science, primarily about the interface between psychology and neuroscience, were published in the Washington Post and The Economist. He is the primary author of their two books, "The Answer Model Theory" and "The Answer Model: A new path to healing". In co-developing The Answer Model with Todd Ritchey, an addiction specialist, Dr. Montgomery's aim has been to synthesize cutting-edge neuroscience, evolutionary biology, psychology and spirituality into a unified framework that addresses all psychological health and dysfunction. He is also a counselor, and performs interventions and rehabilitation treatment using The Answer Model method. Dr. Montgomery will also be available to sign their new book just out from publication, "The Answer Model: A new path to healing". This book will show you how the most powerful biological force operating in the cells of your brain and body - the drive towards psychological and physical balance, or homeostasis – can lead you to optimal physical and emotional health. All of the Answer Model publications will be available for purchase. For more details, including specifics on the neuroscience behind their theory, visit their website at: www.TheAnswerModel.com Format: 2:00 Welcome, Introductions and Announcements 2:30 Dr. Montgomery presents 3:15 Question and Answer 3:45 Break 4:00 Dr. Montgomery presents 4:30 Q&A and discussion 5:15 Close 6:00 Optional Dinner with Dr. Montgomery We have reservations at 6pm for those who are interested in joining us for dinner with Dr. Montgomery. We will be walking 4 short blocks to the restaurant, and the food is very good. The King and I Siamese Cafe ($-$$) 272 South La Cienaga Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211 (310)[masked]
Please indicate if you intend to come to dinner so we can count you in the reservations. Parking: Also, weekend parking is openly available for this otherwise residential permit parking area. With our attendance, you might end up needing to walk a block or two. The Institute is a beige somewhat spanish style residence with terra cotta tiled roofing and a blue ADD van in the driveway. It is right on the triangle intersection where three streets meet: Gregory Way, Schumacher Drive, and Hayes Drive. RSVP:
Many people will see the value in attending this lecture. Please be considerate of others, and rsvp with mindfulness, allowing others to attend if you do not, or if you change your mind, please update your rsvp in a timely manner. Thank you. Looking forward to seeing you at this informative and enlightening event!

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  • Karl S.

    The concepts presented by Dr. Montgomery are all known but are put together in a new way to explain the baffling tendency of many people to sabotage themselves and wallow in destructive behaviors. As I told him afterward, now I finally understand my ex! His synthesis of existing knowledge is simply brilliant and everyone interested in the brain and consciousness owes it to themselves to learn what he offers; I strongly recommend that you buy his book or attend one of his Meetups soon.

    May 1, 2010

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    A former member

    I am absolutely fascinated about how the brain develops and patterns become hard-wired even in the womb. The information shared by John was very informative. Lots to absorb, think about and research. Much of the information is pertinent to the personal growth work I'm doing at present so the timing was perfect.

    April 25, 2010

  • V

    Incredibly valuable. Highly informative to the degree that Dr. Montgomery's therapeutic model makes other models make sense. Biochemistry explained through the evolutionary component is the key that makes all the difference to me.

    April 25, 2010

  • Ray

    Dr Montgomery's presentation was very informative and the information will be useful for my self help efforts. The organizers of LABC, biofeedback, and all of the members that I met were very friendly. It was wonderful to meet a group of people that share the same respect I have for the significance and impact of the brain and psychology on the lives of everyone.

    April 25, 2010

  • V

    Dinner count so far: 13

    April 19, 2010

  • V

    If you are from SAB and want to be seated together, please let me know so I can arrange your seating for you. I'm looking forward to welcoming you.

    April 9, 2010

  • V

    If anyone is able to bring metal or plastic folding chairs, it will help to fit more people into the room. If so, please indicate how many chairs you can bring. Thank you!

    April 8, 2010

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