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Using Mindfulness to Stop Anxiety and Cravings - Interview with Dr. Jud Brewer

Our brains like rewards and avoid things that make them feel harmed or in danger.

In this episode of the Beauty of Conflict, CrisMarie interviews Dr. Jud Brewer, a thought leader in habit change and the science of self-mastery. He shares his work with anxiety and addiction patients through a mindful reward-based learning method that has awareness and curiosity at its core. Dr. Jud asks his patients to be aware of their sensations and feelings when performing harmful habits, to target that behavior, and break free from it more easily. One can do this at home through his app-based mindfulness training programs. He discusses how, by drawing from the body’s felt experience, one can identify the habit mechanism triggered in the brain. Dr. Jud explains how he applies these concepts to drive anxiety and craving like a habit and build distress tolerance.

Listen to this episode and learn how to use these mindful skills to break free from many habits!

About Jud Brewer

Jud Brewer, MD, Ph.D. (“Dr. Jud”) is a New York Times best-selling author and thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery,” who blends over 20 years of experience with mindfulness training and a career in scientific research. He is passionate about understanding how our brains work, and how to use that knowledge to help people make deep, permanent change in their lives — with the goal of reducing suffering in the world at large.

Dr. Jud is the director of research and innovation at Brown University’s Mindfulness Center, where he also serves as an associate professor in Behavioral and Social Sciences at the School of Public Health and Psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Brown University. Additionally, he is the Chief Medical Officer at Sharecare, the digital health company helping people manage all their health in one place, and a research affiliate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, Dr. Jud held research and teaching positions at Yale University and the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Mindfulness.

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Key Take-Aways

  • What mindfulness is and how it can help with distress tolerance.

  • How to map one’s pleasure plateau and avoid going over a cliff of overindulgence.

  • Why curiosity is positively contagious and what types there are.

  • How asking oneself about the result of a habit can bring out awareness.

  • What a craving sensation or anxiety feelings derive from and how to deal with them.


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