Not a single good book exists on how to keep your brain in an optimal state.

Not a single good book exists on how to keep your brain in an optimal state. Where you’re operating on optimal personality and optimal performance. Not a single one.

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    have you considered that a book is categorically the wrong tool for the job? why isn't there a hotdog that exists to keep your brain in an optimal state? or a color?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      because that's not the purpose of a hotdog, but the whole concept of the self-help genre is in tune with what I am seeking, yet the book I need does not exist

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        purpose is socially constructed. if some israelite convinces everyone that hotdogs make you smarter i guarantee some moronic frog will make a IQfy thread asking why there isn't a hotdog to teach him calculus.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        anons on here have been telling you zoomers for years that the self-help books are a scam and are not the reason most of us read books or are interested in them.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >or a color?
      uh, red?

    • 3 weeks ago
      I ignore women

      fpbp
      /thread

      Everyone is so incapable nowadays that they need a book to tell them how to read a book.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Good question homosexual. Just imagine. A brain reads a book about how to keep itself in good shape, and then what the frick does it do then? Right? Useless ass book.

      I think it should be a hip hop song.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    chuddegger

    what is an optimal state?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      literally explained in the next sentence

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Where you’re operating on optimal personality and optimal performance
        Oh so it's optimal because it's optimal

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    do any books claim to do that?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      They do on the book title which is a clickbait most of the time.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Because it's not possible. You would be a robot if that's the case. Life has ebbs and flows—so do people.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      brain is nothing less than a computer, if a computer can be tweaked to perform optimally, so can the brain.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        A computer's performance will also degrade over time.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        lol, lmao even

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >no argument

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I don't get why you morons think you need books for everything.
    >G-guys any books to get a gf?
    >Any books to teach me to wipe my ass?
    >Any books that will make me jump higher and run faster??????
    You guys are so afraid of ACTION. Even the smallest amount of action frightens you moronic homosexuals. Literally ask this question to ChatGPT and it'll give you a small list of shit you should DO. Yes, DO. Now frick off and have a nice day instead of being a moronic stagnant piece of shit that hates action.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >You guys are so afraid of ACTION
      books on what actions to start with?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        -_-

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        If you need to clean your penis then Peterson.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        For starters, read
        The Complete Manual of Suicide (完全自殺マニュアル, Kanzen Jisatsu Manyuaru

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The book doesn't exist because it's only 3 things
    exercise
    diet
    reading

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Which nootropics though?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        NONE
        THEY ALL DECREASE YOUR BODY TEMP AND TESTOSTERONE

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Alpha Gpc. Huperzine A. Ginkgo Biloba.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      how do you know it's those 3 things?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >NOOOO I can't listen to scientifically backed advice until I hear it from a Himalayan slam poetry performance filmed from a Canon HV20 in 2007!!!! Find it NOW or I'll just sit and rot alone!!!

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >I can't listen to scientifically backed advice
          if those 3 things exist in the form of scientific advice then that itself is the book OP is looking for. So what is that book/scientific paper?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Because that's the way it's been for 3,000 years of literature and history

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          a lot of great writers were lazy bums who sat on their asses and wrote all day

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >wrote all day
            It is work. Mental work.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            which still disapproves the
            >exercise
            >diet
            theory

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            which still disapproves the
            >exercise
            >diet
            theory

            OP's question was about keeping one's brain in an optimal state, not about being a good writer.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            you cannot write well without an optimal state brain

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            it's the opposite you need to be highly unwell. you need manic energy.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I've been those every day for 7 years and I'm extremely suicidal

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Touch a LOT of grass. People go and touch grass for 30 mins and say “I did it”
        No spend a few months or a year outside.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      this and going outside occasionally solves 90% of the average IQfy poster's problems.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >exercise
      >diet
      >reading
      Also
      good socializing
      healthy amount of money
      discipline
      faith in a higher power
      0 social media use
      8 hours of sleep

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Forgot
        having a family who loves you (parents, siblings, wife/husband, children)

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >faith in a higher power
        the point is to move away from delusion, anon

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          You can choose to be an atheist anon but eventually something has to give and meaninglessness will lead to depression. This isn't a metaphysical argument. Humans intrinsically are designed in a way which means without faith a man can't behave and feel "optimal"

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            This is a common sentiment but I'm not really convinced. I often feel that people trying to convince me of their narrative is what causes a big part of my distress. I still have values I guess, I value my family and so on but I'm not sure I need some grand ideology.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            It makes me more depressed to look at the evils of the world under the assumption there is a higher power than assuming there is not. There are ways to be spiritual via introspection and meditation, but "faith" is not it.
            Faith's definition is belief without evidence. That's not something I'd suggest to somebody who wants to "keep their brain in the optimal state".

            > Faith's definition is belief without evidence
            Faith in something immaterial does not impede on rationalism and empiricism. So I don't know why it would make me a moron.
            > I often feel that people trying to convince me of their narrative is what causes a big part of my distress.
            Hey I dislike that alot as well and belief in god is what makes that meningful. Why stand for your "values" if material objectives are all that matters. I know you value your family because you love/respect them but that just isn't enough. A sense of responsibility of your behavior matters. Eventual reassurance matters. Otherwise a general anxiety and hedonistic behaviors takeover. There is no reason to sacrifice your life for others.
            > depressed to look at the evils of the world under the assumption there is a higher power than assuming there is not
            I believe suffering is good and primal to human nature. It's the cross of Christ, awakening of Buddha and the duty of Arjun. (dont care for islam so idk what Muhammad was upto). Believing that you suffered for a reason and there's a light is the only way to cope with it.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            To be clear, I never called you a moron lol.
            >Faith in something immaterial does not impede on rationalism and empiricism.
            How exactly does belief in something that has no evidence for its existence not "impede empricism"?
            >I believe suffering is good and primal to human nature. It's the cross of Christ, awakening of Buddha and the duty of Arjun. (dont care for islam so idk what Muhammad was upto).
            Adversity spurs growth, yes, but it doesn't justify the level the evils of this world stoop to. I'd love to hear how you think nuking a whole city or a child getting sex trafficked or a natural disaster that kills thousands is "good" for human nature, and why those people's souls mattered less to your God than the people who didn't experience that level of suffering.
            >Believing that you suffered for a reason and there's a light is the only way to cope with it.
            'Cope' is the keyword here.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            > belief in something that has no evidence for its existence not "impede empricism"

            Because the Thing in question is unobservable regardless of whether it is real or not. So you can't use empiricism to "see" it. Think of kantian metaphysics.
            > d love to hear how you think nuking a whole city or a child getting sex trafficked or a natural disaster that kills thousands is "good" for human nature, and why those people's souls mattered less to your God than the people who didn't experience that level of suffering.
            1. If the afterlife exists then just because someone died doesn't mean their soul doesn't matter, it has no real effect on God's morality at all. Imagine seeing characters die in GTA.
            2. Free will and temptations are in a battle constantly. That to me is our purpose on Earth anyways.
            > 'Cope' is the keyword here.
            1. This is an argument on whether God is necessary for good cognitive functioning. Coping when healthy is helpful which God is.
            2. We cannot escape God in our behavior but for most God becomes just pleasure which means you always fall into short term pleasures and that isn't healthy for the mind.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            This is a religious argument, so we won't find common ground at all, but I'll still reply to the points you've made. I probably won't argue beyond this because these discussions normally go around in circles.
            >Because the Thing in question is unobservable regardless of whether it is real or not. So you can't use empiricism to "see" it. Think of kantian metaphysics.
            I can deal with justifcations for god outside of empiricism, but then you cant say it's not impeding on empiricism.
            >1. If the afterlife exists then just because someone died doesn't mean their soul doesn't matter, it has no real effect on God's morality at all. Imagine seeing characters die in GTA.
            Honestly, this makes it even worse. He doesn't care at all, and yet I'm supposed to put my faith in him without any evidence that he is even there? And then change my life according to his doctrine? This is where your religion becomes a cult.
            >2. Free will and temptations are in a battle constantly. That to me is our purpose on Earth anyways
            Free will is not an argument that justifies the level of evil that we experience, and none of the examples I gave have anything to do with the 'temptations' of the victims, who are the ones who suffer (the thing you said is good for people). That's the main point I am trying to make, just HOW evil the world actually is, and the people that suffer the most are the least likely to grow from the experience (or they are just, you know, dead because of it)

            >1. This is an argument on whether God is necessary for good cognitive functioning. Coping when healthy is helpful which God is.
            Only if you consider god to be different from any other delusion. I may cope with the evil in the world by believing in the demiurge and assigning responsibility of all evil in the world to this one deity. It doesn't make it real and it doesn't make it healthy.
            >2. We cannot escape God in our behavior but for most God becomes just pleasure which means you always fall into short term pleasures and that isn't healthy for the mind.
            I'm having trouble parsing this sentence, so maybe I've misunderstood, but you can fight short term pleasures/temptations in a purely secular way. People do it all the time.

            the ONLY good post in this entire thread. 100 IQ morons arguing

            >two people making arguments in good faith
            >100iq
            you're the only dumb one here by making a "this!!!!" post.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            > This is a religious argument
            Again I don't argue for the existence of God I agree that that would be pointless
            > you cant say it's not impeding on empiricism.
            definition of empiricism goes
            > the theory that all knowledge is based on experience derived from the senses.
            Knowledge is the operative word there. Some things we just cannot know because they are not material in nature. Belief is all that's left. Do you know justice? Read Kant's metaphysics to see what I mean
            > He doesn't care at all
            See you want to argue here whether God is right or not, which is not exactly relevant. For our discussion all I say is that this belief is needed. If no one cares about you that feeling sucks, it's not good for your mind. Humans are too flawed and egocentric to truly care enough about others. God is the only thing which (if you believe it to) that cares about you and nothing you can do would change it. It also cultivates true love for others (we will see why below)
            > It doesn't make it real and it doesn't make it healthy.
            You are too hung up on facts and logic which are just not strong enough. I didn't suggest Christianity for a reason. Any spiritual practice which brings you to appreciate suffering, sacrifice, long term thinking, etc is good enough. I don't think it is delusional because again it isn't something which science is capable of understanding. Look at your own life and see what fits, like a theme of a book. Once more I suggest learning about Kantian metaphysics to see why things which are unobservable could be real
            > I'm having trouble parsing this sentence, so maybe I've misunderstood, but you can fight short term pleasures/temptations in a purely secular way. People do it all the time.
            You understood it well enough. If no God, then maximizing pleasure is the most meaningful behavior left. You can try and help children/stop wars but it can't be fulfilling unless morality is meaningful, otherwise you are just ego stroking through virtuous behavior (ie maximizing pleasure). Morality can only be meaningful if it is objective (otherwise my killing of babies = your saving of them, in a relative morality). Only God creates objective ethics, hence only God makes sacrifices for the greater good worthwhile.

            Imagine

            Atheist drug addict: I may want to stop for my health but it feels too good and my life is already shit and I'll die in a few years because I've already fricked my heart.

            Spiritual drug addict: I have a duty to God to stop doing this. No matter how bad it has gotten I have to fulfill my role.

            These are honest behavior patterns of the two imo. You may see religious people act like guy number 1 but that means they don't really believe it in their hearts

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            It makes me more depressed to look at the evils of the world under the assumption there is a higher power than assuming there is not. There are ways to be spiritual via introspection and meditation, but "faith" is not it.
            Faith's definition is belief without evidence. That's not something I'd suggest to somebody who wants to "keep their brain in the optimal state".

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >The book doesn't exist because it's only 3 things
      >exercise
      >diet
      >reading
      which means:
      know your body needs
      nourish your mind

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Just lift bro

      Joe Rogan-tier moronation

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yes there is. Stress proof. Just Google it. It tells you how to prevent your amygdala from going into overdrive and taking over your prefrontal cortex.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Stress proof.
      why are women so funny bro

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Huberman's podcast is what you are looking for

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Are you that selfish and autistic that you need a script to tell you exactly everything to think say and do 24/7 in your own pathetic waste of a life?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yes, please don't abandon me, I need your help

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Not him but yes.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Meditate, Black person

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >not one book exists on how to exist
    >he hasn't read buddhist, daoist, absurdist, existentialist, or sufi literature

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >existentialist

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      cool meme!

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Holy Bible

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/QH48Wa0.jpeg

      lol wut

      These.

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >optimal personality and optimal performance
    it's called having having a few brewskis

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      the modern diogenes is the guy pouring white claw into his water bottle before clocking in at the factory

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    There are many books that at least purport to offer what you're seeking. Pic related. Have you read all these books and found them wanting? Is not the hyperbole in your remarks indicative of a cognitive distortion that suggests you would benefit from reading a good book on cognitive behavioral therapy?

    https://www.psychologytools.com/resource/overgeneralization/

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    not that you have the guts for the reddest of red pills, but i'll throw it out there just the same

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It exists.

    I'm not letting you read it though

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

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  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Start with neo-attic post-myelinization trans-carpathian pseudo-basilean hesychasts
    or just any self-help book from our infographics

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      So Greek monastic emigres from Mount Athos to the Danubian Principalities, possibly in the 17-19th century. The Kollyvades, maybe? Or an errant sect within? The hunt is on!

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    My mom raves about this book.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      the ONLY good post in this entire thread. 100 IQ morons arguing

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        qrd??

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Reading good books regularly will keep your brain in a healthy state. There is no one book.

  22. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You’re on the right path but you’re going about it the wrong way. When I need motivation juice, I read pic related completely and fully.
    I say this because the brain gets bored of reading the same thing in repetition all the time, so you need to make sure you focus on it and reabsorb the message each time. I have a few other of these if you’re interested. Maybe it’s some david goggins hype video that will do it for you, but the point is that it’s something that awakens an urgent feeling within you

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Chasing dreams is the dream killer. It’s just of mice and men designed to reel you out and then cut you loose with no lifeboat. God is real. God is peace.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >I know it hits your gut when you read that.
      It didn't though. This guy doesn't know shit. Is 05 his birth year? It's a shallow platitude filled diary entry of an 18 year old.
      I hate how hard the hustle grind set has mind raped Americans.
      >I HAVE TO PRODUUUUUCE. ALWAYS HUSTLING. 5 MORE FAILED DROPSHIPPING STORES AND 10 MORE AI WRITTEN BOOKS THAT NOBODY WILL READ. PRODUUUUUCE! ILL ESCAPE THE RAT RACE AND GET A LAMBORGHINI IF I GRIND HARD ENOUGH.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Same anon here
        >Looked up the guy who wrote this
        >Advertising some moronic AI service in his bio
        How did I know?

  23. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just bee yourself op

  24. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    the problem is that you think you need a book.

  25. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Not a single good book exists on how to keep your brain in an optimal state
    *Ahem*

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Only incels love puzzles

  26. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Frogposters should be permabanned on sight. Why are IQfy mods so useless?

  27. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    There's too much that goes into that for one book to cover. A lot of you guys who make threads seem to think single books can replace a man's unique life experience and that's not true.
    Rather, you need to change your attitude. It's your life and your own actions that are more likely to give rise to the sort of books you imagine might exist. The fact that you can imagine it or think it must already exist means, if it doesn't, that the potential is within you to write the book you wish was available to help you.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >There's too much that goes into that for one book to cover.
      It's actually the opposite. The answer is so simple that 200 pages would be unnecessary.
      If I were tasked to write a book to answer OP's question I would be unable to write over 10 pages and proclaim that every word over that length is necessary. You can do it in one sentence.
      Walk, eat well, sleep, meditate, and read.
      Padding up the length by referencing and citing every study ever is just a waste of time, and it should already be common knowledge that these things are good.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        In the broadest sense sure, and you could reasonably expect guys to fill in the details themselves, but life is full of illusions and anytime someone follows a strict formula their mind finds ways to distract them and their personal circumstances shake them up and cause them to doubt things that will be consistently reliable even though they seem to become complicated in the moment.
        To be less vague, for example simple things like how much to walk or read per day. A young unsure guy will get discouraged at the beginning stages of undertaking anything at all and seek advice, and for someone who's let's assume 'qualified' to mentor them even they will be saying all those simple things you listed through their personal experience which includes where they came from, what kind of people are around them, what things they must do each day like school or work, etc.
        So I'm saying a hundred different smart and successful guys could each fill a book where they get into the weeds regarding their experience and the hyper personal ways they managed all those things moment to moment, but even that still won't cover all the ground of a very helpless anon asking a question like this because to do so would require an ongoing dialectic.
        So hence it's a practically impossible request. An optimal brain? It's like asking how to live, what should I go to school for, how should I feel about anything at all, how do I make decisions, etc., it's everything.

  28. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    There exist a lot of good books for this purpose. However, they require you to have a functional brain in the first place. You cannot keep your brain in an optimal state if it is physically incapable of reaching that state.

    tldr: you're too low IQ for the kind of book you're requesting

  29. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    lol wut

  30. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    https://www.dhammatalks.org/books/BuddhasTeachings/Section0003.html
    https://www.dhammatalks.org/books/WithEachAndEveryBreath/Contents.html
    https://www.dhammatalks.org/books/ShapeOfSuffering/Contents.html
    https://www.dhammatalks.org/books/OnThePath/Section0000.html

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