• The Science of Stuck

  • Breaking Through Inertia to Find Your Path Forward
  • By: Britt Frank
  • Narrated by: Sasha Heinz, Britt Frank
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (128 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A research-based tool kit for moving past what’s holding you back - in life, in love, and in work.

We all experience stuckness in our lives. We feel stuck in our relationships, career paths, body struggles, addiction issues, and more. Many of us know what we need to do to move forward - but find ourselves unable to take the leap to make it happen. And then we blame and shame ourselves, and stay in a loop of self-doubt that goes nowhere.

The good news is you’re not lazy, crazy, or unmotivated. In this empowering and action-oriented guide, you’ll discover why we can’t think our way forward - and how to break through what’s holding us back. Using an eclectic approach and a customizable plan that’s as direct or as deep as you want, this life-changing guide empowers you to:

  • Break old habits and patterns
  • Gain perspective on pain and trauma from the past
  • Free yourself from the torturous “why” questions
  • Take control of your choices to create the life you want

Bringing together research-backed solutions that range from shadow work to reparenting, embodied healing, and other clinical practices, along with empowering personal stories, this book is a hands-on road map for moving forward with purpose, confidence, and the freedom to become who you’re truly meant to be.

©2022 Britt Frank (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“In this lively, well-written book, Britt Frank adds her compelling voice to this movement toward listening to rather than avoiding or fighting with what is making you stuck. To use one of her great metaphors, what if anxiety isn’t an annoying feeling to ignore or medicate and instead is a warning light on your mind’s dashboard, indicating that something inside you needs attention? Frank’s has been quite a journey and I’m so glad she’s courageous enough to share it, and the wisdom it brought her, with us.” — Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, creator of the evidence-based Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapeutic model, and faculty member at Harvard Medical School

“In The Science of Stuck Britt Frank provides insights that enable individuals to move from the rigidity and predictiveness of being stuck to flexibility, curiosity, and social accessibility. Through relatable examples, we can develop skills to feel safe enough to venture into relationships and novel experiences and learn that being stuck is not a lifelong destiny.” — Dr. Stephen W. Porges, PhD, originator of The Polyvagal Theory, founding director of the Kinsey Institute Traumatic Stress Research Consortium at Indiana University, professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and a co-founder of the Polyvagal Institute

“This book is relevant for our modern, complicated lives and necessary for when we need to get our lives back on track. This book will give you the information you need to spark your curiosity with enough room to engage the necessary inward journey of self-reflection. You might just replace that stack of self-help books on your bedside table with this one essential guide.” — Arielle Schwartz, PhD, author of The Complex PTSD Workbook, The Post-Traumatic Growth Guidebook, and other books on trauma recovery 

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Mental health is a physical process

For too long, we have relegated mental health to our thoughts needing to be fixed, but as Britt Frank breaks it down: Mental health is not a mental process. Mental health is a physical process. Britt has brilliantly taken brain science and nervous system knowledge and distilled it down into easily understood concepts and exercises you can use to help yourself immediately without oversimplifying. Not only that, but I always trust an author better who can talk about a struggle from the inside. Instead of this whole book being about "people I've treated" (which there is plenty of that of course) there is also a lot of her own personal story with mental health, addiction and recovery. Britt's energy and personal stories bridge the gap between knowledge and experience in a way that made the entire book more relatable. She gave me tools I can apply to my life today, compassion for myself and my family members, and an optimism about being human I was out of touch with and so desperately needed to reconnect to. I took tons of notes and will have to buy more copies because there is no way I'm letting anyone borrow this one. There are several chapters I feel strongly should just be required reading for being human which is the title of Chapter 5--don't miss the instructions on how to apologize! Chapter 7 on "Emotionally unskilled families" will heal you in places you didn't know still hurt. Chapter 9 on "becoming an emotional adult" will finally help you understand why you suddenly turn into the worst version of your kid self when you spend time with your family of origin. Please don't skip the portion on grief or "the way to find your way home to yourself." I am a better, more capable human having spent time in this book and applying it to my life.

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Most helpful book I’ve read in a long time

Britt Frank did an excellent job putting together insightful information I hadn’t heard before, while also creating actionable plans that were easy enough to do and extremely helpful in practice. Her no nonsense approach was relatable and made the information hit home. I would recommend this book to anyone, no matter what stage they are in their journey. Thank you Britt, you are very inspiring!

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Me gustó tanto que ya compré la copia física

Son pocos los libros que llegan físicamente a mi biblioteca. Este es una joya. Para alguien que ha pasado su vida adulta sintiendo que no avanza y que sólo repite lo mismo en círculos. Lo leeré y escucharé más de una vez definitivamente. Compralo, regalalo, recomiendalo.

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Meaningful & Practical

This book was recommended to me recently and is well worth reading. The author is comedic, vulnerable, and understanding of the nature of people, and had both meaningful and practical recommendations for making changes in your life. I’m so glad I read this book.

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Highly recommended

This book made me cry and laugh and everything in between. Literally anyone could listen to this book in one day and become a better person for it, if only slightly.

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Just read this!

Hearing Britt on various podcast episodes, she had me at "queen on the hot mess express" and kept me throughout with her ridiculously clear, direct approach. I have used very similar metaphors and concepts in my work as a coach and consultant, and am grateful to find her work to even further expand ways to help my clients. The relatability in the examples she gives, the usefulness in her suggestions and practices, and her meticulous attention to subtle nuances of language and philosophy are exceptional. Only a few pages in I immediately bought several hardcopies and imagine my personal copy will be ragged from use within a week of arrival! Thank you Britt for the work you are doing...

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For everyone who ever stragel you have to read

This is one of the best and accurate books ever read. Briit have the last science knowledge about brain habits.

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Succinct and revealing

This proved to be a much easier listen than I expected, given the apparent heaviness of the topic. Nonetheless, the coherent and structured (soooo structured!) approach proved not only helpful but also revealing. Context is always there.

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Extremely valuable, meaningful and practical.

Listening to the book led to many insights and ideas on how to support young adults who have hit a wall on their life journey! Also loved the references and quotes! Precious nuggets throughout!

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