October 15, 2021
1 hr.


In this episode, Dr. Michael Maddaus interviews Dr. Jud Brewer—a New York Times best-selling author, neuroscientist, and thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery.” This fascinating conversation takes us on a journey inside the brain, shedding light on the mechanics of our constant inner dialogue. Dr. Jud shares his straightforward approach that has been known to turn traditional advice upside down. According to this addiction psychiatrist, we all struggle with something—our brains are set up that way, he says. Listeners will learn about the impact of the modern world on the creation of addictions and habits. Dr. Jud explains that our brains hate uncertainty and habits help us survive by “planning for the future.” This expert guest recommends a three-gear process for unwinding a bad habit. Dr. Jud also touches on willpower, suggesting that it is “more myth than muscle.” “The Resilient Surgeon” is a program from the Society designed to inspire cardiothoracic surgeons to be their best selves, in and out of the OR, using scientifically proven tools and recovery strategies of the world’s top performers.

Dr. Jud can be reached at drjud.com and @judbrewer. Learn more about STS wellness efforts at sts.org/wellness.