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The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought
What might lead a schoolgirl to eat a wall of her house, piece by piece, or a man to die beneath an avalanche of household junk that he and his brother have compulsively hoarded? At what point does a harmless idea, a snowflake in a clear summer sky, become a blinding blizzard of unwanted thoughts?David Adam - an editor at Nature and an accomplished science writer - has suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder for twenty years, and The Man Who Couldn’t Stop is his unflinchingly honest attempt to understand the condition and his experiences. In this riveting and intimate blend of science, history, and memoir, Adam explores the weird thoughts that exist within every mind and explains how they drive millions of us toward obsession and compulsion. Told with fierce clarity, humor, and urgent lyricism, The Man Who Couldn’t Stop is a haunting story of a personal nightmare that shines a light into the darkest corners of our minds.
How to Overcome Shyness: Step-by-Step Instructions, Exercises, and Scenarios
Easy-to-adapt strategies to beat your shyness and real-life stories from other shy people will give you great tools for future interactions. You'll even learn why you're shy - so you're best prepared to tackle your shyness head-on. From dating to work to large social events and parties, you can overcome your shyness!
Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter
From the creator of Dilbert, an unflinching look at the strategies Donald Trump used to persuade voters to elect the most unconventional candidate in the history of the presidency, and how anyone can learn his methods for succeeding against long odds.Scott Adams - a trained hypnotist and a lifelong student of persuasion - was one of the earliest public figures to predict Trump’s win, doing so a week after Nate Silver put Trump’s odds at 2 percent in his FiveThirtyEight.com blog. The mainstream media regarded Trump as a novelty and a sideshow. But Adams recognized in Trump a level of persuasion you only see once in a generation.Trump triggered massive cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias on both the left and the right. We’re hardwired to respond to emotion, not reason. We might listen to 10 percent of a speech - a hand gesture here, a phrase there - and if the right buttons are pushed, we irrationally agree with the speaker and invent reasons to justify that decision after the fact.The point isn’t whether Trump was right or wrong, good or bad. Win Bigly goes beyond politics to look at persuasion tools that can work in any setting - the same ones Adams saw in Steve Jobs when he invested in Apple decades ago. For instance:• If you need to convince people that something is important, make a claim that’s directionally accurate but has a big exaggeration in it. Everyone will spend endless hours talking about how wrong it is while accidentally persuading themselves the issue is a high priority.• Stop wasting time on elaborate presentations. Inside, you’ll learn which components of your messaging matter, and where you can wing it.• Creating "linguistic kill shots" with persuasion engineering (such as “Low-energy Jeb”) can be more powerful than facts and policies.Adams offers nothing less than "access to the admin passwords to human beings." This is a must-read if you care about persuading others in any field - or if you just want to resist persuasion from others.
Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias
Uncovers the science behind our "unintentional" biases using real world stories underpinned by scientific theories and research.Experiments have shown that our brains categorize people by race in less than one-tenth of a second, about 50 milliseconds before determining sex. This means that we are labeling people by race and associating certain characteristics to them without even hearing them speak or getting to know them. This subtle cognitive process starts in the amygdala, the area of the brain associated with strong emotions.Does this mean that unconscious biases are hardwired into our brains as an evolutionary response, or do they emerge from assimilating information that we see around us? In Sway, author Pragya Agarwal uncovers the science behind our "unintentional" biases. Using real world stories underpinned by scientific theories and research, this book unravels the way our unconscious biases are affecting the way we communicate, make decisions and perceive the world. A wide range of implicit biases are covered, including left-handedness, age-ism, sexism and aversive racism, and by using research and theories from a wide range of disciplines, including social science, psychology, biology and neuroscience, readers learn how these biases manifest and whether there is anything we can do about them.
Descubre Tu Coeficiente Alimenticio Y Pierde Peso
Susan Albers, doctora en psicología presenta un programa de tres pasos innovadores para conquistar el impulso del comer emocional– un enfoque práctico, prescriptivo, proactivo utilizando la inteligencia emocional que te ayudará a bajar de peso, comer saludablemente, con atención plena, y no agregar más kilos. Este libro va más allá de dietas tradicionales para explorar la relación entre las emociones y la alimentación, que revelan cómo, cuando aumentas tu inteligencia emocional, aumenta naturalmente tu capacidad para gestionar con éxito su peso. Al explicar el vínculo entre un alto coeficiente y una buena relación con la comida, la psicóloga clínica doctora Albers te guía a través de las barreras emocionales más comunes a la alimentación saludable y consciente, y ofrece 25 herramientas y técnicas que puede utilizar para adaptar el plan a sus necesidades individuales. Basado en docenas de estudios clínicos que asocian una baja inteligencia emocional con los malos hábitos alimenticios, incluyendo comer después de estar lleno, comer sus cosas favoritas cuando está enojado o aburrido, y comer en exceso alimentos. Este libro ofrece esperanza y ayuda que funciona para cualquier persona, no importa cuántas veces han tratado de manejar el comer emocional en el pasado.
Hanger Management: Master Your Hunger and Improve Your Mood, Mind, and Relationships
The complete program for mastering your "hanger," from mindful-eating pioneer Dr. Susan Albers -- with 45 tips to turn hanger into happiness.It happens to all of us. One minute you're happily going about your day, and a few seconds later you're a snappy, illogical version of yourself. The culprit? Hanger.We're living busier lives than ever before, and when we forget to eat -- or accidentally overeat -- hunger can make us angry, unreasonable, and dull, with big impacts on our emotional and psychological well being. And hanger can become a cycle. When we get too hungry, we're more likely to make food decisions we regret, which sets us up for another hanger crash later on.The good news: when we make better decisions about food, we think more clearly, connect better in our relationships, and improve our performance. Hanger Management is the book that can help you break this cycle and create healthy habits that fuel and empower you.In Hanger Management, New York Times bestselling author and clinical psychologist Susan Albers sheds light on the causes of hanger, and shares 45 of her best tips for managing it well. By learning to stay on top of your hunger cues, cultivating a better understanding of your appetite, and creating a better overall relationship with food, you'll become happier -- and healthier -- for life.
Awakening Joy - 10 Steps to True Happiness
Awakening Joy is more than just another book about happiness. More than simply offering suggested strategies to change our behavior, it uses time-tested practices to train the mind to learn new ways of thinking. The principles of the course are universal, although much of the material includes Buddhist philosophy drawn from the author’s thirty years as a Buddhist meditation teacher and spiritual counselor. In these times of economic uncertainty Awakening Joy shows we can get through hard times and use our experience to keep the our heart open while moving from discouragement to well-being, regardless of the external circumstances. Genuine well-being is not expensive. True happiness is not about acquiring anything, but rather about opening to the natural joy and aliveness right inside you. In this practical down-to-earth guide, readers will learn how to * make happiness a habit by inclining your mind toward states that lead to well-being * find joy, even during difficult times, and avoid the pitfalls that prevent you from achieving the contentment you seek * cultivate effective practices for sustaining joyfulness, such as reclaiming your natural sense of wonder and finding joy in the midst of everyday experiences. Each chapter of Awakening Joy consists of one of the steps in Baraz’s ten-step program and includes engaging exercises and practical advice to make happiness your natural default setting. For everyone from the cynic who is despondent over life’s many sorrows, to the harried commuter raging at freeway traffic, this book offers up a simple yet powerful message of hope grounded in the realization that joy already exists inside every one of us. Like a precious child, it only needs to be recognized, embraced, and nurtured in order to grow to its full potential
Drunk Tank Pink
A revelatory look at how our environment unconsciously yet dramatically shapes the judgments and decisions we make every day Most of us go through life believing that we are in control of the choices we make - that we think and behave almost independently from the world around us. But as Drunk Tank Pink illustrates, the truth is our environment shapes our thoughts and actions in myriad ways without our permission or even our knowledge. Armed with surprising data and endlessly fascinating examples, Adam Alter addresses the subtle but substantial ways in which outside forces influence us - such as color’s influence on mood, our bias in favor of names with which we identify, and how sunny days can induce optimism as well as aggression. Drunk Tank Pink proves that the truth behind our feelings and actions goes much deeper than the choices we take for granted every day.
Ready to live your dream life?You know that sneaky voice inside your head telling you that you’re not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, whatever enough? That’s your Mean Girl. And she’s doing her best to keep you stuck in Fear Town, too scared to go after the life you always imagined. But enough’s enough! Melissa Ambrosini has made a life beyond her wildest dreams, all by mastering her Mean Girl, busting through limiting beliefs and karate-chopping through the fears that held her hostage for years. And now she wants to help you remember not only what you are capable of, but how amazing you truly are!In this inspiring, upbeat guide, Melissa provides a practical plan for creating your own version of a kick-ass life - one that’s wildly wealthy, fabulously healthy and bursting with love. Designed to propel you out of stuck-ness and into action, this is a must read if you’re ready to let go of your Mean Girl and start living the life of your dreams.
The Brain Warrior's Way: Ignite Your Energy and Focus, Attack Illness and Aging, Transform Pain into Purpose
Amen, Daniel G.
When you are trying to live a healthy lifestyle, every day can feel like a battle. Forces are destroying our bodies and our minds. The standard American diet we consume is making us sick; we are constantly bombarded by the fear mongering news media; and we’re hypnotized by technical gadgets that keep us from our loved ones. Even our own genes can seem like they are out to get us. But you can win the war. You can live your life to the fullest, be your best, and feel your greatest. The key to victory rests between your ears.Your brain runs your life. When it works right, your body works right, and your decisions tend to be thoughtful and goal directed. Bad lifestyle choices, however, can lead to myriad problems in your body. Studies have shown that your habits turn on or off certain genes that make illness and early death more or less likely. But you can master your brain and body for the rest of your life with a scientifically designed program: the Brain Warrior’s Way.The Brain Warrior’s Way is your arsenal for winning the fight to live a better life. The Amens will guide you through the process and give you the tools to take control. So if you’re serious about your health, either out of desire or of necessity, it’s time to arm yourself and head into battle.
Healing ADD (Revised Edition)
Amen, Daniel G.
Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a national health crisis that continues to grow - yet it remains one of the most misunderstood and incorrectly treated illnesses today. Neuropsychiatrist Daniel G. Amen, MD was one of the first to identify that there are multiple types beyond just purely hyperactive or inattentive ADD, each requiring a different treatment. Now, in this all-new, revised edition, Dr. Amen again employs the latest medical advances in the field, including the largest brain imaging study ever completed on patients with ADD, to identify, examine, and demystify the 7 distinct types of ADD and their specific treatments. With updated recommendations for nutraceuticals and/or medications targeted to brain type, diet, exercise, lifestyle interventions, cognitive reprogramming, parenting and educational strategies, neurofeedback, and more, Dr. Amen's revolutionary approach provides a treatment program that can lead sufferers of ADD to a normal, peaceful, and fully functional life.
Magnificent Mind at Any Age
Amen, Daniel G.
It all starts with your brain: how you think, how you feel, how you interact with others, and how well you succeed in realizing your goals and dreams Based on the most up-to-date research, as well as on Dr. Daniel Amen's more than twenty years of treating patients at the Amen Clinics, Magnificent Mind at Any Age shows that the true key to satisfaction and success at any age is a healthy brain. By optimizing our brain function we can all develop the qualities of a magnificent mind enjoyed by the world's most successful and happiest people: * Increased memory and concentration * The ability to maintain warm and satisfying relationships * Undiminished sexual desire and performance * Goal-oriented perseverance * Better impulse control and mastery over potential addictions * Free-flowing creativity and the ability to relax and enjoy life's pleasures Whether you're in the midst of a demanding career or are looking forward to an active and richly rewarding retirement, Magnificent Mind at Any Age can give you the edge you need to live every day to your fullest potential.
The Man Who Wasn't There - Tales From the Edge of the Self
Anil Ananthaswamy offers an intimate look at the latest neuroscience of schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimer's disease, and Cotard's syndrome among others to reveal the awesome power of the human sense of self. Extensive in-depth interviews venture into the lives of individuals who offer remarkable, sometimes heartwrenching insights. One man cut off his own leg. Another became one with the universe. Where in the brain, or mind, or body is the self actually located? As Ananthaswamy elegantly reports, neuroscientists themselves now see that the elusive sense of self is both everywhere and nowhere in the brain. The Man Who Wasn't There takes readers on an emotional, scientific, and intellectual journey, arriving at a new visceral understanding of something we have wondered about since humans existed.
Why Does the Other Line Always Move Faster?: The Myths and Misery, Secrets and Psychology of Waiting in Line
How we wait, why we wait, what we wait for - waiting in line is a daily indignity that we all experience, usually with a little anxiety thrown in (why is it that the other line always moves faster?!?). This smart, quirky, wide-ranging book (the perfect conversation starter) considers the surprising science and psychology - and the sheer misery - of the well-ordered line. On the way, it takes us from boot camp (where the first lesson is to teach recruits how to stand rigidly in line) to the underground bunker beneath Disneyland's Cinderella Castle (home of the world's most advanced, state-of-the-art queue management technologies); from the 2011 riots in London (where rioters were observed patiently taking their turns when looting shops), to the National Voluntary Wait-in-Line days in the People's Republic of China (to help train their non-queuing populace to wait in line like Westerners in advance of the 2008 Olympics).Citing sources ranging from Harvard Business School professors to Seinfeld, the book comes back to one underlying truth: it's not about the time you spend waiting, but how the circumstances of the wait affect your perception of time. In other words, the other line always moves faster because you're not in it.
A Mind Apart
In this fascinating literary memoir, Susanne Antonetta draws on her personal experience as a manic-depressive, as well as interviews with people with multiple personality disorder, autism, and other neurological conditions, to form an intimate meditation on mental "disease." She traces the many capabilities - the visual consciousness of an autistic, for example, or the metaphoric consciousness of a manic-depressive - that underlie these and other mental "disabilities." A stunning portrait of how the world shapes itself in minds that are profoundly different from the norm, A Mind Apart urges readers to look beyond the concept of cures to the gifts inherent in many neuroatypical conditions. Employing a wide-ranging approach to her subject, Antonetta provides a rare glimpse into the wildly varying landscapes of human thought, perception, and emotion.
Amazing Decisions: The Illustrated Guide to Improving Business Deals and Family Meals
Dan Ariely, the New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational, and illustrator Matt R. Trower present a playful graphic novel guide to better decision-making, based on the author’s groundbreaking research in behavioral economics, neuroscience, and psychology.The internationally renowned author Dan Ariely is known for his incisive investigations into the messy business of decision-making. Now, in Amazing Decisions, his unique perspective - informed by behavioral economics, neuroscience, and psychology - comes alive in the graphic form. The illustrator Matt R. Trower’s playful and expressive artwork captures the lessons of Ariely’s groundbreaking research as they explore the essential question: How can we make better decisions?Amazing Decisions follows the narrator, Adam, as he faces the daily barrage of choices and deliberations. He juggles two overlapping - and often contradictory - sets of norms: social norms and market norms. These norms inform our thinking in ways we often don’t notice, just as Adam is shadowed by the “market fairy” and the “social fairy,” each compelling him to act in certain ways. Good decision-making, Ariely argues, requires us to identify and evaluate the forces at play under different circumstances, leading to an optimal outcome. Amazing Decisions is a fascinating and entertaining guide to developing skills that will prove invaluable in personal and professional life.
Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter
We think of money as numbers, values, and amounts, but when it comes down to it, when we actually use our money, we engage our hearts more than our heads. Emotions play a powerful role in shaping our financial behavior, often making us our own worst enemies as we try to save, access value, and spend responsibly. In Dollars and Sense, bestselling author and behavioral economist Dan Ariely teams up with financial comedian and writer Jeff Kreisler to challenge many of our most basic assumptions about the precarious relationship between our brains and our money. In doing so, they undermine many of personal finance’s most sacred beliefs and explain how we can override some of our own instincts to make better financial choices.Exploring a wide range of everyday topics—from the lure of pain-free spending with credit cards to the pitfalls of household budgeting to the seductive power of holiday sales—Ariely and Kreisler demonstrate how our misplaced confidence in our spending habits frequently leads us astray, costing us more than we realize, whether it’s the real value of the time we spend driving forty-five minutes to save $10 or our inability to properly assess what the things we buy are actually worth. Together Ariely and Kreisler reveal the emotional forces working against us and how we can counteract them. Mixing case studies and anecdotes with concrete advice and lessons, they cut through the unconscious fears and desires driving our worst financial instincts and teach us how to improve our money habits.The result not only reveals the rationale behind our most head-scratching financial choices but also offers clear guidance for navigating the treacherous financial landscape of the brain. Fascinating, engaging, funny, and essential, Dollars and Sense provides the practical tools we need to understand and improve our financial choices, save and spend smarter, and ultimately live better.
7 Kinds of Smart (Revised and Updated)
A leading author on parenting provides fifty strategies for getting at the root of a child's attention and behavior problems other than using medication or behavior modification techniques.
How to Suffer , , , In 10 Easy Steps: Discover, Embrace and Own the Mechanics of Misery
Almost every self-help book seems to be about how to be happy but what about recognizing and accepting that we suffer? In this, the ultimate guide on how to suffer, you will discover how to go from suffering in silence to suffering in style, showing you how to walk the peaceful pathway from regret to acceptance and embrace. Almost every self-help book seems to be about how to be happy, how to be empowered, how to be in a fabulous relationship, how to make a million ... in other words, how to be anything other than the inevitably suffering human beings most of us are. (At least at some point in our lives!). Taking the exact opposite tack, award-winning author, filmmaker, and self-made millionaire William Arntz has chosen the surprising and frequently comical approach to self-help by teaching people how to suffer. We all experience suffering, so why fight it? Better to embrace it, understand it and learn to walk the path in harmony. Better to understand the steps we take to arrive at suffering than to pretend they are not there. Perhaps, in the recognition of those steps, we might stand a chance of escaping. From the Suffering Cycle and how to construct your very own Sufferometer, to the nature of earthly duality (which guarantees suffering). The book reveals the things we all do that create earthly angst and misery (no matter how much money we make or how amazing our love life is) - all of it set forth with sly, tongue-in-cheek humour that takes the sting, if not the truth, out of Will's suffering formula.
Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education
A revolutionary reappraisal of how to educate our children and young people by Ken Robinson, the New York Times bestselling author of The Element and Finding Your Element Ken Robinson is one of the world's most influential voices in education, and his 2006 TED Talk on the subject is the most viewed in the organization's history. Now, the internationally recognized leader on creativity and human potential focuses on one of the most critical issues of our time: how to transform the nation's troubled educational system. At a time when standardized testing businesses are raking in huge profits, when many schools are struggling, and students and educators everywhere are suffering under the strain, Robinson points the way forward. He argues for an end to our outmoded industrial educational system and proposes a highly personalized, organic approach that draws on today's unprecedented technological and professional resources to engage all students, develop their love of learning, and enable them to face the real challenges of the twenty-first century. Filled with anecdotes, observations and recommendations from professionals on the front line of transformative education, case histories, and groundbreaking research--and written with Robinson's trademark wit and engaging style--Creative Schools will inspire teachers, parents, and policy makers alike to rethink the real nature and purpose of education. From the Hardcover edition.
Signs of Life: The Five Universal Shapes and How to Use Them
In Signs of Life: The Five Universal Shapes and How To Use Them, Angeles Arrien puts forth the argument that there is a correlation between a person’s preference for certain shapes and their inner, subjective state of being. In the re-issued edition, Arrien examines certain shapes and their significance both psychologically and mythologically. Upon examining the results, Arrien proposes that understanding the message shapes opens up a door to the secret workings of our inner selves and to a fuller appreciation of the art itself. 93 pages.
Life After Suicide: Finding Courage, Comfort & Community After Unthinkable Loss
From the chief medical correspondent of ABC News, an eloquent, heartbreaking, yet hopeful memoir of surviving the suicide of a loved one, examining this dangerous epidemic and offering first-hand knowledge and advice to help family and friends find peace.Jennifer Ashton, M.D., has witnessed firsthand the impact of a loved one’s suicide. When her ex-husband killed himself soon after their divorce, her world - and that of her children - was shattered. Though she held a very public position with one of the world’s largest media companies, she was hesitant to speak about the personal trauma that she and her family experienced following his death. A woman who addresses the public regularly on intimate health topics, she was uncertain of revealing her devastating loss - the most painful thing she’d ever experienced. But with the high-profile suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, Dr. Ashton recognized the importance of talking about her experience and the power of giving voice to her grief. She shared her story with her Good Morning America family on air - an honest, heartbreaking revelation that provided comfort and solace to others, like her and her family, who have been left behind.In Life After Suicide, she opens up completely for the first time, hoping that her experience and words can inspire those faced with the unthinkable to persevere. Part memoir and part comforting guide that incorporates the latest insights from researchers and health professionals, Life After Suicide is both a call to arms against this dangerous, devastating epidemic, and an affecting story of personal grief and loss. In addition, Dr. Ashton includes stories from others who have survived the death of a loved one by their own hand, showing how they survived the unthinkable and demonstrating the vital roles that conversation and community play in recovering from the suicide of a loved one. The end result is a raw and revealing exploration of a subject that’s been taboo for far too long, providing support, information, and comfort for those attempting to make sense of their loss and find a way to heal.
Super Human: The Bulletproof Plan to Age Backward and Maybe Even Live Forever
Dave Asprey suffered countless symptoms of aging as a young man, which sparked a life-long burning desire to grow younger with each birthday. For more than twenty years, he has been on a quest to find innovative, science-backed methods to upgrade human biology and redefine the limits of the mind, body, and spirit. The results speak for themselves. Now in his forties, Dave is smarter, happier, and more fit and successful than ever before.In Super Human, he shows how this is level of health and performance possible for all of us. While we assume we will peak in middle age and then decline, Asprey’s research reveals there is another way. It is possible to make changes on the sub-cellular level to dramatically extend life span. And the tools to live longer also give you more energy and brainpower right now.The answers lie in Dave’s Seven Pillars of Aging that contribute to degeneration and disease while diminishing your performance in the moment. Using simple interventions—like diet, sleep, light, exercise, and little-known but powerful hacks from ozone therapy to proper jaw alignment, you can decelerate cellular aging and supercharge your body’s ability to heal and rejuvenate.A self-proclaimed human guinea pig, Asprey arms readers with practical advice to maximize their lives at every age with his signature mix of science-geek wonder, candor, and enthusiasm. Getting older no longer has to mean decline. Now it’s an opportunity to become Super Human.
Super Human: The Bulletproof Plan to Age Backwards and Maybe Even Live Forever
While we tend to assume that our lives will follow a bell curve - peaking in middle age and gradually declining each year thereafter - Dave Asprey's research reveals there is another way. In Super Human, he reveals how to make changes on the subcellular level to not only dramatically extend our lives, but also enhance quality of life. Using simple interventions that include nutrition, sleep, light therapy, exercise, and supplementation, as well as little-known but powerful technologies like ozone therapy and proper jaw alignment, you can decelerate cellular aging and super-charge your body's ability to heal and rejuvenate starting today.Asprey's Super Human arms readers with practical advice they can implement immediately to maximize the quality and quantity of their years.
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