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Lynn

Lynn BEAUMONT, TX, United States Member Since 2005
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  • "Don't Overlook this Book Read It Now"

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    Gabor Maté has done a great service in generating his new book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. Anyone with an addicted friend or family member, persons concerned about the War on Drugs, and just ordinary citizens concerned about the drug culture will be well rewarded for reading Maté’s new book. Also the author of When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts starts out with a series of anecdotes introducing the reader to real drug addicts. Each has been under the care of Maté who is an MD practicing in Vancouver. These chapters are revealing, but not the meat of the book. In a later section, Maté details the neuroscience behind addiction and relates it to his own addictions (which are not drug related). In another, which I found the most helpful personally, he discusses drug policy. In particular, he distinguishes between decriminalization of drugs and making drug legal. He also approaches the issue of drug addiction as disease which has always troubled me. This is one fine book. It makes current thought on drug addiction and drug policy available to the concerned citizen. The book will be of value to the novice and professional alike. Please don’t pass this book by – it has important implications for everyone; tax payer, concerned citizen, law enforcement officer, social worker, and family member touched by addiction. It softened my heart – if I might add that. If you want to understand, this book is a good start. The reading of the text is well done.

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    In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

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    • By Gabor Maté
    • Narrated By Daniel Maté
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    Best-selling writer and physician Gabor Maté looks at the epidemic of addictions in our society, tells us why we are so prone to them, and details what is needed to liberate ourselves. Starting with a close view of his drug-addicted patients, Dr. Maté looks at his own history of compulsive behavior, weaving a story of real people who struggle with addiction with the latest research on addiction and the brain. In a bold synthesis of clinical experience, insight and cutting edge scientific findings, Dr. Maté sheds light on this most puzzling of human frailties.

    Lynn says: "Don't Overlook this Book Read It Now"
  • "Why We Ignore What Is About Us"

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    Margaret Hefferman makes visible a human failing in “Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril.” In this book she approaches answers to why we willfully ignore what we need to acknowledge the most. The subject is important, according to the author, because we fail to see dangers right before our eyes. From marrying the wrong person, to the Enron fiasco, to the housing bubble, Hefferman alerts the reader to how the persons involved had the requisite information before them all the time and how the situations may have been avoided. Of course, hindsight is better than foresight, but her observations and presentation of research is informative. Hefferman is strongest when applying research to specific situations. She is weakest when she digresses into preaching about current events. She is most informative when she is explaining why organizations and individuals have willful blindness and lacking when she is on a soap box. All of it is valuable, but some of the book is more helpful than others. Her analysis of organizational structure and how it influences the decisions of large organizations is worth the price of the book. She details, for example, the problems of BP in Texas as well as the Gulf spill and explains why top management was blind to what was taking place. Willful blindness afflicts us all. Now, Hefferman has shown light on this timely subject. She reads her own text and does it well.

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    Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril

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    • By Margaret Heffernan
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    Margaret Heffernan argues that the biggest threats and dangers we face are the ones we don't see - not because they're secret or invisible, but because we're willfully blind. A distinguished businesswoman and writer, she examines the phenomenon and traces its imprint in our private and working lives, and within governments and organizations, and asks: What makes us prefer ignorance? What are we so afraid of? Why do some people see more than others? And how can we change?

    Lynn says: "Why We Ignore What Is About Us"
  • "Interesting, engaging, entertaining..."

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    Don’t pick up Timothy Wilson’s Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious thinking it might be a self-help book. It is really a serious consideration of the unconscious mind readily available to the general reader. Similarly, this is a departure from the psychoanalytical approach to the unconscious although Wilson does speak to that point of view. Rather, this book will open the reader’s eyes to current empirical understanding of the unconscious and seeks to answer the question, how might we access the knowledge contained there? The short answer is that we can’t (yet?) tap into the unconscious. However, Wilson provides a number ways that we might access that knowledge indirectly. The book is interesting, engaging, and informative. At least take a few minutes to thumb through a few pages or sign-up for a sample. You just might find it more entertaining and helpful than you envisioned. The reading of Joe Barrett is very good.

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    Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious

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    • By Timothy D. Wilson
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    In an eye-opening tour of the unconscious, as contemporary psychological science has redefined it, Timothy D. Wilson introduces us to a hidden mental world of judgments, feelings, and motives that introspection may never show us. This is not your psychoanalyst's unconscious. The adaptive unconscious that empirical psychology has revealed, and that Wilson describes, is much more than a repository of primative drives and conflict-ridden memories.

    Lynn says: "Interesting, engaging, entertaining, informative"
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BELVEDERE TIBURON, CA, United States 49 REVIEWS / 72 ratings Member Since 2009 25 Followers / Following 0
 
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  • Brain Bugs: How the Brain’s Flaws Shape Our Lives

    "Superficial, but mostly correct"

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    If you have no scientific background and are unfamiliar with the quirks of cognitive biases, then this book can give you a good introduction to the topic. The author gives a brief, superficial tour of many areas of cognitive study, but doesn't explore any of them enough to satisfy a reader who has any familiarity with the subject. If you are familiar with the terms "neuron", "bias" and "conditioning" you will probably want a different book.

    He discusses our fear bias, various heuristics and some basic evolutionary biology. His style is scatter shot and he seems to wander from topic to topic without much structure. More annoyingly, he gets halfway through certain chapters and says "maybe this isn't really a bug because it mostly works OK."

    Other books do a better job discussing the topics touched on in this book. For an evolutionary biology perspective try "The Accidental Mind," for a cognitive psychology point of view read "How We Decide" or "The Blank Slate", for a behavioral perspective "Mistakes Were Made", for an in depth discussion of fear "The Science of Fear."

    I would recommend this to someone looking for a brief introduction to our brain's quirks, but the book will likely leave even the casual reader wanting more.

  • Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

    "Terrible performance of an average book"

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    There have been many recent advances in sleep science and the author takes you on a slightly dreamy tour of them. The performance assaults your ear with bad foreign accents an unnecessary caricatures.

    The material is disjointed and the author repeats himself in different sections--possibly because he expected people to jump around to the chapters they were interested in. Not being a scientist he makes the various sources understandable for the layperson. But this also makes it difficult for him to analyse the material and he often presents conflicting points of view without any effort to say which is more likely to be correct. He's basically serving up everything he read and letting you sort through it.

    I had to skip certain sections because the reader adopts a nasal, whiny voice whenever he's quoting a study or an interviewee--even ones that are clearly authoritative or completely correct. It's like he's saying "this is how all geeks and nerds talk." He also feels obliged to use British, French and Austrian (Freud) accents if the source material allows.

    Without good synthesis or a critical eye for the data you could do almost as well for yourself by Googling "sleep science."

  • The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done

    "A mixed bag with few concrete techniques"

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    The book was interesting, but I didn't come away with any sense that it would actually help me stop procrastinating. The author spends a lot of time telling you what an authority he is and how important his work has become. But he never delivers on that promise as far as I can tell.

    He reviews the basic issues that affect procrastination--motivation, distractions, etc. and then develops an "equation" which he continuously mentions as though he can calculate some precise procrastination value for any situation. I found the approach odd because he inserts the "equation" throughout the book but it doesn't add to the discussion. I don't need pseudo-math to show me that if I am less motivated and more distracted I will procrastinate more.

    I also didn't find many "aha moments" when listening. Insights such as "people who are impulsive are easily distracted and procrastinate more" are not exactly thunderbolts.

    He does include some exercises at the end of each chapter, but I mostly forgot them as I listened into the next chapter.

    It feels like he couldn't make up his mind whether to write a self-help book or an academic study.

    I could recommend it to someone interested in the general behavior of procrastination, but not to someone who wants concrete examples and plans to help themselves be more productive.

  • What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite

    "Cursory but not instructive"

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    The book provides a decent tour of current psychology and behavior science but does not offer any substantive tips about how to use the information.

    As a science author (as opposed to a scientist) he does a good job of explaining subtle concepts. The other side of this coin is that most of the information is presented in layman's terms. So if you are looking for a more scientific exploration of these issues you should look at other titles.

    Like most books in this category, the author spends a great deal of time describing how we are led astray by cognitive biases without offering any insight about how to avoid them. I would like to see a book that tried to tackle that problem more seriously.

    Unfortunately, the author chose to read his own book, which is almost always a mistake. The delivery is rather flat--not monotone, but it doesn't really hold your attention.

    Overall, the content is accurate and informative and the performance is adequate. If you are looking for an introduction to cognitive bias then the book will be interesting. If you want a more in depth scientific approach I would recommend "Thinking Fast and Slow."

Michael

Michael Sydney, Australia 12-28-07 Member Since 2007

Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    Valuable insight into why somethings take off and others possibly flop. Not sure if "The Tipping Point" is the answer or one of the contributors to why things happen. My experience is that everything is connected to each other in various degrees, but this book sure puts a good case for the authors theories. A little confusing in parts, but the authors voice is easy to listen to. A valuable book for marketing type people. Worth the listen to.

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    The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

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    • By Malcolm Gladwell
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    In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

    David says: "Makes sense to me."

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  • 4.8 (36 ratings)
    The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients (






UNABRIDGED) by Irvin Yalom Narrated by Don Hagen

    The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients

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    • By Irvin Yalom
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
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    The culmination of master psychiatrist Dr. Irvin D. Yalom's more than 35 years in clinical practice, The Gift of Therapy is a remarkable and essential guidebook that illustrates through real case studies how patients and therapists alike can get the most out of therapy. The best-selling author of Love's Executioner shares his uniquely fresh approach and the valuable insights he has gained - presented as 85 personal and provocative "tips for beginner therapists".

    Jared says: "Wealth of knowledge, great narrator!!!"
  • 4.8 (18 ratings)
    Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind (






UNABRIDGED) by V.S. Ramachandran, Sandra Blakeslee Narrated by Neil Shah

    Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind

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    • By V.S. Ramachandran, Sandra Blakeslee
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
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    Neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran is internationally renowned for uncovering answers to the deep and quirky questions of human nature that few scientists have dared to address. His bold insights about the brain are matched only by the stunning simplicity of his experiments - using such low-tech tools such as cotton swabs, glasses of water, and dime-store mirrors.

    Douglas says: "Wonderful To See..."
  • 4.8 (13 ratings)
    Transcending the Mind Series: Identification & Illusion  by David R. Hawkins Narrated by David R. Hawkins

    Transcending the Mind Series: Identification & Illusion

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    • By David R. Hawkins
    • Narrated By David R. Hawkins
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    David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., is an internationally known author and speaker on the subject of spiritually advanced states of consciousness and the realization of the presence of God as Self.

    His published works, as well as recorded lectures, have been widely recognized as unique. They describe a very advanced state of spiritual awareness which occurred in this individual with a scientific and clinical background, who is able to verbalize and explain the unusual phenomenon in a manner that is clear and comprehensible.

  • 4.3 (4117 ratings)
    The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (






UNABRIDGED) by Malcolm Gladwell Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell

    The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
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    In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

    David says: "Makes sense to me."
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  • 4.3 (3318 ratings)
    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (






UNABRIDGED) by Susan Cain Narrated by Kathe Mazur

    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

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    • By Susan Cain
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    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
  • 4.3 (2823 ratings)
    David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (






UNABRIDGED) by Malcolm Gladwell Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell

    David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

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    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
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    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
  • 4.4 (655 ratings)
    Mastery (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert Greene Narrated by Fred Sanders

    Mastery

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    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
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    What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force's last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.

    John says: "Better if Half the Length"
  • 4.3 (382 ratings)
    On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society (






UNABRIDGED) by Dave Grossman Narrated by Dave Grossman

    On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society

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    The good news is that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to kill in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. The psychological cost for soldiers, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating.

    g says: "Adam G"
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (






UNABRIDGED) by Malcolm Gladwell Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell

    David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
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    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Steven Novella

    Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Novella
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    No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

    K-Rock says: "Common sense guide to skepticism"
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (






UNABRIDGED) by Charles Duhigg Narrated by Mike Chamberlain

    The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
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    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (






UNABRIDGED) by Malcolm Gladwell Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell

    Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
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    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Liz says: "encore!"
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  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (






UNABRIDGED) by Malcolm Gladwell Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell

    The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
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    In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

    David says: "Makes sense to me."
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow (






UNABRIDGED) by Daniel Kahneman Narrated by Patrick Egan

    Thinking, Fast and Slow

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    • By Daniel Kahneman
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    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (






UNABRIDGED) by Susan Cain Narrated by Kathe Mazur

    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
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    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It (






UNABRIDGED) by Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. Narrated by Walter Dixon

    The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
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    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
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  • The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind (






UNABRIDGED) by Michio Kaku Narrated by Feodor Chin

    The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
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    For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high-tech brain scans devised by physicists. Now what was once solely the province of science fiction has become a startling reality. Recording memories, telepathy, videotaping our dreams, mind control, avatars, and telekinesis are not only possible; they already exist.

    Gary says: "More breadth than depth"
  • Mastery (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert Greene Narrated by Fred Sanders

    Mastery

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    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
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    What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force's last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.

    John says: "Better if Half the Length"
  • Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done (






UNABRIDGED) by Art Markman Narrated by Sean Pratt

    Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Art Markman
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    Think smart people are just born that way? Think again. Drawing on diverse studies of the mind, from psychology to linguistics, philosophy, and learning science, Art Markman, Ph.D., demonstrates the difference between "smart thinking" and raw intelligence, showing listeners how memory works, how to learn effectively, and how to use knowledge to get things done. He then introduces his own three-part formula for listeners to employ "smart thinking" in their daily lives.

    Tad Davis says: "Research-based tips on thinking"
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (






UNABRIDGED) by Daniel H. Pink Narrated by Daniel H. Pink

    Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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    From Daniel H. Pink, the author of the groundbreaking best seller A Whole New Mind, comes his next big idea book: a paradigm-changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work.

    Michael says: "Not as good as A Whole New Mind"
  • I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey Through the Science of Sound and Language (






UNABRIDGED) by Lydia Denworth Narrated by Karen Saltus

    I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey Through the Science of Sound and Language

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    • By Lydia Denworth
    • Narrated By Karen Saltus
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    Lydia Denworth presents insights from studies of everything from at-risk kids in Head Start to noisy cocktail party conversation, from songbirds to signal processing, and from the invention of the telephone to sign language. Weaving together tales from the centuries-long quest to develop the cochlear implant and simultaneous leaps in neuroscientific knowledge against a tumultuous backdrop of identity politics, I Can Hear You Whisper shows how sound sculpts our children’s brains and the life changing consequences of that delicate process.

  • Ha!: The Science of When We Laugh and Why (






UNABRIDGED) by Scott Weems Narrated by Kalen Allmandinger

    Ha!: The Science of When We Laugh and Why

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    • By Scott Weems
    • Narrated By Kalen Allmandinger
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    Humor, like pornography, is famously difficult to define. We know it when we see it, but is there a way to figure out what we really find funnyand why? In this fascinating investigation into the science of humor and laughter, cognitive neuroscientist Scott Weems uncovers what’s happening in our heads when we giggle, guffaw, or double over with laughter. While we typically think of humor in terms of jokes or comic timing, in Ha! Weems proposes a provocative new model.

  • DreamTending: Techniques for Uncovering the Hidden Intelligence of Your Dreams  by Stephen Aizenstat Narrated by Stephen Aizenstat

    DreamTending: Techniques for Uncovering the Hidden Intelligence of Your Dreams

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Stephen Aizenstat
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    Have you ever had a dream that surprised or mystified you? Did the people and places in that dream seem to be as real as your waking life? If so, teaches Dr. Stephen Aizenstat, you may have already discovered the astonishing truth: that your dreams are - very literally - alive. On DreamTending, Dr. Aizenstat invites you to tap into the "world unconscious" - the living, dreaming mind of the universe itself. Everything is dreaming.

  • The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Loathe, and Love Insects (






UNABRIDGED) by Jeffrey Lockwood Narrated by Jack Marshall

    The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Loathe, and Love Insects

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    • By Jeffrey Lockwood
    • Narrated By Jack Marshall
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    The human reaction to insects is neither purely biological nor simply cultural. And no one reacts to insects with indifference. Insects frighten, disgust, and fascinate us. Jeff Lockwood explores this phenomenon through evolutionary science, human history, and contemporary psychology, as well as a debilitating bout with entomophobia in his work as an entomologist. Exploring the nature of anxiety and phobia, Lockwood explores the lively debate about how much of our fear of insects can be attributed to ancestral predisposition for our own survival and how much is learned through individual experiences.

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  • The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic (






UNABRIDGED) by Darby Penney, Peter Stastny Narrated by Alex Paul

    The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic

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    • By Darby Penney, Peter Stastny
    • Narrated By Alex Paul
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    More than four hundred abandoned suitcases filled with patients’ belongings were found when Willard Psychiatric Center closed in 1995 after 125 years of operation. They are skillfully examined here and compared to the written record to create a moving—and devastating—group portrait of twentieth-century American psychiatric care.

  • Publishing Bundle: IO Psychology: Development Within the U. S. (1900 - 1929) + (1930s - 1960s) + (1960s - 1990s): IO Psychology Applications, Contextual Organizational Behavior & Work Nature (






UNABRIDGED) by Steven G. Carley Narrated by Steven G. Carley

    Publishing Bundle: IO Psychology: Development Within the U. S. (1900 - 1929) + (1930s - 1960s) + (1960s - 1990s): IO Psychology Applications, Contextual Organizational Behavior & Work Nature

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Steven G. Carley
    • Narrated By Steven G. Carley
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    The development of industrial/organizational psychology within the United States is a slow-moving process. The earliest history of this development occurs between the years 1900 -1929. Spawning this early development among I/O psychology is the birth of the APA in 1892. Sharing credit for the creation of industrial/organizational psychology is Walter Dill Scott along with Hugo Munsterberg. The first doctorate within the field is awarded to Bruce V. Moore in 1921. By 1920, only 50 practicing I/O psychologists exist.

  • Obsessed: The Compulsions and Creations of Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz (






UNABRIDGED) by Steve Volk Narrated by Jonathan Yen

    Obsessed: The Compulsions and Creations of Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz

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    • By Steve Volk
    • Narrated By Jonathan Yen
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    In Obsessed: The Compulsions and Creations of Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, author Steve Volk ventures deep into the mind of Jeffrey Schwartz, a controversial, often combative psychiatrist and expert on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Considered a pariah among his academic peers, Schwartz’s unconventional treatment methods draw on his fascination with the Holocaust, his experience with Buddhist meditation and his pioneering work documenting the neural circuitry of OCD.