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Douglas

Douglas Auburn, WA, United States Member Since 2008

College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    Up front, it has to be said that this is not the most in-depth book you can read on the brain or neuroplasticity, but that is not the point. The thing that makes this book imiportant is that it furthers the growing work that shows that we have the power to modify our own brains by modifying our own thinking and behavior and that this, in fact, works better in the long run than cramming more psychotropic drugs down our gullets for every little mental complaint. (No one is suggesting that drugs be eliminated for serious cases!) It moves from the brain as machine idea of the functionalists and reintroduces free will and personal empowerment and responsibility to the picture. Read this along with the work of Jeffery Schwartz, Richard Davidson and Daniel Goldman.

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    Rewire Your Brain: Think Your Way to a Better Life

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    • By John B. Arden
    • Narrated By Phil Williams
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    Not long ago, it was thought that the brain you were born with was the brain you would die with, and that the brain cells you had at birth were the most you would ever possess. Your brain was thought to be hardwired to function in predetermined ways. It turns out that's not true. Your brain is not hardwired; it's "softwired" by experience. This book shows you how you can rewire parts of the brain to feel more positive about your life, remain calm during stressful times, and improve your social relationships.

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    to actually discuss the book here, as everyone else seems obsessed with the narrator. This is an interesting book on neuropsychology, though it is not the most in-depth one that you will find. Read this one starting out, before approaching Sachs, Ramachandran, Gazziniga and Seung--afterward, and it will seem a bit of a step down. Davidson does a nice job of breaking down the emotional life into six simple (if even sometimes a bit oversimplified) categories and then--the most interesting part--shows us the brain function that accompanies each. It serves as a nice primer for emotion and brain function and might be taken nicely with Daniel Goleman's book Social Intelligence and Emotional Intelligence.... All right, there are no car chases in this book (it's neurology for heaven's sake!), and the narrator is no broadway performer. But it's a book, right? Someone is reading you a book so you don't have to. Let's stop whining so much about narrators and review books here.

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    The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live - and How You Can Change Them

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    • By Richard J. Davidson, Sharon Begley
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    Why are some people so quick to recover from a setback while others wallow in despair? Why are some people so highly attuned to others that they seem psychic, while other people put both feet in it over and over again? Why are some people always up and others always down? In this hotly anticipated book, award-winning, pioneering neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson answers these questions by offering an entirely new model of our emotions - their origins, their power, and their malleability.

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    with a very interesting turn on Darwinian psychology/sociology. Haidt does a deft and often humorous job of translating current neo-Darwinian science of the mind into lay terms (though he is not as deft or humorous as Steven Pinker--whose books are better), and his metaphors for how the mind works and for how the mind works in a complex society are well crafted. I did have a couple of reservations: the first is his breezy treatment of drugs like Prozac and Paxil as treatment for "everyday" anxiety and depression (that is, problems not bad enough to be labelled "disorder" in correlation with the DSM-IV description)--despite a vast amount of evidence regarding what sometimes amount to devastating side effects, especially in children and young adults, and the incredible over-medication of our society at large, Haidt encourages use of such drugs for NOS anxiety and depression without reservation. Also, if you have read Pinker, Wright, Dawkins, Dennett, or many of the other current Darwinian psychologists, you are going to have encountered A LOT of this stuff before. When explaining Darwinian psychology and sociology, Haidt doesn't bring a lot of new stuff to the table--unless this is the first book on the topic that you have read. The same old examples, ants, bats, etc... But these are relatively minor complaints... the application of the Darwinian style of seeing the human mind in regard to happiness and the use of ancient wisdom to back up his points make this book well worth reading.

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    The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

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    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
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    This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

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    Each week, listeners call in with their car woes and brothers in grime Tom and Ray Magliozzi dish out their wit and know-how. Get the latest issue or subscribe, and hear an interview with Tom and Ray.

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    John O'Donohue was a one-of-a-kind force of nature: a genius with words, a brilliant thinker, and a professional excavator of the soul. In the course of his extraordinary life, this Irish poet and teacher touched the hearts of millions with his unique blend of philosophy, instruction, and spiritual insight. For over a decade, Sounds True had the privilege of working with John, and Longing and Belonging presents the full collection of his recordings for both long-time listeners and those discovering his legacy for the first time.

    Kathryn says: "Finally-- words that describe my inner landscape"
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    • By Edward B. Burger, Michael Starbird
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    The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren't a special breed--they just use their minds differently.

    Jose says: "Thinking that could leads to change"
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    • By Dale Carnegie
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    You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

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    • By Stephen R. Covey
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    • By Dan Harris
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    Lela says: "insightful, deep and highly entertaining"
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    • By Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruze
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    In Smart Money Smart Kids, financial expert and best-selling author Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze equip parents to teach their children how to win with money. Starting with the basics like working, spending, saving, and giving, and moving into more challenging issues like avoiding debt for life, paying cash for college, and battling discontentment, Dave and Rachel present a no-nonsense, common-sense approach for changing your family tree.

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    • By Charles Duhigg
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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.

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    • By Brene Brown
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    Laura says: "Really powerful"
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    • By Katty Kay, Claire Shipman
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    Working women today are better educated and more well-qualified than ever before. Yet men still predominate in the corporate world. In The Confidence Code, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay argue that the key reason is confidence.

    Combining cutting-edge research in genetics, gender, behavior, and cognition - with examples from their own lives and those of other successful women in politics, media, and business - Kay and Shipman go beyond admonishing women to "lean in".

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    • By Robert T. Kiyosaki
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    • By Charles Huff
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    How to Sell on Etsy With Pinterest - Selling on Etsy Made Ridiculously Easy is a no-nonsense guide to help Etsy sellers navigate this popular, but somewhat confusing social network

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    • By Randy Elrod
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    Parenting a toddler has its own set of milestones and challenges, one of which is getting your toddler to eat foods that are healthy and full of nutrition. In this Nanny P Blueprint you'll discover a set of strategies that you can use to get your toddler eating new foods in a way that is fun and enjoyable. Nanny P Blueprints are written with the busy parent in mind.

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    Holy Devil is a collection of reflections with which Leandro Taub teaches us to see life differently, addressing human feelings and the things which keep us from making progress; in them we find the knowledge that will lead to spiritual fulfilment. The Holy Devil is a creature which develops its strength and, with patience, can deal with any circumstances: the more the obstacles he overcomes, the more his power is increased. He has a wonderful physical, mental, emotional, and sexual strength.

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    • By Bowe Packer
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    Let me help you take the complexity out of this hobby and show you exactly what it takes to collect antiques like a seasoned veteran. I give you the in-and-outs of this business within this guide. Gaining the knowledge needed to identifying antiques is a must and once you have discovered this knowledge you will have the confidence and be well on your way to becoming an antique collector.

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    Believe it or not, there are only a handful of fundamental elements of leaky gut syndrome you must fully understand and grasp to eliminate this condition. And I give them all to you within this guide. You will finally learn how to: Conquer and eliminate leaky gut syndrome and do so through healthy avenues. You can't heal a condition before you understand it and know the exact solution to treat it. The secret to your success will be how well you apply what you discover in this guide.