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Mind Wide Open

Author : Steven Johnson
ISBN : 0743258797
Genre : Science
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BRILLIANTLY EXPLORING TODAY'S CUTTING-EDGE BRAIN RESEARCH, MIND WIDE OPEN IS AN UNPRECEDENTED JOURNEY INTO THE ESSENCE OF HUMAN PERSONALITY, ALLOWING READERS TO UNDERSTAND THEMSELVES AND THE PEOPLE IN THEIR LIVES AS NEVER BEFORE. Using a mix of experiential reportage, personal storytelling, and fresh scientific discovery, Steven Johnson describes how the brain works -- its chemicals, structures, and subroutines -- and how these systems connect to the day-to-day realities of individual lives. For a hundred years, he says, many of us have assumed that the most powerful route to self-knowledge took the form of lying on a couch, talking about our childhoods. The possibility entertained in this book is that you can follow another path, in which learning about the brain's mechanics can widen one's self-awareness as powerfully as any therapy or meditation or drug. In Mind Wide Open, Johnson embarks on this path as his own test subject, participating in a battery of attention tests, learning to control video games by altering his brain waves, scanning his own brain with a $2 million fMRI machine, all in search of a modern answer to the oldest of questions: who am I? Along the way, Johnson explores how we "read" other people, how the brain processes frightening events (and how we might rid ourselves of the scars those memories leave), what the neurochemistry is behind love and sex, what it means that our brains are teeming with powerful chemicals closely related to recreational drugs, why music moves us to tears, and where our breakthrough ideas come from. Johnson's clear, engaging explanation of the physical functions of the brain reveals not only the broad strokes of our aptitudes and fears, our skills and weaknesses and desires, but also the momentary brain phenomena that a whole human life comprises. Why, when hearing a tale of woe, do we sometimes smile inappropriately, even if we don't want to? Why are some of us so bad at remembering phone numbers but brilliant at recognizing faces? Why does depression make us feel stupid? To read Mind Wide Open is to rethink family histories, individual fates, and the very nature of the self, and to see that brain science is now personally transformative -- a valuable tool for better relationships and better living.
Category: Science

Wide Open

Author : Dawna Markova
ISBN : 9781573243643
Genre : Self-Help
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To put it very simply, Dawna Markova is a teacher. A Ph.D. educator, she travels the world working with schools, Fortune 500 companies, and individuals. While coaching people on systems thinking and how to revolutionize the way children are taught, she also teaches people the most important lesson anyone can ever learn -- how to listen to one's own heart and how to live with heart and mind wide open to all life's possibilities. Wide Open is the gift of Dawna's wisdom, wrapped up in gorgeous photos. In thirty luminous lessons and passages, Markova encourages us to learn from our wounds, find our gifts, celebrate our values, and live our dreams -- to live on purpose and with passion. Twenty years ago, Dawna Markova discovered these eternal truths when she faced a life-threatening illness and began a journey of rediscovery. This book follows her path to finding deeper meaning in life. "In a similar way to A Gift from the Sea, the readers of this book are invited to accompany me on a journey to come to know more intimately the value and purpose of their lives."
Category: Self-Help

The Handbook Of Dispute Resolution

Author : Michael L. Moffitt
ISBN : 9781118429839
Genre : Law
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This volume is an essential, cutting-edge reference for all practitioners, students, and teachers in the field of dispute resolution. Each chapter was written specifically for this collection and has never before been published. The contributors--drawn from a wide range of academic disciplines--contains many of the most prominent names in dispute resolution today, including Frank E. A. Sander, Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Bruce Patton, Lawrence Susskind, Ethan Katsh, Deborah Kolb, and Max Bazerman. The Handbook of Dispute Resolution contains the most current thinking about dispute resolution. It synthesizes more than thirty years of research into cogent, practitioner-focused chapters that assume no previous background in the field. At the same time, the book offers path-breaking research and theory that will interest those who have been immersed in the study or practice of dispute resolution for years. The Handbook also offers insights on how to understand disputants. It explores how personality factors, emotions, concerns about identity, relationship dynamics, and perceptions contribute to the escalation of disputes. The volume also explains some of the lessons available from viewing disputes through the lens of gender and cultural differences.
Category: Law

Interface Culture

Author : Steven Johnson
ISBN : NWU:35556036948305
Genre : Communication and culture
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Category: Communication and culture

Beyond Psychotherapy

Author : Don N. Bacchus
ISBN : 9781581129243
Genre : Psychology
File Size : 51.90 MB
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Let's get real! Many people will never go to therapy. In addition, many people who go to therapy will make little or no progress largely because of the inability of the therapist. It is a monumental task to explore someone's psyche or to reconstruct human psychological functioning. When it comes to psychotherapy, we continue to fool ourselves and waste precious time. We need to tap into our own inner resources and use common sense to improve our lives. Be your own healer! Take responsibility for your life. Strive towards personal improvement. Rely on your own inner strength.You can hange yourself. Dr. Bacchus, in his book, Beyond Psychotherapy, provides 123 life changing ideas that will help you on your journey through life. You have much more ability within you than you realize. You can heal yourself. You can have a great life!
Category: Psychology

Open Minds Gefhrliche Gedanken

Author : Susan Kaye Quinn
ISBN : 1497408555
Genre : Fiction
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Wenn jeder Gedanken liest, kann ein Geheimnis eine gefährliche Sache sein.Die sechzehnjährige Kira Moore ist eine Null, jemand der weder Gedanken lesen, noch von anderen gelesen werden kann. Nullen sind Außenseiter denen man nicht vertrauen kann, weswegen sie auch keine Chancen bei Raf hat, einem normalen Gedankenleser und ihr bester Freund, in den sie heimlich verliebt ist. Als sie aus Versehen die Kontrolle über Rafs Verstand übernimmt und ihn dadurch beinahe umbringt, versucht Kira ihre unheimliche, neue Fähigkeit vor ihrer Familie und dem zunehmend misstrauischer werdenden Raf zu verbergen. Aber sie verstrickt sich in ihren Lügen und wird immer tiefer in eine geheime Unterwelt voller Gedankenkontrollierer gezogen. Den Verstand all derer zu kontrollieren, die ihr am Herzen liegen, ist dabei nur eine von vielen gefährlichen Entscheidungen, die noch vor ihr liegen.TOP 5 FINALIST - Best Indie Book 2012, Young Adult Fiction - The Kindle Book Review(Also available in English)
Category: Fiction

Der Seelenplan

Author : Octavia E. Butler
ISBN : 3404240391
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Similes Dictionary

Author : Elyse Sommer
ISBN : 9781578594696
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Whether it invokes hard work or merely a hen-house, a good simile is like a good picture—it's worth a thousand words. Packed with more than 16,000 imaginative, colorful phrases—from “abandoned as a used Kleenex” to “quiet as an eel swimming in oil”—the Similes Dictionary will help any politician, writer, or lover of language find just the right saying, be it original or banal, verbose or succinct. Your thoughts will never be "as tedious as a twice-told tale" or "dry as the Congressional Record." Choose from elegant turns of phrases “as useful as a Swiss army knife” and “varied as expressions of the human face”. Citing more than 2,000 sources—from the Bible, Socrates, Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and H. L. Mencken to popular movies, music, and television shows—the Similes Dictionary covers hundreds of subjects broken into thematic categories that include topics such as virtue, anger, age, ambition, importance, and youth, helping you find the fitting phrase quickly and easily. Perfect for setting the atmosphere, making a point, or helping spin a tale with economy, intelligence, and ingenuity, the vivid comparisons found in this collection will inspire anyone.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines