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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

Eyes Wide Open

Author : Isaac Lidsky
ISBN : 9781101993316
Genre : Business & Economics
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In Eyes Wide Open, Isaac Lidsky draws on his experience of achieving immense success, joy, and fulfillment while losing his sight to a blinding disease to show us that it isn’t external circumstances, but how we perceive and respond to them, that governs our reality. Fear has a tendency to give us tunnel vision—we fill the unknown with our worst imaginings and cling to what’s familiar. But when confronted with new challenges, we need to think more broadly and adapt. When Isaac Lidsky learned that he was beginning to go blind at age thirteen, eventually losing his sight entirely by the time he was twenty-five, he initially thought that blindness would mean an end to his early success and his hopes for the future. Paradoxically, losing his sight gave him the vision to take responsibility for his reality and thrive. Lidsky graduated from Harvard College at age nineteen, served as a Supreme Court law clerk, fathered four children, and turned a failing construction subcontractor into a highly profitable business. Whether we’re blind or not, our vision is limited by our past experiences, biases, and emotions. Lidsky shows us how we can overcome paralyzing fears, avoid falling prey to our own assumptions and faulty leaps of logic, silence our inner critic, harness our strength, and live with open hearts and minds. In sharing his hard-won insights, Lidsky shows us how we too can confront life's trials with initiative, humor, and grace. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Business & Economics

Dreaming With Your Eyes Wide Open

Author : Eleanor Newhouse Graves
ISBN : 9781619968974
Genre : Religion
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How would you describe your life? Living 9 to 5? Stuck on pause? Waiting for retirement to really enjoy life?What happened to those childhood dreams? In DREAMING WITH YOUR EYES WIDE OPEN, Eleanor Graves challenges you to realize that everyone has at least one dream. We are not taught how to make that dream become reality. Through seven simple, biblically-based principles, the reader learns how to make their dreams come true. These principles and resulting processes are universal and practical. They are perception, purpose, partnership, possession, perseverance, positive spirit and power beyond yourself.To reinforce this concept, there are real-life stories of historical figures, people living today and the author, herself. The common thread of these principles is woven throughout each story. Infused throughout are enriching quotations and affirmations.This book is clear, concise and easy to read. You will be informed, illumined and inspired. Eleanor Newhouse Graves, B.S. M.Ed.Eleanor, the widow of Bishop Michael Lee Graves, is a consultant, counselor, therapist, writer, college professor, diversity trainer, and motivational speaker. She is presently President and CEO of the Graves Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the educational and health opportunities of underserved children and youth in the world's hardest places. Her husband is the founding pastor of the Temple Church in Nashville, Tennessee, a thriving congregation of more than 4,000 people with over 50 ministries. He was the consummate preacher and visionary. This book is based on his sermons of help and hope. He inspired, encouraged and enabled many people to open their eyes to the possibilities and their own potential.They are the parents of four adults, Michael Lee Graves II, Ayanna Graves Moore, Ariel Graves and Dana Guest and grandparents to Preston, Ravyn and Michayla Moore.
Category: Religion

Beyond Psychotherapy

Author : Don N. Bacchus
ISBN : 9781581129243
Genre : Psychology
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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

Eyes Wide Open

Author : William D. Romanowski
ISBN : 9781441200808
Genre : Religion
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Grounded in Christian principles, this accessible and engaging book offers an informed and fascinating approach to popular culture. William D. Romanowski provides affectionate yet astute analysis of familiar, well-loved movies and television characters from Indiana Jones to Homer Simpson, and he speaks with historical depth and expertise on films from Casablanca to Crash and music from Bruce Springsteen to U2. Romanowski's confessional approach affirms a role for popular culture in faithful living. Practical, analytical approaches to content, meaning, and artistic style offer the tools to participate responsibly and imaginatively in popular cultural activities. An engaging read, this new edition introduces students and thoughtful readers to popular culture--one of the most influential forces in contemporary society.
Category: Religion

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

Psyched Out

Author : Viola Grace
ISBN : 9781487401306
Genre : Fiction
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Wimsah was in a coma before the rising of Resicor, and her mind was wide open when the planet’s consciousness burst out. Her already wild talent grew to absurd proportions and a coma was the only safe place for her. Benliar, Avatar of Roden, was asked if he would take on responsibility for Wimsah and her open mind. With her power, only the mind of a world could contain it, and he volunteered. Spot has known that Wimsah needed him since she first landed on his world. He has watched her mental landscape, and she is in definite need of fuzz therapy. He is just the fuzz to oblige.
Category: Fiction

Living With Your Heart Wide Open

Author : Steve Flowers
ISBN : 1608824462
Genre : Self-Help
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The way we talk to ourselves is often unkind and filled with self-judgments. These overly harsh self-criticisms can make us feel unworthy and incomplete. What if what you really need is not higher standards for yourself, but greater self-compassion? In Living with Your Heart Wide Open, you’ll discover how mindfulness and self-compassion can free you from the thoughts and beliefs that create feelings of inadequacy and learn to open your heart to the loving-kindness within you and in the world around you. Based in Western psychotherapy and Buddhist psychological principles, this book guides you past painful and self-limiting beliefs about yourself and toward a new perspective of nonjudgmental awareness and acceptance of who you are, just as you are. You’ll receive gentle guidance in mindfulness and compassion practices that will lead you away from unproductive, self-critical thoughts and help you live more freely and fearlessly, with your heart wide open.
Category: Self-Help

Common Sense Economics

Author : Gilbert Milligan Tucker
ISBN : STANFORD:36105049179323
Genre : Economics
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Category: Economics