In Political Amnesia, Laura Tingle reveals a political culture suffering from profound memory loss. This is an essay about the role of government today that is part defence, part lament. Blending present-day cases, examples from history and interviews with leading figures, Tingle shows the long-term harm that has come from undermining the public sector as a source of ideas and experience. She shows the damage done when responsibility is outsourced: 'Without the anchor of any sense of continuity, and without the anchor of a strong 'push-back' against political whim, politics and policy have spun down into a series of reactions and counter-reactions which play out in vacuous daily news grabs and zingers.'
The idea of institutional memory loss helps explain what has gone wrong with our politics. In Political Amnesia, Laura Tingle examines how it occurred and how we might put things right.
In the ABC 2015 Boyer Lectures, one of Australia's most influential foreign policy experts examines our country's place in the world.
For most of Australia's history, the world was run by nations like our own. But now the international order that has prevailed since the end of the Second World War is fraying. Global institutions are showing their age. Our great and powerful friends are becoming less great and powerful. Rising powers such as China are challenging the old order. Wealth and power are shifting eastwards, towards us. The tyranny of distance is being replaced by the predicament of proximity.
Award-winning historian and author Michael Fullilove argues that we must shape our international environment. This requires us to be smarter and shrewder - but also larger. Australia needs to be a big, confident, ambitious country, open to the world, with an effective political system, the instruments to influence the balance of power and the confidence to have our own head of state. Stirring, timely and important, A Larger Australia tells us it is time for Australians to think big.
The ABC Boyer Lectures is an annual series of lectures delivered by prominent Australians who are invited by the ABC Board to express their thoughts on major social, cultural, scientific or political issues. The ABC Boyer Lectures are named after the late Sir Richard Boyer, a former chairman of the ABC.
Behind the Lines: The Year's Best Political Cartoons 2015 celebrates another year in Australia's unique, vibrant and fearless tradition of political cartooning. No politician, party or policy is safe from the nation's best cartoonists; witty, powerful or ribald, their images offer an astutely observed journey through twelve months in our political life. In a year that began with the Charlie Hebdo atrocity, these cartoons bring home to us that their voices are ours, capturing the spirit of our democracy with its passion, scepticism and above all, humour. Satire is controversial, it's provocative, it offends all religions, all political parties, nothing and no-one is spared.
From the country's enormously popular and only marsupial Walkley award-winning cartoonist - a collection of his greatest hits from 2009 till now. First Dog on the Moon, handsome and debonair correspondent for The Guardian and The Monthly, the nation's only marsupial-based Walkley award-winning cartoonist, the brilliant mind behind creations like the Racist Carrot, the ABC Interpretive Dance Bandicoot and Ian the Climate Denialist Potato, now gathers together all the best First Dog cartoons into one glorious, technicolour book. Covering everything from daily political buffoonery to Eurovision, from what an Andrew Bolt network would look like to ISIS's PR department, this showcases over 200 of Mr Onthemoon's greatest hits - the adorable, hilarious, poignant and occasionally whimsical drawings that have made First Dog an international treasure. For all the smart, funny people in your life - or just buy one to selfishly keep for yourself.
In The Book of He, comedian, television and radio personality Peter Berner has created a collection of humorous illustrations which take a very droll look at modern life from the perspective of a very ordinary man who has no desire to be anything but very ordinary. 'He never climbed a tall mountain or saved a family from a burning building or even donated his time to charity, but he also never stood in the way of anyone who wanted to do these things. That had to count for something.'
From the team behind The Chaser's War on Everything, the Chaser Quarterly is a journal of low-brow satire and high-brow toilet humour. The Chaser returns to its print roots for the first time in ten years. Featuring new work from Australia's top comedy writers, including long-form satirical essays and stories, and short-form news satire and ad parodies. The perfect gift for fans of The Chaser who are also able to read. Perfect reading when the battery on your smartphone goes flat.
The story of Team Australia in headlines. Inspired by the Onion, Evan Williams searched high and low for the real news headlines that capture the hilarious hypocrisy and absurdity of the Abbott years. What he found poses the question: was this Australia's maddest ever government? You be the judge ...Tony Abbott blames forgetting reporter's name on being hungover; Barnaby Joyce threatens to euthanise Johnny Depp's dogs; Abbott says Turnbull 'invented internet'; Senator Glenn Lazarus will be good for Federal Parliament, says his mum; Labor frontbencher Gary Gray eats his own hair in Parliament; Prime Minister eats another raw onion, choosing it over caramelised onion quiche.
You gotta love this country when an AFL legend takes his mum instead of his girlfriend to the Brownlow, when an Australian cricket captain joins a bunch of fourteen year olds for a bit of street cricket, when a bloke wins the Australian Marbles Championship after being reunited with the tom-bowlers his brother threw away forty years ago, and when the dry cleaner down the road is called Drop Your Pants... Peter FitzSimons celebrates the good, the generous, the kind and the downright strange in this hilarious and heart-warming collection of stories from daily life and grassroots sporting fields around the country. It's enough for you to puff out your chest and say, Gotta Love This Country!
Since Spring 2013, Francesca Hornak has been writing a hugely popular column in the Sunday Times Style section, 'History of the World in 100 Modern Objects'. Featuring a different iconic object each week, the column explores contemporary middle-class life through the objects we fetishise. Each column is a little vignette about a different character, such as Izzy, who's 26 and interns at Kelly Hoppen and gets into a spat with her flatmate about a twee Oliver Bonas cake stand, Nick, 40, who's considering the safety aspects of his children's bike trailer and remembering his old DJing days, and Philippa, 64, who's tussling with her Sky TV remote after her divorce. Funny, charming and sometimes poignant, each column is an evocative slice of modern life. The columns are accompanied by crisp, colourful illustrations by the illustrator James Joyce, which make the book into a design object itself.
Which philosopher had the maddest hairstyle? Which novelist drank 50 cups of black coffee every day? What on earth did Simone de Beauvoir see in Jean-Paul Sartre? How to Sound Cultured offers a wry and yet profoundly useful look inside the mirrored palaces of high culture. Covering such inscrutable characters as Heidegger, Montaigne, Kahlo and Levi-Strauss (apparently not just a designer of jeans), inscrutable polymaths Tom Hodkinson and Hubert Van Den Burgh - the author of the acclaimed How to Sound Clever - have done the hard work of sorting the cultural wheat from the chaff. Read this book and you'll never again mistake Rimbaud for Rambo or Georg Lukacs for George Lucas, you'll know precisely when to drop Foucault's name into a conversation and how to pronounce 'Borgesian', and you'll learn many more essential pointers for the intellectual life.
#Newsfail is definitely not your grandmother's comedic-memoir-slash-political-manifesto. From page one (in a preface titled, In Which the Authors Interview Ralph Nader in the Bathtub ), comedian Jamie Kilstein and journalist Allison Kilkenny pledge to give you the news like you've never gotten it before.
On issues ranging from feminism to gun control, climate change to class war, foreign policy to net neutrality, they tell you how the mainstream media gets it left, right, and utterly, unforgivably, irresponsibly wrong-think Noam Chomsky as channelled by Fred and Carrie from Portlandia. #Newsfail is all this, plus the story of Allison and Jamie's own DIY foray into independent media via their podcast, Citizen Radio, which has featured guests such as Jeremy Scahill, Sarah Silverman, Glenn Greenwald, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, and been downloaded millions of times by people all over the world.
In #Newsfail, they make a strong case that a greater range of voices needs to be part of the national media discussion, including theirs. Their mission is truth-telling above brainwashing. All you have to do is listen.
Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she also has a secret history. Drawing from an astonishing trove of documents, including never-before-seen private papers, Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore reveals the fascinating family story that sparked the invention of the most popular female superhero of all time. Delving into the life of Wonder Woman's eccentric creator, psychologist William Moulton Marston, Lepore her feminist origins: from the warrior princesses of the Amazon, to suffragists including Emmeline Pankhurst, and the women Marston shared his life with - his wife and his mistress. The Secret History of Wonder Woman is at once a riveting work of pop culture history, and a crucial insight into the struggle for women's rights in the twentieth century and the troubled place of feminism today.
Since 2009 the photographer Bernd Jonkmanns from Hamburg has been working on a photo documentation about the culture of record stores. When Jonkmanns started the project in 2009 he thought that there won t be many record stores left within a few years. Over the past decades many Record Stores have vanished, but vinyl records have made a rapid comeback among music lovers all over the world. Thus, new stores opened up in big cities like Berlin, Brussels, Paris, and Los Angeles, preserving the phenomenon record store as an expression of youth culture. Over the last six years he travelled all over the world to 30 cities on five continents to photograph over 160 record stores, the store owners, the buyers, and the people who work there. His photos show their love and passion for vinyl, cd, and buying music in a store. This is what they all share and what makes the specific atmosphere of such stores. Jonkmanns found great stores on all continents in cities like Los Angeles, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Paris, London, Brighton, Stockholm, Rio de Janeiro, Oslo, Amsterdam, Sydney and even in Hobart, Tasmania.
From modest beginnings in 1987, the Rugby World Cup now has the alluring aura that inspires everything a rugby country can muster. It is all or nothing, and their goal is plain and simple.
In the twenty years since Allan Border retired as Australian cricket captain he's been one of the game's closest and most astute observers. His views on cricket - based on his experiences as a player, a captain, a selector and a commentator - are fascinating, forthright and informed by more than three decades of involvement at the game's highest level... In Cricket as I See It he gives us his wisdom and opinions on the game he loves - from epic Tests, the rising power of India, and the Twenty20 revolution, through to his thoughts on captaincy, and the essential arts of batting, bowling and sledging. He reflects on the great players and contests of his generation, as well as controversies such as the underarm bowling affair, the turbulent events that led to him shouldering the captaincy, the rebel tour of South Africa, Steve Waugh's dropping as one-day captain, and the divisive 'Monkeygate' scandal. With cricket, Allan calls it as he sees it, and the result is a book to be savoured and enjoyed by cricket lovers everywhere...
For the first time in history, women make up half of the educated labour force and are earning the majority of advanced degrees. It should be the best time ever for women and yet. it's not. Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett, respected experts on gender issues and the psychology of women, argue that an insidious war of subtle biases and barriers is being waged that continues to marginalise women. Although women have made huge strides in recent years, these gains have not translated into money and influence. Rivers and Barnett offer women the real facts, as well as tools for combating the soft war tactics that prevent them from advancing in their careers. With women now central to the economy, determining to a large degree whether it thrives or stagnates, this is one war no one can afford for them to lose.
What does it mean to devote yourself wholly to helping others? In Strangers Drowning, Larissa MacFarquhar seeks out people living lives of extreme ethical commitment, and tells their intimate stories: their stubborn integrity and their compromises; their bravery and their recklessness; their wrenching dilemmas.
A couple adopts two children in distress. But then they think: if they can change two lives, why not four? Or ten? They adopt twenty. But how do they weigh the needs of unknown children in distress against the needs of the children they already have? Another couple founds a leprosy colony in the wilderness in India, living in huts with no walls, knowing that their two small children may contract leprosy or be eaten by panthers. The children survive. But what if they hadn't? How would their parents' risk have been judged? We honour such generosity and high ideals; but when we call people 'do-gooders' there is scepticism in it, even hostility. Why do moral people make us uneasy? Between her stories, MacFarquhar threads a lively history of the novels, philosophy, social science, and self-help that have contributed to a deep suspicion of do-gooders in Western culture.
Through its sympathetic and beautifully vivid storytelling, Strangers Drowning confronts us with fundamental questions about what it means to be human. In a world of strangers drowning in need, how much should we help, and how much can we help? Is it right to care for strangers even at the expense of those we are closest to? Moving and provocative, Strangers Drowning challenges us to think about what we value most, and why.
Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. Pause and look around: you will see that you are surrounded by glass. It reflects and refracts light through your windows; it encircles a glowing filament above you; it's in a mirror hanging on the wall; it lies shattered in a dented corner of an iPhone - you're drinking water out of a pint glass. Taking up a most common object, rarely considered because assumed to be transparent, John Garrison draws evocative connections between historical depictions of glass and emerging visions that see it as holding a unique promise for new forms of interaction. Grounded in everyday examples, this book offers a series of surprising insights into how we increasingly find ourselves living in a world made of glass. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.
Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. It may be responsible for a greater improvement in human diet and longevity than any other technology of the last two thousand years - but have you ever thought seriously about your refrigerator? That box humming in the background displays more than you might expect, even who you are and the society in which you live. Jonathan Rees examines the past, present, and future of the household refrigerator with the aim of preventing its users from ever taking it for granted again. No mere container for cold Cokes and celery stalks, the refrigerator acts as a mirror - and what it reflects is chilling indeed. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.
Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. What is silence? In a series of short meditations, novelist and playwright John Biguenet considers silence as a servant of power, as a lie, as a punishment, as the voice of God, as a terrorist's final weapon, as a luxury good, as the reason for torture - in short, as an object we both do and do not recognize. Concluding with the prospects for its future in a world burgeoning with noise, Biguenet asks whether we should desire or fear silence - or if it is even ours to choose. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.
Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. Though we try to imagine otherwise, waste is every object, plus time. Whatever else an object is, it's also waste-or was, or will be. All that is needed is time or a change of sentiment or circumstance. Waste is not merely the field of discarded objects, but the name we give to our troubled relationship with the decaying world outside ourselves. Waste focuses on those waste objects that most fundamentally shape our lives and also attempts to understand our complicated emotional and intellectual relationships to our own refuse: nuclear waste, climate debris, pop-culture rubbish, digital detritus, and more. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.
We are living in a time of crisis which has cascaded through society. Financial crisis has led to an economic crisis of recession and unemployment; an ensuing fiscal crisis over government deficits and austerity has led to a political crisis which threatens to become a democratic crisis. Borne unevenly, the effects of the crisis are exacerbating class and gender inequalities. Rival interpretations a focus on austerity and reduction in welfare spending versus a focus on financial crisis and democratic regulation of finance are used to justify radically diverse policies for the distribution of resources and strategies for economic growth, and contested gender relations lie at the heart of these debates. The future consequences of the crisis depend upon whether there is a deepening of democratic institutions, including in the European Union. Sylvia Walby offers an alternative framework within which to theorize crisis, drawing on complexity science and situating this within the wider field of study of risk, disaster and catastrophe. In doing so, she offers a critique and revision of the social science needed to understand the crisis.
The selfie craze has finally reached the animal kingdom! From the sublime to the ridiculous, this book collects the best photos of creatures great and small who have taken their love of a good picture into their own claws, flippers and hooves.
If you're one of the many ute owners or ute lovers across Australia, this book is for you. You could be in the city, you could be in the country or maybe your ute travels the outback. Maybe your ute has taken you to a campsite by the beach or maybe you're working it hard on a dusty bush road. You could be in any state or territory of Australia, because there's nothing more Australian than a ute. Josh Bryce has travelled around Australia meeting Aussie ute owners and their vehicles, and taking their photograph. In this book there are photos from the Darwin ute muster, Lights on the Hill truck show, a B&S ball in Western Australia, and musters in Queensland. Some ute owners are on their Ps; some are old-timers who have seen the wide brown land from their utes and they're still travelling. There are utes polished up for musters, mud-spattered utes and utes that are home to quite a few interesting stickers and flags.
Editor and comedian Luke Ryan has wrangled 25 of Australia’s finest comedy writers and rolled them into a single book of comedy gold. From memoir and satire, to spoofs and silliness, this collection combines the best writing of 2015 with new pieces from the funniest people working today. Contributors include: Shaun Micallef, Annabel Crabb, Monica Dux, Tony Martin, Chris Taylor, Zoe Coombs Marr, Andrew Denton, Ben Pobjie, Zoe Norton-Lodge, Andrew Hansen, Lally Katz, Sami Shah, Lawrence Leung, Michelle Law, Rebecca Shaw, Liam Pieper, Lee Lin Chin, Patrick Lenton, Liam Ryan, Roz Hammond, David Thorne, Robert Skinner, James Colley, Felicity Ward.
Every year will see one po-faced carol converted line-by-line into festive silliness, filth and fun, the kind of bawdy humour that puts the bang into a Christmas cracker. Imagine them as seasonal alternatives to Roald Dahl's brilliantly iconoclastic Revolting Rhymes; each packaged as small, full-colour hardbacks and each designed to tweak the noses of those who take their Christmases far too seriously.
Mallory Ortberg presents...Texts from Jane Eyre is a whimsical collection of sharp, satirical and side-splittingly funny text message conversations from your favourite literary characters. Of course if Scarlett O'Hara had an unlimited data plan, she'd be sexting Ashley Wilkes at all hours; and if Mr Rochester could text Jane Eyre, his ARDENT MISSIVES would be in ALL-CAPS; and Daisy Buchanan would text you from behind the wheel - and then text you to come pick her up after the car crash. Texts from Jane Eyre is a witty, original and very clever kind of mashup that brings your favourite authors and literary characters right into the twenty-first century. Mallory Ortberg is a genius.
But the teenager didn't take just one Pringle. He took a selfie of himself pouring a whole tube of them into his mouth, before sending it to his best mate, along with the letters LOL! The bestselling authors of We're Going on a Bar Hunt and The Very Hungover Caterpillar bring you another hilarious parody of a much-loved children's book, this time turning the spotlight not only on modern teens, but firmly on their parents too. When the doorbell rings, just as Sophie and her Dad are sitting down for their tea, they're half-expecting a visit from a tiger, but what slouches in through their doorway is even more curious than that...a teenager. A perfect read for anyone who remembers the original, or has ever been a teenager or is the parent of a teenager today.
Challenge your cat! Amaze your friends and family. Cats may spend up to two-thirds of their life asleep but when they're awake, they enjoy wall-to-wall entertainment: something to stalk, to chase, to explore or to eat. Whether your cat favours energetic pouncing, sedate strolls around the garden, or a gym-style workout indoors, you'll find that your input will be much appreciated. Here are some great ideas for engaging your pet in healthy play, including make-your-own-props and accessories as well as creative ways to use manufactured toys that will give your cat all the exercise they need. It provides expert tips explain your cat's behaviour, show you how to coax a cautious cat into play without coercion, and reveal how to gently wind down an over-excited cat. You can read, learn and indulge your cat with a daily play session that you'll both love.
Challenge your Dog! Amaze your friends and family. This fun-filled book is a one-stop guide to keeping your dog fit and young at heart. Whether you own a cerebral hound or a terrier that just wants to be in constant motion, there's a range of games to suit any natural preference. Engaging photographs and step-by-step instructions ensure that learning the games couldn't be simpler. And with useful information on behaviour and training techniques, and advice on choosing the right games for your breed, 50 Games to Play With Your Dog will make sure you both get the most out of your playtime together.
The Guardian publishes over forty thousand reader comments a day below the line. This is a miscellany of the best and most baffling thoughts from their witty, well-meaning readers. In the book, Guardian readers ponder the big questions ('Am I the only one who thinks that ham and cheese is a ghastly mix?') reflect with nostalgia on better days ('Airline employees were so much more agreeable back when they were all drunk') and share hard-won wisdom ('Dishwashers make lousy salmon poachers'). This book is best enjoyed with a soy latte in hand and yoga mat under the arm. Please store in an eco-friendly tote bag.
Poor people don't drive cars. People have the right to be bigots. I'm a fixer. Team Australia. Shirtfonting. Choppergate. Stop the boats. Coal is good for humanity. No cuts to health. Sir Prince Philip. The flags. It's all the fault of the febrile media. And that whole onion thing...
In August 2013, Australia welcomed Tony Abbott as its new prime minister. This promised to be a marriage between responsible government and a nation tired of the endless drama of the Gillard-Rudd years. But then...well...Andrew P Street details the litany of gaffes, goofs and questionable captain's calls that characterised the subsequent reign of the Abbott government, following the trail from bold promises to questionable realities, unlikely recoveries to inexplicable own goals, Malcolm Turnbull's assurances of support to the day he pushed the Captain off his bike once and for all. And all this comes with a colourful cast of supporting characters and dangerous loons that only a nation unfamiliar with the concept of below- the-line voting could elect.
Here is a unique take on a modern politics Australian style... If Game of Thrones was a deeply irreverent book about politics, then the TV series would probably not rate nearly as well. It would, however, look something like this...
What is it like to try to heal the body when the mind is under attack? In this gripping and illuminating book, Dr Allan Ropper reveals the extraordinary stories behind some of the life-altering afflictions that he and his staff are confronted with at the Neurology Unit of Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital. Neurologists diagnose and treat serious illnesses of the brain by combining the hard science of medical knowledge with the art of intuitive reasoning. The unique challenge they face is that their primary sources of information - the patients' brains - are quite often altered, sometimes bizarrely, as a result of disease. Like Alice in Wonderland, Dr Ropper inhabits a place where absurdities abound: a sportsman who starts spouting gibberish; an undergraduate who suddenly becomes psychotic; a salesman who drives around and around a roundabout, unable to get off; a mother who has to decide whether a life locked inside her own head is worth living. How does one begin to treat such cases, to counsel people whose lives may be changed forever? How does one train the next generation of clinicians to deal with the moral and medical aspects of brain disease? Dr Ropper answers these questions by taking the reader into a world where lives and minds hang in the balance.
Written by leading authorities in complementary and integrative medicine, this convenient, quick-reference handbook provides clear and rational directives on diagnosing and treating specific diseases and disorders with natural medicine. You'll get concise summaries of diagnostic procedures, general considerations, therapeutic considerations, and therapeutic approaches for 84 of the most commonly seen conditions, 12 of which are new to this edition, plus naturopathic treatment methods and easy-to-follow condition flowcharts. Based on Pizzorno's trusted Textbook of Natural Medicine and the most current evidence available, it's your key to accessing reliable, natural diagnosis and treatment options in any setting.
We've all read the ingredients label on the back of a tin, box or bag from the shop. But what do all those mysterious chemicals and additives actually do - and are they really safe to eat? Focusing on 75 of the most common (and controversial) food additives and 25 ordinary foods that contain them, acclaimed photographer Dwight Eschliman and science writer Steve Ettlinger demystify the problems of processed food. Together they reveal what each additive looks like, where it comes from, how and why it is used and whether you should be worried about it.
Play-based learning has long been a means of facilitating teaching and learning in the early childhood years. The Walker Learning Approach, an Australian-designed, evidence-based play pedagogy, provides a solid base and foundation for intentional and responsive teaching in the early years. The program's systems and practices support teams of early childhood educators in a consistent approach that ensures continuity and predictability for children, educators and families. Early Childhood Play Matters provides guidance and many practical ideas on implementing the Walker Learning Approach within early childhood learning practices. Early Childhood Play Matters concentrates on the most formative years of education (birth to six years of age), with intentional, rich and rigorous play-based opportunities for young children.
Across the world, millions of people have found life and depth in the words of Cheryl Strayed. Whether it has been in her bestselling memoir Wild or in her collection of advice on love and life, Tiny Beautiful Things, she has been a companion to those who feel alone, a balm to those who hurt, a co-conspirator to those who laugh, and a steel-toecapped boot to those who need tough love. In this courageous and glittering collection of quotes and thoughts, Cheryl Strayed shows that no matter if life is at its very worst, there are words that can give us strength.
Is conflict caused by an inherently hostile human nature? Are efforts to promote peaceful co-existence fated to fail? Is the story of human history destined to play out a clash of civilizations? These are the questions framing contemporary debate over diversity, immigration and multiculturalism. The Social Brain provides an entirely new psychological perspective on this debate. It argues that diversity is critical to our very survival as a species; that contact with different cultures was, and is, the essential element that fuels our creativity, innovation and growth. It asserts that diversity was the key to our intellectual evolution and will be integral to helping us tackle the most pressing social, political and economic concerns of our time. The Social Brain ties the origins of the modern mind to the evolution of human society, and provides an entirely new insight into how we can harness the ingenuity and invention that reside within us all.
In this brilliant and original book, James Wallman explains and analyses why Stuffocation is the most pressing problem of our time - and then goes in search of its solution. On the way, he goes down the halls of the Elysee Palace with Nicolas Sarkozy, up in a helicopter above Barbra Streisand's house on the California coast, and into the world of the original Mad Men. Through fascinating characters and brilliantly told stories, Wallman introduces the innovators whose lifestyles provide clues to how we will all be living tomorrow, and he makes some of the world's most counter - intuitive, radical, and world changing ideas feel inspiring - and possible for us all.
Right now, be it great or dire, your life is the sum total of your thoughts, choices, actions and habits; everything in your life can be traced to the way you think and how this influences what you do. But all too often our thoughts and feelings seem to have a mind of their own, with negative beliefs and emotions running amok in our nervous system, making it difficult, if not impossible, to make positive changes in our lives. Until now. Un-train Your Brain is an adventurous guide to freedom from the neurons that hold you back. It will enable you to choose how you feel and experience each moment, transforming your daily patterns and habits into actions that lead you to being your very best.
The first popular book on the science of the individual, in which Todd Rose draws upon the very latest findings in the fields of psychology and sociology to show how, when we focus on individual findings rather than group averages, we are empowered to rethink the world and our place in it. Why don't Meyers-Briggs personality tests really work? Why are HR tests for new employees often meaningless? Why doesn't BMI - body mass index - correlate to actual health or physical fitness? Individuals behave, learn, and develop in different ways, but these unique patterns of human behavior get lost in massive systems that play to average performance and average abilities, instead of individual performance and abilities. These systems made sense almost two centuries ago at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, but in today's globalized digital world they are outdated and inadequate. Yet, every single one of us is affected by these archaic systems. They are far more prevalent that you can imagine, and far more insidious: standardized tests, academic grading systems, job applicant profiling, job performance reviews, job training, even medical treatments. These systems ignore our differences and ultimately fail at measuring and maximizing our potential.
When did you last give someone a heartfelt compliment? Do you take time to count your blessings? By showing how to reflect on yourself and your surroundings in new ways, Get Happy! will help you to reveal the bigger picture. These practical, simple tips will motivate you to find your way to a happiness that lingers. The author, psychologist Anthony Gunn, draws on his experience to bring together quotes from international thinkers and inspirational tips to illuminate the path to happiness. This is a beautifully packaged, well-priced gift book filled with inspirational, yet simple suggestions to help you think in new ways and to take steps towards a happier life.
Marie Kondo s unique KonMari Method of tidying up is nothing short of life-changing and her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has become a worldwide sensation. In Spark Joy, Kondo presents an in-depth, illustrated manual on how to declutter and organize specific items throughout the house, from kitchen and bathroom items to work-related papers and hobby collections. User-friendly line drawings illustrate Kondo s patented folding method as it applies to shirts, pants, socks, and jackets, as well as images of properly organized drawers, closets, and cabinets. This book is perfect for anyone who wants a home and life that sparks joy.
What causes people to continually relive what they most want to forget, and what treatments could help restore them to a life with purpose and joy? Here, Dr Bessel van der Kolk offers a new paradigm for effectively treating traumatic stress. Neither talking nor drug therapies have proven entirely satisfactory. With stories of his own work and those of specialists around the globe, The Body Keeps the Score sheds new light on the routes away from trauma - which lie in the regulation and syncing of body and mind, using sport, drama, yoga, mindfulness, meditation and other routes to equilibrium.
From the pathological killer who gunned down the innocents at Virginia Tech to the average citizen who suspects the government is monitoring phone calls, the signs of suspiciousness and paranoia are all around us.
In this comprehensive overview of an increasingly serious problem, an experienced psychologist and researcher describes what paranoia is, how and why it manifests itself, and the many forms it takes, including stalking, pathological jealousy, as a reaction to post-traumatic stress disorder, and perhaps even militia movements.
Using striking vignettes from the present and the past, each chapter illustrates specific manifestations of paranoia while also describing in layperson's terms the clinical analysis of the condition. Among the topics discussed are the evolutionary origins of our suspiciousness system and factors that can trigger it today, the connection between illicit drug usage and paranoid behavior, PTSD, violent expressions of paranoia, and options for treating various kinds of paranoia.
The author emphasizes that life in post-9/11 America is a fertile environment for paranoia; in an era of computer hackers, omnipresent security cameras, NSA surveillance, and terrorism, normal people have good reasons to be suspicious as their sense of security and privacy is undermined.
But in such an insecure atmosphere, everyday suspicion can easily be ratcheted up, resulting in paranoia and occasionally violent outbursts. He warns of a possible epidemic of paranoia and suggests public health measures that could be used to counteract this potentially dangerous trend.
Whether you consider yourself susceptible to paranoia or know others who might be, this enlightening book will help you understand the many factors that can distort your mental outlook.
Positive psychology is currently equated with theory and research on the positive aspects of life. The reality could not be further from the truth. Positive psychology investigates and researches some of the most difficult and painful experiences.
Second Wave Positive Psychology: Embracing the Dark Side of Life is an innovative and groundbreaking textbook that explores a variety of topics we consider to be part of the 'dark' side of life while emphasising their role in our positive functioning and transformation as human beings. This more nuanced approach to the notions of 'positive' and 'negative' can be described as the 'second wave' of Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology is one of the fastest growing and least understood branches of psychology. Exploring topics at the heart of Positive Psychology, such as meaning, resilience, human development, mortality, change, suffering, and spirituality, this book engages with so-called 'negative' matters from a Positive Psychology angle, showing how the path of personal development can involve experiences which, while challenging, can lead to growth, insight, healing and transformation.
Containing useful resources, case studies, practical exercises and chapter summaries, Second Wave Positive Psychology is an essential guide for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying positive psychology, as well as clinicians wanting to know more about the subject. It will also be relevant to the layperson who is interested in positive psychology.