In Search of Happiness is the first book to present a range of happiness traditions separately, allowing you to opt for the one that suits you best in terms of your temperament, values and circumstances. Of course, you can mix and match, since the six traditions presented here are far from mutually exclusive.
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Warum ich losging, um Milch zu kaufen, und mit einem Fahrrad nach Hause kam: Was wirklich hinter unseren Entscheidungen stecktRead more
Kopf oder Bauch? Pizza oder Pasta? Kind oder Karriere?
Viele Entscheidungen haben keine großen Auswirkungen auf unser Leben, doch bei einigen geht es ums Ganze. Und manche sind so verrückt, dass wir es hinterher kaum glauben können. Ohne dass wir es geplant hatten, verändern sie unser gesamtes Leben. Was ist eigentlich eine Entscheidung? Wie kommt sie zustande und was beeinflusst sie? Warum entscheiden wir heute so, morgen so? Warum entscheiden Frauen anders als Männer?
Alexis Carrel est né à Sainte-Foy-Lés-Lyon le 28 juin 1873. Spontanément attiré par les sciences naturelles, il entreprend des études médicales. A vingt-trois ans, il est nommé interne des hôpitaux de Lyon. Libre penseur et sceptique, il a l’occasion, comme il accompagne des malades à Lourdes, d’assister à un miracle. La relation rigoureusement objective qu’il fait de ce cas dans une gazette de la ville lui vaut l’hostilité des milieux politiques, universitaires et hospitaliers, et compromet la suite de sa carrière. En 1904, il part pour le Canada, puis il gagne les Etats-Unis, et il reprend dans un laboratoire de recherches à Chicago les travaux qu’il avait commencés à Lyon sur la chirurgie des vaisseaux. En 1912, le prix Nobel de médecine récompense ses travaux. N’ayant jamais accepté d’adopter la nationalité américaine, il revient en France faire son devoir en 1914, et c’est également en France que le trouvent la guerre, la défaite et l’occupation en 1940. Il meurt à Paris, le 5 novembre 1944. Sa dépouille repose dans le petit village breton de Saint-Gildas.
The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love – Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad HabitsRead more
A leading neuroscientist and pioneer in the study of mindfulness explains why addictions are so tenacious and how we can learn to conquer them
Dominance and Aggression in Humans and Other Animals: The Great Game of Life examines human nature and the influence of evolution, genetics, chemistry, nurture, and the sociopolitical environment as a way of understanding how and why humans behave in aggressive and dominant ways. The book walks us through aggression in other social species, compares and contrasts human behavior to other animals, and then explores specific human behaviors like bullying, abuse, territoriality murder, and war. The book examines both individual and group aggression in different environments including work, school, and the home. It explores common stressors triggering aggressive behaviors, and how individual personalities can be vulnerable to, or resistant to, these stressors. The book closes with an exploration of the cumulative impact of human aggression and dominance on the natural world.
- Reviews the influence of evolution, genetics, biochemistry, and nurture on aggression
- Explores aggression in multiple species, including insects, fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals
- Compares human and animal aggressive and dominant behavior
- Examines bullying, abuse, territoriality, murder, and war
- Includes nonaggressive behavior in displays of respect and tolerance
- Highlights aggression triggers from drugs to stress
- Discusses individual and group behavior, including organizations and nations
- Probes dominance and aggression in religion and politics
- Translates the impact of human behavior over time on the natural world
Read moreA luminous exploration of the nature of thoughts, from daydreams to the voices in our heads
At the moment you caught sight of this book, what were you thinking? Was your thought a stream of sensations? Or was it a voice in your head? Did you ask yourself, “I wonder what that’s about?” Did you answer? And what does it mean if you did?
When someone says they hear voices in their head, they are often thought to be mentally ill. But, as Charles Fernyhough argues in The Voices Within, such voices are better understood as one of the chief hallmarks of human thought. Our inner voices can be self-assured, funny, profound, hesitant, or mean; they can appear in different accents and even in sign language. We all hear them-and we needn’t fear them. Indeed, we cannot live without them: we need them, whether to make decisions or to bring a book’s characters to life as we read. Studying them can enrich our understanding of ourselves, and our understanding of the world around us; it can help us understand the experiences of visionary saints, who might otherwise be dismissed as schizophrenics; to alleviate the suffering of those who do have mental health problems; and to understand why the person next to us on the subway just burst out laughing for no apparent reason.
Whether the voices in our heads are meandering lazily or clashing chaotically, they deserve to be heard. Bustling with insights from literature, film, art, and psychology, The Voices Within offers more than science; it powerfully entreats us all to take some time to hear ourselves think.
Great Myths of the Brain introduces readers to the fieldof neuroscience by examining popular myths about the humanbrain.
- Explores commonly-held myths of the brain through the lens ofscientific research, backing up claims with studies and otherevidence from the literature
- Looks at enduring myths such as “Do we only use 10% ofour brain?”, “Pregnant women lose their mind”,“Right-brained people are more creative” and manymore.
- Delves into myths relating to specific brain disorders,including epilepsy, autism, dementia, and others
- Written engagingly and accessibly for students and lay readersalike, providing a unique introduction to the study of thebrain
- Teaches readers how to spot neuro hype and neuro-nonsenseclaims in the media
The acclaimed social psychologist offers an insider’s look at his research and groundbreaking findings on stereotypes and identity.
Claude M. Steele, who has been called “one of the few great social psychologists,” offers a vivid first-person account of the research that supports his groundbreaking conclusions on stereotypes and identity. He sheds new light on American social phenomena from racial and gender gaps in test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men, and lays out a plan for mitigating these “stereotype threats” and reshaping American identities.
An enthralling exploration that upends the prevailing view of consciousness and demonstrates how intelligence is literally embedded in the palms of our hands
If you think that intelligence emanates from the mind and that reasoning necessitates the suppression of emotion, you’d better think again—or rather not “think” at all. In his provocative new book, Guy Claxton draws on the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology to reveal how our bodies—long dismissed as mere conveyances—actually constitute the core of our intelligent life. From the endocrinal means by which our organs communicate to the instantaneous decision-making prompted by external phenomena, our bodies are able to perform intelligent computations that we either overlook or wrongly attribute to our brains.
Embodied intelligence is one of the most exciting areas in contemporary philosophy and neuropsychology, and Claxton shows how the privilege given to cerebral thinking has taken a toll on modern society, resulting in too much screen time, the diminishment of skilled craftsmanship, and an overvaluing of white-collar over blue-collar labor. Discussing techniques that will help us reconnect with our bodies, Claxton shows how an appreciation of the body’s intelligence will enrich all our lives.
The desire for dignity is universal and powerful. It is a motivating force behind all human interaction—in families, in communities, in the business world, and in relationships at the international level. When dignity is violated, the response is likely to involve aggression, even violence, hatred, and vengeance. On the other hand, when people treat one another with dignity, they become more connected and are able to create more meaningful relationships. Surprisingly, most people have little understanding of dignity, observes Donna Hicks in this important book. She examines the reasons for this gap and offers a new set of strategies for becoming aware of dignity’s vital role in our lives and learning to put dignity into practice in everyday life.
Drawing on her extensive experience in international conflict resolution and on insights from evolutionary biology, psychology, and neuroscience, the author explains what the elements of dignity are, how to recognize dignity violations, how to respond when we are not treated with dignity, how dignity can restore a broken relationship, why leaders must understand the concept of dignity, and more. Hicks shows that by choosing dignity as a way of life, we open the way to greater peace within ourselves and to a safer