How Our Stone Age Brain Deceives Us Every Day (And What We Can Do About It)
The development of agriculture 12,000 years ago was a turning point in human culture, but our biological evolution has failed to keep pace. This book explores the extensive impact of this mismatch – how it affects our nutrition and family life, shapes our work and political structure, and has led to war – before suggesting societal changes that could create a world more aligned with human nature.
The Happiness Bible
A Definitive Guide to Sustainable Wellbeing
Cheryl Rickman explains where happiness comes from and how it can be nurtured and maintained by following the principles of positive psychology. In addition, she outlines simple activities and techniques designed to break down the barriers to wellbeing and help navigate the negative.
Michael Rosen's Book of Play!
From former children’s laureate Michael Rosen comes this creative activity book for all ages. An introduction on the importance and usefulness of play is followed by hundreds of prompts, ideas and suggestions for indoor and outdoor games and exercises, many of them accompanied by illustrations, activity sheets, and Rosen’s personal notes on their meaning and usefulness.
Life at the Extremes of Mental and Physical Ability
Rowan Hooper, managing editor at the New Scientist, explores the peaks of human attainment. As part of his investigation, he interviews high achievers from a diverse range of fields – from scientists, memory champions and opera stars to polyglots and ultrarunners, as well as the experts who study them. He goes on to assess the science of peak potential, reviewing the role of genetics alongside the often quoted 10,000 hours of practice.
On Life After Youth
Charting her experience of the mental and physical challenges of menopause, Marina Benjamin explores what it means for a woman to turn 50 in a culture that reveres youth. Drawing on a range of literary, scientific and psychological sources, she offers unsentimental advice on how to achieve happiness in mid-life.
The Journey back to self
A Roadmap of Discovery
Life coach and counselling psychologist Darren Timms explains how to replace negative patterns of thinking and unrealistic expectations with actions that can promote a more fulfilling future. Demonstrating that many of the barriers to physical, mental and spiritual health are self-imposed, he offers techniques such as meditation and mindfulness that can reprogramme the unconscious mind and enable readers to reach their full potential.
The Influential Mind
What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others
Sometimes a badly informed loudmouth can be more persuasive than the most cogent expert on any given subject. Cognitive neuroscientist Sharot explains the psychology of persuasion, and why many of our instinctive behaviours and beliefs are counterproductive.
How to Be Human
The Ultimate Guide to Your Amazing Existence
The New Scientist team ask how homo sapiens became who we are, what sets us apart from other animals, and why we can be so similar yet different to one another. With numerous illustrations and diagrams, it also explores conundrums like the fact that half of our DNA isn’t human, and why we really blush, yawn, laugh or cry.
2nd Edition, A Self-help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques
The clinical psychologist Sue Morris empathetically guides the bereaved through the grieving process, addressing both the emotional and practical challenges and suggesting ways of mapping out a new path following a loved one’s death.
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
A bestseller when it was originally published in 1985, this collection of patients’ case histories by physician Oliver Sacks (1933–2015) explores their neurological disorders and the strategies they adopted to cope with them. The 24 cases include a man with a special form of visual agnosia, patients with Tourette’s syndrome, and the 'lost mariner' – a former sailor with no recent memory, isolated in a single moment of being. Slightly off-mint.
The Disordered Mind
What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves
Eric R Kandel, recipient of a Nobel Prize for his pioneering research, demonstrates how studies of brain disorders, including autism, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease, have improved our understanding of the close connections between neurological and psychiatric illnesses. He discusses the ways in which these findings are not only contributing to the development of effective treatments but are also helping to explain the mysterious origins of consciousness and creativity in the intricate interactions of brain cells.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
As relevant today as when it was first published in 1989, the seven principles outlined in this handbook are designed to inspire and motivate people of all ages and occupations to solve their professional or personal problems. Author Stephen R Covey provides a simple, principle-based framework to help individuals, from CEOs to parents, to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.
A Mood Apart
Depression, Mania and Other Afflictions of the Self
This groundbreaking work on the science of mood disorders by the distinguished psychiatrist Peter Whybrow has now been updated to include the latest research and considers how the culture surrounding mental illness has progressed since the book was first published in 1997.Off-mint.
Your Superstar Brain
Unlocking the Secrets of the Human Mind
Combining insights from groundbreaking research with anecdotes from her own life, a neuroscientist here provides an accessible introduction to the evolution and functioning of the human brain. She explains how our personalities, memories and emotions are created, considers the foods, music and activities that can supposedly benefit or harm our intellectual abilities, and examines why our big brains still make bad decisions and reward addictive behaviours.
The Shrinkology Solution
Discover Your Eating Type, Lose Weight and Keep it Off – For Life
This scientific approach to dieting identifies the different eating ‘types’, considers the emotional, behavioural and lifestyle issues that may influence how we eat and offers advice on how to lose weight healthily and sustainably. Slightly off-mint
Solve it Like Sherlock
Test Your Powers of Reasoning Against Those of the World's Most Famous Detective
Stewart Ross invites readers to test their powers of reasoning against those of the world’s most famous detective. The first part of the book sets out the stories of 25 ‘newly discovered’ cases and, from the evidence they contain, we must unravel the mystery; the second part explains how Holmes correctly interpreted the facts to solve 24 of the 25 cases.
Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test & the Power of Seeing
A popular misconception of the controversial Rorschach test, which requires subjects to interpret a series of ten inkblots, is that there are no wrong answers. For professional psychologists, however, who still use the test on defendants, interviewees and patients, certain answers can point to worrying mental health issues. This absorbing ‘double biography’ of the Swiss psychiatrist and his inkblots reveals how modernist tendencies, coupled with clinical success, enabled Rorschach’s test to move from serious psychological practice into pop culture.
The Invention of the Modern Mind
This wide-ranging account of how Enlightenment philosophers developed a concept of mind explores the intellectual ground covered by English, Scottish, French and German thinkers, including the notion of the mind existing solely within, and nurtured by, the body. The author also demonstrates, with reference to Foucault, how these ideas led to mind sciences, including phrenology and psychology, and why in our own times consensus on the nature of the mind has yet to be achieved. Slightly off-mint.
The Science and Showbiz of Hypnosis
An Olivier award-winning performer, accredited hypnotherapist and the first artist in residence at the British Library, Christopher Green presents an illustrated history of hypnosis, covering both the reputable side of the subject – brain imaging, clinical trials, hypnotherapy etc – and the smoke and mirrors of stage ‘mesmerists’ and hypnotists. ‘I love hypnosis’, writes Green, ‘I don’t know of any other subject that is at once so erudite and yet so trashy’.
Britain on the Couch
How Keeping Up With the Joneses Has Depressed Us Since 1950
The author of the bestselling Affluenza here examines British society during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, when mental illness grew substantially even though wealth was increasing and education became more accessible. He identifies two causes: pathological comparison of ourselves with others and shifting gender relations. The book was first published in 1998; each chapter in this second edition has a postscript analysing more recent changes in society.
How to Reach Enlightenment
This inspirational guide contains practical advice to help you unlock your spirituality. Its chapters offer strategies for learning how to live a conscious life enriched by enlightenment; find quiet and balance; serve others with compassion; and step into your authenticity. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
An Anthropologist on Mars
Seven Paradoxical Tales
A physician, professor of neurology and author, Oliver Sacks (1933–2015) has been described by the New York Times as 'a kind of poet laureate of contemporary medicine'. His books are made up of case histories of his patients, and explore both their neurological disorders and the strategies they adopted to cope with them. The seven cases in this volume include a colour-blind painter, prodigious feats of calculation and draughtsmanship by savants, and an autistic professor of animal science. Slightly off-mint.