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Dataclysm - Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking) (Hardcover): Christian Rudder Dataclysm - Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking) (Hardcover)
Christian Rudder
R419.00 R339.00 Discovery Miles 3390 Save R80.00 (19%) Within 7 - 11 working days

What is the secret to a stable marriage? How many gay people are still in the closet? Do we truly live in a postracial society? Has Twitter made us dumber? These are just a few of the questions Christian Rudder answers in "Dataclysm, " a smart, funny, irreverent look at how we act when we think no one's looking.
For centuries we've relied on polling or small-scale lab experiments to study human behavior. Today a new approach is possible. As we live more of our lives online, researchers can finally observe us directly, in vast numbers and without filters. Data scientists can quantify the formerly unquantifiable and show with unprecedented precision how we fight, how we age, how we love, and how we change. Our personal data has been used to spy on us, hire and fire us, and sell us stuff we don't need. In "Dataclysm, " Rudder uses it to show us who we are as people.
He reveals how Facebook "likes" can predict, with surprising accuracy, a person's sexual orientation and even intelligence; how attractive women receive exponentially more job interview requests; and why you have to have haters to be hot. He charts the rise and fall of America's most reviled word through Google Search and examines the new dynamics of collaborative rage on Twitter. He shows how people express themselves, both privately and publically. What is the least Asian thing you can say? Do people bathe more in Vermont or New Jersey? What do black women think about Simon & Garfunkel? Hint: They don't think about Simon & Garfunkel. Rudder also tracks human migration in real time, showing how groups of people move from certain small towns to the same big cities across the globe. And he grapples with the challenge of maintaining privacy in a world where these explorations are possible.
Provocative, illuminating, and visually arresting, "Dataclysm" is a portrait of our essential selves--and a first look at a revolution in the making.

Biopoetics (Hardcover): Brett Cook Biopoetics (Hardcover)
Brett Cook
R525.00 Discovery Miles 5250 Within 7 - 13 working days
Social Psychology (Hardcover, United States ed of 8th revised ed): Elliot Aronson, Timothy D. Wilson, Robin M. Akert Social Psychology (Hardcover, United States ed of 8th revised ed)
Elliot Aronson, Timothy D. Wilson, Robin M. Akert
R2962.00 Discovery Miles 29620 Within 7 - 11 working days

"Research made relevant through a storytelling approach."" "This renowned text maintains its acclaimed storytelling approach, teaching the science of psychology through an engaging narrative that makes research relevant to students. Drawing upon their extensive experience as researchers and teachers, Elliot Aronson, Tim Wilson, and Robin Akert present the classic research that has driven the field and introduce cutting-edge research that is the future of social psychology. Significantly updated to reflect advances in the discipline, the 8th edition provides a firm foundation for students to build their understanding of this rigorous science in a way that engages and fascinates. A better teaching and learning experienceThis program will provide a better teaching and learning experience-- for you and your students. Here's how:

  • "Personalize Learning" -- The new MyPsychLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals.
  • "Improve Critical Thinking "-- The authors emphasize this rigorous science through research examples that encourage students to think twice about their preconceived notions of what social psychology is - and isn't.
  • "Engage Students "-- Through real-life vignettes, which open each story chapter, and "mini-stories" throughout each chapter, the eighth edition provokes student interest by focusing on real-life examples.
  • "Explore Research "-- The authors present a balance between the latest findings in the field with classic research in social psychology. Noting that some older studies deserve their status as classics and are important cornerstones to the discipline, this text encourages students to experience the continuity and depth of the field versus regarding it as a collection of studies published in the past few years.
  • "Support Instructors "-- This program provides instructors with unbeatable resources, including state-of-the-art PowerPoints embedded with videos, the NEW MyPsychLab with ABC's What Would You Do videos, an easy to use Instructor's Manual, a robust test bank, and an online test generator (MyTest). All of these materials may be packaged with the text upon request.
Note: MyPsychLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MyPsychLab, please visit www.mypsychlab.com or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MyPsychLab (at no additional cost). ValuePack ISBN-10: 020591201X / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205912018.
The Inner World Outside - Object Relations and Psychodrama (Paperback): Paul Holmes The Inner World Outside - Object Relations and Psychodrama (Paperback)
Paul Holmes
R660.00 Discovery Miles 6600 Within 6 - 13 working days

Object Relations Theory emphasizes the influence of external reality and early relationships on psychological development; it provides a model of the individual's inner world and is highly compatible with the therapeutic techniques of psychodrama. On the psychodrama "stage" the individual can safely externalize complex early relationships which may now be causing problems in early life. In "The Inner World Outside" Paul Holmes presents a unified account of object relations and psychodrama, derived from his personal experience and training in both psychoanalytic and psychodramatic work. Each chapter is introduced by running account of an imaginary psychodrama group session from which the reader is led to an understanding of the theoretical concepts at work. George's problems with his boss and his wife, the reactions of other group members and of the group director himself are used to illustrate basic psychoanalytic concepts in action. This book should be of interest to professionals in training and practice in psychotherapy, psychiatry, psychodrama, dramatherapy and mental health.

Group Psychology of the Japanese in War Time (Hardcover): Toshio Iritani Group Psychology of the Japanese in War Time (Hardcover)
Toshio Iritani
R2874.00 Discovery Miles 28740 Within 6 - 13 working days

In an expansion and translation of his 1986 Japanese study, Iritani (social psychology, Tokai U.) draws on new information that has become available since the death of the Japanese emperor Hirohito in 1989, to examine the relationships between the government and the people from the beginning of mili"

Understanding Human Behavior and the Social Environment (Paperback, 9th International edition): Charles Zastrow, Karen... Understanding Human Behavior and the Social Environment (Paperback, 9th International edition)
Charles Zastrow, Karen Kirst-Ashman
R1341.00 Discovery Miles 13410 Within 6 - 13 working days
Secrets from the Eating Lab - The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again... Secrets from the Eating Lab - The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again (Hardcover)
Traci Phd Mann
R407.00 R351.00 Discovery Miles 3510 Save R56.00 (14%) Within 7 - 13 working days
Trying Not to Try - Ancient China, Modern Science, and the Power of Spontaneity (Paperback): Edward G. Slingerland Trying Not to Try - Ancient China, Modern Science, and the Power of Spontaneity (Paperback)
Edward G. Slingerland
R227.00 R187.00 Discovery Miles 1870 Save R40.00 (18%) Within 7 - 11 working days

A deeply original exploration of the power of spontaneity--an ancient Chinese ideal that cognitive scientists are only now beginning to understand--and why it is so essential to our well-being
Why is it always hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting? Or be charming and relaxed on a first date? What "is" it about a politician who seems wooden or a comedian whose jokes fall flat or an athlete who chokes? In all of these cases, striving seems to backfire.
In "Trying Not To Try, "Edward Slingerland explains why we find spontaneity so elusive, and shows how early Chinese thought points the way to happier, more authentic lives. We've long been told that the way to achieve our goals is through careful reasoning and conscious effort. But recent research suggests that many aspects of a satisfying life, like happiness and spontaneity, are best pursued indirectly. The early Chinese philosophers knew this, and they wrote extensively about an effortless way of being in the world, which they called "wu-wei" (ooo-way). They believed it was the source of all success in life, and they developed various strategies for getting it and hanging on to it.
With clarity and wit, Slingerland introduces us to these thinkers and the marvelous characters in their texts, from the butcher whose blade glides effortlessly through an ox to the wood carver who sees his sculpture simply emerge from a solid block. Slingerland uncovers a direct line from "wu-wei" to the Force in Star Wars, explains why "wu-wei" is more powerful than flow, and tells us what it all means for getting a date. He also shows how new research reveals what's happening in the brain when we're in a state of "wu-wei"--why it makes us happy and effective and trustworthy, and how it might have even made civilization possible.
Through stories of mythical creatures and drunken cart riders, jazz musicians and Japanese motorcycle gangs, Slingerland effortlessly blends Eastern thought and cutting-edge science to show us how we can live more fulfilling lives. "Trying Not To Try" is mind-expanding and deeply pleasurable, the perfect antidote to our striving modern culture.

"From the Hardcover edition."

Social Psychology Supplement (Paperback, 3rd ed): J. Mynhardt Social Psychology Supplement (Paperback, 3rd ed)
J. Mynhardt
R117.00 R95.00 Discovery Miles 950 Save R22.00 (19%) Within 4 - 8 working days
Brainstorm - The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain (Hardcover): Daniel J. Siegel Brainstorm - The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain (Hardcover)
Daniel J. Siegel
R414.00 R333.00 Discovery Miles 3330 Save R81.00 (20%) Within 7 - 11 working days

In this "New York Times"-bestselling book, Dr. Daniel Siegel shows parents how to turn one of the most challenging developmental periods in their children's lives into one of the most rewarding.
Between the ages of 12 and 24, the brain changes in important, and oftentimes maddening, ways. It's no wonder that many parents approach their child's adolescence with fear and trepidation. According to renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel's "New York Times" bestseller Brainstorm, if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another.
In Brainstorm, Siegel illuminates how brain development impacts teenagers' behavior and relationships. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores exciting ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions can help parents make what is in fact an incredibly positive period of growth, change, and experimentation in their children's lives less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide.
Brainstorm is a current nominee for a Books for a Better Life award.

Social Psychology - A Complete Introduction: Teach Yourself (Paperback): Paul Seager Social Psychology - A Complete Introduction: Teach Yourself (Paperback)
Paul Seager
R285.00 R245.00 Discovery Miles 2450 Save R40.00 (14%) Within 4 - 10 working days

Written by Dr Paul Seager, a social psychology specialist who teaches at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, 'Social Psychology: A Complete Introduction' is designed to give you everything you need to succeed, all in one place. It covers key areas that students are expected to be confident in, outlining the basics in clear jargon-free English, and then provides added-value features like summaries of key studies, lists of questions to test your understanding of the concepts covered, and a 'Food for thought' section at the end of each chapter which challenges you to put the academic theories to practical use. The book uses a structure that mirrors many university courses on social psychology - starting off by explaining what social psychology is and how it is researched, before exploring a wide variety of the fascinating areas social psychologists have looked at in both classic and lesser-known studies. Areas covered include: the self; attributions; social cognition; interpersonal attraction; social influence; attitudes and persuasion; prosocial behaviour; aggression; groups; leadership; group decision making; intergroup behaviour; and prejudice. A final chapter looks at how social psychology can, and has been, applied in the real world to make a difference. 'Teach Yourself' titles employ the 'Breakthrough method', which is designed specifically to overcome problems that students face. - Problem: "I find it difficult to remember what I've read."; Solution: this book includes end-of-chapter summaries and questions to test your understanding. - Problem: "Most books mention important other sources, but I can never find them in time."; Solution: this book includes fully referenced quotes ready to use in your essay or exam, and each chapter lists further suggested readings for each topic. - Problem: "Lots of introductory books turn out to cover totally different topics than my course."; Solution: this book is written by a current university lecturer who understands what students are expected to know.

The Righteous Mind - Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (Paperback): Jonathan Haidt The Righteous Mind - Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (Paperback)
Jonathan Haidt
R215.00 R185.00 Discovery Miles 1850 Save R30.00 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days

In "The Righteous Mind", psychologist Jonathan Haidt answers some of the most compelling questions about human relationships: Why can it sometimes feel as though half the population is living in a different moral universe? Why do ideas such as 'fairness' and 'freedom' mean such different things to different people? Why is it so hard to see things from another viewpoint? Why do we come to blows over politics and religion? Jonathan Haidt reveals that we often find it hard to get along because our minds are hardwired to be moralistic, judgemental and self-righteous. He explores how morality evolved to enable us to form communities, and how moral values are not just about justice and equality - for some people authority, sanctity or loyalty matter more. Morality binds and blinds, but, using his own research, Haidt proves it is possible to liberate ourselves from the disputes that divide good people. "A landmark contribution to humanity's understanding of itself". ("The New York Times"). "A truly seminal book". (David Goodhart, "Prospect"). "A tour de force - brave, brilliant, and eloquent. It will challenge the way you think about liberals and conservatives, atheism and religion, good and evil". (Paul Bloom, author of "How Pleasure Works"). "Compelling ...a fluid combination of erudition and entertainment". (Ian Birrell, "Observer"). "Lucid and thought-provoking ...deserves to be widely read". (Jenni Russell, "Sunday Times"). Jonathan Haidt is a social and cultural psychologist. He has been on the faculty of the University of Virginia since 1995 and is currently a visiting professor of business ethics at New York University's Stern School of Business. He is the co-editor of "Flourishing: Positive Psychology" and the "Life Well Lived", and is the author of "The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom".

Be a People Person - Effective Leadership Through Effective Relationships (Standard format, CD): John C. Maxwell Be a People Person - Effective Leadership Through Effective Relationships (Standard format, CD)
John C. Maxwell
R210.00 R173.00 Discovery Miles 1730 Save R37.00 (18%) Within 4 - 12 working days

Being a leader means working with people, and that's not always easy Whether in your office, church, neighborhood, or elsewhere, your interpersonal relationships can make or break you as a leader. That's why it's so important to be a "people person" and develop your skills in tapping that most precious of all resources: people.

In this powerful new book, America's leadership expert John Maxwell helps you

discover and develop the qualities of an effective "people person" improve your relationships in every area of life understand and help difficult people overcome differences and personality traits that can cause friction inspire others to excellence and success

Loaded with life-enriching, life-changing principles for relating positively and powerfully with your family, friends, colleagues, and clients, " Be a People Person" is certain to help you bring out the best in others-and that's what effective leadership is all about.

What the Dog Saw - And Other Adventures (Paperback): Malcolm Gladwell What the Dog Saw - And Other Adventures (Paperback)
Malcolm Gladwell
R256.00 R211.00 Discovery Miles 2110 Save R45.00 (18%) Within 7 - 11 working days

What is the difference between choking and panicking? Why are there dozens of varieties of mustard-but only one variety of ketchup? What do football players teach us about how to hire teachers? What does hair dye tell us about the history of the 20th century?
In the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has written three books that have radically changed how we understand our world and ourselves: " The Tipping Point"; "Blink"; and "Outliers." Now, in "What the Dog Saw," he brings together, for the first time, the best of his writing from "The""New Yorker" over the same period.
Here is the bittersweet tale of the inventor of the birth control pill, and the dazzling inventions of the pasta sauce pioneer Howard Moscowitz. Gladwell sits with Ron Popeil, the king of the American kitchen, as he sells rotisserie ovens, and divines the secrets of Cesar Millan, the "dog whisperer" who can calm savage animals with the touch of his hand. He explores intelligence tests and ethnic profiling and "hindsight bias" and why it was that everyone in Silicon Valley once tripped over themselves to hire the same college graduate.
"Good writing," Gladwell says in his preface, "does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade. It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else's head." "What the Dog Saw "is yet another example of the buoyant spirit and unflagging curiosity that have made Malcolm Gladwell our most brilliant investigator of the hidden extraordinary.

Difficult Conversations - How to Discuss What Matters Most (Paperback): Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen Difficult Conversations - How to Discuss What Matters Most (Paperback)
Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen
R247.00 R201.00 Discovery Miles 2010 Save R46.00 (19%) Within 7 - 11 working days

The 10th-anniversary edition of the "New York Times" business bestseller-now updated with "Answers to Ten Questions People Ask"
We attempt or avoid difficult conversations every day-whether dealing with an underperforming employee, disagreeing with a spouse, or negotiating with a client. From the Harvard Negotiation Project, the organization that brought you "Getting to Yes, Difficult Conversations" provides a step-by-step approach to having those tough conversations with less stress and more success. you'll learn how to:
? Decipher the underlying structure of every difficult conversation
? Start a conversation without defensiveness
? Listen for the meaning of what is not said
? Stay balanced in the face of attacks and accusations
? Move from emotion to productive problem solving

The Village Effect - How Face-To-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter (Hardcover): Susan Pinker The Village Effect - How Face-To-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter (Hardcover)
Susan Pinker
R395.00 R322.00 Discovery Miles 3220 Save R73.00 (18%) Within 7 - 11 working days

A provocative and persuasive argument about the transformative power of our face-to-face connections
Concrete factors such as diet, earning power, exercise, and drugs have driven our recent understanding of health and well-being. New findings tell us that our relationships are just as critical to our survival. Pastimes that many of us have written off as frivolous time-wasters--chatting with friends over a meal, taking a coffee break with a co-worker--serve important biological functions. We are living in an era of constant digital connection, but also of increasing social isolation: More of us than ever settle far from our families and find ourselves living, shopping, going to school, and working alone.
Human beings are hardwired to connect with one another. Social networks matter: Tight bonds of friendship and love protect our health, help us to learn and remember, extend our lives, and make us happy. But not just any social networks will do: We need the real, face-to-face, in-the-flesh encounters that tie human families, groups of friends, and communities together.
Resonating with our most profound life experiences, "The Village Effect" reveals some surprising findings about human relationships in a digital age, such as:
- Face-to-face social involvement can be as good for your health as regular exercise.
- Men who confide in their wives are less likely to die of heart disease.
- Fertility can be contagious among siblings.
- Women with large networks of friends are more likely to survive breast cancer than women with few in-person social experiences.
- Face-to-face contact with parents and trained teachers boosts kids' achievement more than apps or software.
"The Village Effect" will make us rethink the way we educate our children, meet our partners, conduct our businesses. It may even save our lives.

A Bigger Prize - Why Competition isn't Everything and How We Do Better (Paperback): Margaret Heffernan A Bigger Prize - Why Competition isn't Everything and How We Do Better (Paperback)
Margaret Heffernan 1
R355.00 R274.00 Discovery Miles 2740 Save R81.00 (23%) Within 6 - 13 working days

The Olympics. X-Factor. The Rich List. The Nobel Prize.Everywhere you look: competition - for fame, money, attention, status. Being top seems to be everything - but what is it costing all of us? We depend on competition and expect it to identify the best, make complicated decisions easy and to motivate the lazy and inspire the dreamers. But, as Margaret Heffernan shows in this eye-opening look at competition, competition regularly produces just what we don't want: rising levels of fraud, cheating, stress, inequality and political stalemate. Siblings won't speak to each other. Children burn out at school. Doping proliferates among athletes. Auditors and fund managers go to jail for insider trading. Winners seem to take all while the desire to win consumes all, inciting panic and despair. We now know that competition often doesn't work, that the best do not always rise to the top and the so-called efficiency of competition creates a great deal of waste. So what are our alternatives? What are the skills needed for creative collaboration and how do we hone them? Talking to scientists, musicians, athletes, entrepreneurs and executives, in the follow-up to her bestselling Wilful Blindness, Margaret Heffernan has discovered that, around the world, individuals and organizations are finding creative, cooperative ways to work that don't pit people against each other but support them in their desire to work together. While the rest of the world remains mired in pitiless sniping, racing to the bottom, the future belongs to the people and companies who have learned that they are greater working together than against one another. Some call that soft but it's harder than anything they've done before. They are the real winners, sharing a bigger prize.

Speaking Truth in Love - Counsel in Community (Paperback): David Powlison Speaking Truth in Love - Counsel in Community (Paperback)
David Powlison
R294.00 R258.00 Discovery Miles 2580 Save R36.00 (12%) Within 7 - 13 working days

You probably speak 20,000 words a day, give or take, and each one influences those who listen. No wonder God has so much to say about our words. We are all counselors, whether we realize it or not! Speaking Truth in Love is a blueprint for communication that strengthens community in Christ. The principles outlined in this pivotal work are specific to counseling, yet extend to marriage, family, friendship, business and the church. ? Have you ever wondered how to be a more effective counselor? ? Have you ever looked for a better way to talk to difficult people? ? Have you ever wanted to express faith and love more naturally in your relationships? Practical in its approach yet comprehensive in its scope, Speaking Truth in Love is sure to become required reading for anyone interested in pursuing a career as a counselor or anyone else who longs for ways to redeem relationships.

Scarcity - The New Science of Having Less and How It Defines Our Lives (Paperback): Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir Scarcity - The New Science of Having Less and How It Defines Our Lives (Paperback)
Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir
R259.00 R215.00 Discovery Miles 2150 Save R44.00 (17%) Within 7 - 11 working days

A surprising and intriguing examination of how scarcity--and our flawed responses to it--shapes our lives, our society, and our culture

Why do successful people get things done at the last minute? Why does poverty persist? Why do organizations get stuck firefighting? Why do the lonely find it hard to make friends? These questions seem unconnected, yet Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir show that they are all examples of a mind-set produced by scarcity.

Drawing on cutting-edge research from behavioral science and economics, Mullainathan and Shafir show that scarcity creates a similar psychology for everyone struggling to manage with less than they need. Busy people fail to manage their time efficiently for the same reasons the poor and those maxed out on credit cards fail to manage their money. The dynamics of scarcity reveal why dieters find it hard to resist temptation, why students and busy executives mismanage their time, and why sugarcane farmers are smarter after harvest than before. Once we start thinking in terms of scarcity and the strategies it imposes, the problems of modern life come into sharper focus.

Mullainathan and Shafir discuss how scarcity affects our daily lives, recounting anecdotes of their own foibles and making surprising connections that bring this research alive. Their book provides a new way of understanding why the poor stay poor and the busy stay busy, and it reveals not only how scarcity leads us astray but also how individuals and organizations can better manage scarcity for greater satisfaction and success.

Studying Ethnic Identity - Methodological Conceptual Approaches Across Disciplines (Hardcover): Carlos E Santos, Adriana J.... Studying Ethnic Identity - Methodological Conceptual Approaches Across Disciplines (Hardcover)
Carlos E Santos, Adriana J. Umana-Taylor
R982.00 R796.00 Discovery Miles 7960 Save R186.00 (19%) Within 7 - 13 working days

Humans are a fundamentally social species. As individuals, we contruct our identity through our affiliation, interaction and identification with larger groups. And in diverse and multiethnic societies like ours, ethnic identity takes on an esspecially profound importance. in recent years, social scientists have been increasingly studying the meaning, process, and content of ethnic identity, but these efforts have been piecemeal, and the field as a whole has suffered from a lack of conceptual clarity and methodological rigor. In this book, editors Carlos Santos and Adriana Umai??a-Taylor bring together a diverse group of social and applied scientists from a wide range of fields including educational anthropology, developmental, community and social psychology, and sociology. Together, they investigate the process by which ethnic identity is formed and maintained throughout the lifespan. Authors present qualitative and quantitative approaches to conceptualizing and measuring ethnic identity, including narrative psychology and ethnographic approaches, cognitive schemas and semi-structured interviews, as well as analyses of social networks. Throughout, authors present contextually-rich accounts of ethnic identity that keep the focus where it belongs, on the lived experience of real people.

The Killing Compartments - The Mentality of Mass Murder (Hardcover): Abram De Swaan The Killing Compartments - The Mentality of Mass Murder (Hardcover)
Abram De Swaan
R529.00 Discovery Miles 5290 Within 7 - 13 working days

The twentieth century was among the bloodiest in the history of humanity. Untold millions were slaughtered. How people are enrolled in the service of evil is a question that continues to bedevil. In this trenchant book, Abram de Swaan offers a taxonomy of mass violence that focuses on the rank-and-file perpetrators, examining how murderous regimes recruit them and create what De Swaan calls the "killing compartments" that make possible the worst abominations without apparent moral misgiving, without a sense of personal responsibility, and, above all, without pity.
De Swaan wonders where extreme violence comes from and where it goes--seemingly without a trace--when the wild and barbaric gore is over. And what about the perpetrators themselves? Are they merely and only the product of external circumstance? Or is there something in their makeup that disposes them to become mass murderers? Drawing on a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, political science, history, and psychology, De Swaan sheds new light on an urgent and intractable pathology that continues to poison peoples all over the world.

Social - Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect (Paperback): Matthew D. Lieberman Social - Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect (Paperback)
Matthew D. Lieberman
R223.00 R183.00 Discovery Miles 1830 Save R40.00 (18%) Within 7 - 11 working days

We are profoundly social creatures - more than we know.
In "Social," renowned psychologist Matthew Lieberman explores groundbreaking research in social neuroscience revealing that our need to connect with other people is even more fundamental, more basic, than our need for food or shelter. Because of this, our brain uses its spare time to learn about the social world - other people and our relation to them. It is believed that we must commit 10,000 hours to master a skill. According to Lieberman, each of us has spent 10,000 hours learning to make sense of people and groups "by the time we are ten."
"Social" argues that our need to reach out to and connect with others is a primary driver behind our behavior. We believe that pain and pleasure alone guide our actions. Yet, new research using fMRI - including a great deal of original research conducted by Lieberman and his UCLA lab -- shows that our brains react to social pain and pleasure in much the same way as they do to physical pain and pleasure. Fortunately, the brain has evolved sophisticated mechanisms for securing our place in the social world. We have a unique ability to read other people's minds, to figure out their hopes, fears, and motivations, allowing us to effectively coordinate our lives with one another. And our most private sense of who we are is intimately linked to the important people and groups in our lives. This wiring often leads us to restrain our selfish impulses for the greater good. These mechanisms lead to behavior that might seem irrational, but is really just the result of our deep social wiring and necessary for our success as a species.
Based on the latest cutting edge research, the findings in "Social" have important real-world implications. Our schools and businesses, for example, attempt to minimalize social distractions. But this is exactly the wrong thing to do to encourage engagement and learning, and literally shuts down the social brain, leaving powerful neuro-cognitive resources untapped. The insights revealed in this pioneering book suggest ways to improve learning in schools, make the workplace more productive, and improve our overall well-being.

Verbal Judo - The Gentle Art of Persuasion (Paperback, Updated): George J Thompson, Jerry B. Jenkins Verbal Judo - The Gentle Art of Persuasion (Paperback, Updated)
George J Thompson, Jerry B. Jenkins 1
R216.00 R175.00 Discovery Miles 1750 Save R41.00 (19%) In stock

"When you react, the event controls you. When you respond, you're in control."

Verbal Judo is the classic guide to the martial art of the mind and mouth that can help you defuse confrontations and generate cooperation, whether you're talking to a boss, a spouse, or even a teenager. For more than a generation, Dr. George J. Thompson's essential handbook has taught people how to communicate more confidently and persuasively in any situation. Verbal Judo shows you how to listen and speak more effectively, engage others through empathy (the most powerful word in the English language), avoid the most common conversational disasters, and use proven strategies to successfully express your point of view--and take the lead in most disputes.

This updated edition includes a new foreword and a chapter featuring Dr. Thompson's five universal truths of "human interaction" People feel the need to be respected People would rather be asked than be told People have a desire to know why People prefer to have options over threats People want to have a second chance

Stop being frustrated and misunderstood. Stop finding yourself on the losing end of an argument. With Verbal Judo you'll be able to have your say--and say what you mean.

The Psychology of Attitudes and Attitude Change (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Gregory R. Maio, Geoff Haddock The Psychology of Attitudes and Attitude Change (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Gregory R. Maio, Geoff Haddock
R697.00 Discovery Miles 6970 Within 6 - 13 working days

In the 2nd Edition, Greg Maio and Geoffrey Haddock expand on how scientific methods have been used to better understand attitudes and how they change, with updates to reflect the most recent findings. With the aid of a few helpful metaphors, the text provides readers with a grasp of the fundamental concepts for understanding attitudes and an appreciation of the scientific challenges that lay ahead. With plenty of learning aids to help with revision and a new companion website, this textbook is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning or teaching about attitudes. Key features of the new edition: *Key Terms, Key Points and Questions to engage students and highlight important areas for revision *Research Highlights that illustrate interesting and important case studies and their findings *Useful recaps of What we have learned and What do you think? questions at the end of chapters to get students thinking *A new Companion Website with useful material for both instructors and students

High Price - A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know about Drugs and Society... High Price - A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know about Drugs and Society (Paperback)
Carl Hart
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A provocative and eye-opening memoir, High Price will change the way we think about addiction, poverty, and race, as well as our policies on drugs.

As Columbia University's first tenured African American professor in the sciences, groundbreaking neuroscientist Carl Hart has redefined our understanding of addiction. His controversial landmark research goes beyond the hype of the antidrug movement to shed new light on common ideas about race, poverty, and drugs, and to explain why current policies are failing.

In High Price, Hart recalls his personal story--and though he escaped neighborhoods that were entrenched in systemic poverty, he has not turned his back on them. But balancing his former street life with his achievements today has not been easy--a struggle he reflects on publicly for the first time here.

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