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Group Dynamics (Paperback, International ed): Donelson R. Forsyth Group Dynamics (Paperback, International ed)
Donelson R. Forsyth
R692 R591 Discovery Miles 5 910 Save R101 (15%) Within 8 - 13 working days

In the Fourth Edition of his best-selling text, Forsyth combines an emphasis on research, empirical studies supporting theoretical understanding of groups, and case studies to illustrate the application of concepts to actual groups thus providing students with the most comprehensive treatment of groups available. Forsyth builds each chapter around a real-life case and draws on examples from a range of disciplines including psychology, law, education, sociology, and political science. Because he tightly weaves concepts and familiar ideas together, the text takes students beyond simple exposure to basic principles and research findings to a deeper understanding of each topic.

Social - Why Our Brains are Wired to Connect (Paperback): Matthew D. Lieberman Social - Why Our Brains are Wired to Connect (Paperback)
Matthew D. Lieberman
R306 R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Save R47 (15%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Why are we influenced by the behaviour of complete strangers? Why does the brain register similar pleasure when I perceive something as 'fair' or when I eat chocolate? Why can we be so profoundly hurt by bereavement? What are the evolutionary benefits of these traits? The young discipline of 'social cognitive neuroscience' has been exploring this fascinating interface between brain science and human behaviour since the late 1990s. Now one of its founding pioneers, Matthew D. Lieberman, presents the discoveries that he and fellow researchers have made. Using fMRI scanning and a range of other techniques, they have been able to see that the brain responds to social pain and pleasure the same way as physical pain and pleasure; and that unbeknown to ourselves, we are constantly 'mindreading' other people so that we can fit in with them. It is clear that our brains are designed respond to and be influenced by others. For good evolutionary reasons, he argues, we are wired to be social. The implications are numerous and profound. Do we have to rethink what we understand by identity, and free will? How can managers improve the way their teams relate and perform? Could we organize large social institutions in ways that would work far better? And could there be whole new methods of education?

Mindware - Tools for Smart Thinking (Paperback): Richard E. Nisbett Mindware - Tools for Smart Thinking (Paperback)
Richard E. Nisbett
R277 R226 Discovery Miles 2 260 Save R51 (18%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The Social Brain - How Diversity Made the Modern Mind (Paperback): Richard Crisp The Social Brain - How Diversity Made the Modern Mind (Paperback)
Richard Crisp 1
R232 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R56 (24%) Within 6 - 13 working days

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.

Is Shame Necessary? - New Uses for an Old Tool (Paperback): Jennifer Jacquet Is Shame Necessary? - New Uses for an Old Tool (Paperback)
Jennifer Jacquet
R233 R177 Discovery Miles 1 770 Save R56 (24%) Within 6 - 13 working days

In Is Shame Necessary? rising star Jennifer Jacquet shows that we have to use shame if we want to bring about political change and hold the powerful to account. In cultures that champion the individual, guilt is seen as the cornerstone of conscience yet it proves impotent in the face of corrupt corporate policies. Jennifer Jacquet persuasively argues that modern-day shaming is a non-violent form of resistance that can be used to bring about large-scale change. Shaming, Jacquet shows, works best when used sparingly, but when applied in just the right way and at just the right time, it can keep us from failing ourselves. "Shaming is society's natural stabilizer and organic risk-management mechanism, and one that is ignored in modernity, particularly in the virtual world. Worse: it has been largely ignored by researchers before Jennifer Jacquet, whose book gives us an insightful treatment of a vital topic." (Nassim Taleb, author of Antifragile).

Does Altruism Exist? - Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others (Paperback): David Sloan Wilson Does Altruism Exist? - Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others (Paperback)
David Sloan Wilson
R303 R251 Discovery Miles 2 510 Save R52 (17%) Within 7 - 11 working days

A powerful treatise that demonstrates the existence of altruism in nature, with surprising implications for human society Does altruism exist? Or is human nature entirely selfish? In this eloquent and accessible book, famed biologist David Sloan Wilson provides new answers to this age-old question based on the latest developments in evolutionary science. From an evolutionary viewpoint, Wilson argues, altruism is inextricably linked to the functional organization of groups. "Groups that work" undeniably exist in nature and human society, although special conditions are required for their evolution. Humans are one of the most groupish species on earth, in some ways comparable to social insect colonies and multi-cellular organisms. The case that altruism evolves in all social species is surprisingly simple to make. Yet the implications for human society are far from obvious. Some of the most venerable criteria for defining altruism aren't worth caring much about, any more than we care much whether we are paid by cash or check. Altruism defined in terms of thoughts and feelings is notably absent from religion, even though altruism defined in terms of action is notably present. The economic case for selfishness can be decisively rejected. The quality of everyday life depends critically on people who overtly care about the welfare of others. Yet, like any other adaptation, altruism can have pathological manifestations. Wilson concludes by showing how a social theory that goes beyond altruism by focusing on group function can help to improve the human condition.

The Guide to Franchising (Paperback, 7th Revised edition): Martin Mendlesohn The Guide to Franchising (Paperback, 7th Revised edition)
Martin Mendlesohn
R563 R489 Discovery Miles 4 890 Save R74 (13%) Within 8 - 13 working days

The Guide to Franchising first published in 1970 is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of franchising not only is it a valuable introduction to this growing area of business for those who are unfamiliar with franchising, and answers the fundamental questions: why franchise your business? Why take up a franchise? What can be franchised? The book also functions as a practical guide for those already involved in franchising. It examines how to become a franchisor or franchisee and the relationship between the two parties. The seventh edition has been substantially revised and updated to reflect recent experience and developments in the field. The book is very comprehensive and includes international development and examples of franchise specific regulation from around the world.

Trauma and Recovery - The Aftermath of Violence--from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror (Paperback): Judith Lewis Herman Trauma and Recovery - The Aftermath of Violence--from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror (Paperback)
Judith Lewis Herman
R333 R273 Discovery Miles 2 730 Save R60 (18%) Within 8 - 13 working days

When Trauma and Recovery was first published in 1992, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work. In the intervening years, Herman's volume has changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims. In a new afterword, Herman chronicles the incredible response the book has elicited and explains how the issues surrounding the topic have shifted within the clinical community and the culture at large.Trauma and Recovery brings a new level of understanding to a set of problems usually considered individually. Herman draws on her own cutting-edge research in domestic violence as well as on the vast literature of combat veterans and victims of political terror, to show the parallels between private terrors such as rape and public traumas such as terrorism. The book puts individual experience in a broader political frame, arguing that psychological trauma can be understood only in a social context. Meticulously documented and frequently using the victims' own words as well as those from classic literary works and prison diaries, Trauma and Recovery is a powerful work that will continue to profoundly impact our thinking.

Group Dynamics (Paperback, International ed of 6th Revised ed): Donelson R. Forsyth Group Dynamics (Paperback, International ed of 6th Revised ed)
Donelson R. Forsyth
R667 R575 Discovery Miles 5 750 Save R92 (14%) Within 8 - 13 working days

Offering the most comprehensive treatment of groups available, GROUP DYNAMICS, 6E, International Edition combines an emphasis on research, empirical studies supporting theoretical understanding of groups, and extended case studies to illustrate the application of concepts to actual groups. This best-selling book builds each chapter around a real-life case, drawing on examples from a range of disciplines including psychology, law, education, sociology, and political science. Tightly weaving concepts and familiar ideas together, the text takes readers beyond simple exposure to basic principles and research findings to a deeper understanding of each topic.

Unforbidden Pleasures (Hardcover): Adam Phillips Unforbidden Pleasures (Hardcover)
Adam Phillips
R448 R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Save R93 (21%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Take Pride - Why the Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret to Human Success (Standard format, CD): Jessica Tracy Take Pride - Why the Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret to Human Success (Standard format, CD)
Jessica Tracy; Read by Coleen Marlo
R528 R393 Discovery Miles 3 930 Save R135 (26%) Within 7 - 11 working days
How Music Helps in Music Therapy and Everyday Life (Paperback, New Ed): Gary Ansdell How Music Helps in Music Therapy and Everyday Life (Paperback, New Ed)
Gary Ansdell; Series edited by Gary Ansdell, Tia Denora
R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 Within 7 - 11 working days

Why is music so important to most of us? How does music help us both in our everyday lives, and in the more specialist context of music therapy? This book suggests a new way of approaching these topical questions, drawing from Ansdell's long experience as a music therapist, and from the latest thinking on music in everyday life. Vibrant and moving examples from music therapy situations are twinned with the stories of 'ordinary' people who describe how music helps them within their everyday lives. Together this complementary material leads Ansdell to present a new interdisciplinary framework showing how musical experiences can help all of us build and negotiate identities, make intimate non-verbal relationships, belong together in community, and find moments of transcendence and meaning. How Music Helps is not just a book about music therapy. It has the more ambitious aim to promote (from a music therapist's perspective) a better understanding of 'music and change' in our personal and social life. Ansdell's theoretical synthesis links the tradition of Nordoff-Robbins music therapy and its recent developments in Community Music Therapy to contemporary music sociology and music studies. This book will be relevant to practitioners, academics, and researchers looking for a broad-based theoretical perspective to guide further study and policy in music, well-being, and health.

Understanding Human Behavior and the Social Environment (Paperback, 9th Revised edition): Charles Zastrow, Karen Kirst-Ashman Understanding Human Behavior and the Social Environment (Paperback, 9th Revised edition)
Charles Zastrow, Karen Kirst-Ashman
R679 R586 Discovery Miles 5 860 Save R93 (14%) Within 8 - 13 working days

Zastrow and Kirst-Ashman's UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT, 9E, International Edition looks at lifespan through the lens of social work theory and practice, covering human development and behavior theories within the context of family, organizational, and community systems. Using a chronological lifespan approach, the book presents separate chapters on biological, psychological, and social impacts at the different lifespan stages with an emphasis on strengths and empowerment. As part of the Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series, this edition is completely up to date and thoroughly integrates the core competencies and recommended practice behaviors outlined in the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Talking with Couples - Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of the Couple Relationship (Paperback): Barbara Bianchini, Marina Capello,... Talking with Couples - Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of the Couple Relationship (Paperback)
Barbara Bianchini, Marina Capello, Laura Dallanegra, Maria Adelaide Lupinacci, Fabio Monguzzi, …
R663 Discovery Miles 6 630 Within 6 - 13 working days

'In this compact and illuminating study of the evolving theoretical framework informing psychoanalytic work with couples, the authors highlight concepts that have been most drawn upon in developing dynamic couple therapy. They chart the shifting emphasis away from interpreting and reconstructing the past towards approaches that engage partners and therapists in constructing and reflecting on their encounters with each other in the present. The triangular space that is created through this process contains therapists as well as the couples with whom they talk, and invites us to revisit the essential nature of the therapeutic conversation in this light. A thoughtful and fascinating book that will interest everyone who is keen to understand the interior world of couple psychotherapy.'-Christopher Clulow, PhD, Senior Fellow, the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, London

Social Psychology and Discourse - An Introduction (Paperback): Andrew McKinlay, Chris McVittie Social Psychology and Discourse - An Introduction (Paperback)
Andrew McKinlay, Chris McVittie
R732 Discovery Miles 7 320 Within 6 - 13 working days

A unique and creative textbook that introduces the 'discursive turn' to a new generation of students, "Social Psychology and Discourse" summarizes and evaluates the current state-of-the-art in social psychology. Using the explanatory framework found in typical texts, it provides unparallel coverage on Discourse Analytic Psychology in a format that is immediately familiar to undergraduate readers.
A timely overview of the breadth and depth of discourse research, ideal for undergraduates and also a great resource for postgraduate research students embarking on a discursive project
No other text offers the same range of coverage - from the core topics of social cognition, attitudes, prejudice and relationships to lesser known areas such as small group phenomena
Includes a host of student-friendly features such as chapter outlines, key terms, a glossary, activity questions, classic studies and further reading

The Art of Conversation - Change Your Life with Confident Communication (Hardcover, New): Judy Apps The Art of Conversation - Change Your Life with Confident Communication (Hardcover, New)
Judy Apps 1
R263 R202 Discovery Miles 2 020 Save R61 (23%) Within 6 - 13 working days

Good conversation is at the heart of networking, meetings, interviews, negotiations and raising your profile. It can ease your way in work, enabling you to build alliances, create strong relationships with staff, bosses and clients, succeed at interviews, motivate and inspire. But conversation is something most of us were never taught! We learn to speak as babies, but how conversation actually works is something most of us pick up only haphazardly, and many have yet to learn. Why is it some of us are stuck for words, but others blabber or can t stop? What is it that some people have naturally which enables them to converse comfortably and easily, to engage people and build better relationships? The Art of Conversation will show you step by step how to converse skillfully and enjoyably with other people, at home, at work, on the phone and in the street- even if you re daunted now, discover the difference good conversation can make in every aspect of your life. Learn to: -Overcome the most common block to good conversation- fear; find out how to break the silence and keep the conversation going - Understand the different types of conversation and how they work- which topics and language are suitable for the occasion - Learn simple methods for being heard and understood, including speaking clearly and audibly, listening well and using non-verbal communication - Find out how to hold a conversation in tricky situations, including how to disagree, how to speak to those in authority and people you find difficult -Use conversation to form relationships, improve friendships, make the sale, chat people up, to learn, influence and persuade.

Life is Short (No Pun Intended) - Love, Laughter, and Learning to Enjoy Every Moment (Paperback): Jennifer Arnold, Bill Klein Life is Short (No Pun Intended) - Love, Laughter, and Learning to Enjoy Every Moment (Paperback)
Jennifer Arnold, Bill Klein
R260 R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Save R61 (23%) Within 6 - 13 working days

From the beloved stars of TLC's The Little Couple comes an uplifting and moving behind-the-scenes account of how the pair met, fell in love, and overcame huge obstacles to become successful professionals and parents. Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein have inspired millions as stars of TLC's hit show The Little Couple. Though they both have dwarfism, they have knocked down every obstacle they have encountered together with a positive, can-do attitude. The show has featured the lives of Jennifer (a respected neonatologist) and Bill (a successful entrepreneur) from their marriage in 2009, to the launch of their pet shop, to the adoption of their children, to Jen's overcoming cancer. Now, for the first time Jen and Bill are letting readers into their private lives with behind-the-scenes, never-before-told stories about how they fell in love, what inspires them, and the passions that drive their success. They will open up about their struggles with cancer, infertility, adoption, and simply living life in a challenging world. Jen and Bill have a simple purpose in life: make the world a better place through encouragement and education. A must-have for fans of the show or anyone who has ever faced a difficult obstacle, Life Is Short (No Pun Intended)gives readers a glance at what inspires these positive people to approach life with such optimism and share their lives with the public every day.

Enabling Genius - A Mindset for Success in the 21st Century (Paperback): Myles Downey Enabling Genius - A Mindset for Success in the 21st Century (Paperback)
Myles Downey 1
R308 R256 Discovery Miles 2 560 Save R52 (17%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Definition of "genius": someone who has exceptionally intellectual or creative power or other natural ability. Doing or creating something truly creative will be the defining feature of success in the 21st century. This requires us to seek out our abilities and the innate resources born to us, raise our performance and fulfil our potential - in other words, to enable our genius. This fascinating book examines the nature of genius in human beings and what it takes to go beyond mediocrity and ordinariness. Written by a leading thinker and consultant in human performance, together with contributions from other experts in the field, the book identifies three specific kinds of genius that are within everyone's reach: unique individual genius (in a specific discipline, craft or skill set); genius in any discipline, craft or skill set; moments of genius (that occur as spontaneous, unplanned events); and collective genius (the coming together of individuals to deliver something extraordinary).

Couples Therapy Workbook - 30 Guided Conversations to Re-Connect Relationships (Paperback): Kathleen Mates-Youngman Couples Therapy Workbook - 30 Guided Conversations to Re-Connect Relationships (Paperback)
Kathleen Mates-Youngman
R456 R386 Discovery Miles 3 860 Save R70 (15%) Within 7 - 15 working days
The Aesthetics of Emotion - Up the Down Staircase of the Mind-Body (Hardcover): Gerald C. Cupchik The Aesthetics of Emotion - Up the Down Staircase of the Mind-Body (Hardcover)
Gerald C. Cupchik
R1,805 Discovery Miles 18 050 Within 6 - 13 working days

Gerald C. Cupchik builds a bridge between science and the humanities, arguing that interactions between mind and body in everyday life are analogous to relations between subject matter and style in art. According to emotional phase theory, emotional reactions emerge in a 'perfect storm' whereby meaningful situations evoke bodily memories that unconsciously shape and unify the experience. Similarly, in expressionist or impressionist painting, an evocative visual style can spontaneously colour the experience and interpretation of subject matter. Three basic situational themes encompass complementary pairs of primary emotions: attachment (happiness - sadness), assertion (fear -anger), and absorption (interest - disgust). Action episodes, in which a person adapts to challenges or seeks to realize goals, benefit from energizing bodily responses which focus attention on the situation while providing feedback, in the form of pleasure or pain, regarding success or failure. In high representational paintings, style is transparent, making it easier to fluently identify subject matter.

The End of Average - How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness (Hardcover): Todd Rose The End of Average - How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness (Hardcover)
Todd Rose
R508 R402 Discovery Miles 4 020 Save R106 (21%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Telling Lies - Clues To Deceit In The Marketplace, Politics, And Marriage (Paperback, Revised edition): Paul Ekman Telling Lies - Clues To Deceit In The Marketplace, Politics, And Marriage (Paperback, Revised edition)
Paul Ekman
R315 R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Save R56 (18%) Within 7 - 11 working days

From breaking the law to breaking a promise, how do people lie and how can they be caught?

In this revised edition, Paul Ekman, a renowned expert in emotions research and nonverbal communication, adds a new chapter to present his latest research on his groundbreaking inquiry into lying and the methods for uncovering lies. Ekman has figured out the most important behavioral clues to deceit; he has developed a one-hour self-instructional program that trains people to observe and understand "micro expressions"; and he has done research that identifies the facial expressions that show whether someone is likely to become violent—a self-instructional program to train recognition of these dangerous signals has also been developed.

Telling Lies describes how lies vary in form and how they can differ from other types of misinformation that can reveal untruths. It discusses how a person's body language, voice, and facial expressions can give away a lie but still fool professional lie hunters—even judges, police officers, drug enforcement agents, and Secret Service agents.

Mind and Destiny (Hardcover): Robert Seidenberg Mind and Destiny (Hardcover)
Robert Seidenberg
R718 R593 Discovery Miles 5 930 Save R125 (17%) Within 7 - 15 working days
The Art Of Persuasive Communication  - A Process (Paperback, Third): Johann C. de Wet The Art Of Persuasive Communication - A Process (Paperback, Third)
Johann C. de Wet
R294 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R28 (10%) Within 4 - 8 working days

This third edition of The Art Of Persuasive Communication situates contemporary persuasive practices against the background of the rich history of rhetoric and within the setting of a democratic state.

The work is theoretically well-grounded and considerate of the practical dimensions of persuasion - from its broad starting points in an interpersonal setting to its manifestation as mass persuasion or propaganda in the wider political sphere. Contemporary examples, including rhetorical discourses of South African statesmen, are provided to facilitate understanding.

Throughout, the author addresses critical issues that are important to communication science scholars and practitioners, as well as those active in related disciplines such as political science, sociology, social psychology and rhetorical studies. In fact, the book should be helpful to potential persuaders and persuadees across the broad spectrum of society as it will give persuadees a better chance to identify persuasion and defend themselves against the unscrupulous.

The Confidence Game - Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time (Hardcover): Maria Konnikova The Confidence Game - Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time (Hardcover)
Maria Konnikova
R519 R413 Discovery Miles 4 130 Save R106 (20%) Within 7 - 11 working days

A compelling investigation into the minds, motives, and methods of con artists—and the people who fall for their cons over and over again.

While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen, true conmen—the Bernie Madoffs, the Jim Bakkers, the Lance Armstrongs—are elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. How do they do it? Why are they successful? And what keeps us falling for it, over and over again? These are the questions that journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova tackles in her mesmerizing new book.

From multimillion-dollar Ponzi schemes to small-time frauds, Konnikova pulls together a selection of fascinating stories to demonstrate what all cons share in common, drawing on scientific, dramatic, and psychological perspectives. Insightful and gripping, the book brings readers into the world of the con, examining the relationship between artist and victim. The Confidence Game asks not only why we believe con artists, but also examines the very act of believing and how our sense of truth can be manipulated by those around us.

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