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  1. 7.5 hrs • 9/20/2016 • Unabridged

    A leading psychologist reveals how our most misunderstood emotion—pride—has shaped our minds and our culture, and shows how we can harness its power. Why did Paul Gauguin abandon middle-class life to follow the path of a starving artist? What inspired Bill Gates to give away so much of his hard-won fortune? How has Donald Trump succeeded so excessively, when his winning style could easily be his greatest liability? As the renowned emotion researcher Jessica Tracy reveals in Take Pride, each of these superachievers has been motivated by an often maligned emotion: pride. Its dark, hubristic side is well known, but Tracy shows that pride is also essential for helping us become our best, brightest selves. By making us care about how others see us and how we see ourselves, pride makes us strive for excellence. In the right doses and the right contexts, it has been proven to boost creativity, motivate altruism, and confer status and power on those who display it. In Take Pride, Tracy explains why we came to feel pride and how we can make this double-edged emotion serve us—rather than the other way around.

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    Take Pride

    7.5 hrs • 9/20/16 • Unabridged
  2. 9.3 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    A renowned psychologist and expert on human behavior presents Emotional Agility—a proven approach to unhook from negative feelings and behaviors so you can lead a healthier, more fulfilling life. Whether it’s getting ahead at work, becoming a more patient parent or partner, or losing that pesky ten pounds, we all have things we want to achieve in life. And yet, despite our good intentions, we often get tripped up by self-defeating habits and emotions. Why do some people succeed in reaching their loftiest goals while the rest stumble? In Emotional Agility, Susan David provides the revolutionary answer to this question. Challenging the popular belief that positive thinking is the key to fulfillment, she explains that negative thoughts and feelings are normal. Negativity doesn’t derail emotionally agile people. Instead, they know how to unhook from, accept, and harness these experiences so they can focus on what really matters. Drawing on more than twenty years of research and the latest insights from behavioral science, David shows that being emotionally agile is not about suppressing negative emotions or fixing “bad” behavior; instead, it’s about facing our inner selves with courage and compassion, identifying and acting on our values, and remaining curious and engaged with the world around us. Written with wit and empathy, Emotional Agility is a groundbreaking guide that proves we don’t need to be perfect to reach our full potential.

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    Emotional Agility

    9.3 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 6.8 hrs • 8/10/2016 • Unabridged

    In this popular American book, accomplished public speaker and self-help charlatan Elsie Lincoln Benedict outlines her pseudo-scientific system of “Human Analysis.” She proposes that, within the human race, five sub-types have developed through evolutionary processes, each with its own distinct character traits and corresponding outward appearance. She offers to teach the reader how to recognize these five types of people and understand their innate differences.

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  4. 7.5 hrs • 7/12/2016 • Unabridged

    A collection of original, impassioned, and inspiring letters by the author of the popular advice column Ask Polly Should you quit your day job to follow your dreams? How do you rein in an overbearing mother? Will you ever stop dating wishy-washy, noncommittal guys? Should you put off having a baby for your career? Heather Havrilesky, the author of the weekly advice column Ask Polly, featured on New York magazine’s The Cut, is here to guide you through the “what ifs” and “I don’t knows” of modern life with the signature wisdom and tough love her readers have come to expect. How to Be a Person in the World is a collection of never-before-published material along with a few fan favorites. Whether she’s responding to cheaters or loners, lovers or haters, the depressed or the down-and-out, Havrilesky writes with equal parts grace, humor, and compassion to remind you that even in your darkest moments you’re not alone.

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    How to Be a Person in the World

    7.5 hrs • 7/12/16 • Unabridged
  5. 7.8 hrs • 7/12/2016 • Unabridged
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    A Book About Love

    7.8 hrs • 7/12/16 • Unabridged
  6. 8.9 hrs • 6/14/2016 • Unabridged

    A delightful journey through the psychology and science of music, Why You Love Music is the perfect book for anyone who loves a tune. Music plays a hugely important role in our emotional, intellectual, and even physical lives. It impacts the ways we work, relax, behave, and feel. It can make us smile or cry, it helps us bond with the people around us, and it even has the power to alleviate a range of medical conditions. The songs you love (and hate, and even the ones you feel pretty neutral about) don’t just make up the soundtrack to your life—they actually help to shape it. In Why You Love Music, scientist and musician John Powell dives deep into decades of psychological and sociological studies in order to answer the question “Why does music affect us so profoundly?” With his relaxed, conversational style, Powell explores all aspects of music psychology, from how music helps babies bond with their mothers to the ways in which music can change the taste of wine or persuade you to spend more in restaurants. Why You Love Music will open your eyes (and ears) to the astounding variety of ways that music impacts the human experience.

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    Why You Love Music

    8.9 hrs • 6/14/16 • Unabridged
  7. 10.2 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    A thoughtful, gleeful encyclopedia of emotions, both broad and outrageously specific, from throughout history and around the world. Have you ever tried to describe a feeling and failed? Don’t despair any longer! Whether you want to feel smug and impress your friends or just want to communicate how hygge (the Danish word for cozy) you feel at home on a winter night, The Book of Human Emotions is for you. In this unique audiobook, you’ll learn the stories behind the names for some of our most anguished emotions, both familiar (love, rage) and unfamiliar (litost, greng-jai). For instance, did you know that Kierkegaard was the first person to identify anxiety as its own emotion? Or that apathy comes from the Greek roots a (without) and pathos (passion)? Besides, aren’t you curious what Nginyiwarrarringu means?

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    The Book of Human Emotions

    10.2 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
  8. 4.2 hrs • 4/5/2016 • Unabridged

    A groundbreaking, practical three-week program to help you cope with life’s tough moments, overcome misfortune, build habitual resiliency, and ultimately boost your overall happiness. Truly happy and successful people share a common trait: resilience. Not only do they know how to rebound from setbacks, they are strengthened by challenges, gaining the emotional toughness to persevere, whether facing a professional crisis, a personal tragedy—or just an ordinary bad day. The good news is that with the right tools, you can train yourself to be resilient—and become happier, healthier, and more successful. In 21 Days to Resilience Dr. Zelana Montminy gives you a practical, concrete toolkit to develop your capacity to recover quickly. Each day of her powerful program, Dr. Montminy introduces a key concept necessary to improve resiliency and enhance well-being—such as courage, focus, positivity, self-care, and social support—then provides three quick skills to accomplish. Throughout the book, she teaches you lifelong skills you can continue to practice and return to as needed to keep your resiliency muscles strong. Combining science, real-life anecdotes, exercises, and insights from practical experience, 21 Days to Resilience provides the foundation for happiness and shows you how to achieve it—how to bounce back from any disappointment, hurdle, or misfortune—for the rest of your life.

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    21 Days to Resilience

    4.2 hrs • 4/5/16 • Unabridged
  9. 4.6 hrs • 11/2/2015 • Unabridged

    Events in our lives, both good and bad, form rings in us like the rings in a tree. Each ring records memories that affect our feelings, our relationships, and our thoughts about God. In this classic work, David Seamands encourages us to live compassionately with ourselves as we allow the Holy Spirit to heal our past. As he helps us name hurdles in our lives—such as guilt, poor self-worth, and perfectionism—he shows us how we can find freedom from our pain and enjoy the abundant life God wants for us.

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    Healing for Damaged Emotions

    4.6 hrs • 11/2/15 • Unabridged
  10. 7.2 hrs • 9/29/2015 • Unabridged

    For as long as we’ve gathered by campfires to tell ghost stories, humans have always loved a good scare. From the splatter flicks of the 70s, to Japan’s obsession with drowned girls, to creepy modern experiences like the overnight ghost hunt at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, the horror industry has thrived across time and cultures. Our obsession with getting scared is obvious to anyone who visits ScareHouse, a haunted house in Pittsburgh that is annually ranked among the scariest in the country, and has become a booming attraction with nearly 150 employees and lines wrapping around the block. It even has its own sociologist, who conducts surveys and observations to make its performances ever more terrifying. Her name is Margee Kerr In this surprising, scary, entertaining book, Kerr puts her expertise to the test. Not merely content to observe others’ fear, she confronts it in the form of things like skydiving, paranormal investigations, and a visit to Japan’s infamous “suicide forest.” In her willingness to explore the world’s scariest attractions, Kerr shows why we seek out terror even when there is plenty to fear in everyday life. Whether she’s dangling by a cable from a 116-story tower or experiencing New York City’s “Extreme Haunt,” BlackOut, in which participants are handcuffed, forced to crawl through dark tunnels, and given a gun and told to shoot someone, Kerr parses the elements of fear with humor and the precision of an expert. Along the way, she takes a personal journey that leads to valuable insights about what we fear—and what it says about who we are.

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    7.2 hrs • 9/29/15 • Unabridged
  11. 7.8 hrs • 6/25/2015 • Unabridged

    Running on Empty is the first self-help book about emotional neglect: an invisible force from your childhood which you can’t see, but may be affecting you profoundly to this day. It is about what didn’t happen in your childhood, what wasn’t said, and what cannot be remembered. Do you sometimes feel as if you’re just going through the motions in life? Are you good at looking and acting as if you’re fine, but secretly feel lonely and disconnected? Perhaps you have a fine life and are good at your work, but somehow it’s just not enough to make you happy. If so, you are not alone. The world is full of people who have an innate sense that something is wrong with them. Who feel they live on the outside looking in, but have no explanation for their feeling and no way to put it into words. Who blame themselves for not being happier. If you are one of these people, you may fear that you are not connected enough to your spouse, or that you don’t feel pleasure or love as profoundly as others do. Perhaps when you do experience strong emotions, you have difficulty understanding or tolerating them. You may drink too much, or eat too much, or risk too much, in an attempt to feel something good. In over twenty years of practicing psychology, many people have arrived in Jonice Webb’s office, driven by the threat of divorce or the onset of depression, or by loneliness, and said, “Something is missing in me.” Running on Empty will give you clear strategies for how to heal, and offers a special chapter for mental health professionals. In the world of human suffering, this book is an emotional smart bomb meant to eradicate the effects of an invisible enemy.

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    Running on Empty

    7.8 hrs • 6/25/15 • Unabridged
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    6.5 hrs • 5/19/2015 • Unabridged

    Rejection Proof is Jia Jiang’s entertaining and inspiring account of conquering his fear of rejection, offering a completely new perspective on how to turn a no into a yes. Jia Jiang came to the United States with the dream of being the next Bill Gates. Despite early success in the corporate world, his first attempt to pursue his entrepreneurial dream ended in rejection. Jia was crushed and spiraled into a period of deep self-doubt. But he realized that his fear of rejection was a bigger obstacle than any single rejection would ever be, and he needed to find a way to cope with being told no without letting it destroy him. Thus was born his “100 days of rejection” experiment, during which he willfully sought rejection on a daily basis—from requesting a lesson in sales from a car salesman (no) to asking a flight attendant if he could make an announcement on the loud speaker (yes) to his famous request to get Krispy Kreme doughnuts in the shape of Olympic rings (yes, with a viral video to prove it). Jia learned that even the most preposterous wish may be granted if you ask in the right way, and here he shares the secret of successful asking, how to pick targets, and how to tell when an initial no can be converted into something positive. But more important, he learned techniques for steeling himself against rejection and ways to develop his own confidence—a plan that can’t be derailed by a single setback. Filled with great stories and valuable insight, Rejection Proof is a fun and thoughtful examination of how to overcome fear and dare to live more boldly.

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    Rejection Proof by Jia Jiang

    Rejection Proof

    6.5 hrs • 5/19/15 • Unabridged
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  13. 8.4 hrs • 5/5/2015 • Unabridged

    The Buddhist practice of mindfulness caught on in the west when we began to understand the everyday, personal benefits it brought us. Now, in this extraordinary book, the highly acclaimed thought leader and longtime English translator of His Holiness the Dalai Lama shows us that compassion can bring us even more. Based on the landmark course in compassion training Jinpa helped create at Stanford Medical School, A Fearless Heart shows us that we actually fear compassion. We worry that if we are too compassionate with others, we will be taken advantage of. And if we are too compassionate with ourselves, we will turn into slackers. Using science, insights from both classical Buddhist and western psychology, and stories both from others and from his own extraordinary life, Jinpa shows us how to train our compassion muscle to relieve stress, fight depression, improve our health, achieve our goals, and change our world. Practical, spiritual, and immediately relevant, A Fearless Heart will speak to listeners of The Art of Happiness and Wherever You Go, There You Are.

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    A Fearless Heart

    8.4 hrs • 5/5/15 • Unabridged
  14. 12.2 hrs • 3/3/2015 • Unabridged

    Women are leaders, breadwinners, and caregivers. We’re leaning in so much we’re about to fall over. To take the edge off, many women pop a pill, eat something sugary, have a drink, or spend mindless time online. These activities quickly become patterns that take an enormous toll on women’s bodies and natural hormonal balance.  Women are made to be moody and, according to Dr. Holland, that’s a strength—not a weakness. Our culture tells us otherwise, but when used properly, moodiness is power. By design, our hormones ebb and flow over a twenty-eight-day cycle and wax and wane over decades of fertility. Women are naturally emotional and empathetic because of these fluctuations and our evolutionary role as caretakers. Our moods govern our reproductive cycle, but they are also a smart feedback system. They let us know when our bodies are primed to tackle different challenges and when we should be alert to developing problems.  Dr. Julie Holland has been sharing her frank and funny wisdom with her patients for years, and in Moody Bitches, Dr. Holland offers readers insider information about the pros and cons of the drugs they’re being offered, as well as some surprising and highly effective, individual, natural therapies that can help them press the reset button in their own bodies and minds. In the tradition of Our Bodies, Our Selves, this groundbreaking guide for all ages will forge a much needed new path in women’s health—and offer women invaluable information on how to be better, more balanced bitches at every stage of life.

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    Moody Bitches

    12.2 hrs • 3/3/15 • Unabridged
  15. 5.3 hrs • 2/17/2015 • Unabridged

    An urgent, illuminating exploration of the social nature of shame and of the ways in which it might be used, sparingly and pointedly, to promote political change and social reform In cultures that champion the individual, guilt is advertised as the cornerstone of conscience. Yet while guilt holds individuals to personal standards, it proves impotent in the face of corrupt corporate policies. In recent years we have been asked to assuage our guilt about these problems as consumers, by buying organic foods or fair-trade products, for example. Yet, unless nearly everyone participates, the impact of individual consumer consciousness is microscopic. Jennifer Jacquet persuasively argues that the solution to the limitations of guilt can be found in shame, retrofitted for the age of democracy and social media. She demonstrates how shaming can function as a nonviolent form of resistance that, in turn, challenges institutions, organizations, and even governments to actuate large-scale change. She argues that when applied in the right way, the right quantity, and at the right time, shame has the capacity to keep us from failing other species in life’s fabric and, ultimately, ourselves.

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    Is Shame Necessary?

    5.3 hrs • 2/17/15 • Unabridged
  16. 6.0 hrs • 2/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Do you know what really triggers panic attacks? Are you aware of what thinking patterns create anxiety? Are you a chronic worrier? Have you ever self-medicated with alcohol or tranquilizers? According to mental health professionals, anxiety disorders have emerged as the common cold of mental illness. Every family is touched in some way or another by anxiety issues and, with ever-increasing frequency, diagnosable anxiety disorders. In Take Control of Your Anxiety—a self-help book for the layperson—Drs. Cortman, Shinitzky, and O’Connor present the current understanding of anxiety: its genesis in the brain, its functions and contributions to human survival and growth, and its progression to pathology. Each of the five major anxiety disorders is featured in a chapter that explores its etiology, practical steps and exercises for successful resolution, and real-life case studies of patients who have overcome the disorder. The authors use some levity to teach their concepts, including Dr. Seuss-like poems, popular music parodies, and other easy-to-remember aids. A tool box of simple resources and self-help techniques is also included. Most importantly, the authors emphasize a non-pharmaceutical, evidence-based approach to mastering anxiety issues and living a productive, well-balanced life.

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