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  1. 7.6 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Combining leading theories of psychology and behavior with case studies and practical advice, National Geographic’s Mind explores the question we all enjoy asking: Who am I? A companion to National Geographic’s Body and Brain, this reference explores today’s theories of personality, mixing scientific theory with an underlying message: by knowing more about your own psychology, you can have a better life. Chapters start with the anatomy, evolution, and development of the human brain, then move into such areas as intuition, creativity, motivation, faith, and ethics—all facets of a unique personality. Interesting scenarios of mental health and mental deviance make for a lively, readable narrative that combines today’s leading theories in the science of the mind and personality with life-enhancing questions, quizzes, practices, and tools for self-discovery. An entertaining book about science, Mind connects with the listener in a very personal and ultimately helpful way.

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    Mind by Patricia Daniels

    Mind

    Foreword by Todd B. Kashdan
    7.6 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 8.6 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    From a top wellness coach and a Harvard Medical School professor comes this revolutionary book that will show you how to identify and decode your nine most basic emotional needs—and coach yourself to a calmer, healthier, and happier life. The more you thrive, the better your brain functions, and you’re able to perform at the best level. Your health improves. You enjoy life more. When you’re thriving, your stress level is down, your confidence is up, and the internal frenzy is tamed by a poised, self-assured mind. But if you’re like the majority of Americans, you may be, in psychological terms, languishing rather than flourishing—surviving instead of thriving. For many, feeling overwhelmed and out of balance has become normal, a consequence of overlooking basic emotional needs. The key to reaching a happy, healthy state is by tapping into, not tuning out, your distinct emotions, and listening to the inner monologue inside your mind. Organize Your Brain, Optimize Your Life combines the worlds of self-help, psychology, and medical science to guide you to a place of self-management and control. This insightful, approachable book will teach you how to identify, decode, and assess the nine most basic emotions that rule your brain and to recognize each of these voices and act accordingly to achieve a wide range of goals—from weight loss to career management. Coach your brain to gain deeper insight of your individual needs and live life to your maximum potential.

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    Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your Life by Margaret Moore, MBA, Edward Phillips, M.D., Edward Phillips, MD, John Hanc
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  3. 7.3 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Unabridged

    A cross between Napoleon Hill and Norman Vincent Peale, with a metaphysical twist, Joseph Murphy gives the reader an early self help book which is loaded with the benefits of positive thinking, right affirmation and prayer. He also dabbles a bit in the metaphysical, discussing intuitive faculties and the use of clairvoyants and mediums. This auidobook stresses that whatever you think about will grow… so don’t discuss your aches and pains, worries, etc. It also discusses “the guiding principle” and how listening to it (your inner guidance) and following it’s message will allow you to receive all the help you need to live successfully.

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    Infinite Power for Richer Living

    7.3 hrs • 8/1/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 10.6 hrs • 7/26/2016 • Unabridged

    In Care of the Soul, Thomas Moore explored the importance of nurturing the soul and struck a chord nationwide—the book became a long-term bestseller, topping charts across the country. Building on that book’s wisdom, Soul Mates explores how relationships of all kinds enhance our lives and fulfill the needs of our souls. Moore emphasizes the difficulties that inevitably accompany many relationships and focuses on the need to work through these differences in order to experience the deep reward that comes with intimacy and unconfined love.

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    Soul Mates

    10.6 hrs • 7/26/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 9.1 hrs • 5/10/2016 • Unabridged

    From the bestselling author of Traffic, a brilliant and entertaining exploration of our personal tastes—why we like the things we like, and what it says about us Everyone knows his or her favorite color, the foods we most enjoy, and which season of House of Cards deserves the most stars on Netflix. But what does it really mean when we like something? How do we decide what’s good? Is it something biological? What is the role of our personal experiences in shaping our tastes? And how do businesses make use of this information? Comprehensively researched and singularly insightful, You May Also Like delves deep into psychology, marketing, and neuroscience to answer these complex and fascinating questions. From the tangled underpinnings of our food choices, to the dynamics of the pop charts and our playlists, to our nonstop procession of “thumbs” and “likes” and “stars,” to our insecurity before unfamiliar works of art, the book explores how we form our preferences—and how they shape us. It explains how difficult it is, even for experts, to pinpoint exactly what makes something good or enjoyable, and how the success of companies such as Netflix, Spotify, and Yelp depends on the complicated task of predicting what we will enjoy. Like Traffic, this book takes us on a fascinating and consistently surprising intellectual journey that helps us better understand how we perceive and appreciate the world around us.

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    9.1 hrs • 5/10/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 14.9 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Bestselling author Margaret Visser holds a doctorate in classics and appears frequently on television and radio shows. Much Depends on Dinner was chosen as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review and Publisher’s Weekly. As the subtitle suggests, here she uses the framework of a simple meal to show us how our food has defined who we are and how we live. Dr. Visser begins by showing how corn has shaped the history of man. In further chapters, she considers the economics of salt, the medicinal properties of butter, and offers similarly fascinating information about chicken, lettuce, olive oil and lemon juice. The final chapter ends on a sweet note with ice cream and the nostalgia it creates. As it gathers information from the villages of ancient hunters and the corridors of modern science, Dr. Visser’s perceptive book examines food through a wider lens than today’s nutritional microscope. It isn’t meant to change our eating habits, but it leaves us with a taste for the history and mythology of everyday foods. Narrator Suzanne Toren captures Dr. Visser’s enthusiasm for her subject.

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    Much Depends on Dinner

    14.9 hrs • 3/1/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 12.3 hrs • 1/26/2016 • Unabridged

    With a new introduction by the author and additional material, this 25th anniversary edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller by Thomas Moore provides a powerful spiritual message for our troubled times. In this special 25th anniversary edition of Thomas Moore’s bestselling book Care of the Soul listeners are presented with a revolutionary approach to thinking about daily life—everyday activities, events, problems, and creative opportunities—and a therapeutic lifestyle is proposed that focuses on looking more deeply into emotional problems and learning how to sense sacredness in even ordinary things. Basing his writing on the ancient model of “care of the soul”—which provided a religious context for viewing the everyday events of life—Moore brings “care of the soul” into the 21st century. Promising to deepen and broaden the listeners’s perspective on his or her own life experiences, Moore draws on his own life as a therapist practicing “care of the soul,” as well as his studies of the world’s religions and his work in music and art, to create this inspirational guide that examines the connections between spirituality and the problems of individuals and society.

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  8. 9.9 hrs • 1/5/2016 • Unabridged

    Psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom probes further into the mysteries of the therapeutic encounter in this entertaining and thoughtful follow-up to his bestselling Love’s Executioner In six enthralling stories drawn from his own clinical experience, Irvin D. Yalom once again proves himself an intrepid explorer of the human psyche as he guides his patients—and himself—toward transformation. With eloquent detail and sharp-eyed observation, Yalom introduces us to a memorable cast of characters. Drifting through his dreams and trampling through his thoughts are Paula, Yalom’s “courtesan of death”; Myrna, whose eavesdropping gives new meaning to patient confidentiality; Magnolia, into whose ample lap Yalom longs to pour his own sorrows, even as he strives to ease hers; and Momma—ill-tempered, overpowering, and suffocating her son with both love and disapproval. A richly rewarding, almost illicit glimpse into the therapist’s heart and mind, Momma and the Meaning of Life illuminates the unique potential of every human relationship.

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    Momma and the Meaning of Life by Irvin D. Yalom, MD

    Momma and the Meaning of Life

    9.9 hrs • 1/5/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 9.9 hrs • 9/29/2015 • Unabridged

    What does it mean to devote yourself wholly to helping others? In Strangers Drowning, Larissa MacFarquhar seeks out people living lives of extreme ethical commitment and tells their deeply intimate stories: their stubborn integrity and their compromises; their bravery and their recklessness; their joys and defeats and wrenching dilemmas. A couple adopts two children in distress. But then they think: If they can change two lives, why not four? Or ten? They adopt twenty. But how do they weigh the needs of unknown children in distress against the needs of the children they already have? Another couple founds a leprosy colony in the wilderness in India, living in huts with no walls, knowing that their two small children may contract leprosy or be eaten by panthers. The children survive. But what if they hadn’t? How would their parents’ risk have been judged? A woman believes that if she spends money on herself, rather than donate it to buy lifesaving medicine, then she’s responsible for the deaths that result. She lives on a fraction of her income, but wonders: When is compromise self-indulgence and when is it essential? We honor such generosity and high ideals; but when we call people do-gooders there is skepticism in it, even hostility. Why do moral people make us uneasy? Between her stories, MacFarquhar threads a lively history of the literature, philosophy, social science, and self-help that have contributed to a deep suspicion of do-gooders in Western culture. Through its sympathetic and beautifully vivid storytelling, Strangers Drowning confronts us with fundamental questions about what it means to be human. In a world of strangers drowning in need, how much should we help, and how much can we help? Is it right to care for strangers even at the expense of those we are closest to? Moving and provocative, Strangers Drowning challenges us to think about what we value most, and why.

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    Strangers Drowning

    9.9 hrs • 9/29/15 • Unabridged
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  10. 14.5 hrs • 9/15/2015 • Unabridged

    A remarkable life plan developed from the program four hundred thousand people have used to recover from setbacks and injuries and achieve personal growthIn 2009, game designer and author Jane McGonigal suffered a severe concussion that wouldn’t heal. Unable to think clearly, or work, or even get out of bed, she became anxious and depressed, even suicidal—a common symptom for concussion sufferers. But rather than let herself sink further, she decided to get better by doing what she does best: she turned her recovery process into a game. What started as a simple motivational exercise became a set of rules she shared on her blog. These rules became a digital game, then an online portal and a major research study with the National Institutes of Health. Today more than 400,000 people have played SuperBetter to get happier and healthier.But the ideas behind SuperBetter are much bigger than just one game. In this book, McGonigal reveals a decade’s worth of scientific research into the ways all games change how we respond to stress, challenge, and pain. She explains how we can cultivate new powers of recovery and resilience in everyday life simply by adopting a gameful mind-set. Being gameful means bringing the same psychological strengths we naturally display when we play games—such as optimism, creativity, courage, and determination—to real-world situations.McGonigal explores the best ways to harness these gameful skills in the real world not only to experience “posttraumatic growth,” but also to tackle positive life goals, achieving what she calls “postecstatic growth.” To show how, she shares stories and data from players who have followed the SuperBetter rules to get stronger, happier, and braver in the face of depression, anxiety, illness, and injury, as well as to achieve major goals like losing weight, running a marathon, or finding a new job.The SuperBetter method contains seven rules for activating gameful strengths in everyday life, distilled from McGonigal’s own pioneering work and that of others. SuperBetter the book turns these rules into playful challenges anyone can undertake while reading in a series of quests that explain the science behind the benefits. Playing by the seven rules begins to yield life-changing benefits in a matter of days, and eventually they become an ingrained skill set.As inspiring as it is down to earth, grounded in rigorous research, and powered by game design, SuperBetter is a proven game plan for a better life. You’ll never say that something is “just a game” again.

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    SuperBetter

    14.5 hrs • 9/15/15 • Unabridged
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  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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  12. 6.7 hrs • 6/23/2015 • Unabridged

    Through reflections, exercises, and clear explanations, psychotherapist Jasmin Lee Cori helps adult sons and daughters heal the wounds left by mothers who failed to provide the essential ingredients that every child needs. Was your mother too busy, too tired, or too checked-out to provide you with the nurturing you needed as a child? Men and women who were “undermothered” as children often struggle with intimate relationships, in part because of their unmet need for maternal care. The Emotionally Absent Mother will help you understand what was missing from your childhood, how this relates to your mother’s own history, and how you can fill the “mother gap” byexamining the past with compassion for yourself and your mother;finding the child inside of you and learning to mother yourself;opening to the archetype of the good mother; andallowing friends and loved ones to provide support, guidance, and other elements of good mothering that you missed. Psychotherapist Jasmin Lee Cori traces perceived personal “defects” back to mothering deficits, relieving self-blame. And, by teaching today’s undermothered adults to cultivate the mothering they missed, she helps them secure a happier future—for themselves and their children.

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    The Emotionally Absent Mother

    6.7 hrs • 6/23/15 • Unabridged
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  13. 4.8 hrs • 5/1/2015 • Unabridged

    The Woman’s Book of Courage is a little book with a big message: we can take charge of our lives, stop trying to please all of the (other) people all of the time, and live happily with ourselves and others right now. Since it was first published, The Woman’s Book of Courage has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of women.

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    The Woman’s Book of Courage

    4.8 hrs • 5/1/15 • Unabridged
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  14. 13.6 hrs • 4/14/2015 • Unabridged

    From the bestselling editor of The Universe, This Explains Everything, and This Idea Must Die comes a cutting-edge exploration of the mysteries of rational thought, decision-making, intuition, morality, willpower, problem-solving, prediction, forecasting, unconscious behavior, and beyond. Edited by John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, Thinking presents original ideas by today’s leading psychologists, neuroscientists, and philosophers, who are radically expanding our understanding of human thought: Daniel Kahneman on the power (and pitfalls) of human intuition and “unconscious” thinking;Daniel Gilbert on desire, prediction, and why getting what we want doesn’t always make us happy;Nassim Nicholas Taleb on the limitations of statistics in guiding decision-making;Vilayanur Ramachandran on the scientific underpinnings of human nature;Simon Baron-Cohen on the startling effects of testosterone on the brain;Daniel C. Dennett on decoding the architecture of the “normal” human mind;Sarah-Jayne Blakemore on mental disorders and the crucial developmental phase of adolescence;Jonathan Haidt, Sam Harris, and Roy Baumeister on the science of morality, ethics, and the emerging synthesis of evolutionary and biological thinking; andGerd Gigerenzer on rationality and what informs our choices.

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    Thinking

    Edited by John Brockman
    Read by Tom Perkins
    13.6 hrs • 4/14/15 • Unabridged
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  15. 9.4 hrs • 4/7/2015 • Unabridged

    Gripping, unforgettable and deeply affecting, The Skeleton Cupboard recounts the patient stories that most influenced Professor Tanya Byron, covering years of training that forced her to confront the harsh realities of the lives of her patients and the demons of her own family’s history. Among others, we meet Ray, a violent sociopath desperate to be treated with tenderness and compassion; Mollie, a talented teenager intent on starving herself; and Imogen, a twelve-year old so haunted by a secret that she’s intent on killing herself. Byron brings the reader along as she uncovers the reasons each of these individuals behave the way they do, resulting in a thrilling, compulsively readable psychological mystery that sheds light on mental illness and what its treatment tells us about ourselves. Gripping, poignant and full of daring black humor, this book reveals the frightening and challenging induction faced by all mental health staff and highlights their incredible commitment to their patients. Powerfully moving and beautifully written, The Skeleton Cupboard shares the tales of ordinary people with an amazing resilience to the challenges of life.

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    The Skeleton Cupboard

    9.4 hrs • 4/7/15 • Unabridged
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  16. 10.7 hrs • 3/31/2015 • Unabridged

    The proven, drug-free program to treat the cause—not just the symptoms—of autism spectrum disorders and related conditions Each year an estimated 1.5 million children—one out of every six—are diagnosed with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Dr. Robert Melillo brings a fundamentally new understanding to the cause of these conditions with his revolutionary Brain Balance Program. It has achieved real, fully documented results that have dramatically improved the quality of life for children and their families in every aspect: behavioral, emotional, academic, and social. Disconnected Kids shows parents how to use this drug-free approach at home, includingfully customizable exercises that target physical, sensory, and academic performance;a behavior modification plan;advice for identifying food sensitivities that play a hidden role; anda followup program that helps ensure lasting results.

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    Disconnected Kids

    10.7 hrs • 3/31/15 • Unabridged
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