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Robinson

The War for Kindness

Jamil Zaki
Authors:
Jamil Zaki

Empathy has been on people's mind a lot lately. Philosophers, evolutionary scientists and indeed former President Obama agree that an increase in empathy could advance us beyond the hatred, violence and polarization in which the world seems caught. Others disagree, arguing it is easiest to empathize with people who look, talk or think like us. As a result, empathy can inspire nepotism, racism and worse. Having studied the neuroscience and psychology of empathy for over a decade, Jamil Zaki thinks both sides of this debate have a point. Empathy is sometimes an engine for moral progress, and other times for moral failure. But Zaki also thinks that both sides are wrong about how empathy works. Both scientists and non-scientists commonly argue that empathy is something that happens to you, sort of like an emotional knee-jerk reflex. Second, they believe it happens more to some people than others. This lines people up along a spectrum, with deep empaths on one end and psychopaths on the other. What's more, wherever we are on that spectrum, we're stuck there. In The War for Kindness, Zaki lays out a very different view of how empathy works, one that breaks these two assumptions. Empathy is not a reflex; it's a choice. We choose empathy (or apathy) constantly: when we read a tragic novel, or cross the street to avoid a homeless person, or ask a distraught friend what's the matter. This view has crucial consequences: if empathy is less a trait (like height), and more a skill (like being good at word games), then we can improve at it. By choosing it more often, we can flex our capabilities and grow more empathic over time. We can also "tune" empathy, ramping it up in situations where it will help and turning it down when it might backfire. Zaki takes us from the world of doctors who train medical students to empathise better to social workers who help each other survive empathising too much. From police trainers who help cadets avoid becoming violent cops to political advocates who ask white Americans to literally walk a (dusty) mile in Mexican immigrants' shoes. This book will give you a deepened understanding of how empathy works, how to control it and how to become the type of empathiser you want to be.

New Harbinger

Contextual Schema Therapy

Eckhard Roediger, Bruce A. Stevens, Robert Brockman
Authors:
Eckhard Roediger, Bruce A. Stevens, Robert Brockman

In this groundbreaking book, three internationally recognized psychologists present a step-by-step guide outlining the most up-to-date innovations in schema therapy (ST). This important book offers a clear and practical road map for putting the schema mode model into practice, improving clients' interpersonal functioning, and integrates the latest advances in contextual behavioral psychology. ST is a powerful, integrative treatment model that combines aspects of cognitive, behavioral, and psychodynamic therapies. It has proven highly effective in treating a number of mental health issues, including difficult-to-treat personality disorders. ST's main premise is that mental health issues arise as a result of unmet emotional needs in childhood, leading to the development of early maladaptive schemas (EMS). But, more and more, ST has shifted away from EMS to focus on schema content-that is, changing the way clients relate to their experiences and to others. This book incorporates the latest findings in contextual behavioral science with a focus on clients' coping styles - or schema modes - and improving interpersonal functioning. The book includes exercises from compassion-focused therapies, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and even functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP) to help your clients become more aware of their own unhealthy coping patterns and behaviors. You'll also discover a range of emotion-focused and experiential techniques to use in therapy with your client.

New Harbinger

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens

Michael A. Tompkins, Jonathan Barkin
Authors:
Michael A. Tompkins, Jonathan Barkin
FaithWords

Sacred Rest

Saundra Dalton-Smith
Authors:
Saundra Dalton-Smith
New Harbinger

The Essential Guide to the ACT Matrix

Kevin L. Polk, Benjamin Schoendorff, Mark Webster, Fabian O. Olaz
Authors:
Kevin L. Polk, Benjamin Schoendorff, Mark Webster, Fabian O. Olaz

If you're a clinician, you know that acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is extremely effective in helping clients who are "stuck" in unhealthy thought patterns by encouraging them align their values with their thoughts and actions. However, the ACT model is complex, and it's not always easy to use. Enter the ACT Matrix, a seamless fusion of the six core processes of the ACT hexaflex-cognitive defusion, acceptance, contact with the present moment, observing the self, values, and committed action-into a simplified, easy-to-apply approach.From the editors of The ACT Matrix, The Essential Guide to the ACT Matrix offers professionals a comprehensive guide to using the innovative Matrix model in-session. With this book, you'll learn how to help your clients break free from painful psychological traps and live more meaningful lives. You'll also learn how client actions and behavior should be viewed as workable or unworkable, rather than good or bad. Most importantly, you'll discover how this unique approach can be used to deliver ACT more effectively in a variety of settings and contexts, even when clients are resistant or unmotivated to participate.This book is essential for any ACT clinician looking to simplify their therapeutic approach in client sessions.

New Harbinger

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety

John P. Forsyth, Georg H. Eifert
Authors:
John P. Forsyth, Georg H. Eifert

Do you try to control your worry, fear, and panic, only to fail and end up feeling frustrated and powerless? Unfortunately, you cannot simply "turn off" anxious thoughts and feelings like a light switch. But there are ways you can take back your life and stop avoiding the things that cause you anxiety. This book has one purpose: to help you live better, more fully, and more richly. Your life is calling on you to make that choice, and the skills in this workbook can help you make it happen.This fully revised and updated second edition offers compelling new ACT exercises to help you finally conquer your anxiety. You'll learn how your mind can trap you, keeping you stuck and struggling in anxiety and fear. You'll also discover ways to nurture your capacity for acceptance, mindfulness, kindness, and compassion, and use these qualities to shift your focus away from anxiety and onto what you really want your life to be about. Finally, you'll learn how to let go of the trauma and painful past experiences that can fuel your anxiety.No matter what kind of anxiety problem you're struggling with, this workbook can guide you toward a more vibrant and purposeful life.This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit-an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.

Da Capo Lifelong Books

The Science Writers' Handbook

Michelle Nijhuis, Thomas Hayden, Writers of SciLance
Authors:
Michelle Nijhuis, Thomas Hayden, Writers of SciLance
Basic Books

The End of Sex

Donna Freitas
Authors:
Donna Freitas

Hookup culture dominates the lives of college students today. Most students spend hours agonizing over their hopes for Friday night and, later, dissecting the evenings'successes or failures, often wishing that the social contract of the hookup would allow them to ask for more out of sexual intimacy. The pressure to participate comes from all directions,from peers, the media, and even parents. But how do these expectations affect students themselves? And why aren't parents and universities helping students make better-informed decisions about sex and relationships?In The End of Sex , Donna Freitas draws on her own extensive research to reveal what young men and women really want when it comes to sex and romance. Surveying thousands of college students and conducting extensive one-on-one interviews at religious, secular public, and secular private schools, Freitas discovered that many students,men and women alike,are deeply unhappy with hookup culture. Meaningless hookups have led them to associate sexuality with ambivalence, boredom, isolation, and loneliness, yet they tend to accept hooking up as an unavoidable part of college life. Freitas argues that, until students realize that there are many avenues that lead to sex and long-term relationships, the vast majority will continue to miss out on the romance, intimacy, and satisfying sex they deserve.An honest, sympathetic portrait of the challenges of young adulthood, The End of Sex will strike a chord with undergraduates, parents, and faculty members who feel that students deserve more than an endless cycle of boozy one night stands. Freitas offers a refreshing take on this charged topic,and a solution that depends not on premarital abstinence or unfettered sexuality, but rather a healthy path between the two.

Robinson

Mindfulness for Life

Stephen McKenzie, Craig Hassed
Authors:
Stephen McKenzie, Craig Hassed

Many of us in the modern world are unhappier than they need to be, and mindfulness offers a solution that works. Science and clinical practice have only recently 'discovered' the profound potential of mindfulness-based practices for increasing our wellbeing. However, mindfulness has been practised for thousands of years as an attention-training technique that can reduce physical and psychological suffering and enhance health and happiness. Derived from ancient contemplative practices in many cultures and wisdom traditions, mindfulness practice simply involves directing our attention to what is (reality), rather than to what isn't (our ideas of reality).Mindfulness for Life is written by two experts on mindfulness with many years of personal and clinical experience. The authors have come together to provide both a medical and a psychological perspective on mindfulness and related conditions such as depression and substance abuse. The result is a book that translates the scientific principles underlying mindfulness into a simple, practical and accessible life manual.

Seal Press

Stop Signs

Lynn Fairweather
Authors:
Lynn Fairweather
Robinson

Overcoming Stress

Lee Brosan, Gillian Todd
Authors:
Lee Brosan, Gillian Todd
Piatkus

The Fine Art Of Confident Conversation

Debra Fine
Authors:
Debra Fine

We all have discussions with people every day - from lunch with friends to organising a meeting. We might think of these small talk, chats and discussions as 'conversations', but do we really converse? What do we really talk about? In THE FINE ART OF CONFIDENT CONVERSATION communication expert Debra Fine shows you how to use conversation to build stronger relationships with friends, colleagues and family members. She provides simple techniques to help you develop meaningful conversations, keep conversations on track, achieve the purpose of your meetings and presentations, deal with difficult people and awkward situations, leave clear answerphone messages and send emails that won't be misinterpreted. Written in a lively and engaging style, Debra enables you to increase your language awareness, adopt the principles of constructive communication, and acquire the skills you need to feel confident and poised in any situation, at home and at work.

Da Capo Press

Change Your Thinking

Sarah Edelman
Authors:
Sarah Edelman
Da Capo Press

When the Little Things Count . . . and They Always Count

Barbara Pachter
Authors:
Barbara Pachter

From the Internet and e-commerce to contract work and globalization, the way we work and communicate is changing constantly. Still, one essential fact remains: We must pay attention to the little things , the details that demonstrate that we know how to communicate and interact with others on a professional level, regardless of our position or occupation. In this book, longtime business communications consultant and trainer Barbara Pachter offers 601 essential ways to approach every business situation and relationship with confidence and ease. With its empathetic tone and entertaining real-life anecdotes, When the Little Things Count . . . and They Always Count offers inspiration and advice to help get us to the next level of professionalism and success.

Da Capo Press

The Testosterone Factor

Shafiq Qaadri
Authors:
Shafiq Qaadri

In The Testosterone Factor, the first practical all-natural guide for midlife men, Dr. Shafiq Qaadri offers a ground-breaking strategy for assessing and overcoming,without hormonal supplements,the symptoms of male menopause, including depression, fatigue, explosive anger, loss of ambition, and, perhaps most widely recognized, loss of virility. He offers comprehensive worksheets to help readers quantify their symptoms and gauge their level of andropause, then arms them with specific, personalized strategies for improving their overall wellness. He also tackles that most sensitive of issues,"plumbing problems",and discusses the pros and cons of Viagra and its cousins. By offering clear information in an upbeat tone, as well as a variety of lifestyle approaches, natural exercises, and step-by-step techniques, The Testosterone Factor helps the midlife andropausal man identify his priorities and follow a strategy that's best for him.

Piatkus

The Fine Art Of Small Talk

Debra Fine
Authors:
Debra Fine
Da Capo Press

The 7 Step Diabetes Fitness Plan

Anne Peter M.D., Sheri Colberg-Ochs
Authors:
Anne Peter M.D., Sheri Colberg-Ochs

Most of the 18.2 million Americans currently living with diabetes have been advised by their doctors, or other health-care providers, that weight loss is essential for them to control their condition and stay healthy. However, the vast majority of people fail miserably at dieting, ultimately regaining the pounds they manage to lose. The latest research confirms, though, that diabetic people do not have to lose significant amounts of body fat to be healthy. The 7 Step Diabetes Fitness Plan guides people step-by-step to achieve a healthy body despite having excess body fat and diabetes or pre-diabetes,primarily by becoming physically fit. With practical information and tips on physical fitness, blood sugar balance with physical activity, nutrition, nutritional supplements, emotional fitness, diabetic medications, motivation, and more, The 7 Step Diabetes Fitness Plan gives readers the knowledge they need to prevent, reverse, and control their diabetes through fitness,and to live a long, healthy life without the need for dieting and weight loss,making this the essential diabetes fitness resource.

Basic Books

Human Resource Development

Edward Scannell, Les Donaldson
Authors:
Edward Scannell, Les Donaldson

Human Resource Development, 3rd Edition, is the revised and expanded version of a book that has helped launch many successful training careers.With a clear and concise blending of learning theory and field-tested procedures, Human Resource Development provides an up-to-date self-development guide for the new trainer,and a handy reference for the seasoned professional. Donaldson and Scannell offer a comprehensive, step-by-step introduction to the field and provide tips and techniques useful in a wide variety of training situations. The book systematically develops the skills necessary to design and conduct successful training programs.This second edition addresses the expanding role and resources of today's trainer. In a new overview of computer-based instruction, the authors introduce this medium, weigh training needs and costs against potential benefits and applications, and discuss the design features of effective interactive programs. The authors also re-emphasize the mastery of good platform skills, detailing the four-step process for developing interesting and informative presentations. An entire chapter is now devoted to the role and skills of the trainer as facilitator. Human Resource Development also covers:

Basic Books

Counting What Counts

Bill Birchard, Marc J. Epstein
Authors:
Bill Birchard, Marc J. Epstein

Soul Food retells with candour the singular stories of fifty-two real entrepreneurs and it presents the practical ideas and principles culled from each. These are wisdom-filled snapshots detailing the lessons and triumphs of African American business builders. Soul Food fills a gap in the small business literature and presents the challenges and solutions that are of immediate significance to this large community of entrepreneurs. Written by a nationally recognized business consultant and speaker, this book covers all of the pathways to business success, but from a uniquely African American perspective.

First Published November 2007; Updated Winter 2011

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