Imagine knowing what the brain craves from every tale it encounters, what fuels the success of any great story, and what keeps readers transfixed. Wired for Story reveals these cognitive secrets-and it's a game-changer for anyone who has ever set pen to paper. The vast majority of writing advice focuses on "writing well" as if it were the same as telling a great story. This is exactly where many aspiring writers fail-they strive for beautiful metaphors, authentic dialogue, and interesting characters, losing sight of the one thing that every engaging story must do: ignite the brain's hardwired desire to learn what happens next. When writers tap into the evolutionary purpose of story and electrify our curiosity, it triggers a delicious dopamine rush that tells us to pay attention. Without it, even the most perfect prose won't hold anyone's interest. Backed by recent breakthroughs in neuroscience as well as examples from novels, screenplays, and short stories, Wired for Story offers a revolutionary look at story as the brain experiences it. Each chapter zeroes in on an aspect of the brain, its corresponding revelation about story, and the way to apply it to your storytelling right now.
- Wired for story : the writer's guide to using brain science to hook readers from the very first sentenceAuthor:Cron, LisaSummary:
- Why gender matters : what parents and teachers need to know about the emerging science of sex differencesAuthor:Sax, LeonardSummary:
Are boys and girls really that different' Twenty years ago, doctors and researchers didn't think so. However, an avalanche of research has shown that sex differences are more significant than anybody guessed. Gender differences are real, biologically programmed, and important to how children are raised, disciplined, and educated. Dr. Leonard Sax addresses a host of issues, including discipline, learning, risk taking, aggression, sex, and drugs and shows how boys and girls react in predictable ways to different situations. A leading proponent of single-sex education, Dr. Sax points out that parents and teachers would do better to recognize, understand, and make use of the biological differences that make a girl a girl and a boy a boy.
- Author:Ho, JudySummary:
Award-winning psychologist and TV personality Dr. Judy Ho helps you stop the cycle of self-sabotage, clear a path to lasting happiness, and start living your best life in this a must-have guide perfect for fans of You Are a Badass, Unf*ck Yourself, and How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t.Have you ever had a deadline for a big work project, only to find yourself down to the wire because you spent too much time on social media? Or gotten excited about meeting someone new, only to convince yourself he isn't really interested? How many Januarys have you resolved that this is the year you're finally going to lose the weight, only to abandon your diet in mere weeks? If these scenarios sound familiar, you are stuck in a cycle of self-sabotage. At one point or another, we've all done something that undermines our best interests and intentions. Even the most successful people get in their own way-often without realizing it. In Stop Self-Sabotage, licensed clinical psychologist, tenured professor, and television personality Dr. Judy Ho takes a fresh look at self-sabotage to help us answer two vital questions: Why do we do it? How do we stop? Combining proven psychological strategies with practical tools and self-assessments, Dr. Judy teaches you how to identify your triggers, transform your thoughts and behaviors, and most important of all, start living the life you want. From the first page, this practical and effective guide gives you strategies and tools to make lasting, positive change.
- Author:Bernstein, Judith R.Summary:
"For every parent who loses a child, when one life ends another life is forever changed." —from When the Bough Breaks
When the Bough Breaks presents a breakthrough concept of mourning, documenting the process of evolution from initial grief to an altered outlook on life. Excerpts from interviews with 50 parents who lost a child from five to 45 trace the road from utter devastation to a revised view of life, resulting in a work that is a tribute to resilience and the indomitable human spirit. Author Judith R. Bernstein, Ph.D., speaks from the dual perspectives of bereaved parent and psychologist. She weaves keen psychological insight with the voices of parents to achieve an intelligent volume that is at once heartbreaking and heartwarming. The wisdom of her science and her heart combine to result in a book that teaches the psychology of bereavement with profound tenderness.
- Author:Rand, TomSummary:
An accessible discussion of ways to achieve a sustainable future
Venture capitalist, entrepreneur, engineer, and philosopher Tom Rand explains why climate disruption might just be our very own pot of hot water. Are we the frog paralyzed in our inaction? In a highly readable account, Rand looks to contemporary psychology, economics, business, and finance to explain our stasis in the face of one of the most fundamental problems of our time. Rand’s account doesn’t just point fingers at the bad guys, but goes deeper — to our motivations, institutional lethargy, and deeply buried assumptions about market economics.
Waking the Frog is as much about solutions as it is an account of our present paralysis. Our ingenuity, technology, capital, and policy can work together to turn down the heat and at the same time enable the largest economic opportunity of the 21st century.
- Author:Esser, RichardSummary:
Exploring some of the most destructive and dismaying elements of living, a psychiatrist of international stature shows that the best and worst aspects of living are closely related. Stories drawn from his experience with individuals he has counseled of diverse backgrounds from Harlem, N.Y. to Stockholm, Sweden illustrate his success formula for turning the "worst of living" into the "best of living," tapping the energy of desperation to motivate change. Real-life personal stories illustrate how rage may be used to fuel courage, panic may generate initiative, and hopelessness can be turned to achievement, bringing a new vitality to life. The book offers direct practical guidance by showing what we should be looking for in each of the fundamental spheres of living: loving, friendship, learning, work, idealism and leisure life. The author makes clear what is the true value that can be gathered in each sphere, what makes things go terribly wrong in each sphere, and how one can deal effectively with such difficulty. The author sets out six key elements of the severest desperation that people can experience: rage, panic, violence, hopelessness and self-destructiveness. The central problem of living, he shows, concerns the need to turn those elements of desperation into their corresponding aspects of vitality. The book sets out six sliding scales that connect craziness with creativity, rage with courage, panic with initiative and other positive mechanisms that can be harnessed to bring self fulfillment.
- Author:Langlois, RichardSummary:
Les prévisions de l’Organisation Mondiale pour la Santé s’avèrent fort pessimistes en ce qui concerne les problèmes de santé mentale sur notre planète pour les prochaines décennies. Dépressions, troubles bipolaires, troubles anxieux, schizophrénie, troubles de la personnalité et autres sont devenus des termes quotidiens. Il y a bien des façons de réagir devant cette situation. Vivant lui-même avec un diagnostic de trouble bipolaire depuis le milieu des années 90, Richard Langlois préfère insister sur l’espoir et le rétablissement. Il croit à la prévention et s’implique dans la lutte contre la stigmatisation. Suivant la préface de son ami Guy Jodoin, comédien et animateur, et de l’avant-propos du docteur Denis Audet, vous accompagnerez l’auteur dans son parcours plein de rebondissements. Dans cet ouvrage rempli d’espoir, il partage avec le lecteur son témoignage, ses expériences et son attitude positive de la vie. Cet ouvrage est destiné aux personnes qui osent et qui désirent retrouver la lumière du phare dans leur vie.
- Author:Trott, DaveSummary:
La créativité dans tous ses états! Créer à partir de rien. Réveiller un esprit créateur paresseux. Titiller une imagination somnolente. Provoquer l’idée de génie. 1 + 1 = 3. Que ce soit David Geffen au moment de fonder Dreamworks; la petite Telly Smith, 10 ans, lorsqu’elle a sauvé 100 personnes du tsunami de 2004 en Indonésie; la femme d’affaires américaine Sheryl Sandberg, convaincue que «trop réfléchir nuit aux femmes»; ces prisonniers brésiliens qui ont réduit leur peine grâce à la lecture; ou encore la célèbre infirmière Florence Nightingale, qui s’est assurée que la guerre de Crimée soit la dernière où des soldats mourraient davantage de maladies que de blessures de combat; tous ont fait preuve d’un étonnant degré de créativité pour régler un problème, surmonter un obstacle ou améliorer leur sort. Si votre matière grise ne donne pas toujours les résultats voulus, si votre inventivité se terre trop souvent dans un recoin de votre bureau éclairé aux néons, plongez immédiatement dans les anecdotes savoureuses de Dave Trott. Plongée palpitante au cœur de l’impulsion créatrice, ce livre est un véritable cri de ralliement pour inspirer tous ceux qui pensent différemment.
- Author:Sommers, EvelynSummary:
"I’ve got to stop being so nice." How often has Dr. Evelyn Sommers heard that from her clients over the years? The Tyranny of Niceness identifies and confronts our most fundamental social dysfunction - niceness. For over 15 years, Sommers, a Toronto psychologist, has treated many twisted lives created by being nice. She interweaves the case histories of her clients with her own observations to present a frightening, yet hopeful, picture of a society that promotes silence and obedience over individuality and honesty. Through her stories and analysis, we see that letting go of niceness, without being rude or uncivil, means a new way of relating to others and a new honesty with oneself.
- Author:Rovers, Martin, Malette, Judith, Guirguis-Younger, ManalSummary:
Touch may well be one of the least understood or talked about subjects in the helping professions. A discussion on the importance and ethics of positive, caring, and appropriate touch in professions such as teaching, nursing and counselling is long overdue. Touch in the Helping Professions delivers just that, weaving together scholarly evidence, research and clinical practice from a wide range of perspectives encompassing philosophy, theology, psychology, and anthropology to challenge assumptions about the role of touch in the helping professions. The contributors to the volume focus not only on the overarching roles of gender, age, culture and life experience, but go beyond to encompass canine-assisted therapy, touch deprivation, sacred objects, as well as key ethical considerations. The prevailing lack of dialogue, due to fear of contravening ethical boundaries, has stood in the way of an open and responsible discussion on the use of touch in therapy. Touch in the Helping Professions is a welcome and much needed contribution to the field—a window onto a fundamental need.
- Author:FREUD, SigmundSummary:
Totem and Taboo: Resemblances Between the Mental Lives of Savages and Neurotics is a book by Sigmund Freud, published in German in 1913. It is a collection of four essays first published in the journal Imago (1912–13), employing the application of psychoanalysis to the fields of archaeology, anthropology, and the study of religion. The four essays are entitled: The Horror of Incest; Taboo and Emotional Ambivalence; Animism, Magic and the Omnipotence of Thoughts; and The Return of Totemism in Childhood.
- Author:Livingston, GordonSummary:
From a psychiatrist who has spent the past thirty years listening to other people's most intimate secrets and troubles-an eloquent, incisive, and deeply perceptive book about the things we all share-and which every one of us grapples with as we strive to make the most of the life we have left.
- Author:Gillmor, DonSummary:
An eloquent and haunting exploration of suicide in which one of Canada's most gifted writers attempts to understand why his brother took his own life. Which leads him to another powerful question: Why are boomers killing themselves at a far greater rate than the Silent Generation before them or the generations that have followed? In the spring of 2006, Don Gillmor travelled to Whitehorse to reconstruct the last days of his brother, David, whose truck and cowboy hat were found at the edge of the Yukon River just outside of town the previous December. David's family, his second wife, and his friends had different theories about his disappearance. Some thought David had run away; some thought he'd met with foul play; but most believed that David, a talented musician who at the age of 48 was about to give up the night life for a day job, had intentionally walked into the water. Just as Don was about to paddle the river looking for traces, David's body was found, six months after he'd gone into the river. And Don's canoe trip turned into an act of remembrance and mourning. At least David could now be laid to rest. But there was no rest for his survivors. As his brother writes, "When people die of suicide, one of the things they leave behind is suicide itself. It becomes a country. At first I was a visitor, but eventually I became a citizen." In this tender, probing, surprising work, Don Gillmor brings back news from that country for all of us who wonder why people kill themselves. And why, for the first time, it's not the teenaged or the elderly who have the highest suicide rate, but the middle aged. Especially men.
- Author:Foundation, Osho InternationalSummary:
The World of Emotions: A unique set of tools for everybody who is interested in improving human relations, and a great help in understanding where we are all coming from and what makes us tick. Full of simple, practical suggestions for creating a milieu of friendliness around yourself that is honest, sincere, and accepting of all our human frailties. One of the greatest challenges we face in life is learning how to handle and transform emotions. In this small book, Osho takes the reader step by step toward a deeper understanding of the inner world of emotions - where they come from, what types of situations can trigger them, and why they so often take us by surprise. We are taught that anger is bad, and we resolve not to be angry - but still it happens! Why is that' The first step in understanding is to identify and become aware of the conflicts between our intellectual understandings and the emotional realities that so often dominate our lives, between what we think and what we what we feel. Once the roots of this conflict are clearly seen and understood, the split can be healed. And the powerful life
- Author:Gilovich, ThomasSummary:
Renowned psychologists describe the most useful insights from social psychology that can help make you "wise": wise about why people behave the way they do, and wise about how to use that knowledge in understanding and influencing the people in your life. When faced with a challenge, we often turn to those we trust for words of wisdom. Friends, relatives, and colleagues: someone with the best advice about how to boost sales, the most useful insights into raising children, or the sharpest take on an ongoing conflict. In The Wisest One in the Room, renowned social psychologists Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross ask: Why' What do these people know' What are the foundations of their wisdom' And, as professors and researchers who specialize in the study of human behavior, they wonder: What general principles of human psychology are they drawing on to reach these conclusions' They begin by noting that wisdom, unlike intelligence, demands some insight into people-their hopes, fears, passions, and drives. It's true for the executive running a Fortune 500 company, the candidate seeking public office, the artist trying to create work that will speak to the ages, or the single parent trying to get a child through the tumultuous adolescent years. To be wise, they maintain, one must be psych-wise. Gilovich and Ross show that to answer any kind of behavioral question, it is essential to understand the details-especially the hidden and subtle details-of the situational forces acting upon us. Understanding these forces is the key to becoming wiser in the way we understand the people and events we encounter, and wiser in the way we deal with the challenges that are sure to come our way-perhaps even the key to becoming "the wisest in the room."
- The willpower instinct : how self-control works, why it matters, and what you can do to get more of itAuthor:McGonigal, KellySummary:
Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course "The Science of Willpower," The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters. For example, readers will learn: -Willpower is a mind-body response, not a virtue. It is a biological function that can be improved through mindfulness, exercise, nutrition, and sleep. -Willpower is not an unlimited resource. Too much self-control can actually be bad for your health. -Temptation and stress hijack the brain's systems of self-control, but the brain can be trained for greater willpower -Guilt and shame over your setbacks lead to giving in again, but self-forgiveness and self-compassion boost self-control. -Giving up control is sometimes the only way to gain self-control. -Willpower failures are contagious-you can catch the desire to overspend or overeat from your friends-but you can also catch self-control from the right role models.In the groundbreaking tradition of Getting Things Done, The Willpower Instinct combines life-changing prescriptive advice and complementary exercises to help readers with goals ranging from losing weight to more patient parenting, less procrastination, better health, and greater productivity at work.
- Author:Whybrow, Peter C.Summary:
The bestselling author of American Mania, eminent neuroscientist Peter C. Whybrow here addresses overconsumption in modern society. Using personal stories and the latest research, Whybrow illuminates the path toward a sustainable market society of responsible and well-tuned individuals.
- Author:Storr, WillSummary:
Interweaves personal memoir and investigative journalism with the latest neuroscience and experimental psychology research to reveal how the stories individuals tell themselves about the world shape their beliefs, leading to self-deception, toxic partisanship, and science denial.
- Author:Horowitz, Seth S.Summary:
Every day, we are beset by millions of sounds-ambient ones like the rumble of the train and the hum of air conditioner, as well as more pronounced sounds, such as human speech, music, and sirens. But how do we process what we hear every day? This book answers such revealing questions as:
Why do we often fall asleep on train rides or in the car, and what does it have to do with hearing?
What is it about the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard that makes us cringe?
Why do city folks have trouble sleeping in the country, and vice versa?
Why can't you get that jingle out of your head?
Starting with the basics of the biology, neuroscientist and musician Seth Horowitz explains how sound affects us, and in turn, how we've learned to manipulate sound: into music, commercial jingles, car horns, and modern inventions like cochlear implants, ultrasound scans, and the mosquito ringtone. Combining the best parts of This is Your Brain on Music and How We Decide, this book gives new insight into what the sounds of our world have to do with the way we think, feel, and interact.
- Author:Pinker, SusanSummary:
After four decades of eradicating gender barriers at work and in public life, why do men still dominate business, politics and the most highly paid jobs' Why do high-achieving women opt out of successful careers' Psychologist Susan Pinker explores the illuminating answers to these questions in her groundbreaking first book. In The Sexual Paradox, Susan Pinker takes a hard look at how fundamental sex differences continue to play out in the workplace. By comparing the lives of fragile boys and promising girls, Pinker turns several assumptions upside down: that the sexes are biologically equivalent; that smarts are all it takes to succeed; that men and women have identical goals. If most children with problems are boys, then why do many of them as adults overcome early obstacles while rafts of competent, even gifted women choose jobs that pay less or decide to opt out at pivotal moments in their careers' Weaving interviews with men and women into the most recent discoveries in psychology, neuroscience and economics, Pinker walks the reader through these minefields: Are men the more fragile sex' Which sex is the happiest at work' What does neuroscience tell us about ambition' Why do some male school drop-outs earn more than the bright, motivated girls who sat beside them in third grade' Pinker argues that men and women are not clones, and that gender discrimination is just one part of the persistent gender gap. A work world that is satisfying to us all will recognize sex differences, not ignore them or insist that we all be the same.