By Richard MacLean Smith
'A grisly treat' Financial Times on the podcast Based on the 'world's spookiest podcast' of the same name comes Unexplained: a book of ten real-life mysteries which might be best left unexplained. . . The perfect spooky stocking filler for this festive period.******************************* What can a case of demonic possession in 1970's Germany teach us about free will?What might we learn about how we construct reality from the case of a poltergeist in the Fens?And what can a supposed instance of reincarnation in Middlesbrough tell us about how we develop a concept of the self? Taking incidents once thought of as supernatural or paranormal and questioning whether radical ideas in science might provide a new but equally extraordinary explanation, Unexplained asks what real-life unexplained events can reveal of our unique human experience. 'These mysteries are all the creepier for being true' Tatler
The Ultimate Self Care Book
By Clara Seeger, Stephen Evans-Howe, Patrick Forsyth, Dena Michelli
If you want to be the best, you have to have the right skillset. From confidence and assertiveness to managing stress and mindfulness, THE ULTIMATE SELF CARE BOOK is a dynamic collection of tools, techniques, and strategies for success. Discover the main themes and key ideas, and bring it all together with practical exercises.This is your complete course in wellbeing at work. ABOUT THE SERIESULTIMATE books are for managers, leaders, and business executives who want to succeed at work. From marketing and sales to management and finance, each title gives comprehensive coverage of the essential business skills you need to get ahead in your career. Written in straightforward English, each book is designed to help you quickly master the subject, with fun quizzes embedded so that you can check how you're doing.
Understanding the World's Cultures
By Craig Storti
Anyone who works or interacts regularly with people from other cultures needs to understand the basics of intercultural communication. In this accessible, completely revised edition, readers can teach themselves the intercultural essentials. This is the training anyone who works across cultures needs.An invaluable resource for students and educators alike, this self-study workbook is used as a primary text and basis of intercultural communication curricula. Understanding the World's Cultures is organized to create an "immersion experience" for readers. Culture is directly addressed through 40 activities that can be worked through in a classroom or a coffee shop.In five chapters, Craig Storti:· Defines culture and explains how cultural differences threaten successful interaction· Identifies four fundamental ways that cultures differ and describes the implications for everyday interactions· Describes cultural differences in communication style· Identifies key cultural differences in workplace settings· Describes the stages in developing cultural awareness and cultural competence and how to move through themCraig Storti has over 30 years of experience as a trainer and consultant working with business people, diplomats, civil servants, and foreign aid workers to help them work and engage effectively with people from different cultures and diverse backgrounds. He leads cross-cultural workshops for international agencies and organizations on four continents and assists corporations and government agencies to better manage global teams and culturally diverse workforces.
By Tricia Woolfrey
INSTANT AND LONG-TERM ENERGY BOOSTSWhen your energy's low it can feel like wading through treacle. Living with brain fog can make even the simplest task challenging. But you can overcome fatigue if you follow the simple strategies in this book. It covers everything you need to maximize your energy, strength and vitality in all areas of your life. Discover how nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, resilience, positive inner talk, learning to say 'no' and much more, could help you. By the end you will be able to deal with all of life's challenges more easily and, better still, enjoy the good times more fully. CONTENTS· Introduction - what is energy?· Environment - how your surroundings energise or deplete you· No - how that little word is going to free up a lot of energy· Evolve - how to deal with setbacks so they empower you· Restorers - understanding and managing your energy friends and foes· Goals - the importance of focus for sustainable energy· Inner talk - what you say to yourself can be a boost or a blow to your energy· Zen - mindfulness as a calming energizer· Exercise and Nutrition - the building blocks of good energy· Rest and Relaxation - the importance of downtime to create more uptime
By Gary John Bishop
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!This is not the usual self-help book. Make your life one you actually want to live. This is blunt force trauma to the way you think life has to be for you. Most importantly, it is designed to give you an authentic leg up - one that feels genuine and right for you, and can propel you to new levels of greatness. Learn how to:Combat self-doubtDeal with your inner criticStop comparing yourself to othersBreak out of your rutIt will teach you not to look to the outside world for answers, but inside yourself. You will learn how to take full responsibility of your life, the highs and the lows, and you'll actually feel good about it - no, in fact, you'll feel f*cking great about it!
By Craig Oliver
Including a new foreword to bring the story up to date MAIL ON SUNDAY BOOK OF THE YEAR OBSERVER BOOK OF THE WEEK'A compelling book' Evening Standard 'Essential' Sunday Times 'His soldier's dispatch is easy to read and vividly illustrates a sense of rising panic and embattlement. If you want to know what it was like to be there at the time, in the eye of a frenzied storm, then [Unleashing Demons] should be bought...' Andrew Marr, Sunday Times 'Vivid and immediate...It paints a brutally honest portrait of the British political class' Mail on Sunday 'A must-read account of history as it happened' Matt D'Ancona 'Jauntily written...naughty fun' Quentin Letts 'Unleashing Demons...has the vividness and pace of a political thriller. Extraordinarily candid...' Financial Times 'A fascinating book' Robert Elms, BBC 'The book that will set Westminster ablaze' Mail on Sunday 'Gripping reading' New Statesman 'Utterly fascinating...indispensable to appreciating this extraordinary phase in our history.' John Simpson 'The compelling insider's account' Nick Robinson 'This is one of the most vivid, frank and exciting inside accounts to have been written for years.' Anthony Seldon 'A gripping fly-on-the-wall account.' Robert Peston As David Cameron's director of Politics and communications, Craig Oliver was in the room at every key moment during the EU referendum - the biggest political event in the UK since World War 2. Craig Oliver worked with all the players, including David Cameron, George Osbourne, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Theresa May and Peter Mandelson. Unleashing Demons is based on his extensive notes, detailing everything from the decision to call a referendum, to the subsequent civil war in the Conservative Party and the aftermath of the shocking result. This is raw history at its very best, packed with enthralling detail and colourful anecdotes from behind the closed doors of the campaign that changed British history.
By Chris Paley
Your life is dominated by your unconscious mind: by thoughts you're unaware of and movements you don't realise you are making. Words, colours, mannerisms and other cues you don't realise are affecting you, change what you think. The confidence you have in your ability to reason and to consciously choose what to do is caused by a series of illusions that scientists are only just beginning to understand. The discovery of these illusions will change the way we see ourselves more than the discoveries of Darwin and Copernicus. Unthink explores the unconscious decisions we make, and covers a variety of topics, ranging from how we choose politicians and romantic partners to more abstract subjects such as whether we can consciously decide to move our fingers. The counter-intuitive observations that Chris makes in the book include:· If you want someone to fancy you, wear red and meet them somewhere frightening.· When waitresses repeat customers' orders back to them instead of just saying 'yes' they receive bigger tips.· To reduce your shopping bill, start at the beer and snacks end of the store and work backwards.· If you sit someone in an upright chair when you give them good news they will be prouder of their achievements.· Having a picture of your family on your desk might make you work harder, but you'll be rattier when you get home!Chris Paley shows us how we can understand ourselves and others better, by having a greater understanding of the way that the unconscious mind has an impact of the way we live our lives.
Until I Say Good-Bye
By Bret Witter, Susan Spencer-Wendel
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAs inspirational as Tuesdays with Morrie and The Last Lecture ... What would you do with one year to live? Susan Spencer-Wendel was determined to laugh instead of cry.In 2011, she learned she had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disease -(ALS) - Lou Gehrig's disease - an irreversible condition that systematically destroys the nerves that power the muscles. Susan was just 44-years-old, with three young children, and she had only one year of health remaining. She decided to live that year with joy.She left her job as a journalist and spent time with her family. She built a meeting place for friends in her backyard. And she took seven trips with the seven most important people in her life. As her health declined, Susan journeyed to the Yukon, Hungary, the Bahamas, and Cyprus. She went to the beach with her sons and to Kleinfeld's bridal shop in New York City with her teenage daughter, Marina, for a glimpse of the wedding she would never attend.She also wrote this book. No longer able to walk or even lift her arms, she tapped it out letter by letter on her iPhone using only her right thumb, the last finger still working.And yet Until I Say Good-Bye is not angry or bitter. It is sad in parts - how could it not be? - but it is filled with Susan's optimism, joie de vivre and sens of humour. It is a book that, like Susan, will make everyone smile. From a hilarious family Christmas disaster to the decrepit monastery in eastern Cyprus where she rediscovered her heritage, Until I Say Good-Bye is Susan Spencer-Wendel's unforgettable gift to her loved ones and to us: a record of their final experiences together and a reminder that every day is better when it is lived with joy. Susan died in 2014 with a life lived to the full.
Use Philosophy to be Happier
By Mark Vernon
Happiness. We all want it - but how can we get it? Author Mark Vernon has solved the problem by collecting the wisdom of the greatest minds in history and making their thinking on the things that matter most in life accessible and, above all, practical. Full of everyday examples to make sometimes high-blown philosophy entertaining and relevant, this book shows you how you can crack the secret to living The Good Life.
Unlock Your Creativity: Teach Yourself
By Jenny Hare
Do you want to embrace a more creative lifestyle, be more successful at work and more fulfilled at home? This book will cover how to get in touch with your creativity from a practical perspective, as well as offering encouragement and support and advice for things that may be sabotaging your creativity. It will help you to clarify your thinking by showing you how to get in touch with your left and right brain, and will give you unique strategies for being creative, such as how to discover your muse and find a mentor. As well as plenty of practical exercises and support, it also takes a wider perspective on creativity looking at the spiritual side of being creative, and also helping you to find a lifestyle that will nurture your creativity.
By Ralph Keyes
We say a lot about ourselves by what we don't say. Words and phrases like 'collateral damage', 'wardrobe malfunction', 'vertically challenged', and old favourites like 'unmentionables' (trousers, apparently) or 'lady of the night' - all are ways of not using particular words. UNMENTIONABLES is a rollicking exploration of the history of euphemistic usage, looking at how taboos connected to sex, death, religion, war, politics, business and matters of status have produced an extraordinary linguistic creativity, and how euphemistic speech has changed over the centuries. It looks at how euphemisms are born, and how they die (or 'experience a negative outcome') and it explores why it is that we create euphemisms, and the different purposes - from the benign to the sinister - that they serve. (Is 'euphemism' a euphemism for lying?)Lively, entertaining, and crammed with fascinating nuggets of information, UNMENTIONABLES is a celebration of the richness of language. Why have just one word for something when you can have ten other words instead?
Use Your Head
By Dr Daniel Freeman, Jason Freeman
What makes us tick?Why do we feel happy, sad or anxious? Does our IQ affect how successful we are at work?Why are we attracted to some people and not to others?Can our personalities influence how long we live?How much should we trust our decision-making skills?Learn to think like a psychologist with the Freeman brothers as they uncover the secrets of the mind. Find out why younger siblings have a reputation for being rebellious; what facial symmetry has to do with sexual attractiveness; and why the power of intuition is often vastly overrated. Packed with key insights, fascinating facts and entertaining anecdotes, Use Your Head is essential reading.
Understand Postmodernism: Teach Yourself
By Glenn Ward
Understand Contemporary Art: Teach Yourself
By Grant Pooke, Graham Whitham
A straightforward guide to contemporary artWhether you love or loathe it, contemporary art is bound to trigger a reaction. Understand Contemporary Art delves deep into the art scene, exploring different forms including painting, scultpture, installation and video art. The key personalities, galleries and themes are discussed in detail as well as controversial competitions like the Turner Prize. Whether you are studying for a course of just want to be able to develop your own informed opinions on contemporary art, this straightforward guide will give you what you need.The colour plates referred to in this title can be downloaded at library.teachyourself.com
Understand Music Theory: Teach Yourself
By Margaret Richer
Is this the right book for me?Understand Music Theory offers a practical approach which uses active learning to impart knowledge. Suitable for complete beginners and assuming no previous experience, each chapter includes diagrams, examples, clear explanations, helpful hints and self-tests before moving on, which help create a sense of achievement as you make your way through the book. With results that will get you enjoying your music even more, this is an invaluable guide to understanding music theory.Understand Music Theory includes: Chapter 1: Introducing rhythmChapter 2: PitchChapter 3: MelodyChapter 4: More about pitchChapter 5: More about rhythmChapter 6: Sharps and flatsChapter 7: IntervalsChapter 8: More about intervalsChapter 9: Major scales and key signatures Chapter 10: Minor scales and key signaturesChapter 11: Compound time signaturesChapter 12: Introducing chordsChapter 13: HarmonyChapter 14: Adding accompaniment to a melodyChapter 15: Musical formChapter 16: Tone colour and interpretationChapter 17: Ornaments and non-harmonic notesChapter 18: Music theory in the 20th century Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.Author insightsLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.Test yourselfTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.Extend your knowledgeExtra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.Five things to rememberQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.Try thisInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
Understand Body Language: Teach Yourself
By Gordon Wainwright
Teach Yourself - the world's leading learning brand - is relaunched in 2010 as a multi-platform experience that will keep you motivated to achieve your goals. Let our expert author guide you through this brand new edition, with personal insights, tips, energising self-tests and summaries throughout the book. Go online at www.teachyourself.com for tests, extension articles and a vibrant community of like-minded learners. And if you don't have much time, don't worry - every book gives you 1, 5 and 10-minute bites of learning to get you started. - A bestseller, now fully updated with the very latest on body language and non-verbal communication - The only title to give you practical exercises to help you understand your own and other peoples' body language - Unlike other titles, this is not restricted to the workplace but shows you how to understand what other people are saying in every social and domestic situation - Includes the very latest on NLP and how to communicate more effectively through its useWe all use body language. Over 90% of all face-to-face communication is non-verbal, and the silent messages of body language often reveal more than the spoken word in conveying true feelings. These messages are particularly significant in influencing first impressions and the self-image we project to others.Now updated for the 21st century with the very latest on NLP and other cutting edge research, Teach Yourself Body Language gives you the knowledge and understanding to be able to use and interpret body language more effectively. It includes practical exercises that will enhance your understanding of non-verbal communication, and it also explores the use of body language in personal and professional situations.All aspects of body language are covered including features of the workplace and features exhibited in an international context.
Understand Applied Psychology: Teach Yourself
By Nicky Hayes
Is this the right book for me?A comprehensive look at psychology in almost every area of day-to-day livingUnderstand Applied Psychology shows how basic psychological processes are relevant to everyday situations and contexts. From education to occupational psychology, this book provides a comprehensive look at psychology in almost every area of day-to-day living. It covers 18 different areas of applied psychology, explaining how psychologists work in the community as a whole and how psychology is applied to working life and broader aspects of living. The book also includes well-developed but unknown areas such as space psychology and eco-psychology, showing the scope of applied psychology and giving ideas for other areas where it could usefully contribute to our everyday lives.Understand Psychology includes: Chapter 1: Applying psychologyChapter 2: Applied cognitive psychologyChapter 3: Applied social psychologyChapter 4: Applied bio-psychologyChapter 5: Applied development psychologyChapter 6: Clinical psychologyChapter 7: Counselling psychologyChapter 8: Health psychologyChapter 9: Forensic psychologyChapter 10: Educational psychology Chapter 11: Applied psychology of teaching and learningChapter 12: Occupational psychologyChapter 13: Organizational psychologyChapter 14: Engineering and design psychologyChapter 15: Space psychologyChapter 16: Sport psychologyChapter 17: Consumer psychologyChapter 18: Environmental psychologyChapter 19: Political psychologyChapter 20: Applied psychology as a profession Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.Author insightsLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.Test yourselfTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.Extend your knowledgeExtra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.Five things to rememberQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.Try thisInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
Understand Ethics: Teach Yourself
By Mel Thompson
Is this the right book for me?An accessible introduction to ethicsWhether you're a student studying philosophy at any level, or simply want to gain a deeper understanding of this fascinating subject, Understand Ethics is an accessible introduction to all the key theories and thinkers. Fully updated, this latest edition includes contemporary examples and discussion of current debates including terrorism, genetics and the media, helping you to grasp how ethics applies to life today. Understand Ethics includes: Chapter 1: Introduction: the art of livingWhat makes something moral?What is the point of ethics?What price integrity?Rights and responsibilitiesThe art of livingChapter 2: Free to choose?What kind of freedom?DeterminismReductionismFreedom and the StateHow much freedom does morality need?Chapter 3: What do we mean?Three kinds of languageDefining key termsSome theories'Is' and 'ought'Chapter 4: Is it natural?Does it have a 'final cause'?Some features of 'natural law'How do you decide what is 'natural'?Applying 'natural law'Are we naturally good or bad?Evolution, change and the natural lawChapter 5: Looking for resultsEgoistic hedonismUtilitarianismForms of utilitarianismGeneral criticisms of utilitarianismChapter 6: The experience of moral choice ConscienceThe categorical imperativeThe creative responseDetermined and yet free?.. Chapter 7: Personal development and virtueAltruism?NietzscheVirtue ethicsExistentialismHumankind, Marx and FreudChapter 8: Law and orderSociety and moral choiceIn whose interest?Is equality possible?A social contractCrime and punishmentCapital punishmentIn self-defence?Civil disobedienceIf Nietzsche were a civil servant...Chapter 9: Religion and moral valuesHow are religion and morality related?The basis for religious ethicsReligious values and societyShould religious freedom be restricted?Chapter 10: Scepticism and relativismPhilosophers or politicians?Situation ethicsRelativism and moral absolutesChapter 11: Applied ethicsThe natural environmentAnimal rightsInternational issuesWar and peaceGender issuesSexual issuesSome issues in medical ethicsThe beginning and end of lifeBusiness ethicsMedia issuesLearn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.Author insightsLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.Test yourselfTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.Extend your knowledgeExtra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.Five things to rememberQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.Try thisInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
By Nicky Hayes
A FASCINATING INSIGHT INTO WHAT MAKES US TICKThe bestselling Understand Psychology explains basic psychological processes and how they influence us in all aspects of everyday life. It explores why we are the way we are, how we came to be that way, and what we might do to change seemingly fundamental traits. The book puts psychology in context, using non-technical language to analyze everyday situations. It is a comprehensive introduction that shows how human experience can be understood on many levels.Understand Psychology takes you through every aspect of the subject, from child development and social influences to the role of memories and emotions. You will discover how we interact with each other, why we dream, what motivates us, why children need to play and whether watching TV is bad for you.Now fully revised and updated, this 6th edition of the bestselling guide includes brand new material on mindfulness, social living, focusing in particular on shyness and loneliness and social media, coping with stress, decision making and forensic psychology, addiction and modern drugs, cognitive neuropsychology, and the psychology of learning, including teaching, exams and exam stress.The clear structure, packed full of practical examples, makes it easy to learn the essentials you really need to know.ABOUT THE SERIESPeople have been learning with Teach Yourself since 1938. With a vast range of practical, how-to guides covering language learning, lifestyle, hobbies, business, psychology and self-help, there's a Teach Yourself book for whatever you want to do. Join more than 60 million people who have reached their goals with Teach Yourself, and never stop learning.