By Helen Thomson
'Wonderfully clear, fluent and eye-opening' THE TIMES'A stirring scientific journey, a celebration of human diversity and a call to rethink the "unthinkable"' NATURE'An utterly fascinating romp around the nether regions of the human mind' BIG ISSUEIMAGINE . . . getting lost in a one-room flat; seeing auras; never forgetting a moment; a permanent orchestra in your head; turning into a tiger; life as an out-of-body experience; feeling other people's pain; being convinced you are dead; becoming a different person overnight.Our brains are far stranger than we think. We take it for granted that we can remember, feel emotion, navigate, empathise and understand the world around us, but how would our lives change if these abilities were dramatically enhanced - or disappeared overnight? Award-winning science writer Helen Thomson has spent years travelling the world tracking down incredibly rare brain disorders. In Unthinkable she tells the stories of nine extraordinary people. From the man who thinks he's a tiger to the doctor who feels the pain of others just by looking at them, their experiences illustrate how the brain can shape our lives in unexpected and, in some cases, brilliant and alarming ways. Delving into the rich histories of these conditions, exploring the very latest research and cutting-edge medical techniques, Thomson explains the workings of our consciousness, our emotions, our creativity and even the mechanisms that allow us to understand our own existence. Story by remarkable story, Unthinkable takes us on an unforgettable journey through the human brain. Discover how to forge memories that never disappear, how to grow an alien limb and how to make better decisions. Learn how to hallucinate and how to make yourself happier in a split second. Find out how to avoid getting lost, how to see more of your reality, even how exactly you can confirm you are alive. Think the unthinkable.
Under the Knife
By Arnold van de Laar
'This is history with a surgeon's touch: deft, incisive and sometimes excruciatingly bloody' The Sunday Times'Utterly eccentric and riveting' Mail on Sunday 'Eye-opening and, frequently, eye-watering . . . a book that invites readers to peer up the bottoms of kings, into the souls of rock stars and down the ear canals of astronauts' Daily TelegraphHow did a decision made in the operating theatre spark hundreds of conspiracy theories about JFK? How did a backstage joke prove fatal to world-famous escape artist Harry Houdini? How did Queen Victoria change the course of surgical history?Through dark centuries of bloodletting and of amputations without anaesthetic to today's sterile, high-tech operating theatres, surgeon Arnold van de Laar uses his experience and expertise to tell an incisive history of the past, present and future of surgery.
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
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 Mark Homer
How would you like to succeed in business and master investment by profiting in untapped areas that the masses know nothing about? Uncommon Sense guides you to unique, little-known and commonly misunderstood strategies that generate lasting revenue and sustained results by going against the tide.In this book you'll discover:- How to asses real value, understand the hidden motives of the media and see through hype.- Real business investing models such as hybriding and super-specialisation which will enable you to invest securely and profitably.- Understand the popular misonceptions, schemes, traps and truths which part you from your money - and learn how to defend yourself against them and secure lasting wealth.Essential reading for investors, innovators and entrepreneurs, Uncommon Sense provides a balanced, insightful and inspiring toolkit for making smart decisions in investing and business.
Understanding And Interpreting Accounts In A Week
By Roger Mason
Understanding accounts just got easierThere has never been a time when managers have been more exposed to financial statements than they are today. Even if you are a non-financial manager, you will often be involved in budgeting and regular financial reporting. You are expected to understand the accounts put in front of you and to contribute to the analysis and interpretation of the figures. It is important that you understand the principles of analysing and interpreting accounts. You will then be able to deal with questionsabout the performance of your business and your customers' businesses. Understanding and Interpreting Accounts In A Week is written for managers who need to answer these questions. By setting aside a little time each day for a week, you will greatly increase your understanding of accounts and how to interpret them.- Sunday: The right approach- Monday: An introduction to accounts- Tuesday: The profit and loss account or income statement- Wednesday: The balance sheet or statement of financial position- Thursday: Using ratios to interpret accounts - Friday: Cash flow statement and group accounts- Saturday: The reports
Understanding And Interpreting Accounts In A Week
By Roger Mason
The book will explain the contents of a set of accounts, particularly published statutory accounts. It will explain how to get behind the figures, use them constructively and understand their significance. It will systematically work through a set of accounts and show how the figures should be used and interpreted.Sunday: The Right ApproachMonday: Introduction to published accountsTuesday: Income statementWednesday: Statement of Financial PositionThursday: The remainder of a set of accountsFriday: Cash and investment ratiosSaturday: In-depth work with public accounts
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.
Understand Basic Business Finance: Flash
By Philip Ramsden
The books in this bite-sized new series contain no complicated techniques or tricky materials, making them ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious Understand Basic Business Finance is a short, simple and to-the-point guide to the mysteries of financial reporting. In just 96 pages, the reader will gain a better understanding of the jargon, the methods used to prepare the numbers and what accountants actually do. Ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious, Understand Basic Business Finance is a quick, no-effort way to understanding the concepts and principles of financial management.
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.
Understanding Jung: Flash
By Ruth Snowden
The books in this bite-sized new series contain no complicated techniques or tricky materials, making them ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious. Understanding Jung is a short, simple and to-the-point guide to the life and work of Karl Jung. In just 96 pages, the reader will discover Jung's ideas about the psyche, the eight psychological types, and the interpretation of dreams. Ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious, Understanding Jung is a quick, no-effort way to break into this fascinating topic.GRASP JUNG'S THEORIESUNDERSTAND ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY EXPLORE HIS LIFEUNRAVEL COMPLEX THOUGHT
Understanding Freud: Flash
By Ruth Snowden
The books in this bite-sized new series contain no complicated techniques or tricky materials, making them ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious. Understanding Freud is a short, simple and to-the-point guide to the life and work of Sigmund Freud. In just 96 pages, the reader will discover Freud's model of the mind, learn about his theory of psychosexual development and find out about the origins of psychoanalysis. Ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious, Understanding Freud is a quick, no-effort way to break into this fascinating topic.EXPLORE FREUD'S LIFESTUDY THE KEY CONCEPTSUNDERSTAND PSYCHOANALYSISDISCOVER HIS INFLUENCE
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 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.
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.
By Aileen Milne
Is this the right book for me?Understand Counselling will give you a clear understanding of the main counselling theories and help you develop vital counselling skills. It will introduce you to the three main branches of counselling - psychodynamic therapy, person-centred therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy - and familiarize you with the key features of each one. Whether you are interested in training as a counsellor, are considering counselling yourself or simply want to become a better communicator, this book will give you confidence and understanding.Understand Counselling includes:Part one: The fundamentalsChapter 1: The counselling roleChapter 2: The counsellor's roleChapter 3: Skills used in counsellingChapter 4: The benefits of acquiring counselling skillsChapter 5: Enjoying the explorationPart two - A deeper understanding - training to a professional levelChapter 6: Course ComponentsChapter 7:The three major approachesChapter 8: Demystifying the jargonChapter 9: Dealing with angerChapter 10: Underlying issuesChapter 11: Cultural IssuesChapter 12: Working OnlineLearn 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 at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of counselling.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.