Bringing to life scientific research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, and behavioral economics, this bestselling book reveals what scientists have discovered about the uniquely human ability to imagine the future, and about our capacity to predict how much we will like it when we get there. • Why are lovers quicker to forgive their partners for infidelity than for leaving dirty dishes in the sink? • Why will sighted people pay more to avoid going blind than blind people will pay to regain their sight? • Why do dining companions insist on ordering different meals instead of getting what they really want? • Why do pigeons seem to have such excellent aim; why can’t we remember one song while listening to another; and why does the line at the grocery store always slow down the moment we join it? In this brilliant, witty, and accessible book, renowned Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions. With penetrating insight and sparkling prose, Gilbert explains why we seem to know so little about the hearts and minds of the people we are about to become.
The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
In his widely praised book, award-winning psychologist Jonathan Haidt examines the world's philosophical wisdom through the lens of psychological science, showing how a deeper understanding of enduring maxims-like Do unto others as you would have others do unto you, or What doesn't kill you makes you stronger-can enrich and even transform our lives.
"There are few academics who write with as much grace and wisdom as Timothy Wilson. REDIRECT is a masterpiece." -Malcolm GladwellWhat if there were a magic pill that could make you happier, turn you into a better parent, solve a number of your teenager's behavior problems, reduce racial prejudice, and close the achievement gap in education? There is no such pill, but story editing - the scientifically based approach described in REDIRECT - can accomplish all of this.The world-renowned psychologist Timothy Wilson shows us how to redirect the stories we tell about ourselves and the world around us, with subtle prompts, in ways that lead to lasting change. Fascinating, groundbreaking, and practical, REDIRECT demonstrates the remarkable power small changes can have on the ways we see ourselves and our environment, and how we can use this in our everyday lives.
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's famous investigations of "optimal experience" have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. In this new edition of his groundbreaking classic work, Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience teaches how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness and greatly improve the quality of our lives.
The Poet's Cookbook: Details for over 50 forms, types of meter, structure, rhyme and over 100 writing exercises.
First off, this isn’t a book that is about how you should write poetry, it is a (hopefully) light-hearted and humorous approach which explores how you can write poetry.I’m not into rules. I like experimenting and exploring ideas and the pursuit of creativity. However, I do also think that we can learn from some of the rules, conventions and mechanics of different types of poetry no matter how much we think we know.Whether you are new to writing or whether you are a more experienced hand, I hope that there is something for everyone in this book, that it will be challenging and will help you to grow in your craft.
Gilbert is excited for a perfect day at the beach.... until Lola is scared of the water and Gilbert forgets his bathing suit! Even after buying a cool new suit that says "Surfer Dude" on it, will Gilbert end up in deep water?
Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal
As seen in the Sony Pictures 2016 film Ghostbusters, the ultimate guide to identifying, understanding, and engaging with any paranormal activity that plagues youYears before they made headlines with the Ghostbusters, Erin Gilbert and Abby L. Yates published the groundbreaking study of the paranormal, Ghosts from Our Past. Once lost to history, this criminally underappreciated book is now back in print, revised and somewhat updated for the new century.According to Gilbert and Yates, “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence,” and whether you’re a believer or a skeptic, you’ll find the information you’re seeking right here in this extraordinary book, including:· The childhood experiences that inspired Erin and Abby’s lifelong passion for the scientific study of the paranormal;· The history of ghosts and other supernatural entities, the science that explains their existence, and profiles of the groundbreaking paranormal researchers who have investigated them;· An illustrated guide to Class I through Class VII ghosts;· Helpful sidebars like “A Ghost by Any Other Name” and “Ectoplasm Cleanup Tips”;· Updates including “The Ghostbusters’ Arsenal” by Jillian Holtzmann and “Haunted History” by Patty Tolan;· A new Ghostbusting Resources appendix, featuring the “Paranormal Quickstart Guide”, “Is It a Ghost? A Handy Quiz”, “A Supernatural Stakeout Journal”, “The Devil’s Dictionary: Paraterminology You Need to Know”; and more.With this helpful—and hilarious—official Ghostbusters guide in hand, you’ll be prepared for almost any spirit, spook, or spectre that comes your way. As for the rest, you know who to call.
The Ultimate TED Talks Quicklet Bundle - Dan Pink, Dan Gilbert, Chimamanda Adichie
Hi everyone, we're promoting a special Quicklet Bundle featuring the best TED Talks, including the following 3 titles: +Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story +Dan Gilbert asks, Why are we happy? +Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivationBuy them together and save 33%! Here are short descriptions for each book.Quicklets: Your Reading Sidekick!= = = = =Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single storyExcerpt: Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie uses her personal life and experiences to illustrate the danger of reducing other people and cultures to a single story rather than recognizing that we all have overlapping, multiple stories. She begins her talk by discussing her childhood in Nigeria, moves on to her experience as an African woman in the U.S., and then discusses the Nigerian experience today. As a child growing up in a university campus in eastern Nigeria, Adichie loved reading and writing. When she began writing at the age of seven, she wrote the kind of stories that she had read. This meant that she wrote stories about blue-eyed white children who played in the snow and ate apples. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007CTDKXG?ie=UTF8= = = = =Dan Gilbert asks, Why are we happy?If you can't shake the feeling that you're stuck in the circumstances that surround you, you're frustrated with the stagnation of your career's momentum, or you yearn for something more than you already have, Dan Gilbert's Why Are We Happy? lecture may help you gain perspective in unexpected ways. The resolution to your existential crisis won't be found through fleeing the country or overhauling your entire existence. It can be found in your mind. We live in a society that wants a lot and perpetuates subconscious entitlement and the expectation of a life that's gluttonously filled with riches, and insists on incessant forward movement until you get everything you desire. Gilbert's lecture suggests you may be happy if you don't get those things, or even happier still if you succeed in accumulating your every wish and then lose everything.http://www.amazon.com/Quicklet-TED-Talks-Gilbert-ebook/dp/B007A5NFDW= = = = =Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivationWhen it comes to what motivates us at work, the conventional wisdom is money. Its long been established that if you want to motivate someone to do a better job, you pay them well and provide financial incentives to do an even better job. In companies throughout the United States and much the world, employees eagerly anticipate the day when they hear from their boss whether theyll be getting a bonus or pay raise. But is money all that motivates us? Thinking on my own situation, there have been plenty of times when I was well compensated for a job but still didnt perform as well as I should have.http://www.amazon.com/Quicklet-TED-Talks-CliffNotes-like-ebook/dp/B007CTHA3M= = = = =Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativityIn her talk, Elizabeth Gilbert questions the accepted notion that creativity solely comes from within certain individuals. Instead, we should instead view creativity as a collaborative process in which the artist captures outside inspiration. She argues that by creating some distance between the artists and their work, we can free them from the self-fulfilling prophecy that they must be tortured souls.= = = = =Steve Jobs: How to live before you dieSteve Jobs tells three short stories during his speech, Connecting the Dots is the first. It is the story of his childhood. Of being put up for adoption and dropping out of college. His reasons for dropping out of college were simple: It was costing his parents too much money.http://www.amazon.com/Quicklet-TED-Talks-CliffNotes-like-ebook/dp/B007CTH8UM= = = = =Quicklets: Your Reading Sidekick!
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