Top Brain, Bottom Brain: Surprising Insights Into How You Think [Audiobook]

Top Brain, Bottom Brain: Surprising Insights Into How You Think [Audiobook]
Top Brain, Bottom Brain: Surprising Insights Into How You Think [Audiobook] by Stephen Kosslyn, G Wayne Miller, read by Christopher Hurt
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 43 mins | 163.6MB

In this groundbreaking contribution to the literature on human personality, a celebrated psychologist and an award-winning author offer a novel way to learn about how each of us thinks.

For the past 50 years, popular culture has led us to believe in the left brain vs. right brain theory of personality types. It would be an illuminating theory if it did not have one major drawback: It is simply not supported by science. In contrast, the Top Brain, Bottom Brain theory is based on solid research that has stayed within the confines of labs all over the world-until now.

With cowriter G. Wayne Miller, Stephen M. Kosslyn, PhD, a leader in the field of cognitive neuroscience, explains this exciting new theory for the first time. Kosslyn and Miller describe how the top and bottom parts of the brain work together, summarizing extensive research with ease and accessibility. In doing so, they introduce us to four modes of thought: Mover, Perceiver, Stimulator, and Adaptor. These ways of thinking and behaving shape your personality, and with the scientifically developed test provided in the book, you'll quickly be able to determine which mode best defines your dominant way of thinking. Once you've identified your dominant cognitive mode, you can reflect on the many possible practical applications from the way you conduct business to your relationships to your voyage of personal discovery.

Breaking Addiction: A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction [Audiobook]

Breaking Addiction: A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction [Audiobook]
Breaking Addiction: A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction [Audiobook] by Lance M Dodes, read by John Meagher
2011 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 57 mins | 162.28MB

Finally, a road map to recovery from the nation's most original thinker on addiction.

In his revolutionary book The Heart of Addiction, Dr. Lance Dodes examined the underlying emotions that drive addictive behaviors - whether drinking, gambling, sex, or eating. Now, in Breaking Addiction, Dodes presents a comprehensive guide outlining seven critical steps to overcome addiction, based on his findings.

Through his practice and research, Dodes has found that virtually every addictive act is preceded by feelings of helplessness. In his refreshingly clear style, Dodes incorporates case histories to illustrate exactly how these feelings set addiction in motion, how to recognize the path toward addiction and then how to take back control.

Many people, discouraged by current treatments, have been hungry for an approach that digs addiction up by its roots. Since the publication of The Heart of Addiction, Dodes's ideas have been incorporated by therapists and treatment centers around the country, and are taught by universities and training centers for clinicians.

With special sections for both families and health-care professionals, Breaking Addiction is poised to be the handbook for a new, comprehensive, and in-depth understanding of addiction.

The Heart of Addiction [EPUB]

The Heart of Addiction [EPUB]
The Heart of Addiction: A New Approach to Understanding and Managing Alcoholism and Other Addictive Behaviors by Lance M Dodes
2010 | EPUB | 2.06MB

For more than twenty years, distinguished psychiatrist Dr. Lance Dodes has been successfully helping people master their addictions -- alcoholism, compulsive gambling, smoking, sexual addiction, and more with a radical approach. Dr. Dodes describes how all addictions have, at their heart, unrecognized emotional factors that explain:

  • Why we feel the impulse
  • Why we feel it when we do
  • What alternatives (really) work in that critical moment

In this refreshing book filled with compelling case studies, Dr. Dodes debunks several such widely accepted myths as:

  • Addictions are fundamentally a physical problem.
  • People with addictions are different from other people.
  • You have to hit bottom before you can get well.
  • You are wasting your time if you ask "why" you have an addiction.

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life [Audiobook]

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life [Audiobook]
Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life [Audiobook] by Bill Burnett, Dave Evans, read by the Authors
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 18 mins | 173.65MB

At last, a book that shows you how to build - design - a life you can thrive in at any age or stage.

Designers create worlds and solve problems using design thinking. Look around your office or home - at the tablet or smartphone you may be holding or the chair you are sitting in. Everything in our lives was designed by someone. And every design starts with a problem that a designer or team of designers seeks to solve.

In this book Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create lives that are both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of whom or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise.

Psychoanalysis and Zen Buddhism [Audiobook]

Psychoanalysis and Zen Buddhism [Audiobook]
Psychoanalysis and Zen Buddhism [Audiobook] by Erich Fromm, read by Claire Slemmer
2013 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 2 hrs 57 mins | 80.79MB

A master of psychoanalysis and social philosophy explores Zen Buddhism. In 1957, social philosopher and psychoanalyst Erich Fromm invited Daisetz T. Suzuki, the most famous Zen Buddhist master in the Western world, to a seminar at his new home in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Their discussion was one of the highlights of Fromm's life, and the paper Fromm presented (and later expanded into a book) was a watershed work. Fromm demonstrates his mastery of the philosophy and practice of Zen, perfectly articulating how Zen tenets fit into the ideas of psychoanalysis. In this audiobook, he creates new perspectives on both systems of thought.

The Art of Vinyasa: Awakening Body and Mind through the Practice of Ashtanga Yoga [EPUB]

The Art of Vinyasa: Awakening Body and Mind through the Practice of Ashtanga Yoga [EPUB]
The Art of Vinyasa: Awakening Body and Mind through the Practice of Ashtanga Yoga by Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor
2016 | EPUB | 10.48MB

A radical presentation of the most rigorous form of contemporary yoga as meditation in motion.

The Art of Vinyasa takes a unique look at Ashtanga yoga as meditation in motion that produces profound inner change. Two of the most well-respected teachers of the Ashtanga style of yoga, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor, explore this rigorous practice not as a gymnastic feat, but as a meditative form. They reveal that doing the practice–and particularly the vinyasa, or the breath-synchonized movements–in such a deep and focused way allows practitioners to experience a profound awakening of the body and mind. It also develops an adaptable, flexible practice that can last a lifetime.

Freeman and Taylor give an in-depth explanation of form, alignment, and anatomy, and how they work together in the practice. They also present a holistic approach to asana practice that includes an awareness of the subtle breath, and seamlessly merges yoga philosophy with practical technique.

Unlike other books on Ashtanga, The Art of Vinyasa does not follow the linear pattern of the sequences of postures that are the hallmark of Ashtanga yoga. Instead, it interlinks the eight limbs–yama and niyama (ethical practices); asana (postures); pranayama (breathing); pratyahara (nongrasping of the senses); dharana (concentration); dhyana (meditation); and samadhi (harmony, insight)–and shows how to establish an internally rooted yoga practice.

The book will be fully illustrated with fifty halftones by esteemed photographer and cinematographer Robert Muratore, along with thirty illustrations.

Being Buddha at Work: 108 Ancient Truths on Change, Stress, Money, and Success [Audiobook]

Being Buddha at Work: 108 Ancient Truths on Change, Stress, Money, and Success [Audiobook]
Being Buddha at Work: 108 Ancient Truths on Change, Stress, Money, and Success [Audiobook] by Franz Metcalf, BJ Gallagher, read by BJ Gallagher
2012 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 7 mins | 140.68MB

There are lots of books that address how we should take care of ourselves, find calm, and enjoy happiness in a hectic work world. But few of those books apply the lessons of Buddhist thinking as resolution and guidance tools. These questions, though found in the modern day, are actually the core of all Buddha's teachings: impermanence, suffering, and the quest for happiness (freedom from suffering). This makes Buddha the kind of consultant or coach we need today in the workplace.

Following in the tradition of the authors' first best seller, this work goes on to explore and answer 101 dilemmas that we encounter at work, with topics that include time management, goal-setting, conflict, job dissatisfaction, unemployment, and even workplace trysts. The authors emphasize practical learning and coping, not esoteric insights or metaphysics, applying concrete solutions from Buddhist teachings to real problems in easily digestible chunks.

The Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path [Audiobook]

The Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path [Audiobook]
The Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path [Audiobook] by Urgyen Sangharakshita, read by Kulananda
2006 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 34 mins | 153.2MB

The Eightfold Path is the most widely known formulation of the Buddha’s teaching. It is ancient, reaching back to the Buddha’s very first discourse, and it is highly venerated as a unique treasury of wisdom and practical guidance. The teaching of The Eightfold Path challenges us to grasp the implications of that vision, and asks us to transform ourselves in its light. Like the teaching itself, this work covers every aspect of life.

In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon [Audiobook]

In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon [Audiobook]
In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon [Audiobook] edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi, read by Fajer Al-Kaisi
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 18 hrs 46 mins | 513.66MB

This landmark collection is the definitive introduction to the Buddha's teachings - in his own words. The American scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi, whose voluminous translations have won widespread acclaim, here presents selected discourses of the Buddha from the Pali Canon, the earliest record of what the Buddha taught. Divided into 10 thematic chapters, In the Buddha's Words reveals the full scope of the Buddha's discourses, from family life and marriage to renunciation and the path of insight. A concise, informative introduction precedes each chapter, guiding the listener toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow.

In the Buddha's Words allows even listeners unacquainted with Buddhism to grasp the significance of the Buddha's contributions to our world heritage. Taken as a whole, these texts bear eloquent testimony to the breadth and intelligence of the Buddha's teachings, and point the way to an ancient, yet ever-vital path. Students and seekers alike will find this systematic presentation indispensable.

The Resurrected Skeleton: From Zhuangzi to Lu Xun [EPUB]

The Resurrected Skeleton: From Zhuangzi to Lu Xun [EPUB]
The Resurrected Skeleton: From Zhuangzi to Lu Xun (Translations from the Asian Classics)
2014 | EPUB | 18.05MB

The early Chinese text Master Zhuang (Zhuangzi) is well known for its relativistic philosophy and colorful anecdotes. In the work, Zhuang Zhou (ca. 300 B.C.E.) dreams that he is a butterfly and wonders, upon awaking, if he in fact dreamed that he was a butterfly or if the butterfly is now dreaming that it is Zhuang Zhou. The text also recounts Master Zhuang's encounter with a skull, which praises the pleasures of death over the toil of living. This anecdote became popular with Chinese poets of the second and third century C.E. and found renewed significance with the founders of Quanzhen Daoism in the twelfth century.

The Quanzhen masters transformed the skull into a skeleton and treated the object as a metonym for death and a symbol of the refusal of enlightenment. Later preachers made further revisions, adding Master Zhuang's resurrection of the skeleton, a series of accusations made by the skeleton against the philosopher, and the enlightenment of the magistrate who judges their case. The legend of the skeleton was widely popular throughout the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), and the fiction writer Lu Xun (1881–1936) reimagined it in the modern era.

The first book in English to trace the development of the legend and its relationship to centuries of change in Chinese philosophy and culture, The Resurrected Skeleton translates and contextualizes the story's major adaptations and draws parallels with the Muslim legend of Jesus's encounter with a skull and the European tradition of the Dance of Death. Translated works include versions of the legend in the form of popular ballads and plays, together with Lu Xun's short story of the 1930s, underlining the continuity between traditional and modern Chinese culture.

Jerry on Jerry: The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews [Audiobook]

Jerry on Jerry: The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews [Audiobook]
Jerry on Jerry: The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews [Audiobook] edited by Dennis McNally
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 30 mins | 151.42MB

These never-before-published interviews with Jerry Garcia reveal his thoughts on religion, politics, his past and personal life, and his creative process. "Jerry on Jerry" provides new insight into the beloved front man of the Grateful Dead in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the band.

Released by his estate and made available to the public for the first time, these are some of the most candid and intimate interviews with Jerry Garcia ever published. Beginning in 1973, Dennis McNally, the Dead s publicist and biographer, recorded seven hours of unedited tape on which Jerry speaks, opening up about everything from his euphoric encounter with early R&B to hating himself for voting for Johnson in the 64 election. "Jerry on Jerry" distills the most poignant, unguarded, astute moments of these conversations, showing a side of Jerry that even his biggest fans have not known."

The Last Royal Rebel: The Life and Death of James, Duke of Monmouth [EPUB]

The Last Royal Rebel: The Life and Death of James, Duke of Monmouth [EPUB]
The Last Royal Rebel: The Life and Death of James, Duke of Monmouth by Anna Keay
2016 | EPUB | 5.08MB

The absorbing tale of how this legendary rogue became the champion of parliamentary monarchy and changed the course of English history.

At first light on July 6, 1685, the last battle ever fought on English soil was almost over. On one side of the watery pasture at Sedgemoor was the dashing thirty-six-year-old Duke of Monmouth, the charismatic son of Charles II, adored by the people. A reformer, a romantic, and a Protestant, he was fighting the army he had once commanded, in opposition to his uncle, King James II. Yet even before he launched his attack, Monmouth knew he would die.

Born in the backstreets of Rotterdam in the year his grandfather Charles I was executed, Monmouth was the child of a turbulent age. His mother, the first of Charles II’s famous liaisons, played courtesan to the band of raw and restless young royalists forced abroad by the changing political current. Conceived during a revolution and born into a republic, Monmouth, by the time he was twelve, was the sensation of the most licentious and libertine court in Europe. Adored by the king and drenched in honors, he became the greatest rake and reprobate of the age.

On his path to becoming "the last royal rebel," Monmouth consorted with a spectacular list of contemporaries: Louis XIV was his mentor, William of Orange his confidant, Nell Gwyn his friend, the future Duke of Marlborough his pupil, D’Artagnan his lieutenant, John Dryden his censor, and John Locke his comrade. Anna Keay expertly chronicles Monmouth’s life and offers splendid insight into this crucial and dramatic period in English history.

The Perfume Lover: A Personal History of Scent [EPUB]

The Perfume Lover: A Personal History of Scent [EPUB]
The Perfume Lover: A Personal History of Scent by Denyse Beaulieu
2013 | EPUB | 0.7MB

The Perfume Lover is a candid personal account of the process of composing a fragrance, filled with sensual scent descriptions, sexy tidbits, and historical vignettes.

What if the most beautiful night in your life inspired a perfume?

When Denyse Beaulieu was growing up near Montreal, perfume was forbidden in her house, spurring a childhood curiosity that became an intellectual and sensual passion. It is this passion she pursued all the way to Paris, where she now lives, and which led her to become a respected fragrance writer. But little did she know that it would also lead her to achieve a perfume lover's wildest dream: When Denyse tells famous perfumer Betrand Duchaufour at L'Artisan Parfumeur of a sensual night spent in Seville under a blossoming orange tree, wrapped in the arms of a beautiful man, the story stirs his imagination and together they create a scent that captures the essence of that night. As their unique creative collaboration unfolds, the perfume-in-progress conjures intimate memories, leading Beaulieu to make sense of her life through scents. Throughout the book, she weaves the evocative history of perfumery into her personal journey, in an intensely passionate voice: the masters and the masterpieces, the myths and the myth-busting, down to the molecular mysteries that weld our flesh to flowers.

Now, just to set your nostrils aquiver: Séville à l'aube is an orange blossom oriental with zesty, green and balsamic effects, with notes of petitgrain, petitgrain citronnier, orange blossom, beeswax, incense, and lavender, and is now available at fragrance outlets in the U.S.

Drinks: A User's Guide [EPUB]

Drinks: A User's Guide [EPUB]
Drinks: A User's Guide by Adam McDowell
2016 | EPUB | 7.73MB

Expert Drinking Made Easy

This engaging guide demystifies the art of ordering, preparing, and serving wine, beer and cocktails so you can drink like a boss every time.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Equip and stock a home bar
  • Make a flawless martini
  • Order wine without dying a little inside
  • Choose a delicious sparkling wine instead of springing for Champagne
  • Buy Scotch for the boss, and for yourself

Whether you’re hosting a cocktail party, attending a business lunch, or relaxing with friends at the local brewery pub, you’ll gain the confidence to know exactly what you love to drink and serve. And if you want to know how to mix an Old Fashioned on an airplane, that’s in there too.

Bottoms up!

he Long View: Career Strategies to Start Strong, Reach High, and Go Far [EPUB]

he Long View: Career Strategies to Start Strong, Reach High, and Go Far [EPUB]
The Long View: Career Strategies to Start Strong, Reach High, and Go Far by Brian Fetherstonhaugh
2016 | EPUB | 2.03MB

The Chairman & CEO of OgilvyOne Worldwide and career advisor extraordinaire, Brian Fetherstonhaugh, outlines the three stages of a long, successful work life and offers guidance to plan ahead and get the most out of each phase.

The world of careers is vastly different than it was just five years ago―more choices, more competition, and relentless change in how we define work-life. It can be difficult to understand our options and plan for a prosperous future.

Where can you go for answers? Colleges may teach us academic and technical skills, and there are places to look for tips on how to write a resume or prep for a job interview. But is it enough?

Brian Fetherstonhaugh, CEO of OgilvyOne Worldwide, understands this dilemma and how to navigate it. He believes we need more than tactics―we need robust, road-tested strategies that combine old-school wisdom with new-school context so that we can flourish in the new professional reality. In The Long View, Fetherstonhaugh shows us the three distinct but interconnected stages of a career, and how we build ‘fuel’ at every step along the way to create long-term success. The Long View teaches us new ways of finding jobs, new methods to build careers that last, and a new definition of “work” that embraces life-satisfaction and happiness.

The Long View offers highly practical exercises that challenge you to rethink how to assess your skills, invest your time and expand your personal network, and provides a framework for facing tough job decisions. With insights drawn from interviews with a variety of professionals―who share both success stories and cautionary tales―The Long View will help you establish your own path for overcoming obstacles and making the best choices for a long, accomplished, and rewarding career.

Your Idea Starts Here: 77 Mind-Expanding Ways to Unleash Your Creativity [EPUB]

Your Idea Starts Here: 77 Mind-Expanding Ways to Unleash Your Creativity [EPUB]
Your Idea Starts Here: 77 Mind-Expanding Ways to Unleash Your Creativity by Carolyn Eckert
2016 | EPUB | 27.98MB

With change happening faster and faster in our tech-ruled world, being able to think creatively, flexibly, and quickly is more important than ever. In Your Idea Starts Here, graphic designer Carolyn Eckert offers 77 specific questions, techniques, and exercises — cleverly combined with fascinating infographics and other visuals — to jump-start creative thinking.

Don’t know what you want your project to be? Make a list of things you don’t want it to be. Wondering where to start? Say one word that relates to your idea and invite a friend to say another word that relates to yours. See where five or ten rounds take you. Work within a time limit, look in unexpected places, think tiny, do the opposite, shuffle your papers, and explore your creativity to the fullest! There’s something here to inspire and strengthen every smart idea, all in an innovative little book that makes a perfect gift for anyone, including yourself.

Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace [Audiobook]

Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace [Audiobook]
Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace [Audiobook] by Nikil Saval, read by Stephen Hoye
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 31 mins | 344.6MB

You mean this place we go to five days a week has a history? Cubed reveals the unexplored yet surprising story of the places where most of the world's work—our work—gets done. From "Bartleby the Scrivener" to The Office, from the steno pool to the open-plan cubicle farm, Cubed is a fascinating, often funny, and sometimes disturbing anatomy of the white-collar world and how it came to be the way it is—and what it might become.

In the mid-nineteenth century clerks worked in small, dank spaces called “counting-houses.” These were all-male enclaves, where work was just paperwork. Most Americans considered clerks to be questionable dandies, who didn’t do “real work.” But the joke was on them: as the great historical shifts from agricultural to industrial economies took place, and then from industrial to information economies, the organization of the workplace evolved along with them—and the clerks took over. Offices became rationalized, designed for both greater efficiency in the accomplishments of clerical work and the enhancement of worker productivity. Women entered the office by the millions, and revolutionized the social world from within. Skyscrapers filled with office space came to tower over cities everywhere. Cubed opens our eyes to what is a truly "secret history" of changes so obvious and ubiquitous that we've hardly noticed them.

From the wood-paneled executive suite to the advent of the cubicles where 60% of Americans now work (and 93% of them dislike it) to a not-too-distant future where we might work anywhere at any time (and perhaps all the time), Cubed excavates from popular books, movies, comic strips (Dilbert!), and a vast amount of management literature and business history, the reasons why our workplaces are the way they are—and how they might be better

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