Thought-provoking reads to change your mental faculties
August 29, 2011 11:08 AM
Add More ‘-Ing’ to Your Life Gabrielle Bernstein Thirtysomething single women no longer worship at the altar of Sex and the City. Move over Carrie Bradshaw: there’s a new icon in town. Gabrielle Bernstein is a hip New Yorker who is well versed in New Age love, offering a fresh outlook on life. This book is about shattering negative thoughts and making way for positive life goals. There are even accompanying podcasts to expand on these themes, so you can change the way you think. Amaz-ing.
Liespotting Pamela Meyer Whether it’s your colleagues, friends, family members or even complete strangers, researchers show we are lied to more than 200 times every day. Through four years of research, Pamela Meyer has deciphered the common lying techniques and explains how to recognise them and use them to your advantage. It’s claimed that much of the research was previously only available to the intelligence community, police training academies and universities, so could prove surprisingly useful in both personal and business situations. Even if you’re sceptical, this is a great read that really makes you question your perception of the world. Or maybe we’re lying…
Normal Gets You Nowhere Kelly Cutrone Head of global PR empire People’s Revolution and also a burgeoning reality TV star, Kelly Cutrone is persuading readers to embrace their inner freak. She starts by looking back at some of the most successful people in history; Nelson Mandela, Amelia Earhart, John Lennon and Rosa Parks, to mention but a few. None of them fitted in with society, but instead of changing themselves, they reinvented people’s attitudes and changed humanity. Cutrone is a self-confessed superfreak and even if this book doesn’t change you for the geekier, you’ll love her quirky, tell-it-like-it-is style of writing.
Now You See It Cathy N Davidson In today’s ever-progressive digital age, are we losing sight of our traditional values? Davidson argues that we are, but explains it’s a positive step forward and we should embrace these changes. She studies the phenomenon of constant blogging and emailing – many of us do it as if by second nature, yet struggle at school and work. She believes that if we can combine the two, we can use technology as an engine for transformation.
Willpower Roy F Baumeister Why wait until the new year before starting your diet or trying to quit smoking? Seize the day with the help of New York Times science writer Roy Baumeister. He explains that willpower is like a muscle that can be strengthened with practice, and teaches you how to unlock its full potential. Although a little overly scientific, he uses fascinating examples, from David Blaine to Eric Clapton, to explore the values of self-control.