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    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

    • Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
    • By: Jason M. Satterfield, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Jason M. Satterfield
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
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    Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a well-tested collection of practical techniques for managing moods and modifying undesirable behaviors through self-awareness, critical analysis, and goal-oriented change. CBT illuminates the links between thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical health and uses those connections to develop concrete plans for self-improvement. In 24 engaging half-hour lectures, you'll build a robust and effective self-improvement toolkit with the expert guidance of Professor Satterfield of the University of California, San Francisco.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • impressively interesting

    • By Emma on 22-07-16

    Regular price: £32.79

    • The Science of Mindfulness

    • A Research-Based Path to Well-Being
    • By: Ronald Siegel, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Ronald Siegel
    • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Ever noticed that trying to calm down often produces more agitation? Or that real fulfillment can be elusive, despite living a successful life? Often, such difficulties stem from the human brain's hardwired tendency to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Modern science demonstrates that this survival mechanism served the needs of our earliest ancestors, but is at the root of many problems that we face today, such as depression, compulsive and addictive behaviors, chronic pain, and stress and anxiety.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent!

    • By Denise on 27-02-15

    Regular price: £32.79

    • Why You Are Who You Are

    • Investigations into Human Personality
    • By: Mark Leary, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mark Leary
    • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
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    To understand the roots of personality is to understand motivations and influences that shape behavior, which in turn reflect how you deal with the opportunities and challenges of everyday life. That's the focus of these exciting 24 lectures, in which you examine the differences in people's personalities, where these differences come from, and how they shape our lives. Drawing on information gleaned from psychology, neuroscience, and genetics, Professor Leary opens the door to understanding how personality works and why.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • buy is now

    • By Amazon Customer on 15-03-18

    Regular price: £32.79

    • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

    • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Steven Novella
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    • Original Recording
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    No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This covers it all

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-07-14

    Regular price: £32.79

    • Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy

    • By: The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Professor David K. Johnson PhD University of Oklahoma
    • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The science fiction genre has become increasingly influential in mainstream popular culture, evolving into one of the most engaging storytelling tools we use to think about technology and consider the shape of the future. Along the way, it has also become one of the major lenses we use to explore important philosophical questions. The origins of science fiction are most often thought to trace to Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, a story born from a night of spooky tale-telling by the fireside that explores scientific, moral, and ethical questions that were of great concern in the 19th century - and that continue to resonate today.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • If you love sci fi you should listen to this book.

    • By T. Pearce on 21-06-18

    Regular price: £32.09

    • Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

    • By: James Hynes, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: James Hynes
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Original Recording
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    From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques offers a master class in storytelling. Taught by award-winning novelist James Hynes, a former visiting professor at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, these 24 insightful lectures show you the ins and outs of the fiction writer's craft.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Kev Partner on 17-12-14

    Regular price: £32.79

    • The History of Ancient Egypt

    • By: Bob Brier, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Bob Brier
    • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fascinating, and a joy to listen to

    • By Andrew M on 18-10-13

    Regular price: £49.69

    • The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

    • By: Daniel N. Robinson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Daniel N. Robinson
    • Length: 30 hrs and 10 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Grasp the important ideas that have served as the backbone of philosophy across the ages with this extraordinary 60-lecture series. This is your opportunity to explore the enormous range of philosophical perspectives and ponder the most important and enduring of human questions-without spending your life poring over dense philosophical texts.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Well presented introduction to philosophy

    • By Andrew on 02-12-13

    Regular price: £56.29

    • Psychology of Human Behavior

    • By: David W. Martin, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: David W. Martin
    • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Today's psychologist is apt to be very different from the image most people conjure up when asked to picture one - an image that almost always suggests Sigmund Freud or someone like him, complete with leather couch.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful lectures. Very clear and to the point.

    • By J Carrington on 07-07-14

    Regular price: £39.39

    • Nutrition Made Clear

    • By: Roberta H. Anding, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Roberta H. Anding
    • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Nutrition is essential to living a healthy, happy, and successful life. Yet a world of misconceptions and promises of easy results too often stands in our way-and can even be harmful to our overall health. The key is to cut through the noise and find the medically backed, statistically proven information about healthy eating and living. These 36 in-depth lectures explore the fundamentals of good nutrition and offer a practical guide for applying these fundamentals to your lifestyle.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good information - rather too American

    • By Jules P on 14-06-16

    Regular price: £39.39

    • The Learning Brain

    • By: The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Professor Thad A. Polk PhD Carnegie Mellon University
    • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    One of the most complicated and advanced computers on Earth can't be purchased in any store. This astonishing device, responsible for storing and retrieving vast quantities of information that can be accessed at a moment's notice, is the human brain. How does such a dynamic and powerful machine make memories, learn a language, and remember how to drive a car? What habits can we adopt in order to learn more effectively throughout our lives? The answers to these questions are merely the tip of the iceberg in The Learning Brain.

    Regular price: £32.09

    • Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior

    • By: Mark Leary, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mark Leary
    • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Every day of your life is spent surrounded by mysteries that involve what appear to be rather ordinary human behaviors. What makes you happy? Where did your personality come from? Why do you have trouble controlling certain behaviors? Why do you behave differently as an adult than you did as an adolescent?Since the start of recorded history, and probably even before, people have been interested in answering questions about why we behave the way we do.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good start

    • By Johnny on 03-10-16

    Regular price: £32.79

    • An Economic History of the World since 1400

    • By: Donald J. Harreld, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Donald J. Harreld
    • Length: 24 hrs and 29 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Most of us have a limited understanding of the powerful role economics has played in shaping human civilization. This makes economic history - the study of how civilizations structured their environments to provide food, shelter, and material goods - a vital lens through which to think about how we arrived at our present, globalized moment. Designed to fill a long-empty gap in how we think about modern history, these 48 lectures are a comprehensive journey through more than 600 years of economic history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb narrative and intriguing perspectives

    • By Mr. S. Peacock on 15-04-17

    Regular price: £39.39

    • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

    • By: Richard Wolfson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Richard Wolfson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    • Original Recording
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    "It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics. After that, you'll follow along as Professor Wolfson outlines the logic that led to Einstein's profound theory of special relativity and the simple yet far-reaching insight on which it rests. With that insight in mind, you'll move on to consider Einstein's theory of general relativity and its interpretation of gravitation in terms of the curvature of space and time.From there, you'll embark on a dazzling exploration of how inquiry into matter at the atomic and subatomic scales led to quandaries that are resolved-or at least clarified-by quantum mechanics, a vision of physical reality so profound and so at odds with our experience that it nearly defies language.By bringing relativity and quantum mechanics into the same picture, you'll chart the development of fascinating hypotheses about the origin, development, and possible futures of the entire universe, as well as the possibility that physics can produce a "theory of everything" to account for all aspects of the physical world. But the goal throughout these lectures remains the same: to present the key ideas of modern physics in a way that makes them clear to the interested layperson.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Pitched at just the right level, very engaging.

    • By C. Mccartney on 07-08-13

    Regular price: £32.79

    • The Story of Human Language

    • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • entertaining and interesting

    • By Catriona on 05-12-13

    Regular price: £39.39

    • The Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions

    • By: Robert C. Solomon, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert C. Solomon
    • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Conventional wisdom suggests there is a sharp distinction between emotion and reason. Emotions are seen as inferior, disruptive, primitive, and even bestial forces. These 24 remarkable lectures suggest otherwise-that emotions have intelligence and provide personal strategies that are vitally important to our everyday lives of perceiving, evaluating, appraising, understanding, and acting in the world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic

    • By ShaneG on 27-02-17

    Regular price: £32.79

    • Understanding Japan

    • A Cultural History
    • By: Mark J. Ravina, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mark J. Ravina
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
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    In an exciting partnership with the Smithsonian, The Great Courses presents these 24 lectures that offer an unforgettable tour of Japanese life and culture. Professor Ravina, with the expert collaboration of the Smithsonian's historians, brings you a grand portrait of Japan.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating Introduction, Well Worth It

    • By Chris on 26-10-15

    Regular price: £32.79

    • Effective Communication Skills

    • By: Dalton Kehoe, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Dalton Kehoe
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Original Recording
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    From asking a waiter for an unusual substitution to urging a service manager to get your car finished sooner to swaying your significant other toward a particular film or show, many of the decisions you make are decided by talking. And no matter why you engage in face-to-face talk, there's no way to insulate yourself from the dangers of miscommunication. These 24 mind-opening lectures are your chance to learn more about how you communicate verbally, the common problems you can encounter in doing so, and how you can improve your own effectiveness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This is the best audio book on comms and self development.

    • By SW on 26-09-15

    Regular price: £32.79

    • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Garland
    • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
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    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Nearest thing to time travel available

    • By JL on 09-10-13

    Regular price: £49.69

    • Capitalism vs. Socialism: Comparing Economic Systems

    • By: The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Professor Edward F. Stuart PhD
    • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
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    Ever since we produced our course Thinking About Capitalism, customers have expressed interest in a follow-up course that could help them understand socialism in the same way. After much consideration, we determined that it actually would be more beneficial to create a course that compares and contrasts the two major global economic theories, examining them in ways that move past the polemics many of us are used to and looking at these systems as they relate to one another and the world at large.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant!

    • By The Blue Reviewer on 04-05-18

    Regular price: £32.09

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