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    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

    • Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
    • By: The Great Courses, Jason M. Satterfield
    • Narrated by: Professor Jason M. Satterfield Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
    • 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

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

    • By: The Great Courses, Steven Novella
    • Narrated by: Professor Steven Novella M.D. Georgetown University
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
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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

    • Why You Are Who You Are

    • Investigations into Human Personality
    • By: The Great Courses, Mark Leary
    • Narrated by: Professor Mark Leary PhD
    • 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

    • The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

    • By: The Great Courses, Daniel N. Robinson
    • Narrated by: Professor Daniel N. Robinson Ph.D. City University of New York
    • Length: 30 hrs and 10 mins
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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: The Great Courses, David W. Martin
    • Narrated by: Professor David W. Martin Ph.D. The Ohio State University
    • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
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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

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

    • By: The Great Courses, Richard Wolfson
    • Narrated by: Professor Richard Wolfson Ph.D. Dartmouth College
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
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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 Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • By: The Great Courses, Robert Garland Ph.D. University College London
    • Narrated by: Professor Robert Garland Ph.D. University College London
    • 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

    • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

    • By: The Great Courses, Patrick N. Allitt
    • Narrated by: Professor Patrick N. Allitt Ph.D. University of California Berkeley
    • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
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    What were the forces that thrust the British Empire to its extraordinary position of greatness and then just as powerfully drove it into decline? And why is nearly every nation on earth, in one way or another, the consequence of the British Empire?In these 36 lectures, Professor Allitt leads you through four centuries of British power, innovation, influence, and, ultimately, diminishment-four profound centuries that literally remade the world and bequeathed the complex global legacy that continues to shape your everyday life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'm not yet finished but I am hooked

    • By Cameron on 07-07-14

    Regular price: £39.39

    • Nutrition Made Clear

    • By: The Great Courses, Roberta H. Anding
    • Narrated by: Professor Roberta H. Anding M.S. Louisiana State University
    • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
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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

    • Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior

    • By: The Great Courses, Mark Leary
    • Narrated by: Professor Mark Leary Ph.D. University of Florida
    • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
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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

    • The History of Ancient Egypt

    • By: The Great Courses, Bob Brier
    • Narrated by: Professor Bob Brier Ph.D. The University of North Carolina
    • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
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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

    • English Grammar Boot Camp

    • By: The Great Courses, Anne Curzan
    • Narrated by: Professor Anne Curzan Ph.D. University of Michigan
    • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
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    Grammar! For many of us, the word triggers memories of finger-wagging schoolteachers, and of wrestling with the ambiguous and complicated rules of using formal language. But what is grammar? In fact, it's the integral basis of how we speak and write. As such, a refined awareness of grammar opens a world of possibilities for both your pleasure in the English language and your skill in using it, in both speech and the written word.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very interesting and engaging

    • By gill on 14-04-17

    Regular price: £32.79

    • The Story of Human Language

    • By: The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated by: Professor John McWhorter
    • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
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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: £39.69

    • The Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions

    • By: The Great Courses, Robert C. Solomon
    • Narrated by: Professor Robert C. Solomon Ph.D. University of Michigan
    • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
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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

    • The History of Ancient Rome

    • By: The Great Courses, Garrett G. Fagan
    • Narrated by: Professor Garrett G. Fagan Ph.D. McMaster University
    • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
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    Even today, the influence of Ancient Rome is indelible, with Europe and the world owing this extraordinary empire a huge cultural debt in almost every important category of human endeavor, including art, architecture, engineering, language, literature, law, and religion. At the peak of its power, Rome's span was vast. In the regional, restless, and shifting history of continental Europe, the Roman Empire stands as a towering monument to scale and stability, unified in politics and law, stretching from the sands of Syria to the moors of Scotland. And it stood for almost 700 years.In this series of 48 spirited lectures, you'll see how a small village of shepherds and farmers rose to tower over the civilized world of its day and left a permanent mark on history. In telling Rome's riveting story, Professor Fagan draws on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, including recent historical and archaeological scholarship, to introduce the fascinating tale of Rome's rise and decline, including the famous events and personalities that have become so familiar: . Horatius at the bridge . Hannibal crossing the Alps during Rome's life-or-death war with Carthage . Caesar assassinated before a statue of his archrival Pompey . The doomed lovers Antony and Cleopatra . The mad and venal emperors Nero and Caligula . The conversion of Constantine The course also addresses one of history's greatest questions: Why did the Roman Empire fall? And you'll learn why most modern scholars believe that the empire did not "fall" at all, but, rather, changed into something very different-the less urbanized, more rural, early medieval world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Nilli secundus! Great history, and great value!

    • By Jim Vaughan on 30-10-13

    Regular price: £39.39

    • Critical Business Skills for Success

    • By: The Great Courses, Clinton O. Longenecker, Eric Sussman, and others
    • Narrated by: Clinton O. Longenecker, Eric Sussman, Michael A. Roberto, and others
    • Length: 31 hrs and 23 mins
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    What does it take to reach success in business - the kind of success that lasts? How do you set yourself apart from competitors or venture out into different markets? What does it take to develop streamlined processes, become a stronger team leader, and work your way up the corporate ladder?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • 3 of 4 Professors

    • By Quinn on 29-06-15

    Regular price: £56.29

    • Thinking Like an Economist: A Guide to Rational Decision Making

    • By: The Great Courses, Randall Bartlett
    • Narrated by: Professor Randall Bartlett Ph.D. Stanford University
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
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    Economic forces are everywhere around you. But that doesn't mean you need to passively accept whatever outcome those forces might press upon you. Instead, with these 12 fast-moving and crystal clear lectures, you can learn how to use a small handful of basic nuts-and-bolts principles to turn those same forces to your own advantage.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Could not be better.

    • By mr on 03-07-14

    Regular price: £11.29

    • How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    • By: The Great Courses, Robert Greenberg
    • Narrated by: Professor Robert Greenberg Ph.D. University of California Berkeley
    • Length: 36 hrs and 32 mins
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    Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A treat for ears and heart

    • By S. Mercer on 13-12-13

    Regular price: £56.29

    • Effective Communication Skills

    • By: The Great Courses, Dalton Kehoe
    • Narrated by: Professor Dalton Kehoe Ph.D. York University
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
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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 Creative Thinker's Toolkit

    • By: The Great Courses, Gerard Puccio
    • Narrated by: Professor Gerard Puccio
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
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    According to the latest scientific research, anyone can be creative. You just have to know how to think creatively, which involves taking a more imaginative approach to the challenges we all face. Learn how to wield the same research-based tools that today's creative people use and tap into your inner creative thinker with Professor Puccio's engaging 24-lecture series that takes you step-by-step through the creative-thinking process.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Simonk on 13-07-17

    Regular price: £32.79

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