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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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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
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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

    • 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 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

    • No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

    • By: Robert C. Solomon, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert C. Solomon
    • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
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    What is life? What is my place in it? What choices do these questions obligate me to make? More than a half-century after it burst upon the intellectual scene - with roots that extend to the mid-19th century - Existentialism's quest to answer these most fundamental questions of individual responsibility, morality, and personal freedom, life has continued to exert a profound attraction.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent - informative and interesting.

    • By Miss Clare Bakhtiar on 13-03-16

    Regular price: £32.79

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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
    • Original Recording
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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 Fall and Rise of China

    • By: Richard Baum, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Richard Baum
    • Length: 24 hrs and 10 mins
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    For most of its 5,000-year existence, China has been the largest, most populous, wealthiest, and mightiest nation on Earth. And for us as Westerners, it is essential to understand where China has been in order to anticipate its future. These 36 eye-opening lectures deliver a comprehensive political and historical overview of one of the most fascinating and complex countries in world history.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating but speedy look at a century of China

    • By Chris on 03-10-15

    Regular price: £49.69

    • The American Civil War

    • By: Gary W. Gallagher, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Gary W. Gallagher
    • Length: 24 hrs and 36 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Between 1861 and 1865, the clash of the greatest armies the Western hemisphere had ever seen turned small towns, little-known streams, and obscure meadows in the American countryside into names we will always remember. In those great battles, those streams ran red with blood-and the United States was truly born.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Spectacularly great history.

    • By Johnny Midnight on 19-06-14

    Regular price: £49.69

    • The History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    • By: The Great Courses, Allen C. Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, and others
    • Narrated by: Allen C. Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, Patrick N. Allitt
    • Length: 43 hrs and 21 mins
    • Original Recording
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    This comprehensive series of 84 lectures features three award-winning historians sharing their insights into this nation's past-from the European settlement and the Revolutionary War through the Civil War, 19th-century industrialization, two world wars, and the present day. These lectures give you the opportunity to grasp the different aspects of our past that combine to make us distinctly American, and to gain the knowledge so essential to recognizing not only what makes this country such a noteworthy part of world history, but the varying degrees to which it has lived up to its ideals.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent overview

    • By Richard Batty on 28-09-14

    Regular price: £56.29

    • Boosting Your Emotional Intelligence

    • By: Jason M. Satterfield, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Jason M. Satterfield
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
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    We have all had experiences with people that prove that those with the highest IQs are not always the most successful. What could these very smart people be missing? Chances are it's emotional intelligence (EQ) - the ability to perceive, understand, and manage emotions in ourselves and others. Sounds very powerful, doesn't it? Could we really manage our own emotions, as opposed to having our emotions run the show? Could we really effect change in the emotions of our coworkers or family members?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • helpful

    • By Amazon Customer on 16-01-18

    Regular price: £33.89

    • 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

    • 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

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

    • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
    • Length: 36 hrs and 32 mins
    • Original Recording
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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

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