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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 35 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Useful information

    • By Ndumiso on 10-12-16

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent but listen like a true sceptic

    • By Peter on 22-03-16

    Regular price: £32.79

    • Psychology of Human Behavior

    • By: David W. Martin, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: David W. Martin
    • Length: 18 hrs and 30 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

    • 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
    • Original Recording
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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

    • 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 17 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 Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

    • By: Daniel N. Robinson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Daniel N. Robinson
    • Length: 30 hrs and 11 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

    • Effective Communication Skills

    • By: Dalton Kehoe, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Dalton Kehoe
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 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

    • 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

    • Building a Better Vocabulary

    • By: Kevin Flanigan, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Kevin Flanigan
    • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
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    Building a Better Vocabulary offers an intriguing look at the nuts and bolts of English, teaches you the etymology and morphology - or the history and structure - of words, and delves into the cognitive science behind committing new words to long-term memory. By the end of the 36 enjoyable lectures, you will have a practical framework for continuing to build your vocabulary by discovering new words and fully mastering the nuances of familiar ones.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delectable, Illuminating and Nonpareil

    • By Mark on 22-08-15

    Regular price: £39.39

    • 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 53 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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Thought provoking

    • By Sharon jeffrey on 01-06-15

    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

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fascinating course

    • By Mr. J. A. Ball on 07-08-18

    Regular price: £32.09

    • Food: A Cultural Culinary History

    • By: Ken Albala, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Ken Albala
    • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: "Gastronomy governs the whole life of man."

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Oh, dear, poor America!

    • By Amazon Customer on 19-11-16

    Regular price: £39.39

    • The Celtic World

    • By: The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Professor Jennifer Paxton PhD
    • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Following the surge of interest and pride in Celtic identity since the 19th century, much of what we thought we knew about the Celts has been radically transformed. In The Celtic World, discover the incredible story of the Celtic-speaking peoples, whose art, language, and culture once spread from Ireland to Austria. This series of 24 enlightening lectures explains the traditional historical view of who the Celts were, then contrasts it with brand-new evidence from DNA analysis and archeology that totally changes our perspective on where the Celts came from.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • learning

    • By Lea on 19-08-18

    Regular price: £32.09

    • An Economic History of the World since 1400

    • By: Donald J. Harreld, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Donald J. Harreld
    • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
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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

    • 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

    • Transformational Leadership: How Leaders Change Teams, Companies, and Organizations

    • By: Michael A. Roberto, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Michael A. Roberto
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
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    Discover an essential handbook for strategies, concepts, and insights into the dynamics of transformational leadership in these 24 lectures, which take you on an in-depth examination of the leadership behaviors and capabilities essential to creating positive change in teams and organizations. Filled with case studies and lessons from leaders in business, politics, sports, and the military, as well as a range of specific skills and strategies you can put to use in your own career, this lecture series is an authoritative guide to successful leadership.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • overall good

    • By Barney on 20-08-17

    Regular price: £32.79

    • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

    • By: Patrick N. Allitt, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Patrick N. Allitt
    • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
    • Original Recording
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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
    • A pleasure to listen to.

    • By michael frost on 17-02-17

    Regular price: £39.39

    • 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 23 mins
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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

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