Psychology Books

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    This DK guide to psychology will help you understand more about the science behind how the human mind works and how people think and act in different situations.

    It's packed with clear, striking visuals that make the inner-workings of the brain easy to understand and also contains information on why humans get anxious and paranoid, as well as the treatments for these issues (CBT, psychoanalysis and therapy).

    A brilliant book for students and those who just have an interest in how the mind works, this detailed book offers easy-to-follow overviews of the likes of behaviourism, cognitive psychology and humanism. It will also help you understand why psychology plays a huge role in various aspects of our lives.
  • UNTH
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    Our brains are far stranger than we think. We take it for granted that we can remember, feel emotions, navigate and empathise with others but what if these abilities were dramatically enhanced or weakened overnight?

    Helen Thomson is an award-winning science writer who has spent years travelling the world to track down incredibly rare brain disorders. In this book, she tells the story of nine extraordinary people - including a man who thinks he's a tiger and a doctor who feels the pain of others just by looking at them.

    This book delves into the histories of these conditions and explains how they affect the people's lives in unexpected, brilliant and alarming ways. Helen also looks at the power of the human brain and how it affects our consciousness, our emotions and our creativity.

    From learning how to hallucinate and make yourself happier in only a split-second to avoiding getting lost, seeing more of reality and confirming you're alive, this is a fascinating philosophy book that encourages you to think the unthinkable. It breaks down the science of the human mind into manageable New Scientist-style chunks and combines the witty observational style of Jon Ronson with the humanity and intelligence of Oliver Sacks.
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    Faisal Abdalla, Mr PMA himself, is a personal trainer to stars including Ellie Goulding and also a Nike master trainer. In this how-to guide, he highlights his three golden rules to looking and feeling great - diet, fitness and a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA).

    Following his infectious advice will help you get the body you want and also find a more positive outlook - in just 14 days. Accompanied by step-by-step photographs, Faisal explains how small steps can lead to big changes.

    He showcases structured exercise routines for the body and mind and reveals how to make healthy versions of so many of your favourite foods - including an Itsa pizza pitta and nutritious fish and chips.
  • PRAV
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    Ayurveda (translated as life-knowledge) is an Indian well-being practice that will help you find renewed energy, relief from stress and better and longer sleep.

    This book will help you find out your Ayurvedic body type and then adjust your diet and exercises to suit it. Perfect for energising you, there are yoga poses to try alongside many more meditation and positive thinking exercises.

    Whether you're adopting this ancient lifestyle practice of self-care yourself, through yoga practice, or as an alternative therapy, this book will help you apply its wisdom to many aspects of your life.
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    Whether you're new to meditation or looking to enhance your existing practice, Giovanni Dienstmann's Practical Meditation can help improve your concentration and stress levels while finding mindfulness.

    It offers step-by-step instructions for how long you should hold a pose and meditate for and covers various mediations including Tai Chi. It has a variety of 'mini-meditations' for you to try so you can sample different styles and discover which one works best for you.
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    The Memory Activity Book is packed with practical projects that can help you, your friends and family combat memory loss. It has been specially written and compiled for people who have dementia and their carers.

    Including physical activities, crafts and puzzles, the brain-stimulating projects have clear and visual instructions and come with examples of how to perform each activity (with suggestions for adapting them for different stages of dementia). Each activity is spread across two pages: one that a person with dementia or memory loss can complete; and another for relatives, friends and carers to help them with.

    This is a stimulating and resourceful book for people with memory loss issues.
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    Matt Haig, the author of the bestselling self-help book Reasons to Stay Alive and fiction titles How to Stop Time and The Radleys, looks at ways in which we can stay sane when the world is making us mad in Notes on a Nervous Planet.

    Rates of stress and anxiety are rising in people all over the world and the pace of living is not helping. The advent of social media and the fact we're always connected also encourages people to worry about everything from work to body mass index and politics almost constantly.

    In this powerful and essential book, Matt - who has experienced anxiety and panic attacks for many years - reveals a number of ways in which we can all stay happy and human in our increasingly technological world.
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    We're Going on a Bear Hunt author Michael Rosen knows better than most how to make children laugh and in this book he reveals his top tips so you can do the same.

    The former Children's Laureate talks about why practical jokes, pantomimes and poetry that doesn't make any sense delights children so much and reveals how you can take inspiration from this - not to mention belching, banana skins and bear hunts - to bring a smile to the faces of children close to you.
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    Aaron Gillies (who you'll know as @TechnicallyRon on Twitter) offers tips on coping with anxiety in this witty self-help guide.

    In a personal and amusing style, he explains what it feels like to have anxiety and how important it is to realise that you are not alone.

    He also gives advice on safeguarding against personal vulnerabilities and highlights the tools that can help including medication, therapy, CBT and other coping techniques.
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    Impress your friends, sharpen your mind and increase your retention skills with this handy book from experimental psychologist, Professor Richard Wiseman.

    This book is packed with powerful tricks of the memory trade and explanations of the science behind them. Richard gives tips on remembering names, faces, birthdays, meetings and telephone numbers.

    He also discusses the best ways of winning a pub quiz, remembering what to write on a shopping list and passing exams. Of course, he'll help you remember where you left your keys as well!
  • Get Fit, Get Happy - Hardback - 9781473664531 - Harry Judd
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    McFly and McBusted drummer (and former Strictly champion) Harry Judd reveals how keeping fit can be beneficial to your mental health in this inspiring read. It's part a memoir where he looks back at the lessons he's learned during his career and part a fitness plan that will help you feel more positive.

    Harry explains how despite all his successes, including 19 hit singles, he has been prone to anxiety and other mental health issues and this book has been designed to inspire people (especially men) to find the help they need - be it through exercise or in another way. He explains all the health-boosting benefits of exercise and dance and shows how these can improve your mood.

    Suitable for all ages and all genders and ideal for the family to work through together, there's something for everyone in the exercises in this book and none of the solutions require expensive kits. Harry's approach to better mental health is fast, fun and free. The fitness solutions have all been thoroughly researched and are designed to transform the way you feel.
  • HBYD
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    Happy By Design is a hardback book that shows how you can improve your health and well-being by designing your living space in a simple and practical manner.

    From the happiest paint colour to the science behind getting a good night's sleep, this book is packed with affordable and easy design ideas - inspired by everyone from NASA scientists to colour gurus.

    It contains fun and easy ideas for every room to make you feel happy and will help you put well-being at the heart of your home. It can even help you tidy your way to happiness!
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    Brighten up every day of the year by taking inspiration from the quotes, actions and achievable goals featured in this delightful and inspiring little book.

    Although happiness can seem elusive at times, this book will encourage you to focus on all those little things that can make a huge impact. Split into a day-by-day basis, it's the perfect book for you to dip into when you need a pick-me up.

    Among the suggestions are to dance, listen and volunteer and the quotes come from the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Aristotle and A.A. Milne.
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    Learn a whole host of handy retention skills with The Memory Booster Workout. The tips and exercises in this book will help you remember names and numbers and even shop without the need for a list.

    This book contains a 10-step plan to maximise the potential of your memory. All the tips are straightforward but have been scientifically tested and will help maximise your strengths. They'll also work around your weaknesses.

    A very clearly presented book, it will help you unclutter your life in an effort to improve your memory and critical thinking skills.
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    After listening to The Archers and hearing the story about Helen Tichener being emotionally abused by her husband, Helen Walmsley-Johnson found some of the plot elements disturbingly familiar. This is her story about how she wound up - and escaped - two relationships full of coercive control.

    Helen's first husband controlled all aspects of her life, from who she saw to how much money was in her bank account. He alienated her from friends, family and even their three daughters. He eventually threw her out, leaving Helen no chance but to painfully rebuild her life.

    In her early 40s, Helen met Franc - who at first seemed kind, charming and considerate but soon also started telling her what to wear, eat and even to think.

    This candid and gripping memoir explains how she ended up being trapped by two smiling abusers and has been written to help other women in similar situations have the courage to walk away. It will help you recognise, understand and survive this sinister form of abuse.
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    This book has no claims to be fun or more interesting... In fact, it's so boring it will send you to sleep. There's absolutely nothing that will stimulate the senses.

    It will afford you much sleep and copious amounts of pointless knowledge: from the intricate details of the Belgian political crisis from 2007-2011 to an overview of railway gauges, there's so much for you to absorb while you drift into the land of nod...
  • KNES
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    We could all do with a little more kindness in our lives and this beautifully illustrated gift book finds Jaime Thurston (the founder of charity 52 Lives) explaining how much of a big difference a small act of kindness can make.

    It uses the voices of those who the charity has helped to offer 52 simple actions that anyone can do to spread kindness and positivity. It explains how being kind can also have a huge effect on your own happiness as well as those who you help.

    Inspiring people to live a more connected and fulfilling life, this book is also packed with inspirational quotes and plenty of personal stories to inspire you. Among the suggestions it makes are: Be a Seat Vigilante
    Be Kind to Unkind People
    Lend Your Ear
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    Artists, designers, writers, psychologists and speakers explain how everyday activities can be good for you and spark moments of inspiration in this fascinating book.

    It reveals how seemingly mundane jobs like cleaning, cooking and washing up can positively impact on our bodies, minds and relationships. There are cases of families bonding over the washing up and explanations of how chores can help make playful households.

    Based on ancient wisdom, this is a brilliant book for anyone who dreads their daily doings and wants to make them more creative and liberating. Of course, it also explains how making a cup of tea can be a truly wondrous ritual.
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    It's natural to worry, but do you sometimes worry too much for your own peace of mind? This conveniently sized book is packed with illustrations and bite-sized information that can help ensure your concerns are put at ease.

    Full of short, simple, easy-to-use and well-proven tips (listen to your favourite music, bake some chocolate chip cookies, let go of your past), it will help you take back control from the things that worry you. It's ideal for inspiring, motivating and equipping you for whatever challenges lie ahead.

    By following the advice in this gorgeously illustrated book, you will be able to deal with uncertainty, understand how your worries start, learn to keep everything under control and ensure your worries disappear.
  • ADNHM
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    All the big ideas, simply explained - an innovative and accessible guide to the study of human nature "The Psychology Book" clearly explains more than 100 groundbreaking ideas in this fascinating field of science. How does the brain remember faces? What makes us choose one decision over another? Where does language come from? With the use of powerful and easy-to-follow images, quotations from all the major thinkers, and explanations that are easily understandable, this book demystifies hard-to-grasp concepts and shows how these have shaped our knowledge of the human mind. All the schools of psychology are covered from cognitive to behavioural psychology making this ideal for students or for anyone with a general interest in this popular area. If you're fascinated by the human mind then "The Psychology Book" will get you thinking.
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    What is psychology? When did it begin? Where did it come from? How does psychology compare with related subjects such as psychiatry and psychotherapy? To what extent is it scientific? Nigel Benson's Introducing Psychology answers all these questions and more, explaining what the subject has been in the past and what it is now. The main schools of thought and the sections within psychology are described, including Introspection, Biopsychology, Psychoanalysis, Behaviourism, Comparative (Animal) Psychology, Cognitive Approaches (including the Gestalt movement), Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Humanism. The key figures covered include: Freud, Pavlov, Skinner, Bandura, Piaget, Bowlby, Maslow and Rogers, as well as many lesser-known but important psychologists.

  • Happy Mum, Happy Baby - Hardback - 9781473651203 - Giovanna Fletcher
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    After being awarded the Celebrity Mum of the Year title, Giovanna Fletcher talks about what a positive and uplifting experience raising children is in Happy Mum, Happy Baby.

    Although she covers the physical, mental and emotional challenges faced by mothers, Giovanna focuses on the positives of family life and explains the lessons she has learned through her parenthood journey so far.

    Married to McFly's Tom Fletcher, Giovanna and her family are hugely popular and in this book she encourages you to be confident in yourself as a parent and celebrates how putting a focus on being a happy and confident mum can inspire babies and children to also be happier.
  • 1001 Quotations to Inspire You - Hardback - 9781844039401
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    'Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don't abandon the book.' Patti Smith, 2010.

    Featuring quotes from the likes of William Shakespeare, Nelson Mandela and Ellen DeGeneres, 1,001 Quotations to Inspire You Before You Die is a book that you'll be fascinated by. It will be a very special gift for anyone you know who loves history and culture.

    Stretching from the ancient world right through to the present day, it's full of big ideas, witty observations and important musings. The quotes cover topics including art and literature, culture, philosophy, politics, psychology and religion.

    Beautifully designed, the quotations are all placed in historical context and there is detailed information regarding from where each one came.
  • AAKWI
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    A prominent Viennese psychiatrist before the war, Viktor Frankl was uniquely able to observe the way that both he and others in Auschwitz coped (or didn't) with the experience. He noticed that it was the men who comforted others and who gave away their last piece of bread who survived the longest - and who offered proof that everything can be taken away from us except the ability to choose our attitude in any given set of circumstances. The sort of person the prisoner became was the result of an inner decision and not of camp influences alone. Only those who allowed their inner hold on their moral and spiritual selves to subside eventually fell victim to the camp's degenerating influence - while those who made a victory of those experiences turned them into an inner triumph. Frankl came to believe man's deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose. This outstanding work offers us all a way to transcend suffering and find significance in the art of living.