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Psychology Books

  • Look What You Made Me Do

    Helen Walmsley-Johnson

    Product Code: LWYM
    Hardback
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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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  • Notes on Nationalism

    George Orwell

    Product Code: BMGUM
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    'The general uncertainty as to what is really happening makes it easier to cling to lunatic beliefs'Biting and timeless reflections on patriotism, prejudice and power, from the man who wrote about his nation better than anyone. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.
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  • No Worries! Mindful Kids

    Katie Abey

    Product Code: BLYFL
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    No Worries! is an interactive self-care activity book for children aged 7+ to colour and doodle their way to happiness, calm and confidence. The encouraging and simple activities and exercises tackle anxiety, sadness and stress; children will enjoy using their creativity to combat negative feelings, work out why they feel worried and how to put stress back in its place through writing, colouring, doodling and drawing.Featuring the charming and quirky illustrations of Katie Abey, a UK-based illustrator. Her quirky pictures will keep the reader entertained and focused as they work through the book, or simply dip into the pages for ten minutes of calm colouring. Part of Mindful Kids a thoughtful new range of activity books for children from Studio Press.Includes an introduction and notes for grown-ups by consultant Dr. Sharie Coombes, Child & Family Psychotherapist. Dr Sharie Coombes is a former primary teacher, headteacher and local authority adviser who retrained as a child and family psychodynamic psychotherapist, neuropsychotherapist, solution-focused therapist, and specialist paediatric hypnotherapist. Sharie gained a doctorate in education from the University of Brighton in 2007 and is an expert in the therapeutic use of linguistic patterns. Alongside a busy private therapy practice in Brighton, she has worked part-time as a child, adolescent and family psychotherapist at the NHS Tavistock Clinic in London with adopted and fostered children, young people and families. She now works with the psychosocial team in the British Red Cross Refugee Support and International Family Tracing team. Sharie has 2 adult children.
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  • The Body Keeps the Score

    Bessel A. Van der Kolk

    Product Code: APDPS
    Paperback
    What causes people to continually relive what they most want to forget, and what treatments could help restore them to a life with purpose and joy? Here, Dr Bessel van der Kolk offers a new paradigm for effectively treating traumatic stress. Neither talking nor drug therapies have proven entirely satisfactory. With stories of his own work and those of specialists around the globe, The Body Keeps the Score sheds new light on the routes away from trauma - which lie in the regulation and syncing of body and mind, using sport, drama, yoga, mindfulness, meditation and other routes to equilibrium.
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  • 12 Rules for Life

    Jordan B. Peterson

    Product Code: BXLIO
    Paperback
    Jordan B. Peterson's 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos is a book that focuses on the value of individual responsibility and what we can learn from ancient wisdom.

    He offers 12 profound and practical principles that will help you keep your life in order - from getting your own house in order before criticising others and comparing yourself to who you were yesterday.
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  • When the Body Says No

    Dr Gabor Mate

    Product Code: BTQCI
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    Can a person literally die of loneliness? Is there a connection between the ability to express emotions and Alzheimer's disease? Is there such a thing as a `cancer personality'? Drawing on deep scientific research and Dr Gabor Mate's acclaimed clinical work, When the Body Says No provides the answers to critical questions about the mind-body link - and the role that stress and our emotional makeup play in an array of common diseases. When the Body Says No: - Explores the role of the mind-body link in conditions and diseases such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome and multiple sclerosis. - Shares dozens of enlightening case studies and stories, including those of people such as Lou Gehrig (ALS), Betty Ford (breast cancer), Ronald Reagan (Alzheimer's), Gilda Radner (ovarian cancer) and Lance Armstrong (testicular cancer) - Reveals `The Seven A's of Healing': principles in healing and the prevention of illness from hidden stress
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  • Dreams

    Sigmund Freud

    Product Code: BOHZK
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    VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. Have you ever dreamt you were naked on stage, or woken having failed an exam? In these fascinating, pioneering essays, Sigmund Freud plunges into the recesses of our minds, and awakens the hidden meanings behind our most typical and surprising night-time fantasies. From dreams of violence and death, to the more prosaic moments in our dream-life, Freud shines a light on the darkness we are often happy left consigned to night. Selected from the books The Essentials of Psycho-Analysis and The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of the Sigmund Freud, Volume IV: The Interpretation of Dreams (First Part) by Sigmund Freud
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  • Happy

    Fearne Cotton

    Product Code: BLQVB
    Paperback
    Popular TV presenter Fearne Cotton encourages you to take a break and find calm with this book. She acknowledges the importance of mental health and aims to help you find happiness in a number of different ways, even if you have to take it slowly to get there.

    This book has workbook elements that encourage you to start and end the day in the right frame of mind and contains written exercises, practical ideas and visualisations that will help you get in touch with your creative side.
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  • The Life-changing Magic of Tidying

    Marie Kondo

    Product Code: AJLTN
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    Following the success of her Netflix series, Marie Kondo will help you enjoy the benefits of a tidy house and tidy mind with this expert guide to decluttering.

    She offers a step-by-step approach to tidying and focuses on keeping the things that bring you joy. With a clean home, you can feel more confident and become more successful and begin to eradicate the negativity in your life - whether that's a relationship, anxiety or weight issues.
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  • A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis

    Sigmund Freud

    Product Code: AEMNV
    Paperback
    Sigmund Freud's controversial ideas have penetrated Western culture more deeply than those of any other psychologist. The 'Freudian slip', the 'Oedipus complex', 'childhood sexuality', 'libido', 'narcissism' 'penis envy', the 'castration complex', the 'id', the 'ego' and the 'superego', 'denial', 'repression', 'identification', 'projection', 'acting out', the 'pleasure principle', the 'reality principle', 'defence-mechanism' - are all taken for granted in our everyday vocabulary. Psychoanalysis was never just a method of treatment, rather a vision of the human condition which has continued to fascinate and provoke long after the death of its originator. Its central hypothesis, that we live in conflict with ourselves and seek to resolve matters by turning away from reality, did not emerge from experimental science but from self-examination and the unique opportunities for observation presented by the psychoanalytic technique - in particular, from the confessions produced by 'free-association' in Freud's consulting room. Written during the turmoil of the First World War, A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis was distilled from a series of lectures given at Vienna University, but had to wait for the war to end before being made available to the English speaking world.
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  • Surrounded by Idiots

    Thomas Erikson

    Product Code: BYMIP
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    Do you ever think you're the only one making any sense? Or tried to reason with your partner with disastrous results? Do long, rambling answers drive you crazy? Or does your colleague's abrasive manner get your back up? You are not alone. After a disastrous meeting with a highly successful entrepreneur, who was genuinely convinced he was `surrounded by idiots', communication expert and bestselling author, Thomas Erikson dedicated himself to understanding how people function and why we often struggle to connect with certain types of people. Originally published in Swedish in 2014 as Omgiven Av Idioter, Erikon's Surrounded by Idiots is already an international phenomenon, selling over 1.5 million copies worldwide, of which over 750,000 copies have been sold in Sweden alone. It offers a simple, yet ground-breaking method for assessing the personalities of people we communicate with - in and out of the office - based on four personality types (Red, Blue, Green and Yellow), and provides insights into how we can adjust the way(s) we speak and share information. Erikson will help you understand yourself better, hone communication and social skills, handle conflict with confidence, improve dynamics with your boss and team, and get the best out of the people you deal with and manage. He also shares simple tricks on body language, improving written communication and advice on when to back away or when to push on, and when to speak up or indeed shut up. Packed with `aha!' and `oh no!' moments, Surrounded by Idiots will help you understand and influence those around you, even people you currently think are beyond all comprehension. And with a bit of luck you can also be confident that the idiot out there isn't you!
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  • Talking with Female Serial Killers

    Christopher Berry-Dee

    Product Code: BPLAY
    Paperback
    Criminologist Christopher Berry-Dee, who has previously written about Aileen Wuornos and Joanne Dennehy, looks at a number of female serial killers in this eye-opening and hard-hitting book.

    From child killer Beverley Allitt to Myra Hindley and Rose West, he looks at what drove these women to kill and why many of them had so little remorse for what they'd done.

    Berry-Dee also looks at killers who were victims themselves and how these experiences led them to making horrific decisions.
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  • Hello Happy! Mindful Kids

    Katie Abey

    Product Code: BLYIJ
    Paperback
    Hello Happy! is an interactive self-care activity book for children aged 7+ to colour and doodle their way to happiness, calm and confidence. The encouraging and simple activities and exercises tackle anxiety, sadness and stress; children will enjoy using their creativity to combat negative feelings, work out why they feel worried and how to put stress back in its place through writing, colouring, doodling and drawing.Featuring the charming and quirky illustrations of Katie Abey, a UK-based illustrator. Her quirky pictures will keep the reader entertained and focused as they work through the book, or simply dip into the pages for ten minutes of calm colouring. Part of Mindful Kids, a thoughtful new range of activity books for children from Studio Press.Includes an introduction and notes for grown-ups by consultant Dr Sharie Coombes, Child & Family Psychotherapist.Dr Sharie Coombes is a former primary teacher, headteacher and local authority adviser who retrained as a child and family psychodynamic psychotherapist, neuropsychotherapist, solution-focused therapist, and specialist paediatric hypnotherapist. Alongside a busy private therapy practice in Brighton, she has worked part-time as a child, adolescent and family psychotherapist at the NHS Tavistock Clinic in London with adopted and fostered children, young people and families. She now works with the psychosocial team in the British Red Cross Refugee Support and International Family Tracing team. Sharie has 2 adult children.
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  • The Collected Schizophrenias

    Esme Weijun Wang

    Product Code: BXYWE
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    'Dazzling ... in her kaleidoscopic essays, memoir has been shattered into sliding and overlapping pieces ... mind-expanding' The New York Times Book Review Esme Weijun Wang was officially diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in 2013, although the hallucinations and psychotic episodes had started years before that. In the midst of a high functioning life at Yale, Stanford and the literary world, she would find herself floored by an overwhelming terror that 'spread like blood', or convinced that she was dead, or that her friends were robots, or spiders were eating holes in her brain. What happens when your whole conception of yourself is turned upside down? When you're aware of what is occurring to you, but unable to do anything about it? Written with immediacy and unflinching honesty, this visceral and moving book is Wang's story, as she steps both inside and outside of her condition to bring it to light. Following her own diagnosis and the many manifestations of schizophrenia in her life, she ranges over everything from how we label mental illness to her own use of fashion and make-up to present herself as high-functioning, from the failures of the higher education system to how factors such as PTSD and Lyme disease compounded her experiences. Wang's analytical, intelligent eye, honed as a former lab researcher at Stanford, allows her to balance research with haunting personal narrative. The Collected Schizophrenias cuts right to the core and provides unique insight into a condition long misdiagnosed and much misunderstood.
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  • At Home with Dyslexia

    Sascha Roos

    Product Code: BRMJP
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    This book will empower parents by giving them the tools and strategies to deal with dyslexia, making them confident and knowledgeable in the process. It offers: - a guidebook that is visually appealing, including bullet points, illustrations and short chapters, making it an easy to follow reference book for the busy (and often dyslexic) parent; - practical and emotional support at home from primary to secondary school years, as well as how to deal with school and the education system; - chapters that can be dipped into for useful day to day advice and tools to help at home , and for overall encouragement and reassurance; - parents and children sharing their personal experiences and advice in their personal accounts - the challenges of dyslexia, possible solutions and successes are openly discussed and woven throughout the chapters, giving the guide an authentic voice. Central to this guide is language of acceptance and celebration, emphasising a learning 'difference' rather than a 'disability', and a genuine encouragement of dyslexic abilities and strengths.
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  • Why We Sleep

    Matthew Walker

    Product Code: BMFHG
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    Learn all about why sleep is so important and how a lack of it can be linked to every major disease in the developed world.

    Using cutting-edge research, Matthew Walker delves into the science behind why we sleep and why it matters so much. He reveals what really happens during REM sleep and how caffeine and alcohol affect it.

    He also examines the ways sleep patterns change over a lifetime. This is an endlessly fascinating and important read.
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  • This Book Will Send You to Sleep

    Hugh Barker

    Product Code: TBWS
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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...
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  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    Daniel Kahneman

    Product Code: AEMTN
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    Written by Nobel Prize in Economics winner and Princeton University Senior Scholar Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow is a bestselling book that provides a fascinating look at how our minds work and how we make decisions.

    Praised by the likes of Freakonomics co-author Steven D. Levitt and Black Swan author Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the book looks at the differences between fast, intuitive thinking and slow, rational thinking - the two ways in which we make choices.

    Revealing how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical) and offering practical techniques for slower and smarter thinking, the book will help you make better decisions at work, at home and in everything you do.
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  • Mindfulness

    Mark Williams

    Product Code: ABOVR
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    A book and CD package, Mindfulness presents a set of simple yet powerful practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help break the cycle of unhappiness, stress, anxiety and mental exhaustion - from Oxford University psychologist Professor Mark Williams and the 2014 BMA Medical Book Award-winning Dr Danny Penman.

    Based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), the book walks readers through a straightforward form of mindfulness meditation: a method clinically proven to be as effective as drugs for treating depression. And in the book, the methods are honed for those who are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the frantic world we live in.

    Focusing on promoting joy and peace rather than simply banishing unhappiness, Mindfulness is precisely focused to help ordinary people to be happier and more confident while reducing anxiety, stress and irritability - and reveals the secrets of lifelong happiness.
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  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy

    Amy Newmark

    Product Code: CBJET
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    It's remarkable how a change in perspective can turn your life around. Your attitude is one of the most powerful tools you have, and anyone can access that power. The 101 personal, revealing stories in this collection will show you how you can use positive thinking in all aspects of life, from the everyday to the extraordinary. Deborah Norville has teamed up wtih Chicken Soup for the Soul to provide you with relatable role models-people from all walks of life-who have harnessed the power of positive thinking to overcome challenges, learned to count their blessings, liberated themselves through forgiveness, found their passion and purpose; improved their relationships; and found happiness. Anyone can do it! It just takes an open heart and an open mind to find your personal path to your best life.
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  • Take Five

    Niall Breslin

    Product Code: CBIUZ
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    Following the success of his first picture book, The Magic Moment, musician and mindfulness expert Niall Breslin (Bressie) is back with another important life lesson for young children, beautifully brought to life by illustrator Sheena Dempsey. When Freddie sees all the presents his friend Ben gets for his birthday, he feels a bit sad ... Nana teaches Freddie how to be thankful for everything he has - together they count all the wonderful things in their lives. This gratitude trick is a helpful technique for dealing with the uncomfortable and often confusing feelings of jealousy that children inevitably encounter. Praise for The Magic Moment, by the same author `The sort of book that could be genuinely helpful to an anxious child' THE IRISH TIMES `Teaches children a really simple and effective mindfulness technique for managing big feelings' DR MALIE COYNE `A book with an important message' IRISH INDEPENDENT
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  • Sex Power Money

    Sara Pascoe

    Product Code: BZHPL
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    Award-winning comedian Sara Pascoe turns her attention to the things that really matter to humans - sex, power and money. Following her hit book Animal, Sara Pascoe decides to confront her fear of the male libido, and turns her attention to the things that really matter to humans, delving into such questions as: SEX Why don't people care about the welfare of the people they masturbate to? POWER Why is there such stigma around those who work in the sex industry? MONEY Why do some women still want men to buy them dinner? In this comedic and educational hopscotch over anatomy, the history of sexual representation and the sticky way all human interactions are underwritten by wealth, Pascoe explores whether we'll ever be able to escape the Conundrum of Heterosexuality if women can't help but admire status, and men obsess about youth and physicality. Drawing on anecdotal experience, unqualified opinion, interviews and original research, Sex Power Money is thought-provoking and riotously funny: a fresh take on the oldest discussion. Praise for Sara Pascoe's previous book Animal: 'Brilliant.' Frankie Boyle 'Some comics serve up their anxieties just for laughs; Pascoe draws on hers to offer provocative (and positive) new perspectives on the world.' Guardian 'A tremendously exciting voice: timely, intelligent and buzzing with comedic charm . . . Pascoe has something to say and a thoroughly engaging way of saying it.' The Times 'The funniest, best book about sexuality, sex and sexy - and not so sexy - time ever written. I love it.' Jessica Hynes
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  • How to Win Friends and Influence People

    Dale Carnegie

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    The most famous confidence-boosting book ever published, with sales of over 16 million copies worldwide Millions of people around the world have improved their lives based on the teachings of Dale Carnegie. In How to Win Friends and Influence People, he offers practical advice and techniques, in his exuberant and conversational style, for how to get out of a mental rut and make life more rewarding. His advice has stood the test of time and will teach you how to: - make friends quickly and easily - increase your popularity - persuade people to follow your way of thinking - enable you to win new clients and customers - become a better speaker - boost enthusiasm among your colleagues This classic book will turn your relationships around and improve your interactions with everyone in your life. Dale Carnegie, known as 'the arch-priest of the art of making friends', pioneered the development of personal business skills, self-confidence and motivational techniques. His books - most notably How to Win Friends and Influence People - have sold tens of millions worldwide and, even in today's changing climate, they remain as popular as ever.
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  • Rude Puzzle Book

    Richard Cox

    Product Code: BZMGD
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    Strictly for grown-ups! This book puts the tease into brain-teasers with a compendium of crude crosswords, unbelievably wicked word searches, dirty dot-to-dots and other provocative puzzles to test your knowledge of the smuttiest lingo - a racy replacement for life's idle moments.
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Discover the fascinating features, functions and components of the mind with our range of psychology books. Whether you’re looking to learn about the way the brain works, or hoping to improve your own way of thinking for a happier, healthier lifestyle, look no further than our diverse selection of psychology books.

Expand your knowledge

Learn all about the mind and brain with psychology encyclopedias, compendiums and introductions to psychology. Discover the theories of famous psychologists and delve into the workings of our intricate brains. Uncover the history the mind and how it has evolved to suit our present-day needs – as well as where its limitations lie.

Train your brain for a happier mind-set

Our range of psychology books includes titles that teach valuable happiness habits, such as mindfulness, positive thinking and gratitude. They can also help you to overcome low self-esteem, self-doubt and anger issues, leading to a healthier psychological life and a happier, calmer, more rewarding way to live.

Specialised psychology books for personal goals

Whether you’re looking for helpful guides on parenting and child development, invaluable self-help books on improving your own mental health and well-being, engrossing psychology encyclopedias and introductions, or ways to improve your prospects through resilience and striving to achieve aspirations, you’re sure to find the perfect book for you in our wide range of psychology books.

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