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PSYCHOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR

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Renée Evenson
Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People: Over 325 Ready-To-Use Words and Phrases For Working With Challenging Personalities

Incompetent, lazy, spotlight-hogging, whiny, backstabbing, avoidant—there’s no end to the personality challenges that impede workplace relationships. But interacting effectively with employees, colleagues, and bosses is essential for success.

With Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People, anyone can confront problems head-on, before they fester and spread. Practical and easy to use, the book helps you identify button-pushing situations and deploy simple phrases to regain control and resolve conflicts—no matter who you’re dealing with. Helpful features include:

• Thirty common personality traits, behaviors, and workplace scenarios along with the phrases that work best with each

• Nonverbal communication skills to back up your words

• Sample dialogues that demonstrate how phrasing improves interactions

• A five-step process for moving from conflict to resolution

• “Why This Works” sections that provide detailed explanations

Like it or not, the bulk of our waking hours are spent with people at work. This book’s pithy, powerful communication tips will make those hours far more harmonious and productive.

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DK
Success: The Psychology of Achievement

Success: The Psychology of Achievement is a dynamic infographic guide that equips you with the tools you need to drive yourself toward success, whether you are seeking improvement in your career, relationships, or in your overall performance.

Give your confidence a boost, master your resources, and raise your self-awareness with proven psychological strategies and expert advice. From positive thinking to work-life balance to learning how to say no, the lessons learned from this guide are tailored to your personal situation through questionnaires and self-analysis exercises. Infographic illustrations and diagrams make the information comprehensible, and quick, practical pointers enable you to apply techniques immediately.

Grounded in scientific study, psychological expertise, and practical advice, Success: The Psychology of Achievement can help you improve your effectiveness and transform your future.

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Susan M. Schneider
The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World

Featuring illustrative human, pet, and wild-animal anecdotes, this book is a unique and fascinating introduction to a science that is truly epic in scope. Children quickly learn that actions have consequences. This elementary lesson is repeated again and again throughout adulthood as we adjust our behaviors according to the reactions they produce in the social and natural environment. Now, an internationally recognized biopsychologist, tells the story of how something so deceptively simple can help make sense of so much. Despite their variety, consequences appear to follow a common set of scientific principles and share some similar effects in the brain (specifically, in the so-called pleasure centers). Based on these principles, Schneider and other scientists have been able to create mathematical models of certain behaviors. And they have demonstrated that learning from consequences predictably activates genes and restructures the neural configuration of the brain-in humans as well as in animals. Consequences are an integral part of the nature-and-nurture system. The knowledge gained from this newly expanded science has many applications, as the author shows in examples from the home, the hospital, the classroom, and the boardroom. The science of consequences helps fight prejudice, free addicts of their destructive habits, and treat depression. It enriches the lives of pets and zoo animals. It also sheds light on our biggest societal challenges, where we must choose between short-term and long-term consequences.

4.
Arthur E. Jongsma
Adult Psychotherapy Homework Planner, 2nd Edition

PracticePlanners? The Bestselling treatment planning system for mental health professionals

Features new and updated assignments and exercises to meet the changing needs of mental health professionals

The Adult Psychotherapy Homework Planner, Second Edition provides you with an array of ready-to-use, between-session assignments designed to fit virtually every therapeutic mode. This easy-to-use sourcebook features:
* 79 ready-to-copy exercises covering the most common issues encountered by adult clients, including such problems as chemical dependence, grief, financial stress, and low self-esteem
* A quick-reference format–the interactive assignments are grouped by behavioral problems including anxiety, sleep disturbance, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, dissociation, and eating disorders
* Expert guidance on how and when to make the most efficient use of the exercises
* Assignments that are cross-referenced to The Complete Adult Psychotherapy Treatment Planner, Fourth Edition–so you can quickly identify the right exercise for a given situation or problem
* A CD-ROM that contains all the exercises in a word processing format–allowing you to customize them to suit you and your clients’ unique styles and needs

Additional resources in the PracticePlanners? series:

Treatment Planners cover all the necessary elements for developing formal treatment plans, including detailed problem definitions, long-term goals, short-term objectives, therapeutic interventions, and DSM diagnoses.

Progress Notes Planners contain complete, prewritten progress notes for each presenting problem in the companion Treatment Planners.

5.
Massimo Marraffa, Michele Di Francesco, Alfredo Paternoster
The Self and its Defenses: From Psychodynamics to Cognitive Science

This book presents a theory of the self whose core principle is that the consciousness of the self is a process of self-representing that runs throughout our life. This process aims primarily at defending the self-conscious subject against the threat of its metaphysical inconsistence. In other words, the self is essentially a repertoire of psychological manoeuvres whose outcome is self-representation aimed at coping with the fundamental fragility of the human subject. This picture of the self differs from both the idealist and the eliminative approaches widely represented in contemporary discussion. Against the idealist approach, this book contends that rather than the self being primitive and logically prior, it is the result of a process of construction that originates in subpersonal unconscious processes. On the other hand, it also rejects the anti-realistic, eliminative argument that, from the non-primary, derivative nature of the self, infers its status as an illusory by-product of real neurobiological events, devoid of any explanatory role.


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