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"Being Human" edited by Neil Astley

 

The companion poetry anthology to "Staying Alive" and "Being Alive" offers 500 poems arranged in categories such as About Time, Living in Hope and Body and Soul. An international collection of contemporary poetry for 'people who know they love poetry, and people who think they don't'.

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"How Emotions are Made" by Lisa Feldman Barrett

 

What if what you think you know about why you feel what you feel is wrong? Barrett offers a radical theory of constructed emotion overturning the two-thousand year old assumption that each emotion has a distinct 'fingerprint' and my sadness runs through my body in the same way as yours does through yours. Fascinating study with essential tips for 'sculpting' future emotional experiences.

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"Let Your Life Speak" by Parker J. Palmer

 

For those struggling with overload of choices and decisions, this short book of 120 pages offers a different way of thinking about how to engage with work and vocation by listening to ourselves more deeply.

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"Bodyfulness: Somatic Practices for Presence, Empowerment, and Waking Up in This Life" by Christine Caldwell

 

Breathing, sensing, and moving—the ways we know our body—carry tremendous contemplative potential, and yet, we so often move through our days unaware of or in conflict with our physical selves

"The Pocket Guide to Polyvagel Theory, The transformative power of feeling safe" By Stephen Porges

 

The polyvagal theory explains the biological origins of a variety of social behaviors and emotional disorders. This book distills that theory into practical clinical tips, explaining its relevance to the social engagement system and offering clinical examples, including cases of trauma and autism

Anxiety for Beginners: a personal investigation by

Eleanor Morgan

 

Anxiety for Beginners offers a vivid insight into the often crippling impact of anxiety disorders, a condition that is frequently invisible, shrouded in shame and misunderstood. It serves as a guide for those who live with anxiety disorders and those who live with them by proxy

Finding Meaning, The Sixth Stage of Grief by David Kessler

 

Many people look for “closure” after a loss. Kessler argues that it’s finding meaning beyond the stages of grief most of us are familiar with—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—that can transform grief into a more peaceful and hopeful experience.

Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson

 

In Hold Me Tight, Dr. Sue Johnson presents Emotionally Focused Therapy to the general public for the first time. Johnson teaches that the way to save and enrich a relationship is to reestablish safe emotional connection and preserve the attachment bond

Love and War in Intimate Relationships by Marion Soloman and Stan Tatkin

 

What happens between partners that makes love turn to war? How can couples therapists help deescalate the battles? Two leading therapists apply the latest neuroscience research on emotional arousal to help couples regulate each other’s emotions, maintain secure attachment, and foster positive, enduring relationships

Love and War in Intimate Relationships by Marion Soloman and Stan Tatkin

 

What happens between partners that makes love turn to war? How can couples therapists help deescalate the battles? Two leading therapists apply the latest neuroscience research on emotional arousal to help couples regulate each other’s emotions, maintain secure attachment, and foster positive, enduring relationships

Brainstorm by Dan Siegel

 

Between the ages of twelve and twenty-four, the brain changes in important and, at times, challenging ways. In Brainstorm, Dr. Daniel Siegel busts a number of commonly held myths about adolescence—for example, that it is merely a stage of “immaturity” filled with often “crazy” behavior

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

 

In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical

The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobell

 

Have you ever: Invested time in something that, with hindsight, just wasn’t worth it? Or continued doing something you knew was bad for you? These are examples of cognitive biases, simple errors we all make in our day-to-day thinking. But by knowing what they are and how to spot them, we can avoid them and make better decisions

The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist

 

This liberating book shows us that examining our attitudes toward money―earning it, spending it, and giving it away―offers surprising insight into our lives. Through personal stories and practical advice, Lynne Twist asks us to discover our relationship with money, understand how we use it, and by assessing our core human values, align our relationship with it to our desired goals

The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope

 

An inspiring guide to finding your life’s purpose—what spiritual teachers call dharma—through mindfulness and self-exploration

Freedom from Your Inner Critic by Jay Early & Bonnie Weiss

 

We've all heard the voice of the inner critic―that part of us that judges us, shames us, and makes us feel inadequate. "You don't want to give in to the Critic, and it doesn't really work to fight against it," explains Dr. Jay Earley. "But there is a way to transform it into an invaluable ally." With Freedom from Your Inner Critic, Dr. Earley and psychotherapist Bonnie Weiss present a self-therapy approach for uncovering the psychological roots of our self-sabotaging inner voices and restoring our sense of worthiness

The Boy the Mole the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

 

The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared millions of times online - perhaps you've seen them? They've also been recreated by children in schools and hung on hospital walls. They sometimes even appear on lamp posts and on cafe and bookshop windows. Perhaps you saw the boy and mole on the Comic Relief T-shirt, Love Wins?

The Poetry Pharmacy by William Sieghart

 

This pocket-sized book presents the most essential poems in his dispensary: those which, again and again, have really shown themselves to work. Whether you are suffering from loneliness, lack of courage, heartbreak, hopelessness, or even from an excess of ego, there is something here to ease your pain. 'The book is delightful; it rightly resituates poetry in relation to its biggest and most serious task: helping us to live and die well' Alain de Botton

Making Art a Practice by Cat Bennett

 

Helping artists catapult into further action, this guide is a treasury of insight and inspiration. Rather than focus on art techniques that build skills or overcome creative blocks through playful activities or writing, this guide walks the artist through exercises designed to develop the personal qualities critical to being an artist in the world, such as courage, the ability to look and see, and connection to the true creative self. 

 
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