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  • WHATS YOUR TYPE : The Story of the Myers-Briggs, and How Personality Testing Took Over the World
    WHATS YOUR TYPE : The Story of the Myers-Briggs, and How Personality Testing Took Over the World
    EMRE MERVE
    ISBN: 9780008201418
    Title: WHATS YOUR TYPE : The Story of the Myers-Briggs, and How Personality Testing Took Over the World
    Author: EMRE MERVE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An unprecedented history of the personality test conceived a century ago by a mother and her daughter – fiction writers with no formal training in psychology – and how it insinuated itself into our boardrooms, classrooms, and beyond.

    The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is the most popular personality test in the world. It has been harnessed by Fortune 100 companies, universities, hospitals, churches, and the military. Its language – of extraversion vs. introversion, thinking vs. feeling – has inspired online dating platforms and Buzzfeed quizzes alike. And yet despite the test's widespread adoption, experts in the field of psychometric testing, a $500 million industry, struggle to account for its success – no less validate its results. How did the Myers-Briggs insinuate itself into our jobs, our relationships, our internet, our lives?

    First conceived in the 1920s by the mother-daughter team of Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, a pair of aspiring novelists and devoted homemakers, the Myers-Briggs was designed to bring the gospel of Carl Jung to the masses. But it would take on a life of its own, reaching from the smoke-filled boardrooms of mid-century New York to Berkeley, California, where it was honed against some of the 20th century's greatest creative minds. It would travel across the world to London, Zurich, Cape Town, Melbourne, and Tokyo; to elementary schools, nunneries, wellness retreats, and the closed-door corporate training sessions of today.

    Drawing from original reporting and never-before-published documents, What’s Your Type? examines nothing less than the definition of the self – our attempts to grasp, categorise and quantify our personalities. Surprising and absorbing, the book, like the test at its heart, considers the timeless question: What makes you you?

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE
    WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE
    KUSHNER HAROLD S
    ISBN: 9781529060386
    Title: WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE
    Author: KUSHNER HAROLD S
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: May 2021 New Release

    The #1 bestselling inspirational classic from the internationally known spiritual leader; a source of solace and hope for over 4 million readers.

    Since its original publication in 1981, <i>When Bad Things Happen to Good People</i> has brought solace and hope to millions. In the preface to this edition, Rabbi Kushner relates the heartwarming responses he has received over the years from people who have found inspiration and comfort within these pages.

    When Harold Kushner’s three-year-old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease that meant the boy would only live until his early teens, he was faced with one of life’s most difficult questions: Why, God? Years later, Rabbi Kushner wrote this straightforward, elegant contemplation of the doubts and fears that arise when tragedy strikes. In these pages, Kushner shares his wisdom as a rabbi, a parent, a reader, and a human being. Often imitated but never superseded, <i>When Bad Things Happen to Good People</i> is a classic that offers clear thinking and consolation in times of sorrow.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • WHEN WE BECOME STRANGERS
    WHEN WE BECOME STRANGERS
    HAMILTON MAGGIE
    ISBN: 9781922351197
    Title: WHEN WE BECOME STRANGERS
    Author: HAMILTON MAGGIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'A timely warning shot over our collective bows...reminds us that awareness without action is worthless. A thought-provoking and challenging look into our future.' - Michael Carr-Gregg, psychologist and bestselling author

    'An invaluable roadmap for envisioning a new society that builds connection back into community. It calls us to slow down, to rethink the frenzied pace, and reignite the power of the human spirit.' - Aimee Davies, author of Imperfect

    After decades of affluence, we're now busy renovating our homes, buffing and botoxing our bodies, and losing ourselves in passive entertainment and shopping, as depression and anxiety soars. And with the arrival of Netflix and Uber Eats, there's less and less incentive to leave home. Could our constant need for connection be messing with our brains? Is this why we're losing our ability to strike up a conversation with anyone we don't know? And given that so many of our kids lack one-on-one attention and regular touch, are we raising this new generation to be profoundly lonely?

    Right now, many of our relationships at home and at work, as well as in our communities are struggling. What, then, are the best ways back to belonging, and what might a more engaged community look like?

    Maggie Hamilton, author of What's Happening to Our Boys? and What's Happening to Our Girls? explores our growing loneliness and proposes practical solutions and an uplifting vision to combat the increasing social isolation in our families and communities.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WHIPPING GIRL : A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
    WHIPPING GIRL : A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
    SERANO JULIA
    ISBN: 9781580056229
    Title: WHIPPING GIRL : A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
    Author: SERANO JULIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the updated second edition of Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, shares her powerful experiences and observations—both pre- and post-transition—to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole.

    Serano's well-honed arguments stem from her ability to bridge the gap between the often-disparate biological and social perspectives on gender. In this provocative manifesto, she exposes how deep-rooted the cultural belief is that femininity is frivolous, weak, and passive, and how this “feminine” weakness exists only to attract and appease male desire.

    In addition to debunking popular misconceptions about transsexuality, Serano makes the case that today's feminists and transgender activists must work to embrace and empower femininity—in all of its wondrous forms.

    Imprint: SEAL PRESS
    RRP: $30.99

    Price: $30.99
  • WHY FIRST BORNS RULE THE WORLD AND LATER BORNS WANT TO CHANGE IT
    WHY FIRST BORNS RULE THE WORLD AND LATER BORNS WANT TO CHANGE IT
    GROSE MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781761043765
    Title: WHY FIRST BORNS RULE THE WORLD AND LATER BORNS WANT TO CHANGE IT
    Author: GROSE MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: June 2021 New Release

    There are many factors affecting a child's personality and the adult they become, but the least understood is birth order.

    Why is it that children in a family can share the same gene pool, a similar socio-economic environment and experience similar parenting styles yet have fundamentally different personalities, interests and even different careers as adults? Birth order! The implications for parents, teachers and adults involved with children are many.

    First published in 2003 to great acclaim, this fully revised and updated edition seeks to increase the reader's understanding of birth order theory, including the impact of a child's broader social environment and the rise of the standard two-child family, where the second-born is simultaneously the last-born. It will enable you to delve a little deeper and look for the constellation of positions within a family, giving you a clearer picture of your own quirks and ambitions, along with those of your siblings, children, partner, workmates, friends and colleagues.

    Addressing multiple births, special-needs children, genetic engineering, blended families, gender balance, single children and birth-order balance in the workplace, parenting expert and father of three Michael Grose challenges parents to raise each child differently according to his or her birth order.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
  • WHY WE ARE RESTLESS : On the Modern Quest for Contentment
    WHY WE ARE RESTLESS : On the Modern Quest for Contentment
    STOREY BENJAMIN
    ISBN: 9780691226460
    Title: WHY WE ARE RESTLESS : On the Modern Quest for Contentment
    Author: STOREY BENJAMIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: May 2021 New Release

    A compelling exploration of how our pursuit of happiness makes us unhappy

    We live in an age of unprecedented prosperity, yet everywhere we see signs that our pursuit of happiness has proven fruitless. Dissatisfied, we seek change for the sake of change — even if it means undermining the foundations of our common life. In Why We Are Restless, Benjamin and Jenna Storey offer a profound and beautiful reflection on the roots of this malaise and examine how we might begin to cure ourselves.

    Drawing on the insights of Montaigne, Pascal, Rousseau, and Tocqueville, Why We Are Restless explores the modern vision of happiness that leads us on, and the disquiet that follows it like a lengthening shadow. In the sixteenth century, Montaigne articulated an original vision of human life that inspired people to see themselves as individuals dedicated to seeking contentment in the here and now, but Pascal argued that we cannot find happiness through pleasant self-seeking, only anguished God-seeking. Rousseau later tried and failed to rescue Montaigne's worldliness from Pascal's attack. Steeped in these debates, Tocqueville visited the United States in 1831 and, observing a people 'restless in the midst of their well-being,' discovered what happens when an entire nation seeks worldly contentment — and finds mostly discontent.

    Arguing that the philosophy we have inherited, despite pretending to let us live as we please, produces remarkably homogenous and unhappy lives, Why We Are Restless makes the case that finding true contentment requires rethinking our most basic assumptions about happiness.

    Imprint: Princeton University Press
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WHY WE SLEEP : The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
    WHY WE SLEEP : The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
    WALKER MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9780141983769
    Title: WHY WE SLEEP : The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
    Author: WALKER MATTHEW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our life, health and longevity and yet it is increasingly neglected in twenty-first-century society, with devastating consequences- every major disease in the developed world - Alzheimer's, cancer, obesity, diabetes - has very strong links to deficient sleep. In this book, the first of its kind written by a scientific expert, Professor Matthew Walker explores twenty years of cutting-edge research to solve the mystery of why sleep matters. Looking at creatures from across the animal kingdom as well as major human studies, Why We Sleep delves in to everything from what really happens in our brains and bodies when we dream to how caffeine and alcohol affect sleep and why our sleep patterns change across a lifetime, transforming our appreciation of the extraordinary phenomenon that safeguards our existence.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WILL TO CHANGE  : Men Masculinity and Love
    WILL TO CHANGE : Men Masculinity and Love
    HOOKS BELL
    ISBN: 9780743456081
    Title: WILL TO CHANGE : Men Masculinity and Love
    Author: HOOKS BELL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Everyone needs to love and be loved -- even men. But to know love, men must be able to look at the ways that patriarchal culture keeps them from knowing themselves, from being in touch with their feelings, from loving. In "The Will to Change, " bell hooks gets to the heart of the matter and shows men how to express the emotions that are a fundamental part of who they are -- whatever their age, marital status, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

    With trademark candor and fierce intelligence, hooks addresses the most common concerns of men, such as fear of intimacy and loss of their patriarchal place in society, in new and challenging ways. She believes men can find the way to spiritual unity by getting back in touch with the emotionally open part of themselves -- and lay claim to the rich and rewarding inner lives that have historically been the exclusive province of women. A brave and astonishing work, "The Will to Change" is designed to help men reclaim the best part of themselves.

    Imprint: WASHINGTON SQUARE PRESS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WINTERING
    WINTERING
    MAY KATHERINE
    ISBN: 9781846045998
    Title: WINTERING
    Author: MAY KATHERINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    'A beautiful, gentle exploration of the dark season of life and the light of spring that eventually follows' Raynor Winn, bestselling author of The Salt Path


    'A peaceful rebuff to life in fast-forward' Guardian


    Wintering is a poignant and comforting meditation on the fallow periods of life, times when we must retreat to care for and repair ourselves. Katherine May thoughtfully shows us how to come through these times with the wisdom of knowing that, like the seasons, our winters and summers are the ebb and flow of life.

    'Every bit as beautiful and healing as the season itself' Elizabeth Gilbert

    'Absolutely beautiful' Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP
    WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP
    GILLARD JULIA / OKONJO-IWEALA NGOZI
    ISBN: 9780143794288
    Title: WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP
    Author: GILLARD JULIA / OKONJO-IWEALA NGOZI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    From their broad experience on the world stage in politics, economics and global not-for-profits, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Julia Gillard have some strong ideas about the impact of gender on the treatment of leaders. Women and Leadership takes a consistent and comprehensive approach to teasing out what is different for women leaders.

    Almost every year new findings are published about the way people see women leaders compared with their male counterparts. The authors have taken that academic work and tested it in the real world. The same set of interview questions were put to each leader in frank face-to-face interviews. Their responses were then used to examine each woman's journey in leadership and whether their lived experiences were in line with or different from what the research would predict.

    Women and Leadership presents a lively and readable analysis of the influence of gender on women's access to positions of leadership, the perceptions of them as leaders, the trajectory of their leadership and the circumstances in which it comes to an end. By presenting the lessons that can be learned from women leaders, Julia and Ngozi provide a road map of essential knowledge to inspire us all, and an action agenda for change that allows women to take control and combat gender bias.

    Featuring Jacinda Ardern, Hillary Clinton, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Theresa May, Michelle Bachelet, Joyce Banda, Erna Solberg, Christine Lagarde and more.

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • WOMEN DONT OWE YOU PRETTY
    WOMEN DONT OWE YOU PRETTY
    GIVEN FLORENCE
    ISBN: 9781788402118
    Title: WOMEN DONT OWE YOU PRETTY
    Author: GIVEN FLORENCE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WOMEN DON'T OWE YOU PRETTY will tell you to...
    love sex, hate sexism,
    protect your goddamn energy,
    life is short, dump them,
    And that you owe men nothing, least of all pretty.

    Florence's debut book will explore all progressive corners of the feminist conversation; from insecurity projection and refusing to find comfort in other women's flaws, to deciding whether to date or dump them, all the way through to unpacking the male gaze and how it shapes our identity.

    WOMEN DON'T OWE YOU PRETTY is an accessible leap into feminism, for people at all stages of their journey who are seeking to reshape and transform the way they view themselves. In a world that tells women we're either not enough or too much, it's time we stop directing our anger and insecurities onto ourselves, and start fighting back to re-shape the toxic structures of our patriarchal society.

    Florence's book will help you to tackle and challenge the limiting narrative you have been bombarded with your whole life, and determine feminism on your own terms.

    After all, you are the love of your own life.

    Imprint: CASSELL
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES
    WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES
    ESTES CLARISSA PINKOLA
    ISBN: 9781846041099
    Title: WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES
    Author: ESTES CLARISSA PINKOLA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Women Who Run With The Wolves isn't just another book. It is a gift of profound insight, wisdom and love. An oracle from one who knows.' Alice Walker

    In the classic Women Who Run With The Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes tells us about the 'wild woman', the wise and ageless presence in the female psyche that gives women their creativity, energy and power. For centuries, the 'wild woman' has been repressed by a male-orientated value system which trivialises women's emotions. Using a combination of time-honoured stories and contemporary casework, Estes reveals that the 'wild woman' in us is innately healthy, passionate and wise.

    Thoughtfully written and compelling in its arguments, Women Who Run With The Wolves gives readers a new sense of direction, a self confidence and purpose in their lives.

    Imprint: RIDER
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • WOMENS WORK : A personal reckoning with labour, motherhood, and privilege
    WOMENS WORK : A personal reckoning with labour, motherhood, and privilege
    STACK MEGAN K
    ISBN: 9781925849073
    Title: WOMENS WORK : A personal reckoning with labour, motherhood, and privilege
    Author: STACK MEGAN K
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After her first book was published to acclaim, journalist Megan K. Stack got pregnant and quit her job to write. She pictured herself pen in hand while the baby napped, but instead found herself traumatised by a difficult birth and shell-shocked by the start of motherhood.

    Living abroad provided her with access to affordable domestic labour, and, sure enough, hiring a nanny gave her back the ability to work. At first, Megan thought she had little in common with the women she hired. They were important to her because they made her free. She wanted them to be happy, but she didn't want to know the details of their lives. That didn't work for long.

    When Pooja, an Indian nanny who had been absorbed into the family, disappeared one night with no explanation, Megan was forced to confront the truth- these women were not replaceable, and her life had become inextricably intertwined with theirs. She set off on a journey to find out where they really come from and understand the global and personal implications of wages paid, services received, and emotional boundaries drawn in the home. As she writes herself- 'Somebody should investigate. Somebody should write about all of this. But this is my life. If I investigate, I must stand for examination. If I interrogate, I'll be the one who has to answer.'

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $5.00
  • YOU DO YOU
    YOU DO YOU
    KNIGHT SARAH
    ISBN: 9781787470422
    Title: YOU DO YOU
    Author: KNIGHT SARAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k, our favourite 'anti-guru' Sarah Knight unleashed the power of saying no. In Get Your Sh*t Together, she prioritised the sh*t you need and want to do so you can achieve your hopes and dreams. Now she's back, doubling down on your happiness with her latest message: You Do You.

    Being yourself should be the easiest thing in the world. Yet instead of leaning in to who we are, we fight it, listening too closely to what society tells us. You Do You helps you shake off those expectations, say f**k perfect, start looking out for number one and keep on with your badass self. From career and finances to relationships and family, lifestyle and health, Sarah Knight rips up the rulebook.

    Writing about her mistakes and embarrassments in her own personal quest to 'do me' - because nobody gets everything right all day, every day - Sarah Knight shows why you can and should f**k up and teaches you to let yourself off the hook, bounce back and keep standing tall.

    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS NIGHT
    YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS NIGHT
    HOWELL DAN
    ISBN: 9780008407483
    Title: YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS NIGHT
    Author: HOWELL DAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: May 2021 New Release

    A practical guide to taking control of your mental health for today, tomorrow, and the days after, from the Sunday Times bestselling author and beloved entertainer

    ‘There's a moment at the end of every day, where the world falls away and you are left alone with your thoughts. A reckoning, when the things you have been pushing to the background, come forward and demand your attention.'

    Written by Daniel Howell, in consultation with a qualified psychologist, in an entertaining and personal way from the perspective of someone who has been through it all – this no-nonsense book gives you the tools to understand your mind so you can be in control and really live. Split into three chapters for each stage of the journey:

    • This Night – how to get through your toughest moments and be prepared to face anything.

    • Tomorrow – small steps to change your thoughts and actions with a big impact on your life.

    • The Days After – help to look after yourself in the long term and not just survive, but thrive.

    You will laugh and learn – but most of all, this book will assure you that even in your darkest times, there is always hope.

    You will get through this night.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • YOURE NOT LISTENING : What You're Missing and Why It Matters
    YOURE NOT LISTENING : What You're Missing and Why It Matters
    MURPHY KATE
    ISBN: 9781784709402
    Title: YOURE NOT LISTENING : What You're Missing and Why It Matters
    Author: MURPHY KATE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When was the last time you listened to someone, or someone really listened to you? This life-changing book will transform your conversations and your relationships forever

    At work, we're taught to lead the conversation.

    On social media, we shape our personal narratives.

    At parties, we talk over one another. So do our politicians.

    We're not listening.

    And no one is listening to us.

    Now more than ever, we need to listen to those around us. New York Times contributor Kate Murphy draws on countless conversations she has had with everyone from priests to CIA interrogators, focus group moderators to bartenders, her great-great aunt to her friend's toddler, to show how only by listening well can we truly connect with others.

    Listening has the potential to transform our relationships and our working lives, improve our self-knowledge, and increase our creativity and happiness. While it may take some effort, it's a skill that can be learnt and perfected.

    When all we crave is to understand and be understood, You're Not Listening shows us how.

    * With a new afterword by the author *

    'This book couldn't be more timely. Inspiringly profound...smart and playful' Observer

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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