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  • CYNICAL THEORIES : How Universities Made Everything About Race, Gender, and Identity - and Why This Harms Everybody
    CYNICAL THEORIES : How Universities Made Everything About Race, Gender, and Identity - and Why This Harms Everybody
    PLUCKROSE HELEN / LINDSAY JAMES
    ISBN: 9781800750067
    Title: CYNICAL THEORIES : How Universities Made Everything About Race, Gender, and Identity - and Why This Harms Everybody
    Author: PLUCKROSE HELEN / LINDSAY JAMES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Have you heard that language is violence and that science is sexist? Have you read that certain people shouldn't practise yoga or cook Chinese food? Or been told that being obese is healthy, that there is no such thing as biological sex, or that only white people can be racist?

    In Cynical Theories, Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay document the evolution and the dogma behind these ideas. While acknowledging the need to challenge the complacency of those who think a just society has been fully achieved, Pluckrose and Lindsay break down how this often-radical activist scholarship does far more harm than good, not least to those marginalised communities it claims to champion. They also detail its alarmingly inconsistent and illiberal ethics. Only through a proper understanding of the evolution of these ideas, they conclude, can those who value science, reason and consistently liberal ethics successfully challenge this harmful and authoritarian orthodoxy - in the academy, in culture and beyond.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DARE TO LEAD : Bold Work Tough Conversations Whole Hearts
    DARE TO LEAD : Bold Work Tough Conversations Whole Hearts
    BROWN BRENE
    ISBN: 9781785042140
    Title: DARE TO LEAD : Bold Work Tough Conversations Whole Hearts
    Author: BROWN BRENE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In her #1 NYT bestsellers, Brene Brown taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers and culture shifters, she's showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead.

    Leadership is not about titles, status and power over people. Leaders are people who hold themselves accountable for recognising the potential in people and ideas, and developing that potential. This is a book for everyone who is ready to choose courage over comfort, make a difference and lead.

    When we dare to lead, we don't pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don't see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it and work to align authority and accountability. We don't avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into the vulnerability that's necessary to do good work.

    But daring leadership in a culture that's defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty requires building courage skills, which are uniquely human. The irony is that we're choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the same time we're scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines can't do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection and courage to start.

    BrenU Brown spent the past two decades researching the emotions that give meaning to our lives. Over the past seven years, she found that leaders in organisations ranging from small entrepreneurial start-ups and family-owned businesses to non-profits, civic organisations and Fortune 50 companies, are asking the same questions-

    How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders? And, how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?

    Dare to Lead answers these questions and gives us actionable strategies and real examples from her new research-based, courage-building programme.

    Brene writes, 'One of the most important findings of my career is that courage can be taught, developed and measured. Courage is a collection of four skill sets supported by twenty-eight behaviours. All it requires is a commitment to doing bold work, having tough conversations and showing up with our whole hearts. Easy? No. Choosing courage over comfort is not easy. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and work. It's why we're here.'

    Imprint: VERMILION
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DARING GREATLY
    DARING GREATLY
    BROWN BRENE
    ISBN: 9780241257401
    Title: DARING GREATLY
    Author: BROWN BRENE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Every time we are introduced to someone new, try to be creative, or start a difficult conversation, we take a risk. We feel uncertain and exposed. We feel vulnerable.

    Most of us try to fight those feelings - we strive to appear perfect. But in a powerful new vision Dr. Brené Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability, and dispels the widely accepted myth that it's a weakness. She argues that vulnerability is in fact a strength, and when we shut ourselves off from revealing our true selves we grow distanced from the things that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.

    Daring Greatly is the culmination of 12 years of groundbreaking social research, across the home, relationships, work, and parenting. It is an invitation to be courageous; to show up and let ourselves be seen, even when there are no guarantees.

    This is vulnerability. This is daring greatly.

    'Brilliantly insightful. I can't stop thinking about this book.' Gretchen Rubin

    'A wonderful book. I couldn't put it down.' Seth Godin

    'This is big, big, big, big, BIG!' Oprah Winfrey



    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • DARKNESS IS GOLDEN : A guide to personal transformation and facing life's Messiness
    DARKNESS IS GOLDEN : A guide to personal transformation and facing life's Messiness
    HOANG MARY
    ISBN: 9781925700718
    Title: DARKNESS IS GOLDEN : A guide to personal transformation and facing life's Messiness
    Author: HOANG MARY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Indigo Project psychologist Mary Hoang will teach you how to face your fears and anxieties and make meaning from loss and pain, to find your true purpose, meaning, and a life that resonates for you.

    Hidden in the folds of human life are the stories that most of us want to keep in the dark. The shit storms, our anxieties, the failed relationships, our sadness, our fears of the future, our psychological pain.

    Darkness is Golden is a commentary on the universal experience of 'darkness' that weighs on us all, and how those shadows can hold the answers we seek. It's an insightful guide on how to embrace the complexity of the mind when navigating emotions and relationships.

    Exploring themes of meaning, death, disconnection, vulnerability, forgiveness, identity and what it means to be human, Darkness is Golden is a gripping case for the strength that we all hold, the payoffs of going 'within' and the light that we hide in our shadows.

    Drawing on her years of psychological and therapeutic expertise, Mary Hoang will teach you how the tools of modern psychology, combined with age-old wisdom, provide you with the alchemy to turn darkness into gold; how to traverse, hopscotch, and shimmy with the web of your secrets, stories, and skeletons - to render purpose, meaning, and a life that resonates for you.

    Imprint: PANTERA PRESS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DAVID AND GOLIATH : UNDERDOGS MISFITS AND THE ART OF BATTLING GIANTS
    DAVID AND GOLIATH : UNDERDOGS MISFITS AND THE ART OF BATTLING GIANTS
    GLADWELL MALCOLM
    ISBN: 9780241959596
    Title: DAVID AND GOLIATH : UNDERDOGS MISFITS AND THE ART OF BATTLING GIANTS
    Author: GLADWELL MALCOLM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Why do underdogs succeed so much more than they should? How do the weak outsmart the strong? In David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a scintillating and surprising journey to uncover the hidden dynamics that shape the balance of power between the small and the mighty.

    From the conflicts in Northern Ireland and Vietnam, through the tactics of civil rights leaders and the problem of privilege, Gladwell demonstrates how terribly we misunderstand the true meaning of advantage and disadvantage. When is a traumatic childhood a good thing? How can a disability leave someone better off? And do you really want your child to go to the best school he or she can get into?

    Drawing on the stories of remarkable underdogs, history, science, psychology and his unparalleled ability to make the connections other miss, David and Goliath is a brilliant, illuminating book that overturns conventional thinking, and brings home the incredible leverage of the unexpected.

    'A global phenomenon . . . he has a genius for making everything he writes seem like an impossible adventure . . . there is, it seems, no subject over which he cannot scatter some magic dust.' Observer

    'He is the best kind of writer - the kind who makes you feel like you're a genius, rather than he's a genius.' The Times



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • DENIAL OF DEATH
    DENIAL OF DEATH
    BECKER ERNEST
    ISBN: 9781788164269
    Title: DENIAL OF DEATH
    Author: BECKER ERNEST
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Winner of the Pulitzer prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the 'why' of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant Freudian school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the vital lie - man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality.

    The book argues that human civilisation is a defence against the knowledge that we are mortal beings. Becker states that humans live in both the physical world and a symbolic world of meaning, which is where our 'immortality project' resides. We create in order to become immortal - to become part of something we believe will last forever. In this way we hope to give our lives meaning.

    In The Denial of Death, Becker sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates decades after it was written.

    Imprint: SOUVENIR PRESS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • DEPRESSION : THE WAY OUT OF YOUR PRISON
    DEPRESSION : THE WAY OUT OF YOUR PRISON
    ROWE DOROTHY
    ISBN: 9781583912867
    Title: DEPRESSION : THE WAY OUT OF YOUR PRISON
    Author: ROWE DOROTHY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison gives us a way of understanding our depression which matches our experience and which enables us to take charge of our life and change it. Dorothy Rowe shows us that depression is not an illness or a mental disorder but a defence against pain and fear, which we can use whenever we suffer a disaster and discover that our life is not what we thought it was. Depression is an unwanted consequence of how we see ourselves and the world. By understanding how we have interpreted events in our life we can choose to change our interpretations and thus create for ourselves a happier, more fulfilling life. Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison is for depressed people, their family and friends, and for all professionals and non-professionals who work with depressed people.


    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $31.99

    Price: $31.99
  • DESIGNING YOUR WORK LIFE : How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness at Work
    DESIGNING YOUR WORK LIFE : How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness at Work
    EVANS DAVE
    ISBN: 9781784742805
    Title: DESIGNING YOUR WORK LIFE : How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness at Work
    Author: EVANS DAVE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Life has questions. They have answers' New York Times

    We will spend up to 120,000 hours at work in our lifetimes.

    But how best to use those hours is one of our most challenging questions.

    We all want to find meaning at work, but our managers can't get it for us. And as companies work to be more nimble and shift according to changing markets, the workplace is increasingly unpredictable. It's up to each of us to define and find our own happiness in this ever-moving landscape, which is rich with opportunity and possibility.

    Designing Your Work Life helps you understand the politics and psychology of work and equips you with the 'design thinking' principles - the innovative methodology pioneered at Stanford that has been fuelling the growth of Silicon Valley - to build a working life that works for you. Designers don't analyse, worry, think, complain their way forward; they build their way forward.

    Perfect for anyone hoping to improve their current job, aiming for a promotion or even switching career paths, as well as recent graduates thinking about their future, Designing Your Work Life is a deeply empowering read. Part business book, part inspirational and innovative self-help, this book will help you answer one of life's most challenging questions.

    Imprint: Chatto & Windus Publishers
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • DISORDERED MIND
    DISORDERED MIND
    KANDEL ERIC R
    ISBN: 9781472140869
    Title: DISORDERED MIND
    Author: KANDEL ERIC R
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: June 2021 New Release

    Neurological and psychiatric disorders have long been regarded as fundamentally different, depending on whether they appear to affect the brain or the mind. In reality, the brain and the mind are inseparable. Both types of disorder can affect every aspect of brain function: from perception, action, memory and emotion to empathy, social interaction, attention and consciousness.

    It is easy to view brain disorders as simply tragic or frightening. However, studying where these functions go wrong provides a window on the workings of the healthy brain, and makes it more likely that scientists and clinicians will be able to develop effective treatments or preventative strategies. As individuals, and as a society, we are also able to better empathise with people with disorders of the mind.

    Building on his pioneering research, Eric R. Kandel illustrates how breakthrough studies of brain disruptions can deepen our understanding of thought, feeling, behaviour, memory and creativity, and perhaps in the future will transform medical care and lead to the development of a unified theory of mind.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • DIVIDED SELF
    DIVIDED SELF
    LAING R D
    ISBN: 9780141189376
    Title: DIVIDED SELF
    Author: LAING R D
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    First published in 1960, this watershed work aimed to make madness comprehensible, and in doing so revolutionized the way we perceive mental illness. Using case studies of patients he had worked with, psychiatrist R. D. Laing argued that psychosis is not a medical condition, but an outcome of the 'divided self', or the tension between the two personas within us: one our authentic, private identity, and the other the false, 'sane' self that we present to the world. Laing's radical approach to insanity offered a rich existential analysis of personal alienation and made him a cult figure in the 1960s, yet his work was most significant for its humane attitude, which put the patient back at the centre of treatment.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DOCTORING THE MIND : Why psychiatric treatments fail
    DOCTORING THE MIND : Why psychiatric treatments fail
    BENTALL RICHARD P
    ISBN: 9780141023694
    Title: DOCTORING THE MIND : Why psychiatric treatments fail
    Author: BENTALL RICHARD P
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Why is the Western world's treatment of mental illness so flawed? Who really benefits from psychiatry? And why would a patient in Nigeria have a much greater chance of recovery than one in the UK?

    In Doctoring the Mind, leading clinical psychologist Richard Bentall reveals the shocking truths behind the system of mental health care in the West. With a heavy dependence on pills and the profit they bring, psychiatry has been relying on myths and misunderstandings of madness for too long, and builds on methods which can often hinder rather than help the patient.

    Bentall argues passionately for a new future of mental health, one that considers the patient as an individual and redefines our understanding and treatment of madness for the twenty-first century.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DOWN GIRL : The Logic of Misogyny
    DOWN GIRL : The Logic of Misogyny
    MANNE KATE
    ISBN: 9780141990729
    Title: DOWN GIRL : The Logic of Misogyny
    Author: MANNE KATE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Misogyny is a hot topic, yet it's often misunderstood. What is misogyny, exactly? Who deserves to be called a misogynist? How does misogyny contrast with sexism, and why is it prone to persist - or increase - even when sexist gender roles are waning?

    In Down Girl moral philosopher Kate Manne argues that misogyny should not be understood primarily in terms of the hatred or hostility some men feel toward all or most women. Rather, it is primarily about controlling, policing, punishing and exiling the "bad" women who challenge male dominance. And it is compatible with rewarding "the good ones" and singling out other women to serve as warnings to those who are out of order.

    A powerful, lucid analysis of the logic of misogyny from a remarkable feminist thinker, Down Girl is essential reading for the #MeToo era.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • DRIVE : The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
    DRIVE : The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
    PINK DANIEL H
    ISBN: 9781786891709
    Title: DRIVE : The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
    Author: PINK DANIEL H
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A book that will change how you think and transform how you live

    Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people - at work, at school, at home. It is wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and the world.

    Along the way, he takes us to companies that are enlisting new approaches to motivation, and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward.

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ECRITS : A SELECTION
    ECRITS : A SELECTION
    LACAN JACQUES
    ISBN: 9780415253925
    Title: ECRITS : A SELECTION
    Author: LACAN JACQUES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Genius and charismatic leader of a psychoanalytic movement that in the 1950s and 1960s provided a focal point for the French intelligentsia, Jacques Lacan attracted a cult following. Ecrits is his most important work, bringing together twenty-seven articles and lectures originally published between 1936 and 1966. Following its first publication in 1966, the book gained Lacan international attention and exercised a powerful influence on contemporary intellectual life. To this day, Lacan's radical, brilliant and complex ideas continue to be highly influential in everything from film theory to art history and literary criticism. Ecrits is the essential source for anyone who seeks to understand this seminal thinker and his influence on contemporary thought and culture.

    Imprint: Routledge
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ELEMENT : HOW FINDING YOUR PASSION CHANGES EVERYTHING
    ELEMENT : HOW FINDING YOUR PASSION CHANGES EVERYTHING
    ROBINSON KEN / ARONICA LOU
    ISBN: 9780141045252
    Title: ELEMENT : HOW FINDING YOUR PASSION CHANGES EVERYTHING
    Author: ROBINSON KEN / ARONICA LOU
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. It is here that people feel most themselves, inspired and able to achieve at their highest levels. In this ground-breaking book, world renowned creativity expert Ken Robinson identifies a crisis in education and business: whether it's a child bored in class, a disillusioned or misused employee or someone who feels frustrated but can't quite explain why, too many people don't realize what they are capable of achieving. Through stories of people - like Vidal Sassoon, Ariana Huffington and Matt Groening - who have recognized their unique talents and been able to make a successful living doing what they love, Robinson argues that age and occupation are no barrier and explains how it is possible for each one of us to reach our element. With a wry sense of humour, Ken Robinson inspires us, above all, to reconnect with our true self - it could just change everything.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE : Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
    EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE : Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
    GOLEMAN DANIEL
    ISBN: 9781526633620
    Title: EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE : Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
    Author: GOLEMAN DANIEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A 25th anniversary edition of the number one, multi-million copy international bestseller that taught us how emotional intelligence is more important than IQ - 'a revolutionary, paradigm-shattering idea' (Harvard Business Review)

    Featuring a new foreword from the author
    Does IQ define our destiny? In his groundbreaking bestseller, Daniel Goleman argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow. It is not our IQ, but our emotional intelligence that plays a major role in thought, decision-making and individual success. Self-awareness, impulse control, persistence, motivation, empathy and social deftness- all are qualities that mark people who excel, whose relationships flourish, who can navigate difficult conversations, who become stars in the workplace.
    With new insights into the brain architecture underlying emotion and rationality, Goleman shows precisely how emotional intelligence can be nurtured and strengthened in all of us.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
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