Makeover your mind

March on this month – whether you want to redesign part or all of your life, have something you want to quit, a relationship to decide about, or want to learn about managing your mind more effectively. Or maybe you’re just curious about disgust… read on…

Syndetics book coverThe chimp paradox / Steve Peters.
“Do you sabotage your own happiness and success? Are you struggling to make sense of yourself? Do your emotions sometimes dictate your life? ‘The Chimp Paradox’ is an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person. Dr Steve Peters explains the struggle that takes place within your mind and then shows how to apply this understanding to every area of your life so you can recognise how your mind is working, understand and manage your emotions and thoughts, and manage yourself and become the person you would like to be. Each chapter explains different aspects of how you function and highlights key facts for you to understand, along with exercises to help you see immediate improvements in your daily living and, over time, develop emotional skills and practical habits that will help you to become the person that you want to be, and live the life that you want to live.” – (adapted from Global Books in Print summary)

Syndetics book coverStay or leave : six steps to resolving your relationship indecision / Beverley Stone.
“You’re stuck in an unhappy relationship. You’re not sure you want to stay, but you can’t make up your mind to go. You’re stagnating… but feel powerless to do anything about it. Successful relationship psychologist Beverley Stone will get your life back on track. She uncovers the root of your confusion and helps you make the big decision: to stay and make a go of it in a radically improved relationship… or leave, confident and happy. Step by step, she helps you make your decision and put your choice into action, helping you to discover why your previous attempts have failed and covering all the possible options for your relationship – mending it, maintaining it … and, in the last resort, leaving it.” – (from the Book cover)

Syndetics book coverThat’s disgusting : unraveling the mysteries of repulsion / Rachel Herz.
“Disgust originated to prevent us from eating poisonous food, but this simple safety mechanism has since evolved into a uniquely human emotion that dictates how we treat others, shapes our cultural norms, and even has implications for our mental and physical health. ‘That’s Disgusting’ illuminates the science behind disgust, tackling such colourful topics as cannibalism, humour, and pornography to address larger questions: Why do sources of disgust vary among people and societies? Where does disgust come from in our brain and what deeper fears does it reflect? How does disgust influence our individual personalities, our daily lives, and our values? It turns out that disgust underlies more than we realize, from political ideologies to the lure of horror movies. Drawing on surprising research in psychology and evolutionary biology, ‘That’s Disgusting’ shows us that disgust mirrors human nature and, as a result, is as complex and varied as we are.” – (adapted from Global Books in Print summary)

Syndetics book coverUnhooked : how to quit anything / Frederick Woolverton and Susan Shapiro.
“Doctor and former patient join forces in this guide to kicking addiction, from heroin to shopping. Woolverton, founder and director of the Village Institute for Psychotherapy, has worked with addicts for 25 years. Even as a successful and self-aware professional, it was when he quit smoking that he gained crucial insight: “I had to let myself suffer, figure out where it was coming from, and figure out what that pain was trying to tell me.” The importance of taking those steps in that order is emphasized throughout; Woolverton bolsters his argument by noting that’s why 12-step programs work. Addicts “need to be told to stop right now or they might die”; afterward, self-exploration supports lasting recovery. Former patient and coauthor Shapiro can attest to this: 10 years ago, Woolverton helped her quit alcohol, marijuana, and cigarettes. She’s since discovered a passion for writing and published seven books. Her example and other case studies illustrate how Woolverton’s approach has worked for real people-and Woolverton’s willingness to share his own personal struggles add authenticity. Those stories and their positive message, combined with the authors’ concrete steps for identifying destructive behaviors and seeking help, make for a valuable, hopeful read.” – (adapted from Publisher Weekly review)

Syndetics book coverThe great life redesign : change how you work, live how you dream and make it happen today / Caroline Cameron.
“Are you always in a hurry, with too much to do and too little time? Do you ever feel that ‘back-to-work-tomorrow’ gnawing dread on Sunday nights? Are you trapped on a treadmill to nowhere and dreaming about how life could be, if only…? If any, or all, of these questions strike a chord with you, don’t despair – there is a way out. ‘The Great Life Redesign is an inspirational guide that will help you reshape the life you have into one you’ll love. Whether you need to redesign certain parts of your life that could be better, or undertake a major life renovation, Caroline Cameron shows you how. Featuring practical, easy-to-apply techniques, exercises, tools and tips, plus more than 30 inspirational case studies, you’ll soon be on your way to a great life.” – (from the Book cover)