Strength and peace within – New Self-Help books in August

Live one week at your best and discover what you are capable of for the rest of your life. This is one of the principles you will explore with this month’s selection.

Syndetics book coverHell week : seven days to be your best self
“Veteran paratrooper, successful entrepreneur and critically acclaimed performance consultant Erik Bertrand Larssen has helped catapult the success of countless high-achievers, including Microsoft, Boston Consulting Group, and Statoil ASA executives and Olympic medalist Martin Johnsrud Sundby and top golfer Suzann Pettersen. His life-altering and revered method improves performance by getting people to push themselves past the brink of self-imposed limitations. Central to his technique is the commitment to live and experience just one week as your best self. It’s this week that will be the catalyst to making the most of the rest of your life.” (Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverThe human magnet syndrome : why we love people who hurt us 
“This book provides answers to why patient, giving and selfless individuals (codependents) are predictably attracted to self-centered, selfish and controlling partners (emotional manipulators). This new, fresh and innovative relationship model will explore the traits, symptoms and origins of codependency, dysfunctional relationships, and emotional manipulation disorders.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe persuaders : the hidden industry that wants to change your mind
“The way human beings persuade one another is changing. Every day people will try to change your mind but they won’t reason with you. Instead you’ll be nudged, anchored, incentivised and manipulated in barely noticeable ways. It’s a profound shift in the way we interact with each other. Philosopher James Garvey explores the hidden story of persuasion and the men and women in the business of changing our minds. From the covert PR used to start the first Gulf War to the neuromarketing of products to appeal to our unconscious minds, he reveals the dark arts practiced by professional persuaders. The Persuaders is a call to think about how we think now.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverPathways to possibility : transforming our relationship with ourselves, each other, and the world
“Family systems therapist and executive coach Rosamund Stone Zander invites readers to shed the childhood stories that hold us back, and enter a realm of true maturity and fulfillment, where limitless growth becomes possible.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHold me tight : seven conversations for a lifetime of love
“Dr. Johnson teaches that the way to enhance or save a relationship is to be open, attuned, and responsive to each other and to reestablish emotional connection. With this in mind, she focuses on key moments in a relationship and uses them as touch points for seven healing conversations. These conversations give you insight into the defining moments in your relationship and guide you in reshaping these moments to create a secure and lasting bond.” (Syndetics)

wellbeingThe philosophy of well-being : an introduction
“Recent studies into the science and psychology of well-being have propelled the topic to centre stage, and governments spend millions on promoting it. We are encouraged to adopt modes of thinking and behaviour that support individual well-being or ‘wellness’. What is well-being? Which theories of well-being are most plausible? In this rigorous and comprehensive introduction to the topic, Guy Fletcher unpacks and assesses these questions and many more.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe inner fix : be stronger, happier and braver
“With our lives being overrun by social media and celebrity culture, being twenty-something has become pretty complicated. Wanting things we can’t afford, finding ourselves stuck in a job we don’t enjoy, or still living at home with mum and dad, we reach for things to try to perk us up (sex, booze and drugs) – but eventually, they turn out to be the very things that bring us down. Having been caught in a cycle of self-destructive behaviour and come out the other side, Persia and Joey colourfully chart their lives from childhood insecurities to adolescent obsessions. This book teaches you how to stop worrying and start living. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverJoy on demand : the art of discovering the happiness within
“The path to joy on demand is through mindfulness, but it doesn’t have to be a lot of work, take a lot of time, or require you to abandon all your possessions and live in a hut on a remote island. In Joy on Demand, Chade-Meng Tan reveals the innate contentment that we all possess, and how to tap into this natural, infinite capacity for joy. The best part is that the benefits extend to every aspect of life–our brains work better, our bodies function better, we achieve greater success at work, and we find ourselves highly attractive to the people around us.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSoulfulness : deepening the mindful life
“The beauty of mindfulness is that it’s incredibly simple both to ‘get’ and to practice. And the results – increasingly backed by neuro-scientific evidence — are priceless: calmness and reduced stress, more creativity, greater awareness, compassion. . . And yet there’s a danger that mindfulness can be used in a purely consumerist and self-serving way to help people to become better adapted cogs in a still-toxic model of work and life. Brian Draper challenges us to live not just mindfully but soul fully.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe voices within : the history and science of how we talk to ourselves
“In The Voices Within, psychologist Charles Fernyhough draws on extensive original research and a wealth of cultural touchpoints to reveal the workings of our inner voices, and how those voices link to creativity and development. From Virginia Woolf to the modern Hearing Voices Movement, Fernyhough also transforms our understanding of voice-hearers past and present. Building on the latest theories, including the new ‘dialogic thinking’ model, and employing state-of-the-art neuroimaging and other ground-breaking research techniques, Fernyhough has written an authoritative and engaging guide to the voices in our heads.” (Syndetics)