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99 Ways to Influence Change

99 Ways to Influence Change

Many people that write about change write as if you've already got the support of executive leadership and that it's just a matter of learning how to execute. It's as if the whole buy-in problem has been solved already. Heather Stagl doesn't write from...
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

In a world where we’re more connected how can we be more alone? How can we be reachable in nearly every part of the world and feel so separated from our humanity and from each other? The answers aren’t easy nor are they straightforward. It turns out tha...
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

The relationship between our mind and our body is an ever-evolving story. We continue to learn how our mind and our bodies are inextricably linked. In The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma , Bessel van der Kolk walks ...
Childhood and Society

Childhood and Society

When I started reading Childhood and Society , it was to learn more about Erikson's stages of psychosocial development. I wanted to learn more about how children develop and the stages that they must go through to become an adult – at least according t...
Emotion and Adaptation

Emotion and Adaptation

Everyone feels emotions. Even those who seek to suppress their emotions through stuffing or addiction still feel them. However, most of the time, we don’t consider how our emotions come to be or how they’re threaded through our evolution. Shining a l...
The Grief Recovery Handbook

The Grief Recovery Handbook

I didn't come to reading The Grief Recovery Handbook through a recent or traumatic loss. I came to it because I have stated that all change involves loss. One of the arguments I received referred to a post that in turn referred to The Grief Recovery...
The Happiness Hypothesis

The Happiness Hypothesis

When I was reading Switch  I was introduced to the metaphor of the elephant, the rider, and the path for thinking about how to motivate people (including ourselves) but the book referenced The Happiness Hypothesis  as the origin of this model. Despite the...
The Heart and Soul of Change: Delivering What Works in Therapy

The Heart and Soul of Change: Delivering What Works in Therapy

I’ll be the first to admit that my reading list isn’t always the most mainstream. I can’t tell you how few people would find a book on effectiveness in psychotherapy interesting – but I know that it’s possible I’m in the minority here. However, I’...
The Hope Circuit: A Psychologist’s Journey from Helplessness to Optimism

The Hope Circuit: A Psychologist’s Journey from Helplessness to Optimism

Martin Seligman is the father of positive psychology. In The Hope Circuit: A Psychologist’s Journey from Helplessness to Optimism , he chronicles his life and the life of positive psychology. While I’m not generally prone to reading biographies or a...
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

What makes a child successful in life? In my review of Emotional Intelligence  I mentioned that tests of emotional intelligence were generally more indicative of long term success than measures of intelligence. However, emotional intelligence – as it ...
How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

It’s sort of like sausage-making. You know what emotions are, but you’re not sure you want to know what goes in them. How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain  takes you through the journey where emotions aren’t consistent across cultures – or ev...
The Marshmallow Test: Why Self Control Is the Engine of Success

The Marshmallow Test: Why Self Control Is the Engine of Success

It was a wintery night, and I found myself in the emergency room with my son. I was madder than I remember ever being. I felt like someone who was supposed to protect him had failed him. They had failed to do what they knew would keep him safe and were...
Mindreading

Mindreading

Mindreading  – it’s the stuff of comic books and science fiction. At the same time, Dr. Paul Ekman struggles with the implications of his discovery of micro-expressions and the emotions they reveal (see Nonverbal Messages  and Telling Lies ). All ...
Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change

Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change

While working on a community project to help teens who are struggling with life, I had the pleasure of talking to some real professionals who work with teens every day, and one of them shared one of his techniques for having dialogues with teens in trouble....
Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness

Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness

Occasionally, I get the chance to review a book before its release. Such is the case with Rick Hanson’s Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness . I’ve read some of Rick Hanson’s previous works, including Hardwiring Happine...
No Two Alike: Human Nature and Human Individuality

No Two Alike: Human Nature and Human Individuality

“Why am I me?” is an important – and unanswered – question that George Dyson asked his father, Freeman Dyson, at age 8. It’s at the heart of Judith Rich Harris’ work in No Two Alike: Human Nature and Human Individuality . It’s the essence of the tension...
On Death and Dying

On Death and Dying

When my brother died, I experienced grief in a different way than I had in the past. I was suddenly in a situation that no one should ever have to go through – the death of a sibling. As a part of trying to process that my wife suggested that I read t...
Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology

Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology

To say that sometimes my reading list slips off into the odd is an understatement. Sometimes I’m reading some really clinical research based books. I’m trying to make sure that I’m really understanding a topic and I realize that I may be reading more ...
The Secret Lives of Adults: Your Seven Key Relationships – and how to make them work

The Secret Lives of Adults: Your Seven Key Relationships – and how to make them work

Who are we really? Are we the person we are when we’re with friends? Or is it that we’re the person we are with family? Or perhaps we’re really expressing our true nature when we’re by ourselves. In The Secret Lives of Adults: Your Seven Key Relation...
The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption

The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption

Most of the time when I read a book that I have problems with – or that I don’t like most of it – I simply don’t write a review of it. I generally think that there’s little value in telling people what not to buy – it’s a habit I picked up from my da...
Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow

In Boston at SPTechCon , I had the pleasure of giving the keynote titled “SharePoint Psychology”. After that Jeremy Thake and I were talking about the keynote and he mentioned that to him many of the concepts were familiar. He traced his thoughts back...
The Ultimate Introduction to NLP: How to Build a Successful Life

The Ultimate Introduction to NLP: How to Build a Successful Life

There’s a running joke in the National Speaker’s Association (NSA) . Someone addresses the members and asks if they’ve heard about NLP, and then says, “Wait, of course you’ve heard about NLP: this is the NSA.” In other words, understanding NLP – or, Ne...
Why We Do What We Do

Why We Do What We Do

When a book is only available in print form like Why We Do What We Do , it will delay my ability to read it. In my conversion to reading electronically, paper got left behind, such as the case here. However, if you want to get to the root of intrinsic ...
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers – The Causes and Cures for Stress

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers – The Causes and Cures for Stress

In this final installment of my three-part review of Sapolsky’s book Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers  we walk through the causes of stress and what we can do to “cure” stress by minimizing its impact on us. We started this review with The Physical Impacts of...
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers – The Physical Impact of Stress

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers – The Physical Impact of Stress

It seems like an odd thing to want to know. Why don’t zebras get ulcers? Is there something magical about zebras like unicorns that protect them from ulcers? As it turns out, it’s more than just zebras that don’t get ulcers: most of the animal kingdom doesn...
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers – The Psychology and Neurology of Stress

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers – The Psychology and Neurology of Stress

In this three-part review of Sapolsky’s book Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers , we walk through the psychological and neurological differences between humans and zebras – at least some of the ones that are important. We started this review with The Physica...