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  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
  • By: Jason M. Satterfield, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jason M. Satterfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4 out of 5 stars 452
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
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    4 out of 5 stars 380

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a well-tested collection of practical techniques for managing moods and modifying undesirable behaviors through self-awareness, critical analysis, and goal-oriented change. CBT illuminates the links between thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical health and uses those connections to develop concrete plans for self-improvement. In 24 engaging half-hour lectures, you'll build a robust and effective self-improvement toolkit with the expert guidance of Professor Satterfield of the University of California, San Francisco.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit dull, and slow reading, but interesting info

  • By Brendan on 05-03-2016

Good skills for anyone dealing with conflict

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Reviewed: 01-03-2018

This lecture series has allowed me to provide greater help to my friends who are going through anxiety, depression, conflicts, or any other issues. I highly recommend it to anyone as it provides a good basis on how to navigate through conflict with yourself or how to help other people navigate through their issues.

I use the skills from this lecture anytime I help my friends with their problems now. Excellent lecture!

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  • Poor Economics

  • A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty
  • By: Abhijit V. Banerjee, Esther Duflo
  • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo have pioneered the use of randomized control trials in development economics. Work based on these principles, supervised by the Poverty Action Lab, is being carried out in dozens of countries. Drawing on this and their 15 years of research from Chile to India, Kenya to Indonesia, they have identified wholly new aspects of the behavior of poor people, their needs, and the way that aid or financial investment can affect their lives. Their work defies certain presumptions: that microfinance is a cure-all, that schooling equals learning....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insight into economics of poverty

  • By Panji on 06-02-2018

Great insight into economics of poverty

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Reviewed: 06-02-2018

This provides great insight into development economics. It leans more on the Easterly school of economics (rather than Sachs) and helped me better understand how wealth and empowerment can come from the people themselves through small economic and political nudges. It also provides great first hand sources from their personal experiences in numerous countries on how the poor interact with great/bad policies that were designed to help them.

The book primarily looks at education, microfinance, health, political institutions, and arguments of giving aid based on supply and demand.

  • The Like Switch

  • An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over
  • By: Jack Schafer PhD, Ph.D. Marvin Karlins Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

The Like Switch is packed with all the tools you need for turning strangers into friends, whether you are on a sales call, a first date, or a job interview. As a Special Agent for the FBI's National Security Division's Behavioral Analysis Program, Dr. Jack Schafer developed dynamic and breakthrough strategies for profiling terrorists and detecting deception. Now, Dr. Schafer has evolved his proven-on-the-battlefield tactics for the day-to-day, but no less critical battle of getting people to like you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learn how to influence

  • By Cholena on 07-11-2015

Easy Concepts and Good Stories

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Reviewed: 21-11-2017

The book highlights all the tricks that the author used throughout his life in order to win people over. He explained the concepts and told stories about how he used the concepts in different situations such as the household, shopping, spying, and dating. This made the book very easy to understand and gave a good glimpse on how his concepts would work in the real world.

He focuses on the subconscious reactions that humans do and how we can catch them and conversational tricks in order to control the conversation and decide what to do next. The more information we have about a person the better the chances of winning them over.

  • What Is Populism?

  • By: Jan-Werner Müller
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Donald Trump, Silvio Berlusconi, Marine Le Pen, Hugo Chávez - populists are on the rise across the globe. But what exactly is populism? Should everyone who criticizes Wall Street or Washington be called a populist? What precisely is the difference between right-wing and left-wing populism? Does populism bring government closer to the people or is it a threat to democracy? Who are "the people" anyway and who can speak in their name? In this groundbreaking volume, Jan-Werner Müller argues that at populism's core is a rejection of pluralism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Introduction to Populism

  • By Panji on 30-10-2017

Excellent Introduction to Populism

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Reviewed: 30-10-2017

While the term 'populist' doesn't have a proper definition yet in academia Muller still provides insight on populism by sharing characteristics that are shared by populist movements around the world. He talks about the leaders, the political system, the populist voter base, and more to give the reader a good introduction as to why populists rise and why people vote for them. It's a balanced book that also points to faults at the modern democracy and gives suggestions as to how to prevent populism.

  • Effective Communication Skills

  • By: Dalton Kehoe, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dalton Kehoe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

From asking a waiter for an unusual substitution to urging a service manager to get your car finished sooner to swaying your significant other toward a particular film or show, many of the decisions you make are decided by talking. And no matter why you engage in face-to-face talk, there's no way to insulate yourself from the dangers of miscommunication. These 24 mind-opening lectures are your chance to learn more about how you communicate verbally, the common problems you can encounter in doing so, and how you can improve your own effectiveness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • seriously eye opening

  • By Luke on 05-05-2017

Excellent framework for communication

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Reviewed: 26-10-2017

This course is an excellent introduction to communication for people who don't know where to start and for people who know how to communicate already. I found myself doing most of the communication styles that Professor Kehoe was lecturing about but it was really great to know the theory and concepts behind why I'm doing it. The accompanying PDF is also very useful and helps cement the topics he talks about.

This covers theories behind communication and also talks about how it can apply to business, intimate relationships, and casual relationships. He goes over a lot of examples and is really enjoyable to listen to.

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    Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
    2 ratings
    Overall 3.5
  • Wyrd Sisters

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    4 out of 5 stars 2
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In Wyrd Sisters, the enchanting world of Discworld is turned upside down by 3 meddling witches: Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick. Their interference in royal politics causes kingdoms to wobble, crowns to topple, knives to flash, and citizens to shudder in fear. Terry Pratchett's vividly imaginative story takes you on a journey with hunchbacked monarchs, lost crowns, disguised heirs, refueling broomsticks, and frightening thunderstorms, as the three sisters battle the odds to restore the rightful king to the throne.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • One of Pratchett's duller books

  • By Panji on 19-10-2017

One of Pratchett's duller books

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Reviewed: 19-10-2017

This was an okay book, but for some reason I was struggling to finish it towards the end. Perhaps this book is not for me, though I did enjoy Pratchett's other books such as Thief of Time and Guards! Guards! It did have some funny moments in it, but just was not as enjoyable for me. The narrator was okay, I rather prefer Nigel Planer but understandably the main protagonists (3 witches) were all female so it made sense for him not to narrate this.

  • Why Nations Fail

  • The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
  • By: Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
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Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The secrets of national success and failure

  • By Roger on 22-12-2015

An atlas on economic and political development

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Reviewed: 18-10-2017

This book is quite a listen. It's a long book but it covers all the major civilizations in history ranging from the Roman Empire to the Soviet Union. It analyses them through a political and economic lens. I think it's worth it and you get to get have a deeper understanding on the nature of economic and political institutions and how they lead to failure or success of a country.

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        Nigel Planer
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    4 ratings
    Overall 4.8
  • Guards! Guards!

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
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"Where have all the dragons gone?" Explore the crazy, creepy land called Discworld, where you'll discover that the dragons aren't asleep or dead - they're dormant, packed in like huge, scaly sardines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good fun

  • By Panji on 11-10-2017

Good fun

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Reviewed: 11-10-2017

This follows the sub-plot of the city watch guards. I haven't read much Pratchett but I think this was a good place to start. Had some good laughs and there was some good satire.

Narrator is also very enjoyable to listen to.