Uncovering Lives Book

Uncovering Lives


  • Author : Alan C. Elms
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 1997-05-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 0195354338

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Uncovering Lives Excerpt :

Psychobiography is often attacked by critics who feel that it trivializes complex adult personalities, "explaining the large deeds of great individuals," as George Will wrote, "by some slight the individual suffered at a tender age--say, 7, when his mother took away a lollipop." Worse yet, some writers have clearly abused psychobiography--for instance, to grind axes from the right (Nancy Clinch on the Kennedy family) or from the left (Fawn Brodie on Richard Nixon)--and others have offered woefully inept diagnoses (such as Albert Goldman's portrait of Elvis Presley as a "split personality" and a "delusional paranoid"). And yet, as Alan Elms argues in Uncovering Lives, in the hands of a skilled practitioner, psychobiography can rival the very best traditional biography in the insights it offers. Elms makes a strong case for the value of psychobiography, arguing in large part from example. Indeed, most of the book features Elms's own fascinating case studies of over a dozen prominent figures, among them Sigmund Freud (the father of psychobiography), B.F. Skinner, Isaac Asimov, L. Frank Baum, Vladimir Nabokov, Jimmy Carter, George Bush, Saddam Hussein, and Henry Kissinger. These profiles make intriguing reading. For example, Elms discusses the fiction of Isaac Asimov in light of the latter's acrophobia (fear of heights) and mild agoraphobia (fear of open spaces)--and Elms includes excerpts from a series of letters between himself and Asimov. He reveals an unintended subtext of The Wizard of Oz--that males are weak, females are strong (think of Scarecrow, Tin Man, the Lion, and the Wizard, versus the good and bad witches and Dorothy herself)--and traces this in part to Baum's childhood heart disease, which kept him from strenuous activity, and to his relationship with his mother-in-law, Matilda Joslyn Gage, a distinguished advocate of women's rights. And in a fascinating chapter, he examines the abused childhood of Saddam Hussein, the privileged childhood of George Bush,

Spelling for Life Book

Spelling for Life


  • Author : Lyn Stone
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-10-23
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134671533

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Spelling for Life Excerpt :

A recent survey of 200 teachers asking the question ‘spelling is...?’ resulted in the following adjectives: ‘difficult’, ‘complex’, ‘confusing’, ‘random’, ‘confounding’. Spelling for Life offers lucid, accessible tools which help to reveal that, when explicitly and systematically taught, spelling is scientific, law-abiding and even elegant. It explains that spelling is the manipulation of symbols according to agreed-upon patterns that produce predictable results. Spelling errors also fall into sets of predictable patterns. Success in spelling is not a product of intelligence. Many people struggle to spell due to coping strategies developed in place of explicit instruction. What gives spelling its ‘complex’ veneer is the fact that different ways of thinking are required at different levels from word to word. Some words can be spelt as they sound, others have to be visually memorised and some rely on knowledge of core rules about word-structure. A lot of words require more than one strand of knowledge. This book makes clear which strand needs to be applied in different situations. Often pupils who can read and express themselves competently nevertheless find spelling difficult. False assumptions about spelling, such as believing the English language is complex and/or irregular, damage confidence and lead to reluctance to even attempt to spell correctly. Spelling For Life enables teachers and pupils to: learn what the common spelling coping strategies are gain insights into undoing poor spelling habits work together to notice patterns not only in regular spelling, but also in words which on the surface seem to break the spelling rules practise successful spelling strategies, progressing from simple to complex words rapidly and with confidence. Using a synthesis of theory, research and teaching experience, the fascinating nature of English spelling is systematically teased out. The examples and exercises offer an encouraging, accessible way t

Uncovering the Life of Your Dreams Book

Uncovering the Life of Your Dreams


  • Author : Bruce D. Schneider
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2018-03-20
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781119469094

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Uncovering the Life of Your Dreams Excerpt :

An enlightening story. . . Scott Billings has a pretty good life, or so it appears. But something is missing for him. Like many others, he finds himself just going through the motions, sleepwalking through life, until an unexpected and unique encounter with a street beggar allows him to see the possibility of a new reality; a dream world that is more real than anything he’s ever experienced. It is a world that holds the answers to his questions about life . . . and his destiny. Based on the true story of the author’s transformational journey, Uncovering the Life of Your Dreams takes you on a journey of your own toward a more enlightened life filled with abundance, joy, and absolute freedom. This entertaining tale of the universal truths that connect us all offers a much-needed and timely message to help you awaken to a more conscious world. Enjoy a free online companion program, as well as access to a supportive community, to help you uncover the life of YOUR dreams.

The Year of Living Danishly Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

The Year of Living Danishly


  • Author : Helen Russell
  • Publisher : Icon Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2015-01-08
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 354
  • ISBN 10 : 9781848318137

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The Year of Living Danishly Excerpt :

* NOW WITH A NEW CHAPTER * 'A hugely enjoyable romp through the pleasures and pitfalls of setting up home in a foreign land.'- Guardian Given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: Denmark, land of long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries, was the happiest place on earth. Keen to know their secrets, Helen gave herself a year to uncover the formula for Danish happiness. From childcare, education, food and interior design to SAD and taxes, The Year of Living Danishly records a funny, poignant journey, showing us what the Danes get right, what they get wrong, and how we might all live a little more Danishly ourselves. In this new edition, six years on Helen reveals how her life and family have changed, and explores how Denmark, too – or her understanding of it – has shifted. It’s a messy and flawed place, she concludes – but can still be a model for a better way of living.

Psychobiographical Illustrations on Meaning and Identity in Sociocultural Contexts Book

Psychobiographical Illustrations on Meaning and Identity in Sociocultural Contexts


  • Author : Claude-Hélène Mayer
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2022-01-01
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 366
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030812386

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Psychobiographical Illustrations on Meaning and Identity in Sociocultural Contexts Excerpt :

This book explores psychobiography with focus on meaning making and identity development in the life and works of extraordinary individuals. Meaning-making and identity development are existential constructs influencing psychological development, mental health and wellbeing across the lifecourse. The chapters illustrate through the eyes of 25 international psychobiographers various theoretical and methodological approaches to psychobiography. They explore how individuals, such as Angela Merkel, Karl Lagerfeld, Henri Nouwen, Vivian Maier, Charles Baudelaire, W.E.B. du Bois, Loránt Hegedüs, Kim Philby, Zoltan Paul Dienes, Albertina Sisulu, Ruth First, Sokrates, and Jesus construct their lives to make meaning, develop their identities and grow as individuals within their sociocultural contexts. The texts provide deep insight into life’s development.

The Zen of Therapy Book

The Zen of Therapy


  • Author : Mark Epstein, M.D.
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2022-01-11
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593296622

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“A warm, profound and cleareyed memoir. . . this wise and sympathetic book’s lingering effect is as a reminder that a deeper and more companionable way of life lurks behind our self-serious stories."—Oliver Burkeman, New York Times Book Review A remarkable exploration of the therapeutic relationship, Dr. Mark Epstein reflects on one year’s worth of therapy sessions with his patients to observe how his training in Western psychotherapy and his equally long investigation into Buddhism, in tandem, led to greater awareness—for his patients, and for himself For years, Dr. Mark Epstein kept his beliefs as a Buddhist separate from his work as a psychiatrist. Content to use his training in mindfulness as a private resource, he trusted that the Buddhist influence could, and should, remain invisible. But as he became more forthcoming with his patients about his personal spiritual leanings, he was surprised to learn how many were eager to learn more. The divisions between the psychological, emotional, and the spiritual, he soon realized, were not as distinct as one might think. In The Zen of Therapy, Dr. Epstein reflects on a year’s worth of selected sessions with his patients and observes how, in the incidental details of a given hour, his Buddhist background influences the way he works. Meditation and psychotherapy each encourage a willingness to face life's difficulties with courage that can be hard to otherwise muster, and in this cross-section of life in his office, he emphasizes how therapy, an element of Western medicine, can in fact be considered a two-person meditation. Mindfulness, too, much like a good therapist, can “hold” our awareness for us—and allow us to come to our senses and find inner peace. Throughout this deeply personal inquiry, one which weaves together the wisdom of two worlds, Dr. Epstein illuminates the therapy relationship as spiritual friendship, and reveals how a therapist can help patients cultivate the sense that there is somet

Finding the Mother Tree Book

Finding the Mother Tree


  • Author : Suzanne Simard
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2021-05-04
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780735237766

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Finding the Mother Tree Excerpt :

INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER of the 2021 Banff Mountain Book Prize in Mountain Environment and Natural History WINNER of the National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature SHORTLISTED for the 2022 BC and Yukon Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Book Prize SHORTLISTED for the 2022 BC and Yukon Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award A world-leading expert shares her amazing story of discovering the communication that exists between trees, and shares her own story of family and grief. Suzanne Simard is a pioneer on the frontier of plant communication and intelligence; she’s been compared to Rachel Carson, hailed as a scientist who conveys complex, technical ideas in a way that is dazzling and profound. Her work has influenced filmmakers (the Tree of Souls in James Cameron’s Avatar), and her TED talks have been viewed by more than 10 million people worldwide. Now, in her first book, Simard brings us into her world, the intimate world of the trees, in which she brilliantly illuminates the fascinating and vital truths—that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp but are a complicated, interdependent circle of life; that forests are social, cooperative creatures connected through underground networks by which trees communicate their vitality and vulnerabilities with communal lives not that different from our own. Simard describes up close—in revealing and accessible ways—how trees, living side by side for hundreds of years, have evolved; how they perceive one another, learn and adapt their behaviors, recognize neighbors, and remember the past; how they have agency about their future; how they elicit warnings and mount defenses, compete and cooperate with one another with sophistication: characteristics previously ascribed to human intelligence, traits that are the essence of civil societies. And, at the center of it all, the Mother Trees: the mysterious, powerful forces that connect and sustain the others that surround

The Private Lives of the Tudors Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

The Private Lives of the Tudors


  • Author : Tracy Borman
  • Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton
  • Release Date : 2016-05-19
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9781444782912

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The Private Lives of the Tudors Excerpt :

'Borman approaches her topic with huge enthusiasm and a keen eye for entertaining...this is a very human story of a remarkable family, full of vignettes that sit long in the mind.' Dan Jones, The Sunday Times 'Tracy Borman's eye for detail is impressive; the book is packed with fascinating courtly minutiae... this is a wonderful book.' The Times 'Borman is an authoritative and engaging writer, good at prising out those humanising details that make the past alive to us.' The Observer 'Fascinating, detailed account of the everyday reality of the royals... This is a book of rich scholarship.' Daily Mail 'Tracy Borman's passion for the Tudor period shines forth from the pages of this fascinatingly detailed book, which vividly illuminates what went on behind the scenes at the Tudor court.' Alison Weir 'I do not live in a corner. A thousand eyes see all I do.' Elizabeth I The Tudor monarchs were constantly surrounded by an army of attendants, courtiers and ministers. Even in their most private moments, they were accompanied by a servant specifically appointed for the task. A groom of the stool would stand patiently by as Henry VIII performed his daily purges, and when Elizabeth I retired for the evening, one of her female servants would sleep at the end of her bed. These attendants knew the truth behind the glamorous exterior. They saw the tears shed by Henry VII upon the death of his son Arthur. They knew the tragic secret behind 'Bloody' Mary's phantom pregnancies. And they saw the 'crooked carcass' beneath Elizabeth I's carefully applied makeup, gowns and accessories. It is the accounts of these eyewitnesses, as well as a rich array of other contemporary sources that historian Tracy Borman has examined more closely than ever before. With new insights and discoveries, and in the same way that she brilliantly illuminated the real Thomas Cromwell - The Private Life of the Tudors will reveal previously unexamined details about the characters we think we know so well.

The Anthropocene and the Undead Book

The Anthropocene and the Undead


  • Author : Simon Bacon
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2022
  • Genre: Ecocriticism
  • Pages : 270
  • ISBN 10 : 9781793625830

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The Anthropocene and the Undead Excerpt :

This book explores the interconnectedness of the cultural zeitgeists around the anthropocene and the undead showing how the latter reveals increasing cultural anxieties over who and what constitutes humanity in the twenty-first century and whether it has a place in any possible post-Anthropocene futures.

Iceman Book
Score: 3
From 5 Ratings

Iceman


  • Author : Brenda Fowler
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2001-09-16
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 315
  • ISBN 10 : 0226258238

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Iceman Excerpt :

Featuring a new Afterword, this is the spectacular story of the 1991 discovery of a Stone Age man in the Alps, a lonely frozen figure who offers clues about the world of 3000 B.C. 33 halftones.

Understanding Men s Passages Book

Understanding Men s Passages


  • Author : Gail Sheehy
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 298
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345406903

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Understanding Men s Passages Excerpt :

To her landmark studies, Passages and New Passages, the author adds another New York Times best-seller that leads men through the manifold changes and opportunities life brings after forty. Reprint.

Journal of Personality Book

Journal of Personality


  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre: Character
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : UCAL:B3837656

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The Little Book of Being Book

The Little Book of Being


  • Author : Diana Winston
  • Publisher : Sounds True
  • Release Date : 2019-03-05
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9781683643340

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The Little Book of Being Excerpt :

A practical guide for experiencing natural awareness—an effortless and spacious state of resting in the depth of our being. Do you recall, as a child, being enthralled by a drifting cloud, a rain-soaked leaf, a wandering ladybug? Or suddenly having a sense of timelessness, contentment, and ease? If so, then you've already had a taste of natural awareness. Known and revered in many traditions as a complement to focused mindfulness training, natural awareness transcends even these wondrous childhood moments. Some describe it as a profound “awareness of awareness”—an effortless, boundless state of resting in the depth of our being. For those new to meditation and experienced meditators alike, these 72 “mini-chapters” guide you on an in-depth odyssey into natural awareness, illuminated by many simple and enjoyable insights and exercises. The Little Book of Being invites you to explore: The spectrum of awareness practices, from focused mindfulness to flexible mindfulness to natural awareness How classical mindfulness and effortless natural awareness enrich and shape each other, and how to practice both Three ways to move into natural awareness—relaxing effort, broadening awareness, and dropping objects A treasury of “glimpse practices” to spark natural awareness anytime, in just a few moments How to bring this way of “simply being” into your daily life, into your connection with others, and into the world “At first natural awareness may seem far away, just a whisper, but then it will begin to grow and expand and permeate aspects of living. Over time we may feel more peace, more connection to ourselves. We may find ourselves taking life a bit more lightly. We may feel a sense of relaxed ‘beingness’ throughout the day, and when we do get caught in our dramas, we may find ourselves moving out of them quicker than we imagined we could.” —Diana Winston

The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh


  • Author : Candace Fleming
  • Publisher : Schwartz & Wade
  • Release Date : 2020
  • Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525646549

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The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh Excerpt :

"A riveting biography of one of America's most celebrated heroes, and most complicated, troubled men, Charles Lindbergh"--