Sunday, December 30, 2012

Twelve Days of Kindle - Low cost personal development books

There are some real bargains to be had over at the Kindle store for the next few days... Most are only 99p
Here are some books I'd recommend ..

Introducing Positive Psychology: A Practical Guide by Bridget Grenville-Cleave Introducing Happiness: A Practical Guide by Will Buckingham The Shrink and the Sage by Julian Baggini and Antonia Macaro The Pig That Wants to be Eaten: And ninety-nine other thought experiments by Julian Baggini 

And here are many more I haven't read yet but look interesting

Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential: How You Can Fulfill Your Potential by Carol Dweck
Introducing Mindfulness: A Practical Guide by Tessa Watt 

How to Get a Grip - Humorous take on self-help

It's Not Me, It's You!: Comic musings of a  perfectionist

Mortality by Christopher Hitchens - Thought-provoking essay

30-Second Philosophies "The 50 Most Thought-provoking Philosophies, Each Explained in Half a Minute" by Stephen Law, Julian Baggini and Barry Loewer

I'm Not Crazy, I'm Just Not You: The Real Meaning of the 16 Personality Types by Roger R. Pearman and Sarah C. Albritton 

How to Think Like Sherlock: Improve Your Powers of Observation, Memory and Deduction by Daniel Smith

Philosophy: All That Matters by Julian Baggini
Introducing Psychology of Relationships: A Practical Guide (Introducing...) by John Karter

Release Your Worries by Cate Howell and Michele Murphy 

Stoicism and its Modern Uses: results out soon

One of the professional highlights of 2012 for me was being part of Stoic Week. An important element was the questionnaires, which included both qualitative and quantitative measures of the effects on participants of taking part in Stoic Week. The results are now in, and will be revealed on the Exeter University Stoic Week website soon.
Here is a  post setting the scene for what we might learn from the week.
The 3 Stoic Exercises that were deemed most useful were:
1. The Retrospective Evening Meditation
2. The View from Above
3. Mindfulness of the Ruling Faculty (prosoche)

We hope to follow this up in 2013 with a Stoic fortnight. Hope you can be part of it.