The Storytelling Animal

How Stories Make Us Human

Author: Jonathan Gottschall

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547391404

Category: Science

Page: 248

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Explores the latest beliefs about why people tell stories and what stories reveal about human nature, offering insights into such related topics as universal themes and what it means to have a storytelling brain.
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Born to Choose

Evolution, Self, and Well-Being

Author: John H Falk

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351602667

Category: Social Science

Page: 294

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Born to Choose is John H. Falk’s compelling account of why and how we make the endless set of choices we do, every second of every day of our lives. Synthesizing research from across the biological and social sciences, Falk argues that human choice-making is an evolutionarily ancient and complex process. He suggests that all our choices are influenced by very basic and early evolving needs, and that ultimately each choice is designed to support survival in the guise of perceived well-being. This engaging book breaks new intellectual ground and enhances our understanding not just of human choice-making but human behavior overall.
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Your Inner Mammal: How to Meet Your Real Emotional Needs and Become Stronger-for Self and Others

Author: Ron Neff, Ph.D

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1483465373

Category: Self-Help

Page: N.A

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Your Inner Mammal takes on anxiety, anger and depression -- the major emotional maladies that afflict us in the cold, impersonal and threatening modern world. To do that, Dr. Neff builds on the concept of “your inner child.” That concept has served us well in mental health for many years. If you are still a child – and a lucky one -- someone else may meet your emotional needs. But not if you are an adult. Your lover doesn’t want to love you as a needy child. They want – and need – a competent adult. In short, the inner child concept tells you to attend to your own emotional needs. Your Inner Mammal tells you a lot more. It tells you what those needs are. And it provides chapter after chapter of tools to meet those needs – including chapters entitled, ” The Importance of Being Calm,” “Your Angry Mammal,” “Your Inner Playmate,” “ Your Inner Dancer, ” “Getting In Touch,” and “You Are Part of Nature – Embrace It. ”
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Change

What Really Leads to Lasting Personal Transformation

Author: Jeffrey A. Kottler

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190866853

Category: Psychology

Page: 376

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Change is often a mystery, one that baffles doctors, therapists, teachers, coaches, parents-and especially those of us who struggle to alter bad habits or simply make lasting improvements in our lives. Why do we suddenly change for the better after years of failed efforts? Why do some of us never escape our self-destructive behaviors, even when we desperately want to? What is it that most reliably and effectively produces growth, learning and development that persist over time? In this vividly written volume, psychotherapist Jeffrey Kottler weaves together inspiring stories and the latest research, taking the reader on a fascinating exploration of human behavior while highlighting what does-and does not-lead to lasting change. Kottler illuminates our many efforts to change-to stop taking drugs, reduce dependencies, leave a destructive relationship, find new and more meaningful work, or adjust to a devastating accident or trauma. Readers are invited to explore key triggers such as hitting bottom, moments of clarity, the power of altruism and service, travel to new surroundings, reading or listening to stories, religious conversion, and much more. Kottler also explores why most changes don't last and what we can do to prevent relapses. Throughout the book, Kottler recounts stories of colleagues and patients-and even recalls episodes from his own life-often moving tales of remarkable, unexpected, and lasting transformation. He looks for instance at a young black basketball star, confined to a wheelchair for life after being shot four times, who turned his life around, becoming a scholar and a PhD. An intriguing glimpse into the complexity of the human psyche, Change will engage anyone who has ever struggled to alter a habit, enrich relationships, recover from disappointment or failure, strive for more meaningful and productive work, deal with anxiety, loneliness, fears, stress, and depression, or transform their lives in any kind of significant way.
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Journal of Peace, Prosperity and Freedom

Volume 2 (2013)

Author: Tim Andrews,Sukrit Sabhlok,Andrew Dahdal

Publisher: Createspace Publishing

ISBN: 149594946X

Category: Law

Page: 164

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ARTICLES IN VOLUME 2 (2013) ‘The High Court’s Attack on Federalism’, By Tim Andrews; ‘The Constitutionality of Fiat Paper Money in Australia: Fidelity or Convenience?’, By Andrew Dahdal; ‘Taking a Little off the Top: How Henry VIII and Edward VI Destroyed the Value of England’s Currency’ By Marcus M. Witcher ‘Free Markets, Competition and Medical Practice’ By Brian Bedkober ‘A Strategy for the Fourth Estate in a World Engulfed by Narrative’ By Vinay Kolhatkar ‘Departurism Redeemed – A Response to Walter Block’s ‘Evictionism is Libertarian; Departurism is Not: Critical Comment on Parr’ By Sean Parr ‘Rejoinder to Parr on Evictionism and Departurism’ By Walter Block BOOK REVIEWS The Harm in Hate Speech By David Gordon Where Keynes Went Wrong: And Why World Governments Keep Creating Inflation, Bubbles and Busts By Vinay Kolhatkar Beyond Democracy By Sukrit Sabhlok; Against Intellectual Monopoly, By Jeffrey Tucker; Betrayal of the American Right, By Andrew Dahdal.
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Learning Through Transmedia Storytelling

Author: Anders Gronstedt,Marc Ramos

Publisher: Association for Talent Development

ISBN: 1562869515

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 16

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Transmedia storytelling, developing a narrative across multiple platforms to expand learning and engagement, works because it encourages learners to be resourceful, and is social, mobile, accessible, and re-playable. This Infoline will: Provide a framework for good storytelling techniques. Explain what transmedia storytelling is, and why and how it is effective. Help you find a practical and valuable “story structure” for learning design challenges. Describe the trainer’s role in transmedia storytelling. This Infoline comes with tips for designing transmedia learning based on the traditional storytelling framework, and provides examples of effective transmedia storytelling in the business and learning environments.
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History and Popular Memory

The Power of Story in Moments of Crisis

Author: Paul A Cohen

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231537298

Category: History

Page: 304

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When people experience a traumatic event, such as war or the threat of annihilation, they often turn to history for stories that promise a positive outcome to their suffering. During World War II, the French took comfort in the story of Joan of Arc and her heroic efforts to rid France of foreign occupation. To bring the Joan narrative more into line with current circumstances, however, popular retellings modified the original story so that what people believed took place in the past was often quite different from what actually occurred. Paul A. Cohen identifies this interplay between story and history as a worldwide phenomenon, found in countries of radically different cultural, religious, and social character. He focuses here on Serbia, Israel, China, France, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain, all of which experienced severe crises in the twentieth century and, in response, appropriated age-old historical narratives that resonated with what was happening in the present to serve a unifying, restorative purpose. A central theme in the book is the distinction between popular memory and history. Although vitally important to historians, this distinction is routinely blurred in people's minds, and the historian's truth often cannot compete with the power of a compelling story from the past, even when it has been seriously distorted by myth or political manipulation. Cohen concludes by suggesting that the patterns of interaction he probes, given their near universality, may well be rooted in certain human propensities that transcend cultural difference.
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Whole Novels for the Whole Class

A Student-Centered Approach

Author: Ariel Sacks

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118585062

Category: Education

Page: 368

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Work with students at all levels to help them read novels Whole Novels is a practical, field-tested guide toimplementing a student-centered literature program that promotescritical thinking and literary understanding through the study ofnovels with middle school students. Rather than using novels simplyto teach basic literacy skills and comprehension strategies,Whole Novels approaches literature as art. The book is fullyaligned with the Common Core ELA Standards and offers tips forimplementing whole novels in various contexts, includingsuggestions for teachers interested in trying out small steps intheir classrooms first. Includes a powerful method for teaching literature, writing,and critical thinking to middle school students Shows how to use the Whole Novels approach in conjunction withother programs Includes video clips of the author using the techniques in herown classroom This resource will help teachers work with students of varyingabilities in reading whole novels.
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Stories We've Heard, Stories We've Told

Life-Changing Narratives in Therapy and Everyday Life

Author: Jeffrey Kottler

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199328277

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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This is a book that integrates what is known from a wide variety of disciplines about the nature of storytelling and how it influences and transforms people's lives. Drawing on material from the humanities, sociology, anthropology, neurophysiology, media and communication studies, narrative inquiry, indigenous healing traditions, as well as education, counseling, and therapy, the book explores the ways that therapists operate as professional storytellers. In addition, our job is to hold and honor the stories of our clients, helping them to reshape them in more constructive ways. The book itself is written as a story, utilizing engaging prose, research, photographs, and powerful anecdotes to draw readers into the intriguing dynamics and processes involved in therapeutic storytelling. It sets the stage for what follows by discussing the ways that stories have influenced history, cultural development, and individual worldviews and then delves into the ways that everyday lives are impacted by the stories we hear, read, and view in popular media. The focus then moves to stories within the context of therapy, exploring how client stories are told, heard, and negotiated in sessions. Attention then moves to the ways that therapists can become more skilled and accomplished storytellers, regardless of their theoretical preferences and style.
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