human behavior http://wamc.org en "The Myth Of The Spoiled Child" By Alfie Kohn http://wamc.org/post/myth-spoiled-child-alfie-kohn <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Parents are accused of being both permissive and overprotective, unwilling to set limits and afraid to let their kids fail. Young people, meanwhile, are routinely described as entitled and narcissistic...among other unflattering adjectives.</p><p>In <em>The Myth of the Spoiled Child</em>, <a href="http://www.alfiekohn.org/index.php">Alfie Kohn</a> systematically debunks these beliefs--not only challenging erroneous factual claims but also exposing the troubling ideology that underlies them. Complaints about pushover parents and coddled kids are hardly new, he shows, and there is no evidence that either phenomenon is especially widespread today--let alone more common than in previous generations.</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90816 at http://wamc.org "The Myth Of The Spoiled Child" By Alfie Kohn "Unworthy: How To Stop Hating Yourself" By Anneli Rufus http://wamc.org/post/unworthy-how-stop-hating-yourself-anneli-rufus <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>As journalist <a href="http://www.annelirufus.com/">Anneli Rufus</a> sees it, the self-hating person inhabits a world of muted despair that prevents him or her from ever feeling at ease in the world.</p><p>In <em>Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself</em>, Rufus mines the intractable, negative perceptions that she and others have held about themselves, and analyzes the emergence of self-esteem as a goal that feels unattainable for many people.</p><p>Anneli Rufus is an award-winning journalist and author of <em>Stuck: Why We Can’t (or Won’t) Move On</em> and <em>Party of One: The Loner’s Manifesto</em>.</p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90762 at http://wamc.org "Unworthy: How To Stop Hating Yourself" By Anneli Rufus "Instinct: The Power To Unleash Your Inborn Drive" By T. D. Jakes http://wamc.org/post/instinct-power-unleash-your-inborn-drive-t-d-jakes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.tdjakes.org/">Bishop T. D. Jakes</a> is one of the world's most widely recognized pastors and a New York Times bestselling author of over thirty books. Named by Time magazine as "America's Best Preacher," his message is of healing and restoration, transcending cultural and denominational barriers.</p><p>In his new book: <em>Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive</em>, Jakes outlines how to re-discover your natural aptitudes and re-claim the wisdom of your past experiences. When attuned to divinely inspired instincts, Jakes believes we can become in sync with the opportunities life presents and discover a fresh abundance of resources.</p><p>He defines following your heart, a gut feeling, a hunch, or an intuition as instinct – “the inner knowledge bubbling up from a wellspring of wisdom” within that can lead to a bigger, elephant-sized life.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 89956 at http://wamc.org "Instinct: The Power To Unleash Your Inborn Drive" By T. D. Jakes You Are Not Special http://wamc.org/post/you-are-not-special <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Here are words you may not expect to hear at a commencement speech: "You are nothing special. Yes, you've been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble-wrapped. Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held you, kissed you, fed you, wiped your mouth, wiped your bottom, trained you, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you, but do not get the idea you're anything special because you're not."</p><p>Those words were part of a commencement speech given two years ago by a high school teacher, David McCullough, Jr. His message became an internet sensation. It's received more than 2 million views on YouTube. His speech struck a chord with many who agree that teenagers are harmed by the growing pressure to be exceptional.</p><p>Now, the Longtime Wellesley High teacher, father of four, and son of the famous historian has penned a new book titled, <em>You Are Not Special and Other Encouragements</em>.</p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 89694 at http://wamc.org You Are Not Special "The Confidence Code" By Katty Kay And Claire Shipman http://wamc.org/post/confidence-code-katty-kay-and-claire-shipman <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Following the success of <em>Lean In</em> and <em>Why Women Should Rule the World</em>, the authors of the bestselling <em>Womenomics</em> provide an informative and practical guide to understanding the importance of confidence—and learning how to achieve it—for women of all ages and at all stages of their career.</p><p>Working women today are better educated and more well qualified than ever before. Yet men still predominate in the corporate world. In <a href="http://www.theconfidencecode.com/"><em>The Confidence Code</em></a>, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay argue that the key reason is confidence.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 88634 at http://wamc.org "The Confidence Code" By Katty Kay And Claire Shipman "Plato At The Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away" By Rebecca Goldstein http://wamc.org/post/plato-googleplex-why-philosophy-wont-go-away-rebecca-goldstein <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Is philosophy obsolete? Are the ancient questions still relevant in the age of cosmology and neuroscience, not to mention crowd-sourcing and cable news?</p><p>In her new book, <em>Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away</em>, acclaimed philosopher and novelist <a href="http://www.rebeccagoldstein.com/">Rebecca Newberger</a> Goldstein provides a dazzlingly original plunge into the drama of philosophy, revealing its hidden role in today’s debates on religion, morality, politics, and science.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:40:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87937 at http://wamc.org "Plato At The Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away" By Rebecca Goldstein "Ha!: The Science Of When We Laugh And Why" By Scott Weems http://wamc.org/post/ha-science-when-we-laugh-and-why-scott-weems <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Humor, like pornography, is famously difficult to define. We know it when we see it, but is there a way to figure out what we really find funny—and why?</p><p><em>Ha!: The Science Of When We Laugh And Why</em> is an investigation into the science of humor and laughter, cognitive neuroscientist Scott Weems uncovers what’s happening in our heads when we giggle, guffaw, or double over with laughter.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87595 at http://wamc.org "Ha!: The Science Of When We Laugh And Why" By Scott Weems "Dignity" by Dr. Donna Hicks http://wamc.org/post/dignity-dr-donna-hicks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The desire for dignity is universal and powerful. It is a motivating force behind all human interaction - in families, in communities, in the business world, and in relationships at the international level.</p><p>We talk about Dignity with Harvard Professor, Dr. Donna Hicks. Her book is <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0300188056/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0300188056&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0300188056" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em></p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59776 at http://wamc.org "Dignity" by Dr. Donna Hicks "Mindless: Why Smarter Machines Are Making Dumber Humans" By Simon Head http://wamc.org/post/mindless-why-smarter-machines-are-making-dumber-humans-simon-head <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>We live in the age of Computer Business Systems (CBSs)—the highly complex, computer-intensive management programs on which large organizations increasingly rely. In <em>Mindless</em>, Simon Head argues that these systems have come to trump human expertise, dictating the goals and strategies of a wide array of businesses, and de-skilling the jobs of middle class workers in the process.</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85304 at http://wamc.org "Mindless: Why Smarter Machines Are Making Dumber Humans" By Simon Head "Personal Intelligence: The Power Of Personality And How It Shapes Our Lives" By John D. Mayer http://wamc.org/post/personal-intelligence-power-personality-and-how-it-shapes-our-lives-john-d-mayer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>John D. Mayer, the renowned psychologist who co-developed the groundbreaking theory of emotional intelligence, now draws on decades of research to introduce another paradigm-shifting idea: that in order to become our best selves, we use an even broader intelligence—which he calls personal intelligence—to understand our own personality and the personalities of the people around us.</p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85246 at http://wamc.org "Personal Intelligence: The Power Of Personality And How It Shapes Our Lives" By John D. Mayer