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Stumbling on Happiness
Stumbling on Happiness
by Daniel Gilbert
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 15.16
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I Thought I Knew How To Be Happy, April 1 2007
This review is from: Stumbling on Happiness (Paperback)
Gilbert's expose about how we just don't have a clear path to happiness makes sound sense. I found myself happily reading along, stumbling upon funny anecdote after intriguing illustration. He paints a clear picture, humorously approached, on how happiness happens to us rather than resulting from a planned experience. He's right of course: If we really knew what would make us happy, we'd all be much happier. Oddly enough, learning why and how we blindly search for happiness, often sabotaging our own efforts with ill-conceived plans and ideas, brings us closer to enjoying our lives. After reading his delightfully written and soundly researched gem, I now feel closer to making a path to my own happiness: let happiness erupt and enjoy its fleeting presence.

Mind Of Its Own
Mind Of Its Own
by Cordelia Fine
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I Know What I Know; Don't Confuse Me With the Facts, April 1 2007
This review is from: Mind Of Its Own (Hardcover)
I like an informative book that also entertains with lively and humorous anecdotes. Fine delivers on both accounts. We all know that others are whacky with their self-serving philosophies and explanations, but Fine shows us with a variety of humorous stories how we ourselves participate in our own delusion; that we indeed see the world the way it really is. Fine personalizes many of her accounts by using her family as illustrations. This makes our own delusion-making processes acceptable. She also leads us to a conflicting insight: While we can, with meticulous attention to our own thinking, become aware of our own delusional and self-serving understanding of ourselves and the world, this automatic process that takes place almost totally outside our conscious awareness, won't let is in on the process entirely. Hence, A Mind of Its Own. Fun and informative.

Unlock the Genius Within: Neurobiological Trauma, Teaching, and Transformative Learning
Unlock the Genius Within: Neurobiological Trauma, Teaching, and Transformative Learning
by MD, PhD, Daniel S. Janik
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 39.85
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Bold and Beautiful, April 1 2007
"What we have here is a failure to communicate." Through educational anecdotes and fastidious attention to neurobiological details, Janik exposes the weaknesses in our fundamentally flawed educational system. This isn't just another rant about educational delivery weaknesses, but a bold attempt to illustrate how human organisms actually learn/change at a fundamental level = education. Janik explains that much of the traditional education process and life's lessons themselves are traumatic in nature, forcing itself upon on us against our wills, creating emotionally traumatic experiences that change us through force of exposure or experience. Dr. Janik introduces the concept of transformative learning whereby the learner engages in an exploratory process with a mentor/guide. He attempts this through writing and leading us through the text, which is somewhat contradictory to the transformative exploratory process. This at times, makes for some tough sledding, but the journey is worth the ride. His work in language acquisition illustrates the value of his approach. All those who take education delivery seriously should consider this innovative and revolutionary text.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
by Malcolm Gladwell
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 13.72
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 I "Thin-Sliced" the Title, March 31 2007
Blink is a fun read and fascinating too. "Thin-slicing:" whereby we make a snap judgment, usually accurate in nature, works in the physical world to a magnificent degree. How we know something instantly, without knowing why we know it is often the signpost of our "thin-slicing" proclivity. I enjoyed the read but hoped to see more about how we self-validate our first impressions, giving ourselves the self-fulfilling assurance that we were indeed correct with our limited information. I would also like to see more about how our ability to access social situations evolves from our early encounters. These may be in future books and I look forward to more of Gladwell's fine writing and informative outlooks.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
by Malcolm Gladwell
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 13.72
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 100 Monkeys Revisited, March 31 2007
Tipping Point is an excellent read. An engaging style sprinkled with humor and human interest make it flow easily. It reminds me of the concept of "100 Monkeys," whereby an idea gets to a critical point and suddenly becomes omnipresent. Anyone in business or marketing will enjoy the read and practical suggestions, direct and indirect, about promotion. Gladwell shows us all how easily our collective and individual psyches are manipulated. Budding psychologists and those interested in our inherent foibles will find the read entertaining and informative.

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