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The Power of Bad by John Tierney

Title The Power of Bad
Author John Tierney
Publisher Penguin
Release 2019-12-31
Category Psychology
Total Pages 336
ISBN 1101616466
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"The most important book at the borderland of psychology and politics that I have ever read."—Martin E. P. Seligman, Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology at that University of Pennsylvania and author of Learned Optimism Why are we devastated by a word of criticism even when it’s mixed with lavish praise? Because our brains are wired to focus on the bad. This negativity effect explains things great and small: why countries blunder into disastrous wars, why couples divorce, why people flub job interviews, how schools fail students, why football coaches stupidly punt on fourth down. All day long, the power of bad governs people’s moods, drives marketing campaigns, and dominates news and politics. Eminent social scientist Roy F. Baumeister stumbled unexpectedly upon this fundamental aspect of human nature. To find out why financial losses mattered more to people than financial gains, Baumeister looked for situations in which good events made a bigger impact than bad ones. But his team couldn’t find any. Their research showed that bad is relentlessly stronger than good, and their paper has become one of the most-cited in the scientific literature. Our brain’s negativity bias makes evolutionary sense because it kept our ancestors alert to fatal dangers, but it distorts our perspective in today’s media environment. The steady barrage of bad news and crisismongering makes us feel helpless and leaves us needlessly fearful and angry. We ignore our many blessings, preferring to heed—and vote for—the voices telling us the world is going to hell. But once we recognize our negativity bias, the rational brain can overcome the power of bad when it’s harmful and employ that power when it’s beneficial. In fact, bad breaks and bad feelings create the most powerful incentives to become smarter and stronger. Properly understood, bad can be put to perfectly good use. As noted science journalist John Tierney and Baumeister show in this wide-ranging book, we can adopt proven strategies to avoid the pitfalls that doom relationships, careers, businesses, and nations. Instead of despairing at what’s wrong in your life and in the world, you can see how much is going right—and how to make it still better.

The Power of Bad by John Tierney

Title The Power of Bad
Author John Tierney
Publisher Allen Lane
Release 2019-12-31
Category
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781846147593
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Why does a bad impression last longer than a good one? Why does losing money affect us more than gaining it? What makes phobias so hard to shake? The answer is the negativity bias - or in other words, the power of bad. As John Tierney and Roy F. Baumeister show, we are wired to react to bad over good. It makes sense in evolutionary terms, but in our modern world the lure of bad is, well, bad. It governs people's moods, drives marketing and dominates our news. It can explain everything from why wars start or couples divorce, to why we mess up job interviews or feud with neighbours. But there is good news. By using smart strategies from new science, we can train our brains to get better at spotting our own negativity bias, fighting back with our rational minds to manage the bad in our lives - and even using its power for positive results. Breaking bad's hold over us can help our own lives, at work and in our relationships. Properly understood, bad can be a good thing.

The Power of Bad by John Tierney

Title The Power of Bad
Author John Tierney
Publisher Penguin UK
Release 2019-12-31
Category Psychology
Total Pages 256
ISBN 0141975814
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the international bestselling authors of Willpower Why does a bad impression last longer than a good one? Why does losing money affect us more than gaining it? What makes phobias so hard to shake? The answer is the negativity bias - or in other words, the power of bad. As John Tierney and Roy F. Baumeister show, we are wired to react to bad over good. It makes sense in evolutionary terms, but in our modern world the lure of bad is, well, bad. It governs people's moods, drives marketing and dominates our news. It can explain everything from why wars start or couples divorce, to why we mess up job interviews or feud with neighbours. But there is good news. By using smart strategies from new science, we can train our brains to get better at spotting our own negativity bias, fighting back with our rational minds to manage the bad in our lives - and even using its power for positive results. Breaking bad's hold over us can help our own lives, at work and in our relationships. Properly understood, bad can be a good thing.

The Political Power of Bad Ideas by Mark Lawrence Schrad

Title The Political Power of Bad Ideas
Author Mark Lawrence Schrad
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release 2010-03-24
Category Political Science
Total Pages 320
ISBN 0190452935
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In The Political Power of Bad Ideas, Mark Schrad uses one of the greatest oddities of modern history--the broad diffusion throughout the Western world of alcohol-control legislation in the early twentieth century--to make a powerful argument about how bad policy ideas achieve international success. His could an idea that was widely recognized by experts as bad before adoption, and which ultimately failed everywhere, come to be adopted throughout the world? To answer the question, Schrad utilizes an institutionalist approach and focuses in particular on the United States, Sweden, and Russia/the USSR. Conventional wisdom, based largely on the U.S. experience, blames evangelical zealots for the success of the temperance movement. Yet as Schrad shows, ten countries, along with numerous colonial possessions, enacted prohibition laws. In virtually every case, the consequences were disastrous, and in every country the law was ultimately repealed. Schrad concentrates on the dynamic interaction of ideas and political institutions, tracing the process through which concepts of dubious merit gain momentum and achieve credibility as they wend their way through institutional structures. He also shows that national policy and institutional environments count: the policy may have been broadly adopted, but countries dealt with the issue in different ways. While The Political Power of Bad Ideas focuses on one legendary episode, its argument about how and why bad policies achieve legitimacy applies far more broadly. It also extends beyond the simplistic notion that "ideas matter" to show how they influence institutional contexts and interact with a nation's political actors, institutions, and policy dynamics.

The Power of Habit by Linda Siegmund

Title The Power of Habit
Author Linda Siegmund
Publisher CreateSpace
Release 2014-12-07
Category
Total Pages 68
ISBN 9781505347036
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Steps to Get Rid of Bad Habits & Create New, Good Habits Our habits are one of the most powerful tools in our lives. Changing our habits is changing our lives. But what makes this book different from all the advice you've received before? Well, for one all the advice you receive here will be given in context. The concepts you've heard before are no longer vague and incomprehensible scientific babble. Yes - you'll get the facts but you'll also find step by step processes that any average Joe like you and I can understand and put into practice to change your behavior. Some of the concepts we discuss here include the habit loop. However, here you'll learn how you can use this concept to redesign your own behavior. We'll delve into willpower; the science behind it and how to boost yours so that you are razor sharp for this process. You will also learn how to distinguish between bad habits and addictions and how to know when it's time to seek help. By the end of this book you should have a solid plan to get rid of that bad habit or gain the new one you want. Read this book, enjoy it but please take note of the steps given and change your life today! Here Is A Preview Of What You'll Learn... Understanding Habit How To Form New & Better Habits How To Break Bad Habits What Is Willpower & How It Affects Our Habits How To Find Your Motivation For Change How To Understand the Process Practical Steps to Developing Better Habits And Much, Much More!

Title The Problem of Evil and the Power of God
Author Atle Ottesen Søvik
Publisher BRILL
Release 2011-05-23
Category Religion
Total Pages 284
ISBN 9004205616
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book discusses four different answers to the problem of evil, provided by Richard Swinburne, Keith Ward, David Griffin and Johan Hygen. The author suggests several improvements to these answers and concludes that there is a coherent answer to the problem of evil.

The Power of Laziness by Thejendra Sreenivas

Title The Power of Laziness
Author Thejendra Sreenivas
Publisher Thejendra Sreenivas
Release
Category Self-Help
Total Pages 147
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Any modern executive coach can teach you how to fire on all cylinders, be more productive, extract more juice out of your system, wake up at 5 and go to bed at 11, don’t be a clock watcher, stop the 9-to-5 mentality, get into a 12-14 hour schedule, take a cold shower, and burn yourself at the gym daily, etc. They insist that fame and fortune is possible only if you adopt such an intense lifestyle. And media also joins the bandwagon to portray such ever-smiling workaholics as the modern day super heroes. Bombarded by such scorching advice most people start believing that burning themselves out is the only way to live. So, they enter a world obsessed with speed, doing everything faster, cramming more and more into less and less time, racing against the clock, etc. But what is popular may not be right, and what is right may not be popular. Now, what if I told you that by adopting some conscious laziness you can achieve more than what chronic workaholics can achieve in their lifetime? Or lazy people have an edge over others who work hard and are often suited for leadership and creativity roles in organizations. Wait, don’t go away. I am not kidding. Laziness is not really a bad and useless thing. Laziness is what makes us human but it’s one of the most useful but a highly misunderstood feature. The fact that this laziness feature exists within us means there is some nature’s purpose behind this that we are either unable or unwilling to explore. There is a higher reason behind all our human strengths, weaknesses, and biological features. This concise book will show you how to exploit the unique power of laziness and adopt it to achieve stunningly more productivity and creativity than all the extreme workaholics surrounding you. Give it a try, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Title The Power of Legitimacy Among Nations
Author Thomas M. Franck
Publisher Oxford University Press on Demand
Release 1990
Category Law
Total Pages 303
ISBN 0195061780
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Although there is no international government, and no global police agency enforces the rules, nations obey international law. In this provocative study, Franck employs a broad range of historical, legal, sociological, anthropological, political, and philosophical modes of analysis to unravel the mystery of what makes states and people perceive rules as legitimate. Demonstrating that virtually all nations obey most rules nearly all of the time, Franck reveals that the more legitimate laws and institutions appear to be, the greater is their capacity for compliance. Distilling those factors which increase the perception of legitimacy, he shows how a community of rules can be fashioned from a system of sovereign states without creating a global leviathan.

Title The Complete Works of William Walker Atkinson The Power of Concentration Mind Power Raja Yoga The Secret of Success Self Healing by Thought Force and much more
Author William Walker Atkinson
Publisher e-artnow
Release 2017-06-28
Category Self-Help
Total Pages 7137
ISBN 8075836499
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This carefully edited collection has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. The Art of Logical Thinking The Crucible of Modern Thought Dynamic Thought How to Read Human Nature The Inner Consciousness The Law of the New Thought The Mastery of Being Memory Culture Memory: How to Develop, Train and Use It The Art of Expression and The Principles of Discourse Mental Fascination Mind and Body; or Mental States and Physical Conditions Mind Power: The Secret of Mental Magic The New Psychology Its Message, Principles and Practice New Thought Nuggets of the New Thought Practical Mental Influence Practical Mind-Reading Practical Psychomancy and Crystal Gazing The Psychology of Salesmanship Reincarnation and the Law of Karma The Secret of Mental Magic The Secret of Success Self-Healing by Thought Force The Subconscious and the Superconscious Planes of Mind Suggestion and Auto-Suggestion Telepathy: Its Theory, Facts, and Proof Thought-Culture - Practical Mental Training Thought-Force in Business and Everyday Life Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World Your Mind and How to Use It The Hindu-Yogi Science Of Breath Lessons in Yogi Philosophy and Oriental Occultism Advanced Course in Yogi Philosophy and Oriental Occultism Hatha Yoga The Science of Psychic Healing Raja Yoga or Mental Development Gnani Yoga The Inner Teachings of the Philosophies and Religions of India Mystic Christianity The Life Beyond Death The Practical Water Cure The Spirit of the Upanishads or the Aphorisms of the Wise Bhagavad Gita The Art and Science of Personal Magnetism Master Mind Mental Therapeutics The Power of Concentration Genuine Mediumship Clairvoyance and Occult Powers The Human Aura The Secret Doctrines of the Rosicrucians Personal Power The Arcane Teachings The Arcane Formulas, or Mental Alchemy Vril, or Vital Magnet

The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield

Title The Power of Focus
Author Jack Canfield
Publisher Random House
Release 2013-09-30
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 368
ISBN 144817600X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The No1 problem that stops people getting what they want is lack of focus. Those that focus on what they want to achieve prosper, while those that don't struggle. In The Power of Focus, you'll discover the specific focusing strategies used by the world's most successful men and women. In this new, updated edition, you'll find out how to: - Focus on your strengths and eliminate everything that is holding you back - Change bad habits into habits that will make you debt-free and wealthy - Create an excellent balance between work and family life - without guilt! Your ability to focus will determine your future, so start now!

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