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The 50 Best Social Psychology Books on Persuasion, Influence and Understanding Your Brain

The 50 Best Social Psychology Books on Persuasion, Influence and Understanding Your Brain | Metta Practice: Compassion & the Art of Living | Scoop.it

Have you ever wanted to be more persuasive, convincing, or if nothing else, understand how others try to influence you? …Of course! Who hasn’t?


Understanding how storytelling works in persuasion, influence, and change, and the research/neuroscience that informs it all is critical if anyone is going to work with stories effectively.


And hooray -- Gregory Ciotti has put together his list of favorite books that help us understand persuasion, influence, change, and stories more deeply. We'll all become more articulate and better at our craft -- whether you are a consultant, storyteller, entrepreneur or CEO.


Some of these I've read, some I haven't -- so I can't wait to dig into this list myself.


I hope we all learn lots and gain lots of useable insights for our work. Enjoy!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 


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Thanks for the comment Michael! Enjoy the day.
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Finding mindfulness in unexpected places - KevinMD.com

Finding mindfulness in unexpected places - KevinMD.com | Metta Practice: Compassion & the Art of Living | Scoop.it
My mind seems to be most quiet, most present, when I'm with my son. And, I'm at my best when we're outside.
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Overcoming Your Negativity Bias - New York Times (blog)

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Overcoming Your Negativity Bias
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A good starting place is simple self-awareness, because you can't change what you don't notice. For example, how are you feeling right now, in this moment?
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Thinking too much? Control your selves - The Spokesman Review

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Thinking too much? Control your selves
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The need for which I addressed by focusing on our two cats, who are in seventh heaven precisely because they are unencumbered with self-awareness.
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3 Ways to Raise Kind Kids

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Welcome to our new Raising Happiness video series produced by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley!  This week I give three quick tips for raising kids who are kind.


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"If You Want To Walk Fast, Walk Alone. If You Want To Walk Far, Walk Together."

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"If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together."  

If you want to learn fast, to improve fast, go out and study on your own. Wait for no one. Take your education into your own hands. Read everything you can, learn from every moment you can, and grow exponentially.  

Now… If you want to create something that lasts with all this education that now fills your head you’re going to have to change pace; you’re going to have find someone walking at your speed and walk together.


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Barbra Streisand - 'Children Will Listen' Live

Barbra singing 'Children Will Listen' from the Presidents Inaugural Gala in '93. She gives a great monologue at the beginning that introduces the song, and a...

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The 50 Best Social Psychology Books on Persuasion, Influence and Understanding Your Brain

The 50 Best Social Psychology Books on Persuasion, Influence and Understanding Your Brain | Metta Practice: Compassion & the Art of Living | Scoop.it

Have you ever wanted to be more persuasive, convincing, or if nothing else, understand how others try to influence you? …Of course! Who hasn’t?


Understanding how storytelling works in persuasion, influence, and change, and the research/neuroscience that informs it all is critical if anyone is going to work with stories effectively.


And hooray -- Gregory Ciotti has put together his list of favorite books that help us understand persuasion, influence, change, and stories more deeply. We'll all become more articulate and better at our craft -- whether you are a consultant, storyteller, entrepreneur or CEO.


Some of these I've read, some I haven't -- so I can't wait to dig into this list myself.


I hope we all learn lots and gain lots of useable insights for our work. Enjoy!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 


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Thanks for the comment Michael! Enjoy the day.
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Medical advice from the Dalai Lama's doctor

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A young girl bravely stood to ask the Dalai Lama's doctor a question, and he gave her an unusual answer.
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Are You Trying To Fill A Void? Why You Should Embrace It Instead

Are You Trying To Fill A Void? Why You Should Embrace It Instead | Metta Practice: Compassion & the Art of Living | Scoop.it
The only way to be happy, healthy and whole is to face and deal with the voids you carry in your heart and soul. If something is missing, broken or empty inside of you, there is no person or thing that will fill it.
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Marriage equality promotes psychological well-being, study finds - San Diego Gay & Lesbian News

Marriage equality promotes psychological well-being, study finds - San Diego Gay & Lesbian News | Metta Practice: Compassion & the Art of Living | Scoop.it
San Diego Gay & Lesbian News Marriage equality promotes psychological well-being, study finds San Diego Gay & Lesbian News LOS ANGELES – As more states prepare to debate marriage equality, a new study shows that psychological distress is lower...
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The 5 Best Ways to Build Resiliency

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Why do some people bounce back from adversity and misfortune? Why do others fall apart? Find out which character strengths make all the difference - and how you can develop them yourself.

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EQ, Mindfulness, and Gratitude…Islands of Peace in Stressful Times

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Dedicated to the memory of the 20 children and 6 adults who lost their lives in last week's senseless shooting in Newtown, CT.

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I hope that developing mindfulness, EQ, and gratitude will help us to be resilient in the face of tragedy, to cherish the time we spend with others and by ourselves, and to build a more peaceful and compassionate world.

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Bullies aren’t Strong and Compassion isn’t Weak

Bullies aren’t Strong and Compassion isn’t Weak | Metta Practice: Compassion & the Art of Living | Scoop.it
Great results require toughness. The belief that compassion is soft and toughness gets results explains why so little compassion exists in organizations. I’m an either/or type person, it’s my natur...

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The Science of Compassion at Parliament of the World's Religions

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The Science of Compassion. Dr. James Doty is Chair of the Dalai Lama Foundation Board of Directors, and serves on the International Advisory Board of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions.
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Yale doctor's mindfulness training helping smokers - San Francisco Chronicle

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Yale doctor's mindfulness training helping smokers
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Yale doctor's research into a technique called mindfulness training and how it can help smokers quit is now available as an app.
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Study: People Can Be Trained in Compassion - The Epoch Times

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The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center of University of Wisconsin–Madison boasts a meditation room and a brain imaging lab.
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How To Get Rid of Your Victim-Hoodie

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Are you one of those people who need to learn how to get rid of your victim-hoodie?  The fastest way to never be a victim again is to work on the level that controls your beliefs and your belief system.


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Brene Brown: How Vulnerability Holds the Key to Emotional Intimacy, by Spirituality & Health Magazine

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We are born with the hardwiring for connection, and I think we learn shame. It starts as a parenting tool. It’s also a tool for social control; it’s a tool in classrooms; it’s a tool in synagogues and churches and mosques. Shame needs three things to grow exponentially: secrecy, silence, and judgment, but it only works when it keeps you in a false belief that you are alone.  men have a tendency to have one or two responses to shame, which is anger or disengagement. Women have a tendency to turn against themselves. We tend to join the choir of the gremlins and engage in some destructive self-loathing.

We found that for people who held on to a secret of trauma—because of shame or because of guilt—keeping that secret had a worse effect on their physical well-being than the actual traumatic event. 


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Mind & Life Institute — Building a scientific understanding of the mind to reduce suffering and promote well-being

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Building a scientific understanding of the mind to reduce suffering and promote well-being...

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Being Fearless at Work in a Mindful Way | WorkLife Nation

Being Fearless at Work in a Mindful Way | WorkLife Nation | Metta Practice: Compassion & the Art of Living | Scoop.it
How one can work skillfully using mindfulness meditation. Michael Carroll, author of Fearless at Work, talks in this google hangout about meditation at work.
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The Power Of 'No'

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It's easy to believe that any time you take to relax or meditate is time that could be used elsewhere. But taking time out doesn't mean it is selfish or even wasted time.
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Choosing Health and Happiness | | Bliss Lifestyle

#Commit to making better choices in 2013. http://t.co/XEqY3oUc #mindfulness #well being #weight loss #weight maintenance #bliss
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Hurricane Sandy: Gratitude, Empathy & Evolution - PsychCentral.com (blog)

Hurricane Sandy: Gratitude, Empathy & Evolution - PsychCentral.com (blog) | Metta Practice: Compassion & the Art of Living | Scoop.it
PsychCentral.com (blog)Hurricane Sandy: Gratitude, Empathy & EvolutionPsychCentral.com (blog)Jeremy Rifkin has written in Empathic Civilization that to empathize is to civilize, and to civilize is to empathize.
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Empathy at scale | Design Thinking

Empathy at scale | Design Thinking | Metta Practice: Compassion & the Art of Living | Scoop.it

One of the principles of design thinking is that it requires empathy for users to inspire ideas. Normally we think about getting that from ethnographic style research. Diving deep into the lives of a relatively small number of people, understanding the environment they live in, their social networks, seeing things first hand. We have lots of evidence that this works but I sometimes wonder if we aren’t also missing something. The problem with looking deeply at a few people is that you miss the opportunity for insights that might come connecting more broadly across cultures.


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Way of compassion worth a try | The Japan Times Online

Way of compassion worth a try | The Japan Times Online | Metta Practice: Compassion & the Art of Living | Scoop.it

 How do we suffer with each other in our particular circumstances?

How do we suffer with people like the friends and family members who are grieving in Connecticut? How do we share in the suffering of people around us every day?

 

And how do we suffer with people like Adam Lanza, after and before they perpetrate such crimes?

 

To many, this sounds like giving in to defeat ... as if we're merely saying it's the poor who are blessed. I've been in too many business and personal situations in which everyone's intuition is flat wrong. That's reason enough to believe that the way of compassion might be worth a try.

 

By REV. WILLIAM L. BULSON


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