Surviving Kidnappers is a detailed guide from conflict expert Olav Ofstad which takes readers through the process of kidnap survival, guiding them through the critical steps from assault through captivity to freedom.
What would you do if you were kidnapped? Starting with the assault, this book explains the mindset required to stay calm and make intelligent decisions. Moving on to the often gruelling transportation phase, advice is offered on how to brave it and pick up on crucial information. For the phase of captivity this book offers practical advice as well as mental activities that can reduce the risk of being traumatised.
The author identifies closely with you as the reader, explaining in simple terms the practical application of social psychology, influencing the captor to your advantage and relating to angry and violent kidnappers. Protection tools and how to apply ‘diplomacy’ if violence occurs are presented.
The bestselling author of Dog Sense and Cat Sense explains why living with animals has always been a fundamental aspect of being human
Pets have never been more popular. Over half of American households share their home with either a cat or a dog, and many contain both. This is a huge change from only a century ago, when the majority of domestic cats and dogs were working animals, keeping rodents at bay, guarding property, herding sheep. Nowadays, most are valued solely for the companionship they provide. As mankind becomes progressively more urban and detached from nature, we seem to be clinging to the animals that served us well in the past.
In The Animals Among Us, anthrozoologist John Bradshaw argues that pet-keeping is nothing less than an intrinsic part of human nature. An affinity for animals drove our evolution and now, without animals around us, we risk losing an essential part of ourselves.
Who was the man behind Hamlet, Romeo, Falstaff and Lear? And why did he write, ‘I, once gone, to all the world must die’?
In this ground-breaking work Charles Beauclerk moves beyond the narrow confines of traditional Shakespearean scholarship to explore the political milieu in which Shakespeare lived and worked and the life-and-death struggle he underwent in the name of his ‘cause’. In doing so, he humanizes the bard who for centuries has remained beyond our grasp.
The story revealed is one of betrayal and sacrifice at the heart of government, with Shakespeare forced to fight both for the survival of his works—and his very identity. The official history, that of a barely educated genius writing in isolation and a virginal queen married to her country, is exposed as artful propaganda.
Shakespeare’s Lost Kingdom delves deep into the conflicts and personalities of Elizabethan England, and the plays themselves, to cast new light on the greatest and most mysterious artist the world has known.
Estrangement or semi-estrangement from an adult son or daughter can be a parent’s worst nightmare. And estrangement can be equally painful for an adult child, who may see friends enjoying rewarding, fun relationships with their aging parents and wonder where his or her family went wrong.
We Don’t Talk Anymore addresses the increasingly common parent–adult child problem of estrangement with compassionate, practical insights focused on what both parents and adult children can do: how to break the silence, find new understanding and reconnection, or how to rebuild one’s life while letting go of the dream of a close relationship with the family member.
Just as we watch a bird fly across the sky, we can observe our thoughts and feelings simply and clearly. How can we live in relationships without conflict? Do we feel unsettled and long for peace within? How can we find love in our lives, and be happy? Is it possible not to be emotionally hurt?
The answers to these and other questions can be found through a deeper understanding of how our minds work, by observing our thoughts and feelings as they arise in us, and then exploring what lies behind them. We are educated to understand the world around us, but not ourselves and this is responsible for many of our problems.
This book enables you to understand yourself clearly, and with this clarity of insight, problems can dissolve. Understanding ourselves helps us to understand others because, despite our apparent differences, and hidden from our awareness, the human mind functions in the same way in everyone. This realisation can transform our relationships and also lead to wisdom and resilience, on which our happiness depends.
Changing careers, launching a business, starting a family, buying a home, moving to a new city? How do you know whether you’re making the right decision?
In The Decision Makeover, Mike Whitaker offers a thoughtful and strategic approach for choosing wisely in all aspects of your life whether it’s about money, career, education, health, friends, or family. With his background in both business and psychology, he lays out a decision-making process that gives you the power to achieve your dreams. He even explains what to do if you’ve made some poor decisions along the way, so that you can move ahead without regret.
Whitaker emphasizes the importance of understanding the difference between small and big decisions, and shows why defining your essential goals is the key to overcoming the roadblocks that can derail your progress. He reveals:
• why your next decision could change your life forever
• why you make bad decisions
• how to avoid self-destructive decision-making
• how to proceed confidently toward future decisions
Filledwith engaging anecdotes and interactive exercises, The Decision Makeover gives you the tools to finally achieve all that you want. For young people just beginning to make important life decisions, or those who have seen it all and are ready for a “reset,” this timeless book is a must-have for anyone wanting to achieve the maximum success possible through purposeful decision making.
“Where do you think you’re going?”
“How could you be so stupid?”
Throughout her twenty-three-year marriage, Karen Heckman Stork endured belittling and insulting remarks, sarcastic jokes, and barbed criticisms from her husband. The barrage of verbal abuse and controlling behavior eroded her self-confidence. To protect herself, she adopted the coping mechanism of “walking on eggshells” to placate her husband. His controlling behaviors escalated until that night when Karen decided she would no longer deny her truth.
Screw the Eggshells: Finding My Self After Verbal and Emotional Abuse explains the author’s struggle through years of verbal and emotional abuse, and the underlying risk of physical violence. She shares her early years of growing up, and takes the reader through the chapters of her life that followed, filled with the adventures and realized dreams she experienced after finding her “self.” Helpful insights and resources are provided for those finding themselves in similar situations.
Can Your Smartphone Change the World? is a twenty-first-century guide for anyone who has access to a smartphone. This how-to manual looks at specific ways you can create social change through the tap of a screen. Filled with examples of successful hashtag campaigns, viral videos and new socially conscious apps, the book provides practical advice for using your smartphone as a tool for social justice.
This is the first book in the PopActivism series. Can Your Outfit Change the World? comes out in spring 2018 and Can Your Conversations Change the World? in fall 2018.
Everything is Connected! This reference book for life helps make everything you read and do, work better. It shows you how to learn and master the life comprehension and transformation skills that experts possess, from the way they write and speak. You will put more and more pieces of that puzzle together, in ever new ways, the better you understand the process.
Learning how to learn impacts your work and personal life regardless of your age, education or career. The 10 Lessons provide direct applications to every facet of life. Each influences the others, so your improvement is accelerated.
Many other books connect the dots for you as they deliver their advice. But there is limited understanding of how to apply the process they use to your own life and communicate better with it, the way children fill in spaces outlined in a coloring book: a Coloring Book for Thinking.
Clinical research has proven that people retain and USE information better with illustrative anecdotes and analogies. Field research has proven that people at every level are more productive who communicate that way.
Take the journey. Unlock the mystery of how to learn and communicate. Discover and put the pieces of your puzzle together, each moment.
The deep pain of childhood abuse–whether physical or emotional, whether a child was neglected or wished nothing more than to be left alone–doesn’t just go away. There’s simply no just getting over it. Even if no physical scars remain as evidence of the victim’s suffering, the deep wounds on their minds, hearts, and souls are still there. But it is possible to become whole and happy.
Author of the successful Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse, Dr. Gregory Jantz now helps readers understand the effects of childhood abuse on their emotional, intellectual, physical, relational, and spiritual health. He then outlines the steps to lasting healing, including grieving what was lost, learning to balance emotions with intentionality, regaining a positive relationship with one’s own body and mind, and coming to an understanding of God not as a frightening authority figure like the abuser or an accusing judge, but as a loving creator, redeemer, and friend.