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Oxford Companion to the Mind
By Richard L. Gregory
Hardcover, 1024 pages, 2nd Edition Illustrated
With 1,001 A-Z entries, ranging from brief statements to substantial essays on
major topics, this book takes the reader on a lively tour of this endlessly
fascinating subject, spanning questions and answers within the broad compass of
philosophy, psychology and the physiology of the brain. 160 illustrations.
A book that thoroughly explains the inner workings of the mind and its
From The Publisher:
The Oxford Companion to the Mind is a classic. Published in 1987, to huge
acclaim, it immediately took its place as the indispensable guide to the
mysteries - and idiosyncracies - of the human mind. In no other book can the
reader find discussions of concepts such as language, memory, and intelligence,
side by side with witty definitions of common human experiences such as the
'cocktail-party' and 'halo' effects, and the least effort principle.
Richard Gregory again brings his wit, wisdom, and expertise to bear on this most
elusive of subjects. Research into the mind and brain has moved on in bounds in
recent years, and interest in the subject has never been so high. There has been
a shift in focus away from Freud's concept of the
unconscious onto consciousness itself. The new edition of the Companion includes
three 'mini symposia' - on consciousness, brain scanning, and artificial
intelligence - with contributions from a number of specialists, and encompassing
a range of approaches.
Cultural as well as scientific in approach, this accessible book offers
authoritative descriptions and analysis. With new entries on controversial
topics such as artificial life, attachment theory, caffeine, cruetly, drama,
extra-terrestrial intelligence, genetics of mental illness, imagination,
lying, puzzles, and twins, this highly-anticipated second edition explores the
most intriguing of subjects.
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Dimensions: 23.52 x 17.98 x 5.38 centimeters (2.09 kg)
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Games People Play
The Psychology of Human Relationships
By Eric Berne
Paperback, 192 pages Illustrated
think we're relating to other people-but actually we're all playing games.
Forty years ago, "Games People Play revolutionized our understanding of what
"really goes on during our most basic social interactions. More than five
million copies later, Dr. Eric Berne's classic is as astonishing-and
revealing-as it was on the day it was first published. This anniversary edition
features a new introduction by Dr. James R. Allen, president of the
International Transactional Analysis Association, and Kurt Vonnegut's brilliant
"Life magazine review from 1965.
We play games all the time-sexual games, marital games, power games with our
bosses, and competitive games with our friends. Detailing status contests like
"Martini" (I know a better way), to lethal couples combat like "If It Weren't
For You" and "Uproar," to flirtation favorites like "The Stocking Game" and
"Let's You and Him Fight," Dr. Berne exposes the secret ploys and unconscious
maneuvers that rule our intimate lives.
Explosive when it first appeared, "Games People Play is now widely recognized as
the most original and influential popular psychology book of our time. It's as
powerful and eye-opening as ever.
“An important book . . . a brilliant, amusing, and clear catalogue of the
psychological theatricals that human beings play over and over again.”–KURT
VONNEGUT, Life magazine
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