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Psychology is the study of the human mind and human behavior. Learn how psychologists help people overcome mental health challenges and make the best of their lives.

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Sports Psychology For Dummies

Published 02-15-2022

<p><b>Get your head in the game with this hands-on guide to the psychology of sport</b></p> <p>There's more to getting into the right headspace for the big game or event than trying to think like a winner. Modern sports psychologists emphasize advanced strategies like biofeedback and neurofeedback, while encouraging the use of mindfulness and other mental health techniques.</p> <p>In <i>Sports Psychology For Dummies, 2nd Edition</i>, a team of athletic performance experts and psychologists walks you through the mental side of intense competition and training. From the importance of focus to the tactics designed to restore and improve confidence after a loss, you'll explore ideas such as goal setting, self-perception, and self-talk. This book also covers:</p> <ul> <li>Personalized plans for athletic success</li> <li>Real-life examples of sports psychology changing the athletic experience in different sports</li> <li>The wide variety of careers available in the field of sports psychology and how to get started in them</li> </ul> <p>Ideal for athletes, parents of student athletes, and coaches looking for ways to improve performance both on and off the field, <i>Sports Psychology For Dummies</i> is also the perfect resource for anyone interested in a career in this rapidly growing and evolving field.</p>

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Criminology For Dummies

Published 05-18-2021

<p><b>Explore the world of crime and punishment</b></p> <p>Police, forensics, and detective stories dominate our TV screens and bookshelves&mdash;from fictional portrayals such as&nbsp;<i>Silence of the Lambs&nbsp;</i>and<i>&nbsp;Law and&nbsp;Order</i>&nbsp;to&nbsp;lurid&nbsp;accounts of real-life super-criminals like Pablo Escobar and Al Capone. As well as being&nbsp;horribly&nbsp;fascinating, knowledge of what makes criminals tick is crucial to governments, who spend&nbsp;billions of dollars each year&nbsp;trying to keep their people safe. Criminology&nbsp;brings disciplines like psychology, biology, and economics together to help police and society solve crimes&mdash;and to&nbsp;prevent them before they even happen.</p> <p>The&nbsp;new edition of&nbsp;<i>Criminology&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies&nbsp;</i>shines a light into the dark recesses of the criminal mind and goes behind-the-scenes with society&rsquo;s response to&nbsp;crime, putting you right on the mean streets with cops and criminals alike. Along the way,&nbsp;you&rsquo;ll&nbsp;learn&nbsp;everything a rookie needs to survive, including basic definitions of what a crime is and how it&rsquo;s measured; common criminal motivations, thinking, and traits; elementary crime-solving techniques; the effects on and rights of victims;&nbsp;and more.</p> <ul> <li>Understand types of crime, from white-collar&nbsp;to organized&nbsp;to terror attacks</li> <li>Follow law-enforcement officials and agencies as they hunt the bad guys</li> <li>Meet key players in criminal justice and see how and why the guilty are punished</li> <li>Check out jobs in the field</li> </ul> <p>Whether you&nbsp;plan to enter&nbsp;the criminal justice field or just want to know more about what turns some people to the dark side&mdash;and how the thin blue line fights back&mdash;this is your perfect guide to&nbsp;criminology basics.</p>

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DBT For Dummies

Published 05-11-2021

<p><b>Keep calm, be skillful&mdash;and take control!</b></p> <p>Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is one of the most popular&mdash;and most effective&mdash;treatments for mental health conditions that result from out-of-control emotions. Combining elements of Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Eastern mindfulness practice, DBT was initially used as a powerful treatment to address the suffering associated with borderline personality disorder. It has since proven to have positive effects on many other mental health conditions and is frequently found in non-clinical settings, such as schools. Whether you struggle with depression, anger, phobias, disordered eating, or want to have a better understanding of emotions and how to focus and calm your mind, DBT practice serves the needs of those facing anything from regular life challenges to severe psychological distress.</p> <p>Written in a no-jargon, friendly style by two of Harvard Medical School's finest, <i>DBT For Dummies</i> shows how DBT can teach new ways not just to reverse, but to actively take control of self-destructive behaviors and negative thought patterns, allowing you to transform a life of struggle into one full of promise and meaning. Used properly and persistently, the skills and strategies in this book will change your life: when you can better regulate emotions, interact effectively with people, deal with stressful situations, and use mindfulness on a daily basis, it's easier to appreciate what's good in yourself and the world, and then act accordingly. In reading this book, you will:</p> <ul> <li>Understand DBT theory</li> <li>Learn more adaptive ways to control your emotions</li> <li>Improve the quality of your relationships</li> <li>Deal better with uncertainty</li> </ul> <p>Many of life's problems are not insurmountable even if they appear to be. Life can get better, if you are willing to live it differently. Get <i>DBT For Dummies</i> and discover the proven methods that will let you take back control&mdash;and build a brighter, more capable, and promising future!</p>

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Enneagram For Dummies

Published 01-19-2021

The Enneagram is a personality typing framework that helps individuals understand their particular ways of approaching the world. It’s used to gain personal insight and sometimes as a tool for understanding workplace interpersonal dynamics. Learn the nine Enneagram types, including your own, and how the framework is used to improve self-awareness, leadership skills, emotional intelligence, and more.

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Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies

Published 11-10-2020

<p><b>Get to know the ins and outs of BPD&mdash;and make the choice to change!</b></p> <p>Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is an extremely serious&mdash;and often seriously neglected&mdash;condition. Despite around 4 million diagnoses in the USA, BPD has attracted lower funding and levels of clinical concern than more "popular" conditions such as bipolar disorder. But there's no need to lose hope! <i>Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies</i>, 2nd Edition was written to bridge this gap and help sufferers learn how to break the cycle to lead a full and happy life.</p> <p>BPD impacts the way you think and feel about yourself and others and can cause long-term patterns of disruptive relationships and difficulties with self-control. It often results from childhood abuse or neglect, as well as from genetic or brain abnormalities&mdash;particularly in areas of the brain that regulate emotion, impulsivity, and aggression. Knowing how it works means we know how to manage it, and <i>Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies</i>&mdash;written in a friendly, easy-to-follow style by two leading clinical psychologists&mdash;is packed with useful techniques to do just that: from identifying triggers to finding the right care provider.</p> <ul> <li>Get a compassionate, actionable understanding of the symptoms and history of BPD</li> <li>Acquire techniques to identify and halt damaging behaviors</li> <li>Evaluate providers and the latest therapies and treatments</li> <li>Set goals and habits to overcome problems step-by-step</li> </ul> <p>BPD should never be allowed to dictate anyone's existence. This reference gives you the tools to take your life back and is a must-have for sufferers and their loved ones alike.</p>

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Psychology For Dummies

Published 09-23-2020

<p><b>Find out what makes you&mdash;and everyone else&mdash;tick</b><b>&nbsp;</b>&nbsp;</p> <p><i>Psychology&nbsp;</i><i>For&nbsp;Dummies</i>&nbsp;takes you on the challenging and thrilling adventure into the&nbsp;astonishing&nbsp;science of why we&nbsp;do the things we do. Along the way you&rsquo;ll find out how&nbsp;psychology&nbsp;helps us&nbsp;improve our relationships, make better decisions, be more effective in our careers, and avoid stress and mental illness in difficult times.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In a friendly, jargon-free style, clinical psychologist&nbsp;and teacher Adam Cash&nbsp;uses practical examples to&nbsp;delve&nbsp;deep into&nbsp;the maze of the human mind:&nbsp;from the basic hardware, software, and "wetware" of our brains&nbsp;to the&nbsp;mysteries of consciousness&nbsp;and the&nbsp;murkier reaches of abnormal behavior.&nbsp;He also provides profound insights into&nbsp;our wants and needs,&nbsp;the&nbsp;differences between&nbsp;psychological&nbsp;approaches, and how positive psychology&nbsp;can&nbsp;help you&nbsp;lead the&nbsp;&ldquo;good life&rdquo;&nbsp;that fulfills you most.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Gain insights into identity and the self</li> <li>Cope with stress and illness</li> <li>Maintain psychological health</li> <li>Make informed choices when seeking counseling&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re&nbsp;new to the unconscious&nbsp;or&nbsp;an established&nbsp;devotee&nbsp;of&nbsp;Freud and pharmacology,&nbsp;<i>Psychology For Dummies&nbsp;</i>is&nbsp;your&nbsp;essential guide to the examined life&mdash;and what&nbsp;can&nbsp;make&nbsp;it&nbsp;even more worth living!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies

Published 12-05-2019

<p><b>Retrain your thinking and your life with these simple, scientifically proven techniques!</b></p> <p>Cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT for short, is often cited as the gold standard of psychotherapy. Its techniques allow you to identify the negative thought processes that hold you back and exchange them for new, productive ones that can change your life. CBT's popularity continues to grow, and more individuals are turning to CBT as a way to help develop a healthier, more productive outlook on life.</p> <p><i>Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies</i> shows you how you can easily incorporate the techniques of CBT into your day-to-day life and produce tangible results. You&#8217;ll learn how to take your negative thoughts to boot camp and retrain them, establishing new habits that tackle your toxic thoughts and retool your awareness, allowing you to be free of the weight of past negative thinking biases.</p> <ul> <li>Move on: Take a fresh look at your past and maybe even overcome it</li> <li>Mellow out: Relax yourself through techniques that reduce anger and stress</li> <li>Lighten up: Read practical advice on healthy attitudes for living and ways to nourish optimism</li> <li>Look again: Discover how to overcome low self-esteem and body image issues</li> </ul> <p><br />Whatever the issue, don&#8217;t let your negative thoughts have the last say&#8212;start developing your new outlook on life today with help from <i>Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies</i>!</p>

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Cognitive Psychology For Dummies

Published 04-11-2016

<b>Demystify the core concepts of cognitive psychology</b> <p>Written specifically for psychology students &#8211; and not other academics - <i>Cognitive Psychology For Dummies</i> is an accessible and entertaining introduction to the field. Unlike the dense and jargon-laden content found in most psychology textbooks, this practical guide provides readers with easy-to-understand explanations of the fundamental elements of cognitive psychology so that they are able obtain a firm grasp of the material.</p> <p><i>Cognitive Psychology For Dummies</i> follows the structure of a typical university course, which makes it the perfect supplement for students in need of a clear and enjoyable overview of the topic. The complexities of a field that explores internal mental processes &#8211; including the study of how people perceive, remember, think, speak, and solve problems &#8211; can be overwhelming for first-year psychology students. This practical resource cuts through the academic-speak to provide a clear understanding of the most important elements of cognitive psychology.</p> <ul> <li>Obtain a practical understanding of the core concepts of cognitive psychology</li> <li>Supplement required course reading with clear and easy-to-understand overviews</li> <li>Gain confidence in your ability to apply your knowledge of cognitive psychology</li> <li>Prepare for upcoming exams or topic discussions</li> </ul> <p><i>Cognitive Psychology For Dummies</i> is the perfect resource for psychology students who need a clear and readable overview of the core concepts of cognitive psychology.</p>

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy For Dummies

Published 03-14-2016

<b>Harness ACT to live a healthier life</b> <p>Do you want to change your relationship with painful thoughts and feelings that are holding you back from making changes to improve your life? In <i>Acceptance and Commitment Therapy For Dummies</i>, you'll discover how to identify negative and unhealthy modes of thinking and apply Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) principles throughout your day-to-day life, creating a healthier, richer and more meaningful existence with yourself and others. <p>Closely connected to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), ACT is an evidence-based, NICE-approved therapy that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed in with commitment and behaviour-changing strategies to help people increase their psychological flexibility in both their personal and professional lives. With the help of this straightforward and authoritative guide, you'll find out how to target unpleasant feelings and not act upon them&#8212;without sending yourself spiraling down the rabbit hole. The objective is not happiness; rather, it is to be present with what life brings you and to move toward valued behaviour. <ul> <li>Shows you how to banish unhelpful thoughts</li> <li>Guides you to making room for painful feelings</li> <li>Teaches you how to engage fully with your here-and-now experience</li> <li>Helps you cope with anxiety, depression, stress, OCD and psychosis</li> </ul> <p>Whether you're looking to practice self care at home or are thinking about seeing an ACT therapist, <i>Acceptance and Commitment Therapy For Dummies</i> makes it easier to live a healthier and more productive life in spite of&#8212;and alongside&#8212;unpleasantness.

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Neuro-linguistic Programming For Dummies

Published 12-14-2015

<b>Turn thoughts into positive action with neuro-linguistic programming</b> <p>Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) has taken the psychology world by storm. So much more than just another quick-fix or a run-of-the-mill self-help technique, NLP shows real people how to evaluate the ways in which they think, strategise, manage their emotional state and view the world. This then enables them to positively change the way they set and achieve goals, build relationships with others, communicate and enhance their overall life skills. Sounds great, right? But where do you begin? Thankfully, that's where this friendly and accessible guide comes in! <p>Free of intimidating jargon and packed with lots of easy-to-follow guidance which you can put in to use straight away, <i>Neuro-linguistic Programming For Dummies</i> provides the essential building blocks of NLP and shows you how to get to grips with this powerful self-help technique. Highlighting key NLP topics, it helps you recognize and leverage your psychological perspective in a positive fashion to build self-confidence, communicate effectively and make life-changing decisions with confidence and ease. <ul> <li>Includes updated information on the latest advances in neuroscience</li> <li>Covers mindfulness coaching, social media and NLP in the digital world</li> <li>Helps you understand the power of communication</li> <li>Shows you how to make change easier</li> </ul> <p>If you're new to this widely known and heralded personal growth technique&#8212;either as a practitioner or homegrown student&#8212;<i>Neuro-linguistic Programming For Dummies</i> covers everything you need to benefit from all it has to offer.

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