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Takeaways from books about human behavior published in 2016

Throughout life, literacy unlocks the doors to learning. It is essential for development of our mind which opens ways for democratic participation as well as active citizenship. Literacy comes through reading which leaves many positive effects on our lives. Reading stimulates our imagination, foster vocabulary building, and enhance our critical thinking.

The conceptions of happiness, productivity, and success come from reading books that focus on psychology and behavioral science. Following is the list of few of the most expressive books for this year that are worth reading.

Payoff:

This book Payoff, by the Duke University Behavioral economist Dan Ariely argues that money isn’t enough to motivate a man to perform good deeds. Human motivation is a lot more multifaceted then it is believed.

Emotional Agility:

In this book Harvard psychologist Susan David helps people to deal with their most complex emotions. The author stresses people to focus on feelings holding important information regarding our values and potential. This information can help in taking future decisions.

Peak:

Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool explain the concept of deliberate practice by working with an instructor on specific goals. It stresses on pushing yourself outside the comfort zone and learning from mistakes, failures, and pain.

Pre-Suasion:

This book is a follow up psychologist and Influence at Work president Robert Cialdini’s 2006 book “Influence”. It is popular among business students and for people who are interested in persuasion psychology.

A book about love:

This book is a scientific vision of development of romantic love which considers it needs day to day maintenance. The most exciting thing about it is that love grows and changes therefore require care. It is written by Jonah Lehrer.

What Got You Here, Won’t Get You there:

A book by psychologist and executive coach Marshall Goldsmith is directed towards people who want to progress on a higher level. It argues that negative behaviors never help to succeed. It focuses on gathering information about your behavior through various sources such as coworkers in order to know the flaws that are a hindrance in one’s success.

The Power paradox:

According to Dacher Keltner, Berkeley Psychologist University of California, empathy is the only thing that can be effective for leadership and maintaining meaningful relationships.

Rethinkin Positive Thinking:

This book revolves around a framework named WOOP that has been developed by New York University and University of Hamburg psychologist Gabriele Oettingen and her colleagues. WOOP is basically a four-step procedure of Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, and Plan to have concrete goals.

Never split the difference:

This book is based on years of working of the author Chris Voss along with the co-author Tahl Raz to outline the surprising psychology of negotiation.

If you’re so smart, why aren’t you happy?

This book is written by Raj Raghunathan on undermining the ability of a person to be happy.

GRIT:

Among scientists, GRIT is controversial for attaining success. In this book Angela Duckworth argues that combination of passion and practice are more important than intelligence e and talent.

Negotiating the Negotiable:

This is a collection of practical tips by the founder and director of Harvard International Negotiation Program, Dan Shapiro.

Smarter Faster Better:

Written by Charles Duhigg Smarter Faster Better is a book that focuses on behavior and systematic thinking for productivity and creativity.

Presence:

“Presence” by Amy Cuddy illustrates on the idea to trick a person into feeling confident while being scared and nervous.

The Happiness Track:

Written by psychologist Emma Seppala, the book indicates that happiness and well-being are at odds with professional success. She states that less stress, greater happiness, and more self-compassion are more helpful in yielding professional success.

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