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How Confidence Works: The new science of self-belief
SKU: 978-1787633728

'A brilliant and thought-provoking book - it will change how you think about confidence'  

Johann Hari, author of Lost Connections and Chasing the Scream

'There are some books that I have to replace regularly on my shelf because they are given away again and again at a moment of relevance for the athletes and leaders I work with. ‘How confidence works’ will undoubtedly be one of them. It is made for sharing - rich with stories and change-inspiring examples for every kind of performer.'

Pippa Grange, 
Psychologist to the England national soccer team. 

'A revelatory and practical new exploration of the science of confidence, which is important for everyone but crucial for women.'

Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland

'Interesting and Important'

Steven Pinker,
Harvard University, author of How the Mind Works and Rationality.

Listen to this BBC Radio 4 interview with me on Confidence and Pride


Why do boys instinctively talk bull more than girls? How do economic recessions shape a generation's confidence? Can we have too much confidence and, if so, what are the consequences? Imagine we could discover something that could make us richer, healthier, longer-living, smarter, kinder, happier, more motivated and more innovative.

Ridiculous, you might say... What is this elixir? Confidence. If you have confidence, it can empower you to reach heights you never thought possible. But if you don't, it can have a devastating effect on your future. Confidence lies at the core of what makes things happen.

Listen to me discussing the book with Hugo Rifkind on Times Radio ........ here

I discuss confidence - what it is and how it works, with Karl Henry below:

I had a great discussion about sex differences in confidence in this linkedin live discussion - the comments from people all over the world are fascinating.   Below is a youtube version of the discussion without the comments.

What makes a confident leader? Listen to my podcast with the Association of Business Psychologists.

If your confidence is fading and you are feeling jaded or fatigued, you might find the tips I give in this interview helpful.

Probing the science and neuroscience behind confidence that has emerged over the last decade, clinical psychologist and neuroscientist Professor Ian Robertson tells us how confidence plays out in our minds, our brains and indeed our bodies. He explains where it comes from and how it spreads - with extraordinary economic and political consequences. And why it's not necessarily something you are born with, but something that can be learned

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The Stress Test: how pressure can make you stronger and sharper
SKU: 978-1408860397

Why is it that some people react to seemingly trivial emotional upsets—like failing an unimportant exam or tackling a difficult project at work—with distress, while others power through life-changing tragedies showing barely any emotional upset whatsoever? How do some people shine brilliantly at public speaking when others stumble with their words and seem on the verge of an anxiety attack? Why do some people sink into all-consuming depression when life has dealt them a poor hand, while in others it merely increases their resilience?

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The Winner Effect: the neuroscience of success and failure
SKU: 978-1250001672

What makes a winner? Why do some succeed both in life and in business, and others fail? Why do a few individuals end up supremely powerful, while many remain powerless? And are men more likely to be power junkies than women?


The ‘winner effect’ is a term used in biology to describe how an animal that has won a few fights against weak opponents is much more likely to win later bouts against stronger contenders. As Ian Robertson reveals, it applies to humans, too. Success changes the chemistry of the brain, making you more focused, smarter, more confident and more aggressive. The effect is as strong as any drug. And the more you win, the more you will go on to win. But the downside is that winning can become physically addictive. 


By understanding what the mental and physical changes are that take place in the brain of a ‘winner’, how they happen, and why they affect some people more than others, Robertson answers the question of why some people attain and then handle success better than others. He explains what makes a winner – or a loser – and how we can use the answers to these questions to understand better the behaviour of our business colleagues, employees, family and friends. 

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The Mind's Eye
SKU: 978-0857501158

Ian Robertson has always been fascinated by how the mind makes images, for that awesome power directly and deeply affects our lives. All of us "visualize" the world differently, and how we do so dictates the way we feel, remember, and think--and therefore our health, memory, and creativity. In this lively, accessible and fascinating book, Robertson explains that most of us employ language as a basis for visualization. In effect, we think in words more than in images. The result is an imbalance between the logical and the intuitive, between imagery-based thought and language-based thought. Opening the Mind's Eye is both an enlightening and stimulating explanation of how we "see," and a compelling argument for extending the mind's powers to improve the quality of our lives. Like Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence, it combines insight and application.
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Mind Sculpture

Listen. Can you hear an aircraft passing overhead? A dog barking? The twittering of birds? In straining to listen, you have just sent a surge of electrical activity through millions of brain cells. In choosing to do this with your mind, you have changed your brain - you have made brain cells fire, at the side of your head, above the right eye. By the time you've read this far, you will have changed your brain permanently. These words will leave a faint trace in the woven electricity of you. For 'you' exists in the trembling web of connected brain cells. This web is in flux, continually remoulded, sculpted by the restless energy of the world. That energy is transformed at your senses into the utterly unique weave of brain connections that is YOU. New research has demonstrated the way in which the brain is shaped by experience and sculpted by our interactions with the world around us. As one of the world's leading authorities on brain rehabilitation, Ian Robertson is uniquely placed to explore these ground-breaking discoveries, that free us from the currently fashionable genetically determinist view. Mind Sculpture is a singularly accessible and imaginative book which communicates the excitement and challenge of the most recent research, its consequences for how we understand the brain and how we perceive ourselves.
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