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1. What is anxiety?

1. What is anxiety?  

Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman

in Anxiety: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777486
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10.1093/actrade/9780199567157.003.0001
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9780199567157
‘What is anxiety?’ asks what anxiety is; what it feels like; and what its purpose might be. A brief history of anxiety takes us from its Latin roots, through the increased interest in ... More
5. Science

5. Science  

Ronald de Sousa

in Love: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2015
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Jan 2015
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9780191781353
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10.1093/actrade/9780199663842.003.0005
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9780199663842
Scientific scrutiny of love cannot reduce it to mere physical processes. Other perspectives are needed to explain why these mechanisms exist in the first place and what role they play in ... More
4. Love, sex, gender, and philosophy

4. Love, sex, gender, and philosophy  

Julia Annas

in Plato: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775505
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802163.003.0004
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9780192802163
‘Love, sex, gender, and philosophy’ examines Plato's treatment of love as background to and possibly part of philosophy. Plato wrote in a society in which sexual and erotic relations ... More
10. Genius and us

10. Genius and us  

Andrew Robinson

in Genius: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778056
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10.1093/actrade/9780199594405.003.0010
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9780199594405
‘Genius and us’ shows that in the early 21st century, talent appears to be on the increase, genius on the decrease. Where is the Darwin or the Einstein, the Mozart or the Beethoven, the ... More
4. Truth

4. Truth  

Malcolm Gaskill

in Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777158
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10.1093/actrade/9780199236954.003.0004
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9780199236954
The history of witchcraft shows that knowledge was determined by institutions and ideologies. ‘Truth’ explains that knowledge was political, and so therefore was witchcraft. Even among the ... More
7. Fantasy

7. Fantasy  

Malcolm Gaskill

in Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777158
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10.1093/actrade/9780199236954.003.0007
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Most Westerners have inherited a basic Enlightenment epistemology, which is why writing about witches is so tricky. Anthropology reminds us that not everyone made the same intellectual ... More
2. How psychoanalysis began

2. How psychoanalysis began  

Daniel Pick

in Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
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9780191782404
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10.1093/actrade/9780199226818.003.0002
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9780199226818
Psychoanalysis emerged between the 1880s and 1900s. Its origins can be traced to many sources, but mostly to the work of Sigmund Freud. ‘How psychoanalysis began’ considers, in turn, ... More
The Devil: A Very Short Introduction

The Devil: A Very Short Introduction  

Darren Oldridge

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May 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777776
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10.1093/actrade/9780199580996.001.0001
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9780199580996
Focussing specifically on the Christian Devil, The Devil: A Very Short Introduction explores the many guises and roles he played in the Bible. He has fascinated writers and theologians ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

Darren Oldridge

in The Devil: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777776
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10.1093/actrade/9780199580996.003.0001
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The ‘Introduction’ explores the Devil's identity. Is he the evil in all of us? Or a metaphor for pain and destruction? In the Judaeo-Christian tradition, he is a living being who ... More
8. Through the past to the present: texts and history

8. Through the past to the present: texts and history  

David F. Ford

in Theology: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
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9780191779855
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10.1093/actrade/9780199679973.003.0008
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9780199679973
‘Through the past to the present: texts and history’ asks: What skills and ways of thinking are helpful if you are wanting to do theology well? It looks at skills to do with two closely ... More
4. Time-limited psychotherapy

4. Time-limited psychotherapy  

Tom Burns and Eva Burns‐Lundgren

in Psychotherapy: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2015
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Jan 2015
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9780191781599
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10.1093/actrade/9780199689361.003.0004
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9780199689361
For many therapists and patients, short-term therapies are now the treatments of choice. ‘Time-limited psychotherapy’ describes three time-limited psychotherapies that have emerged with ... More
7. Internalizing disorders and adolescent mental health

7. Internalizing disorders and adolescent mental health  

Peter K. Smith

in Adolescence: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2016
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May 2016
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9780191785245
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10.1093/actrade/9780199665563.003.0007
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9780199665563
Internalizing disorders refer to problematic or harmful behaviours directed to oneself rather than to others. Although illegal drug use can be considered as an internalizing behaviour, the ... More
Autobiography: A Very Short Introduction

Autobiography: A Very Short Introduction  

Laura Marcus

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Jul 2018
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Jul 2018
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9780191785252
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10.1093/actrade/9780199669240.001.0001
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9780199669240
Throughout history, individuals have recorded their own lives and experiences. These personal writings provide an understanding of the ways in which lives have been lived, and the most ... More
6. Pain as pleasure

6. Pain as pleasure  

Rob Boddice

in Pain: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2017
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Jul 2017
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9780191801815
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10.1093/actrade/9780198738565.003.0007
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9780198738565
Pain has been conceptualized as a malign experience always to be reduced or eliminated. Yet many cultures and traditions hold the pursuit or acceptance of pain as central to a virtuous ... More
7. Conclusion

7. Conclusion  

Julian Baggini

in Atheism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775925
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804242.003.0007
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9780192804242
The ‘Conclusion’ explains that the kind of positive atheism argued for in this book is sometimes called humanism. Broadly, humanists are simply atheists who believe in living purposeful and ... More
5. Character, sex, and the unconscious

5. Character, sex, and the unconscious  

Christopher Janaway

in Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775666
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802590.003.0005
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9780192802590
‘Character, sex, and the unconscious’ explores Schopenhauer's treatment of character and individuality. In Schopenhauer's view, the will is the primary element within us. The will often has ... More
10. Freud as therapist

10. Freud as therapist  

Anthony Storr

in Freud: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776793
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854551.003.0010
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9780192854551
‘Freud as therapist’ outlines Freud's psychoanalytical techniques, before moving on to some famous cases. The guidelines Freud set out for conducting psychoanalysis give instructions on a ... More
11. Psychoanalysis today

11. Psychoanalysis today  

Anthony Storr

in Freud: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776793
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854551.003.0011
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9780192854551
‘Psychoanalysis today’ asks how modern psychoanalytical techniques have evolved from Freud's theories. It is difficult to define psychoanalysis, but modern therapists currently use a ... More
7. Jokes and The Psycho-Pathology of Everyday Life

7. Jokes and The Psycho-Pathology of Everyday Life  

Anthony Storr

in Freud: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776793
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854551.003.0007
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9780192854551
‘Jokes and The Psycho–pathology of Everyday Life’ investigates the concept of ‘Freudian slips’, as well as examining the science of jokes. Freud saw Freudian slips as arising from ... More
8. Selfhood and personalitythe psychology of identity

8. Selfhood and personality: the psychology of identity  

Florian Coulmas

in Identity: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2019
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Feb 2019
eISBN: 
9780191867033
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10.1093/actrade/9780198828549.003.0008
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9780198828549
‘Selfhood and personality: the psychology of identity’ considers how psychology deals with the question ‘Who am I?’. Rather than a fixed state, personal identity is an ongoing project. The ... More

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