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Books that explore our mind, motivation, behavior & passion


Nitya Narasimhan recommends these 10 books:

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us: Daniel H. Pink: 8601420442870

  • Rated 4.4 by 1167 users
  • Daniel Pink's "Drive" is an absorbing read on intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivators and behaviour psychology. (Posted on Twitter)

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  • Interested in behavioral economics and psychology? Two good books: Drive (Daniel Pink) and Predictably Irrational (Dan Ariely) #goodreads (Posted on Twitter)

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To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others: Daniel H. Pink: 9781594631900

  • Rated 4.4 by 754 users
  • Starting my reading journey today with @DanielPink "To Sell is Human" .. fascinating read on how all of us subconsciously are always trying to 'move' others opinions. 🙌(Posted on Twitter)

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The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters: Priya Parker: 9781594634925

  • Rated 4.5 by 80 users
  • The Art of Gathering by @priyaparker -- a really wonderful book on communities and facilitating conversations that matter in various contexts (anything from a family gathering to a global summit). Has had a huge impact on me. (Posted on Twitter)

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  • The more I read @priyaparker book the more food I have for thought in how we can scale communities for meaningful engagement. You need to be as deliberate about who you LEAVE OUT as who you invite to your meetings. Establishes trust for diversity! (Posted on Twitter)

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Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Harper Perennial Modern Classics): Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: 8601405917720

  • Rated 4.1 by 645 users
  • Not productivity related, more behavioral - 'Thanks for the Feedback', 'Flow' & 'Give and Take' influenced me. (Posted on Twitter)

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Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions: Dan Ariely: 9780061353246

  • Rated 4.4 by 1235 users
  • Predictably Irrational by @danariely .. I think I've read (and own) every book since .. plus his was the only course I ever managed to complete on @coursera and I still find his articles/posts relevant and intriguing. Human behaviors ftw. (Posted on Twitter)

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The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone--Especially Ourselves: Dr. Dan Ariely: 8601420013803

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Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well: Douglas Stone, Sheila Heen: 9780143127130

  • Rated 4.6 by 176 users
  • I'd previously bought/read "Thanks for the Feedback" for just this reason… highly recommend it! (Posted on Twitter)

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  • Not productivity related, more behavioral - 'Thanks for the Feedback', 'Flow' & 'Give and Take' influenced me. (Posted on Twitter)

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Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life (Masterminds Series): Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: 9780465024117

  • Rated 4.2 by 95 users
  • I learnt a lot about human behaviors, motivation and decision making from Dan Ariely's books starting with Predictably Irrational. Other books I've loved: The art of gathering, Weapons of Math Destruction, Thanks for the feedback, Finding Flow and Chup. (Posted on Twitter)

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Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy: Cathy O'Neil: 9780553418835

  • Rated 4.1 by 368 users
  • I learnt a lot about human behaviors, motivation and decision making from Dan Ariely's books starting with Predictably Irrational. Other books I've loved: The art of gathering, Weapons of Math Destruction, Thanks for the feedback, Finding Flow and Chup. (Posted on Twitter)

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Chup: Breaking the Silence About India's Women Hardcover [Hardcover] [Jan 01, 2018] Deepa Narayan: Deepa Narayan: 9789386228604

  • Rated 4.4 by 4 users
  • It is well worth getting .. I had to order it from Amazon India though (not available here) but you are definitely going to have many "aha" moments reading it. Understanding why we are conditioned to do certain things is the first step to changing. (Posted on Twitter)

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Nitya Narasimhan says,

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Humans are complicated. Always loved books that explore our mind, motivation, behaviors and passions. I learnt a lot about human behaviors, motivation and decision making from Dan Ariely's books starting with Predictably Irrational. Other books I've loved: The art of gathering, Weapons of Math Destruction, Thanks for the feedback, Finding Flow and Chup.

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