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civilization and its discontents summary

Civilization and Its Discontents

by Sigmund Freud
Civilization and Its Discontents was written by Sigmund Freud, possibly THE most influential psychologist of all time. He said people are unhappy in modern society because they are forced to suppress many of their instincts for sex and aggression.
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Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Summary

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

by Benjamin Franklin
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is the life story of one of the Founding Fathers of America. Franklin is often described as a "self-made man" and "The First American" because of his lifelong dedication to values like enthusiastic work, self-education and personal improvement.
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Letters From a Stoic

by Seneca
Letters from a Stoic is about how to stop feeling unsatisfied in life or worried what people think. Seneca says we must first reduce our desire for pleasure, wealth and social approval. Then we can become less fearful and hesitant with techniques like remembering that we're all gonna die.
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How to Win Friends and Influence People

by Dale Carnegie
How to Win Friends and Influence People is a guide to getting along with others. Dale Carnegie says that people are "creatures of emotion" (not logic) that desire a feeling of importance. We can provide that feeling with our sincere enthusiasm, consideration, interest and appreciation.
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As a Man Thinketh

by James Allen
As a Man Thinketh says our thoughts set the course our life, not our circumstances. James Allen says thoughts are seeds for actions, so our mind is a garden where we must cultivate the right seeds. This short, inspiring book still influences many modern self-help teachers.
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Meditations

by Marcus Aurelius
Meditations shows how to become more self disciplined, stop caring what people think, and withstand life's emotional storms. Marcus Aurelius was a powerful Roman emperor and great Stoic philosopher. He wrote down all these thoughts in a private journal to himself.
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Think and Grow Rich

by Napoleon Hill
Think and Grow Rich is a classic self help book, based on Napoleon Hill interviewing 500 millionaires including Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. He says the formula for riches is first having a burning desire for them, then following a definite plan and having faith that plan will succeed.
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Man’s Search For Meaning

by Viktor Frankl
Man's Search for Meaning was written after Viktor Frankl survived the concentration camps of WW2. He noticed that his fellow prisoners who could find purpose and meaning in their suffering found the strength to survive, while others perished. This book is also a guide to finding meaning in your life.
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