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I Think, Therefore I am... Mad!

The yo-yo effect is something many have painfully experienced at first hand after a diet, but are you also familiar with the big-fish-little-pond effect, the Mona Lisa syndrome and the TINA syndrome? There are countless psychological principles and phenomena we know little about, and yet on a ...

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The Office Bible

Everything you need to know to do a better job

One day. Loads of problems. All the answers!

Offices are more than just common human habitats - they are also conflict zones that exert a massive influence on people's behaviour, psyche and well-being. They are akin to small local communities, with their own (largely ...

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Body Intelligence

What you need to know to stay young

How to stay young - even if you're growing old!

When do you start growing old? At 30? At 50? At 70? Or even later? According to scientists, there's no hard and fast rule. Countless scientific studies leave us in no doubt that our lifestyle has a major influence on how youthful ...

The Girl at the Piano

The setting is Leipzig at the turn of the 19 th century: an ambitious and at times tyrannical piano teacher and music shop owner, Friedrich Wieck is set on turning his second-born daughter Clara into a musical prodigy. Clara certainly has the talent and the determination. A virtuoso ...


How I Set Out to Buy some Milk and Came Home with a Bicycle

The deeper truth behind our decisions

Many of our decisions have no major influence on our lives, while others are a matter of do or die. And some of them are so insane in retrospect that we can hardly believe we took them. A single good or bad decision can change the course of our lives forever. But what influences our decisions?

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En Route

The Meaning of Travel and the Magic of Adventure

Destination: the world

Achill Moser, "passionate globetrotter and go-getter," invites us to participate in his fascination for the sublime natural environment. In an increasingly swiftly turning world, we need nature as a counterbalance and measure for our own existence, as well as ...


My Father, My Son and Kilimanjaro

An Adventurous Journey

The thirst for adventure and Achill Moser go hand in hand, but what was the catalyst behind his fascination with far-flung places? This becomes clear to him when he meets his biological father Harry at the age of twenty-eight: Harry's lifelong dream had been to climb Kilimanjaro. Together the ...

Emotional Leading

The art of leading yourself and others

How to harness the power of inspirational leadership

Our actions are generally geared towards experiencing as many positive and as few negative emotions as possible. That goes for our work as well as our private lives. But what actually generates emotions? How do they come into being?


Germany’s Leadership Responsibilities

- Servant Leadership as political strategy

After seven decades of peace, freedom and increasing prosperity, Germany is the most successful country in the world in geopolitical terms. It has been actively involved in global security issues while steering clear of any hint of superpower politics. In the wake of its moral suicide in World ...


The Abdication

The decline of the German monarchy

1918 saw the abdication not only of William II, the German Emperor and King of Prussia, but three other kings and regents of the innumerable German royal houses - a unique historical phenomenon and a truly spectacular sequence of events. Conceived in commendably lucid, eidetic language, Lothar ...


The Art of Making an Impact

The Secret of Self-promotion

We tend to assume that charismatic people are blessed with a natural gift. But Steve Jobs, Madonna and Angela Merkel all started small. Much of what we do on a daily basis - the clothes we wear, the words we choose, our postures, facial expressions and gestures - is a form of self-presentation.

Seven Day Master Chief

a voyage of culinary self-discovery

Gelatine and genius, horseradish and horseplay, wasabi-wizardry and luscious lunacy: a book for fun-loving foodies everywhere.


Stefan Maiwald takes the plunge, diving head first into the arcane world of top-notch gastronomy. He meets the ...