- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: NEW HARBINGER; 1 edition (1 April 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1626251207
- ISBN-13: 978-1626251205
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Book: The 'Feeling' Brain
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My softer (empathetic) side isn't always in tune with those that need support, but this book helps me with the application of non-nonsense actions that resonate so that I can be more supportive.