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Books that were Cheerleaders

These are a selection of books that were not used specifically in the formation of this research project, but has significant information for its future potential:


Don't Shoot Thee Dog! The new Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor


This book contains how to approach other people, how to react to situations, and how to be diplomatic in these interactions. It seems a bit manipulative, but then I don't have enough psychological knowledge to know where that line is... or where really is that line anyways?


The Family and Individual Development by D. W Winnicott


This is a collection of papers that were given to social workers in the last decade to address family and development of social groups in that circle. While the author is crucial to the study, the content of the book was found in other books with a focus on adolescents.


Empathy. Why it matters, and how to get it by Roman Krznaric


This goes deep into what empathy is and how to understand it. This was useful in understanding empathy and getting into more detail of how it has worked before, it is a bit too formal to empathise with this book.


You're Not Listening. What you're missing and why it matters by Kate Murphy


This book analyses different ways of listening, and what we do right and wrong. Again, this is useful in the future of this project when it gets to the detailed design of the product.


Opening Skinner's Box - Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century by Lauren Slater.


This book talks about how people are shaped based on B. F Skinner's experiments on behaviour. This was a book I initially read when we were discussing interventions. At the time, I didn't understand the scope of my project, and I didn't use the content of this project. However, as someone who's always been intrigued by Skinner's experiments on behaviour conditioning, and how we use it on humans, I'd say this would have influenced my thinking to some extent.


Creative Confidence. Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley and David Kelley.


This is a brilliant book for anyone who wants to know how to push beyond the limitations. While I haven't quoted from this book in my work, I have been using it as inspiration for a few years now.


Surrounded by Idiots. The Four Types of Human Behaviour (or How to Understand Those Who Cannot Be Understood) by Thomas Erikson


This book divides people into red, yellow, green, and blue, and talk about how we interact with certain people and why we don't get along with some others. It's a weirdly interesting book about how these four categories react to different situations. A thought that occurred to me during my research was how different categories of people react to different ways of learning. Late adolescents don't learn the same way, and combined with this book and more research could help focus these games differently in the future.


Freud for Beginners by Richard Appignanesi and Oscar Zarate


This is a graphic novel explaining Freud's psychology. I read this book just to get the basics of psychology at the beginning of the project.


Sorry I'm Late. I didn't Want to Come by Jessica Pan


It's a story of Jessica Pan and how she works through her anxiety. I went through this just to get perspective on anxiety as 1. I don't have anxiety so I don't understand it. 2. Many late adolescents and adults I talk to speak of anxiety.


Generation Z - Their voice, their lives by Chloe Combi


This is a combination of stories of Gen Z in the UK talking about their personal stories. I read this book when I was still focusing on Gen Z and not late adolescents. While I could empathise with the stories, they were not very well connected to the Sri Lankan late adolescents. The author was also suggested by Zuleika Lebow even though I didn't make the connection at the time. Writing this now, I was wondering why the name sounded so familiar.


The Rules of Everything by Richard Templar


This is a combination of all Templar's Rule books, combining Rules of Work, Management, Life, Wealth, Parenting, Love, People, Thinking, and what Rules to Break. It's pretty clear, straightforward, and talks about basic rules in getting by life. This was a book I browsed through to understand what sort of advice is already out there.


The Book of Human Emotions. An Encyclopedia of Feeling from Aner to Wanderlust. By Tiffany Watt Smith.


As it states, it's an encyclopedia of all kinds of emotions. I used it as a reference for myself to understand different emotions that I experience and I hear.


The Empathy Instinct. How to Create a More Civil Society by Peter Bazalgette.


I have referred to this book for the last five years. It talks about the Empthy Deficit and why, as a society, we need to talk about the lack of empathy.


The Ethics of Influence. Government in the Age of Behavioral Science. by Cass R. Sunstein


This book looks at how the governments of different countries are paying attention to human behaviour in order to understand concepts such as coercion, values, manipulation, and how people choose. This is a wider look at my project focusing on hidden stakeholders who might be involved.


D&D Player's Handbook


This is the official Player's Handbook for the Dungeons and Dragons. It contains all the descriptions of how to play Dungeons &Dragons, who the characters and classes are, and how to build a person's character.


I refer to this when I play Dungeons & Dragons, and it is a part of the next stage of this project.









Loveworks by Brian Sheehan


This book contains advertising campaigns from an emotional angle. To me, interventions were well thought-out advertising campaigns. By inserting something new, the campaign, how people derived results. Loveworks is a book I've referred to before in my work, and during this project.


No One is Talking About This - Patricia Lockwood


This was a beautiful written book on a person's life and how they view the world with all the interactions that come their way. I read this to simply have more perspective on people's lives.


Just Work. How to Confront Bias, Prejudice and Bullying to Build a Culture of Inclusivity. by Kim Scott.


This book looks at how a person's biases based on the society they grew up and how they can rewire their brain wires. I found this book when we were discussing our own bias and positionality in class, and it gave me further clarity on the discussions.


The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) by Philippa Perry


It gives perspective from a child's point of view while empathising with the adult's reactions as well. This was actually a decent book with very realistic scenarios and relatable language. It helped to understand the process before late adolescence.


The Freedom Writer's Diary by Erin Gruwell


This is a collection of true stories from students that was done as a class project to break separation, and was made into a movie as well. If I had to pick one thing that influenced me to be kind, to be the kind of teacher I am, and to really listen to stories, it would be this book. The Line Game was inspired from the movie based on this book.


This Book Loves You by PEWDIEPIE


Written by the infamous YouTuber, this books is a colourful collection of quotes and images that would fall under Chaotic Good. As someone who's famous with Gen Z, the current late adolescence, it shows that there is a pattern to the kind of language late adolescents respond to.


The Politics of Trauma by Staci K. Haines

This book discusses the trauma left behind by major global or local activities that are not personal, but still leaves trauma behind. This book was referenced to understand the impact of the mentality of the protest during the Sri Lankan Economic Crisis 2022.

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