MC recommends the book What Happens When People Think by Gene Korienek, Ph.D. and Tom Wrensch, Ph.D.

From the book website:

We wrote this book as a collection of short stories about a group of people who hang out in a coffee shop. The stories take place in the Pacific Northwest because that is where we live. Besides getting up too early and drinking too much coffee, this group talks about the issues that confront all of us every day of our lives.

It is our desire—our mission—to make some of the most effective thinking tools and techniques available to everyone interested in thinking more effectively and more successfully in our fast paced and often overly complex culture.

We did not invent or ‘make up’ the techniques we talk about in this book. They are not new. Most of them have been around for decades, some for centuries. They come from many sources, most notably the fields of psychology, computer science, engineering, philosophy, and mathematics. Many of these techniques are taught only in advanced undergraduate or graduate level university courses. Some are not taught anywhere. The people who use them have acquired them from other people through conversation and by observing them being used by other practitioners in their field. We take these tools and techniques, strip them of unnecessarily technical jargon, and translate them for your day-to-day use.

The other part of our lives—the other force that drove this book—is coffee. We, and others like us, can be found in coffee shops all around the country drinking cappuccinos and talking with people about issues that are important to us all.

Fortunately, the two go together rather well. Coffee shops are a great place to think. Maybe it’s the caffeine, maybe it’s snatches of overheard conversation, or maybe it’s just a habituated response to the environment. Whatever the reason, some of our best ideas were born in a mix of steamed milk and hot espresso.

Read more and find out how to purchase the book here.

And be sure to check out MC’s own recently released book, Sideways in Sarasota.