Book Reviews

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  • Positive Computing: Technology for Wellbeing & Human Potential
    More and more people who work in technology need to take into account the wellbeing of their users when they design new applications and systems. Sometimes they must do this directly — for instance, for apps where ...
  • Book Review: Visual/Spatial Portals to Thinking, Feeling & Movement
    According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2010, the prevalence of autism in the States was about one in sixty-eight, with numbers increasing steadily since 2000. Among the treatments recognized by the CDC for autism spectrum ...
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy Essentials: Enriching Your Practice with Buddhist Psychology
    Nothing could have prepared me for the human suffering I saw in nursing facilities. As a doctoral student in 2006, I provided mental health services to nursing-facility residents, clients who were most frequently diagnosed with some form ...
  • Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope & Healing
    “Thou hast but enraged, not insulted me, sir; but for that I ask thee not to beware of Starbuck; thou wouldst but laugh; but let Ahab beware of Ahab; beware of thyself, old man.” —Herman Melville, ...
  • Book Review: Creatures of a Day
    As a therapist myself, I often find it difficult to express the indescribable joy of the therapy process and why I’m so passionate about its healing power. However, I don’t have to, now that ...
  • Book Review: The Giver
    Lois Lowry’s The Giver is a classic read that portrays a bizarre society. Free will is questioned. Human emotions and experiences are absent. The novel creates a thought-provoking discussion regarding life and suffering: would an ...
  • Book Review: Man’s Search for Meaning
    In a 1991 survey for the Library of Congress, readers were asked to name a book that made a difference in their lives. Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning was among the top ten. It ...
  • Book Review: Unhinged
    Anna Berry’s Unhinged is an intense read -- a personal, in-depth account of the heartbreaking and grueling components of a life with mental illness. However, a pertinent takeaway message for readers is the optimistic road ...
  • Psychopharmacology Problem Solving: Principles & Practices to Get It Right
    A longstanding debate in the field of psychology is whether or not psychologists — specifically, PhDs and PsyDs who serve in a clinical capacity — should, like psychiatrists (who have MDs), be able to prescribe medication. At present, ...
  • Alien Landscapes? Interpreting Disordered Minds
    In the latter half of the nineteenth century, psychiatrists were called alienists. That archaic term is given a nod in the title of philosopher Jonathan Glover’s new book as he describes the often foreign-seeming terrain ...
  • Children’s Dreams: Understanding the Most Memorable Dreams & Nightmares of Childhood
    My younger brother and I are in the back seat of our family’s van, parked on a steep hill. At the base of the hill is a lake or some other body of water. The ...
  • Counseling Issues: A Handbook for Counselors & Psychotherapists
    As a psychologist, I can see how a quick reference guide — one that covers neuropsychology, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, abusive relationships, PTSD, anger, guilt, and behavioral issues — might come in handy. So ...
  • The Effortless Sleep Companion
    Having recently reviewed Sasha Stephens's incredible (in my opinion) book, The Effortless Sleep Method, I'd like to share my opinion of her follow-up, The Effortless Sleep Companion. Again, I'm very impressed. Stephens ...
  • The Theory of Opposites
    "The best way not to be lost is to be your own map." ~ Theory Of Opposites Have you ever questioned your choices? Have you ever wondered if there was a ‘life plan’ doled out by the ...
  • The Human Spark: The Science of Human Development
    Few writers have made me feel this lucky for being a book reviewer, but Jerome Kagan has done it with The Human Spark. In his survey of human development that includes conception and first years, mental ...
  • Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective
    My introduction to the blending of Western psychology and Buddhism was Psychotherapy East and West, by Alan Watts, many decades ago. My own work as a therapist has included an underlying Eastern philosophy. Yet somehow I ...
  • Book Review: Finding Ultra
    Recently I read the memoir of an endurance athlete, Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself. It tells the story of Rich Roll, who, after a ...
  • The Abundant Problems of Scarcity
    What do you not have enough of? Money? Time? Friends? The lack may cause you greater problems than the obvious tight budget, frazzled days, or loneliness. Harvard economics professor Sendhil Mullainathan and Princeton psychology professor ...
  • Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior
    Wine connoisseurs, picky shoppers, and many others may bristle at Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior. We don’t like to be told that we make our decisions not on logical and reasonable grounds, ...
  • Advances in Relational Frame Theory: Research & Application
    I had not heard of Relational Frame Theory before coming across this textbook, but my curiosity was piqued when I learned that it addresses how people communicate and how they behave in a contextual sense. Relational ...
  • Give & Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success
    Adam Grant has a message for us, a big message: Success does not have to come at someone else’s expense. Rarely has a business-oriented book offered something so powerfully dynamic for me. They almost never get ...
  • Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder
    Blaise Aguirre and Gillian Galen, both based out of Harvard Medical School, have written a book that is one part guide, one part Buddhist manual, and one part scientific compendium. That may sound like almost too ...
  • Revelations of Your Self-Help Book Secrets
    Self-help books are a popular and growing body of literature; according to Nielsen Book Scan, 13.5 million self-help books were sold in 2011, a 22 percent increase from 2010. Clearly, many people are turning to ...
  • Japanese Self-Reflection: Naikan
    As a coach and counselor, I’m occasionally on the lookout for good books on self-reflection, but I try to avoid the ‘same-old’ self-help style that so many mimic (no matter how good the advice). ...
  • Jung the Mystic: The Esoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung’s Life & Teachings
    For those familiar with the work of famed thinker Carl Jung, author Gary Lachman has written a challenging but worthwhile biography. In Jung the Mystic: The Exoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung’s Life and Teachings, Lachman explores ...

 

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