Book Reviews

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  • Your Best Life Yet: A Journey of Purpose & Passion
    “There I was, on a Broadway stage. Naked with the rest of the cast of Oh! Calcutta! The drugs and alcohol must not have been working because I was literally crawling out of my skin.” So begins ...
  • The Spirit of the Heart: Stories of Family, Hope, Loss & Healing
    You never forget your first patient who dies. When I entered medical school, I knew death would be part of my education, that not every patient could be saved. I was in my third year of ...
  • 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 ...
  • How Do You Grab a Naked Lady?
    Before they fell out of vogue, roughly 40,000 lobotomies took place in the United States. “Took place” being a rather passive, arm’s-length way of saying that, on 40,000 separate occasions, a person with an advanced ...
  • Eaten by the Tiger: Surrendering to an Empowered Life
    In a mere instant, Emile Allen’s life as a highly successful surgeon is destroyed. Electrocuted in an operating room accident, Allen is left with a litany of maladies, both physical and psychological: traumatic brain injury, ...
  • Healing From Childhood Abuse: Understanding the Effects, Taking Control to Recover
    How can abuse affect the psychological and emotional lives of adults? Mental health professionals believe the effects of childhood abuse are great. Listen to the internalized shame of an abuse survivor: “I could not tell anyone. ...
  • The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic
    At some point in nearly everyone’s life, depression will strike. Whether it comes through the grief of losing a loved one, the loss of a job and subsequent financial difficulty, or something else, depression, whether ...
  • Gay, Straight & the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation
    A bit over twenty years ago I was in college in California and two of my roommates were gay men. One of them mentioned a research paper had been published by a scientist at the ...
  • The Thing You Think You Cannot Do: 30 Truths About Fear & Courage
    What is it that you can’t do because you’re afraid? It may be something that other people seem to do all the time, such as approach a stranger to start a conversation. Maybe it’s bigger: ...
  • The Effortless Sleep Method
    I've recently read a book which claims to cure insomnia. One of the main points it makes is that there's no such thing as insomnia. Some may be tempted to hurl it at the wall ...
  • 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 ...
  • Our Superheroes, Ourselves
    What does Lex Luthor have to do with gossip? According to two of the psychologists in Our Superheroes, Ourselves, our penchant to dish about people and our delight in hating supervillains are very much connected. ...
  • Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma
    “Tapping resources” has a second meaning in EMDR therapy. In Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, you literally tap them in — maybe on your knees, maybe on your shoulders. The movement is sometimes called “installing ...
  • 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 ...
  • Fire Your Shrink & Read This Book Instead
    Stop whining, repeating harmful behaviors, making excuses. Pick one that fits and get busy. That’s what our author would tell us. When I began David M. Klein’s Fire Your Shrink and Read This Book Instead, my reaction ...
  • 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 ...
  • The Gap: The Science of What Separates Us from Other Animals
    We humans have always been fascinated with other animals. We keep them as pets, treat them as family, even buy them Halloween costumes. We make comments to our cats as we watch TV. However, as ...
  • Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction — and My Own
    Have you ever heard a skinny, super successful, professional woman spouting the horrors of obesity? We all have, and the widespread reaction from anyone who has ever struggled with their weight is along the lines ...
  • 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 ...
  • Book Review: Beautiful Day
    I call it the wedding book, but really it’s a book about marriage. I hit every point on the possible spectrum of marriages, from the best marriages to the worst marriages, from the worst divorce ...
  • Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life
    What a wonderful book this is! The topic is a universal concern, in varying degrees, for all of us. It is written in an easy-to-read style that is almost conversational. It provides common sense advice. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Overcoming Perfectionism: Finding the Key to Balance & Self-Acceptance (Revised, Updated Edition)
    When you’re a perfectionist, it could always be a little bit better. Every task you work on, that is. And so, the planning and revision go on and on, and the final product never quite ...
  • Isis Code: Revelations from Brain Research & System Science on the Search for Human Perfection & Happiness
    “Our only hope for survival is through the awakening and strengthening of our general feminine polarity, of Isis. Yes, Beauty can save the world.” That is the conclusion of Ariane Page, a self-described hygienist-naturopath and former ...
  • How I Learned To Smile From the Inside
    “Hope is the only emotion that will keep us going even when all other lights have gone out, even when there is no end in sight, and the world is ending. Hope is what keeps ...

 

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