Book Reviews

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  • 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 ...
  • Animal Wise: The Thoughts & Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures
    One of my best friends, Valor, a black Labrador, was a genius. My husband set up a video recorder and we saw that Valor waited exactly 60 seconds after the garage door closed before stealing ...
  • Community Mental Health: Challenges for the 21st Century
    Community mental health can cover children and senior citizens, hetero and gay people, soldiers, legal offenders, homemakers, working people, non-working people, people of every race and ethnicity, and people with relatively minor psychological problems all ...
  • Book Review: Smart Thinking
    Most of us probably assume we do a pretty good job of thinking as we go about our work or personal lives. Art Markman’s book, Smart Thinking, shows us how wrong many of us are -- ...
  • The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment
    It is amazing how quickly a to-do list can pile up. Have you seen that bit of dastardly magic happen in your life? You start the week with three priority-related tasks; by Monday night, you ...
  • Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions
    There is an old joke that asks, “How many therapists does it take to change a light bulb?” Answer: “Only one, but it has to want to change.” Of course, changing ourselves is usually a lot harder ...
  • The Oxford Handbook of Prevention in Counseling Psychology
    As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Unfortunately, when we practice prevention there’s rarely any kind of instant “return on investment” to reinforce our behavior. The results ...
  • The Oxford Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology
    What’s the difference between personality psychology and social psychology? In essence, personality psychology focuses on the person, while social psychology focuses on the situation—how people act in different situations, or how situations affect individuals. In ...
  • Where to Start and What to Ask: An Assessment Handbook
    Two decades ago, in January 1993, Susan Lukas released Where to Start and What to Ask: An Assessment Handbook, aimed at guiding mental health practitioners toward better psychological assessments and intake interviews. Though the author ...
  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries
    “I’m a midwife to the dying – for those who want to hasten their death,” says George Exoo, a Unitarian preacher who claims to have assisted 102 people in killing themselves. He often carries a ...
 
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