UNDERSTANDING MYSELF by Mary C. Lamia

UNDERSTANDING MYSELF

A Kid's Guide to Intense Emotions and Strong Feelings
Age Range: 12 - 16
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Facile pop-psychology from a clinical psychologist with the credentials to know better. Assigning a chapter each to a select range of feelings—nearly all of them painful or negative ones, such as guilt, fear or anger, with but one shorter chapter allotted to the likes of love and joy—Lamia offers generalizations about what emotional responses look and feel like, typical circumstances that might cause them to arise and superficial insights (“Negative or worried thoughts spoil a good mood”). She also offers bland palliative suggestions (“Forgive yourself and move on”), self-quizzes, sound-bite comments in the margins from young people and, in colored boxes labeled “Psych Notes,” relevant research abstracts from cited but hard-to-obtain professional sources. Aside from a mildly discouraging view of “Infatuation,” she isn’t judgmental or prescriptive, but her overview is so cursory that she skips the stages of grief, makes no distinction between disgust and contempt and barely takes notice of depression. Teens and preteens might come away slightly more self-aware, but they won’t find either motivation or tools to help them cope with major upset. (Self-help. 12-16) 
Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0890-6
Page count: 112pp
Publisher: Magination/American Psychological Association
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2010




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