Psychology Book Reviews (page 3)

EMPATHY by Roman Krznaric
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Useful advice that promotes a more contented, fulfilling lifestyle."
School of Life founder Krznaric (How Should We Live?: Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life, 2013, etc.) presents methods to increase a person's ability to look at situations through another's eyes.Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Entertaining, enlightening and refreshingly light on psychobabble."
A researcher who is both a scholar and an experienced motivational speaker makes the subject of personality psychology come to life. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An adept introduction to an innovative thinker whose dramatic flair and sometimes-messianic personality tended to overshadow his accomplishments."
The son of the psychiatrist who founded psychodrama examines the life of his "famous, eccentric, and controversial" father and traces the evolution and impact of his ideas. Read full book review >
THROWN by Kerry Howley
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An original fusion of topic and stance that will appeal to fans of NPR-style social investigations."
A philosophical examination of the maligned subculture of mixed martial arts "cage" fighting. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"If Navarro had spent more time exploring less obvious characteristics and let his profiling knowledge shine, this book could have been a must-read. As it is, it won't stand out from the crowd."
A book-length warning about the dangers possibly lurking behind every co-worker, friend, significant other or person on the street and how to identify those who may cause harm. Read full book review >

MY MYSTERIOUS SON by Dick Russell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Not all readers will be convinced, but Russell provides an earnest and eye-opening account of the possible thin line between a psychotic disorder and mysticism."
A memoir about the tight bond between a father and his mentally ill son. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 5, 2014

"'Our view is…a deeply cynical one,' write the authors, and is 'unlikely to change anything about how people argue publicly about their preferred policies.' However, this disturbing book may provoke debate, dismay and considerable anger."
An examination of how selfishness and self-deception characterize political thinking. Read full book review >
THE MARSHMALLOW TEST by Walter Mischel
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"No one will deny that self-control would make for a better planet, and this cogent guide suggests paths that may lead us to more conscious control of this desirable quality."
Mischel (Psychology/Columbia Univ.) argues that our ability to voluntarily exercise self-restraint in pursuit of that just-got-to-have-it desire provides children with a powerful tool that can help them succeed later in life. Read full book review >
BEHIND THE GATES OF GOMORRAH by Stephen Seager
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A chilling account of a livelihood spent curating the criminally psychotic."
Board-certified psychiatrist Seager (Street Crazy: America's Mental Health Tragedy, 2000, etc.) recounts his 12 harrowing months at Northern California's Napa State Hospital. Read full book review >
DEFEATING DEPRESSION by Howard W Stone
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 12, 2014

"Well-organized and replete with examples and exercises; a highly usable aid for those with depression and for concerned families and friends who want to offer meaningful guidance."
A psychologist offers practical, down-to-earth self-help advice for victims of depression and their families. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 11, 2014

"A cogent look at one of the conceptual bedrocks of language."
Examination of how analogies are more than just a section on the SAT exam; they are powerfully relatable tools that shape how we communicate ideas and influence others. Read full book review >
ACID TEST by Tom Shroder
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"An observant argument for understanding a society through the drugs it uses."
A well-respected journalist offers evidence, both empirical and anecdotal, about the therapeutic benefits of psychedelic drugs. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >