Psychology Book Reviews (page 8)

TRYING NOT TO TRY by Edward Slingerland
Released: March 4, 2014

"A studious and fluent appeal for the benefits of a sound mind."
How an ancient Chinese philosophy applies to the strictures of modern life. Read full book review >
SHADOWS IN THE SUN by Gayathri Ramprasad
Released: March 4, 2014

"A well-written, novellike story offering hope for recovery for families in the throes of mental illness."
Ramprasad chronicles her harrowing journey through depression, from which she emerged with the light of hope to become a mental health advocate. Read full book review >

PERSPECTIVE by Robert J. Wicks
Released: March 3, 2014

"Readers familiar with the territory will find helpful suggestions but little that is new or original."
A self-help survey of therapeutic practices based on wellness rather than sickness as a model. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2014

"A provocative, valuable guide for parents, school personnel and medical practitioners who deal with individuals showing symptoms routinely attributed to ADHD."
Respected American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Neurology fellow Saul makes the controversial claim that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is routinely misdiagnosed. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Essential outreach on embracing and effectively managing a loved one's addiction."
A sensible, family-focused guide to substance abuse. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Those looking to win friends and influence people should turn to Dale Carnegie and his cheerful disciples. Mayer confines himself to invariably stimulating insights backed by solid scientific research, so readers looking to understand the human condition will certainly enjoy this book."
There is more to brainpower than IQ, writes Mayer (Psychology/Univ. of New Hampshire; Personality: A Systems Approach, 2006, etc.) in this astute exploration of a different form of intelligence: the ability to understand the personalities of other human beings as well as our own. Read full book review >
MINDWISE by Nicholas Epley
Released: Feb. 14, 2014

"Epley ably explores many entertaining and entirely convincing mistakes, so readers will have a thoroughly satisfying experience."
Animals and humans think, but only humans can understand what others are thinking. Without this ability, cooperative society is unimaginable. It's a sixth sense, akin to mind reading, writes Epley (Behavioral Science/Univ. of Chicago School of Business) in this clever psychology primer. Read full book review >
THE DEPTHS by Jonathan Rottenberg
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"An important contribution to his stated aim of promoting 'an adult national conversation about depression.'"
A call for a new "diagnostic and therapeutic" paradigm for treating depression by framing it as a mood disorder rather than a disease. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"In the spreading shadow of dementia, Alzheimer's and other long-term diseases, Lake discovers hope, comfort and continued questions for the future."
A penetrating glimpse into the modern world of caregiving. Read full book review >
THE UP SIDE OF DOWN by Megan McArdle
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Sage counsel on how to learn from failure with humor and grace."
An illuminating look at the psychology behind rebounding from defeat. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A dizzyingly expansive book on cognitive development with some intriguing ideas."
A sweeping view of cognitive development and cultural evolution that attempts to explain kids today. Read full book review >
How mothers with postnatal depression create narcissism and psychopaths by Hans R Arnold
Released: Feb. 8, 2014

"Targets dozens of important questions but will frustrate even patient readers."
In his first book, Arnold develops an esoteric explanation for why some people grow up to do terrible things: postnatal depression in their mothers, which Arnold identifies as the cause of narcissistic and psychopathic behavior in children on into adulthood. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >