Psychology Book Reviews (page 8)

KIDDING OURSELVES by Joseph T. Hallinan
Released: May 20, 2014

"A genial, occasionally glib guide to both the positive and negative effects of self-delusion."
A breezy, anecdotal survey of self-deception and how it is not merely inevitable, but helpful and even essential. Read full book review >
Released: May 13, 2014

"Upbeat and optimistic, Levitt and Dubner hope that by thinking 'a bit differently, a bid harder, a bit more freely,' readers will be able 'to go out and right some wrong, to ease some burden.'"
Co-authors Levitt (Economics/Univ. of Chicago) and journalist Dubner (Super Freakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance, 2009, etc.) continue on their mission to get people to think in new ways in this lively book about decision and persuasion. Read full book review >

Released: May 5, 2014

"A sports book that will motivate readers to live a purposeful, authentic life."
An unlikely inspirational book by the trainer for the NBA's biggest stars. Read full book review >
Released: May 5, 2014

"A funny, frank and hopeful memoir of middle age."
A writer and syndicated radio host's no-holds-barred account of how she survived the rigors of midlife crisis and menopause. Read full book review >
SENSATION by Thalma Lobel
Released: April 29, 2014

"An intriguing look at how our sensory perceptions affect our language and ability to understand abstract concepts but can also sway judgment. Shelve alongside Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Ariely and others in the pop-psych realm."
Examination of how new experiments are revealing how we are "unconsciously influenced in the most amazing ways by the physical experiences our senses convey." Read full book review >

Released: April 22, 2014

"Kiehl navigates these issues and more with compassion and insight. Fast-paced and thrilling."
A world-renowned researcher of psychopaths delves into the origins of their behavior, especially as they relate to the inner workings of the brain. Read full book review >
STRUCK BY GENIUS by Jason Padgett
Released: April 22, 2014

"An exquisite insider's look into the mysteries of consciousness."
When Padgett suffered a traumatic brain injury after a violent mugging, his sense of perception was profoundly altered. Overnight, his life as a fun-loving salesman changed into one dominated by unprompted geometric visualizations and the unexpected insights of newfound mathematical brilliance. Read full book review >
The Five Dimensions of the Human Experience by Eric C. Amberg
Released: April 18, 2014

"An analytical, ultimately optimistic blueprint for taking charge of life and improving it."
A schematic new analysis of the human condition. Read full book review >
Released: April 16, 2014

"Part true crime, part neuroscience and a page-turner from start to finish."
Can the tendency for criminally psychopathic behaviors be identified by analyzing neurological images? If so, what consequence does this have for science and society? Read full book review >
Released: April 15, 2014

"An insightful look at how internalizing cultural stereotypes can hold women back from competing with men."
In this follow-up to their 2009 best-seller, Womenomics, which argued for women's right to demand flexibility at the workplace, BBC World News America Washington correspondent Kay and Good Morning America contributor Shipman address how a lack of self-confidence hinders women's career advancement. Read full book review >
THE BODY AS A SHADOW by Eleanor Limmer
Released: April 9, 2014

"An interesting, if not entirely convincing, argument about the relationship between the mind and body."
A discussion of the connection between physical and mental well-being. Read full book review >
Released: April 8, 2014

"There is a disconnect between the gravitas of the surname Tutu in relationship to what is basically a self-help book. Tutu's No Future Without Forgiveness (1999) is a far weightier and more worthy discussion of the topic."
A practical call for forgiveness from people who learned it the hard way. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >