Psychology Book Reviews (page 9)

THE DELUDE by Yoji K. Gondor
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 4, 2013

"Worthwhile beginning study of a psychological pathology."
An exploration of "the delude," a person committed to illogical opinions. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 2, 2013

"Bright, humorous and seriously thoroughgoing, Greenberg takes all the DSMs for a spin as revealing as the emperor's new clothes."
A loose-limbed, skeptically informed critique of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, with particular interest in its forthcoming, fifth incarnation. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 2, 2013

"Overblown but well-written and entertaining."
Why "things work, until they don't" and what to do about it. Read full book review >
HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD  by John-Paul Flintoff
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 2013

"A credible book to inspire even the most cynical among us."
The latest title in the publisher's School of Life series aims to be a guide to social and cultural change. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 23, 2013

"An informative, witty, provocative meditation on the mind-brain paradox."
A neurologist criticizes the emerging new language that attaches the prefix "neuro" to economics, linguistics, marketing and attempts to explain market crashes by fMRI brain scans. Read full book review >

THE FIX by Damian Thompson
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 23, 2013

"A clever look at an insidious consumer landscape, long on sharp observations and worried predictions but short on proposed solutions."
Smartly written consideration of how "cupcakes, iPhones, and Vicodin," among other marvels of our time, are stealthily, intentionally creating a world of addictive behavior. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 16, 2013

"Apkon goes to great lengths to assay the obvious. Only in passing does he grant that the image does not exist in isolation, that word and image are inextricable. After all, he required this ancient technology—a book—to communicate his ideas."
Debut author Apkon, executive director of the Jacob Burns Film Center, makes a strong case for the moving image as today's primary form of communication. Yet, like many true believers, he pays short shrift to the cultural downside. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 16, 2013

"What is the counterargument against something so obvious and simplistic?"
Sports performance authority Grover argues that one of the main things holding people back is their inability to accept that they have "zero limitations." Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 15, 2013

"Valuable as encouragement for caregivers to empathize with the turbulent years, but remains uneven and not far-reaching enough as an amalgam of science and parenting advice."
Health scientist administrator White and Swartzwelder (Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience/Duke Univ.; co-author, Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy, 1998) propose that behavioral changes in teenagers are not only hormonal, but due to significant changes in brain wiring and that risk-taking acts during the teen years are essential for achieving independence as well as mastering practical, social and emotional adult skills. Read full book review >
THE SPARK by Kristine Barnett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2013

"An invigorating, encouraging read."
A memoir that attempts to answer the question, how do we determine the differences between gifted and disabled? Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 2, 2013

"Despite some dry prose, Krishna presents a sophisticated, easy-handed elucidation of the practice of marketing to our senses."
Krishna (Marketing/Univ. of Michigan) examines the relatively new idea of sensory marketing, which "engages the consumer's senses and affects their perception, judgment, and behavior." Read full book review >
HAPPIER ENDINGS by Erica Brown
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 2, 2013

"The answers these people have earned are by no means applicable to every reader, but their questions, and how they wrestle with them, provide a great deal of insight."
A guidebook to becoming comfortable with death ahead of its actual occurrence. Read full book review >