Psychology Book Reviews (page 5)

SOCIAL by Matthew D. Lieberman
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A fascinating explanation of why "a broken heart can feel as painful as a broken leg" and social recognition is frequently prized above money."
Lieberman (Psychology, Psychiatry, and Biobehavioral Sciences/UCLA) offers scientific evidence to counter the idea that the need to survive and reproduce is the fundamental driver of human behavior. Read full book review >
THE WHY AXIS by Uri Gneezy
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Weak title aside, this book will interest general readers as well as individuals and companies seeking to influence behaviors."
More fun, Freakonomics-style stories about why people do the things they do. Read full book review >

MOTHERS WHO CAN'T LOVE by Susan Forward
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A useful challenge to accepted wisdom about the normally taboo subject of mother love, with helpful tips on how to jump-start the healing process."
Therapist Forward (Toxic In-Laws: Loving Strategies for Protecting Your Marriage, 2001, etc.) explains how recognizing the reality of an abusive mother-daughter relationship is a necessary first step in dealing with psychological problems. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A valuable guide for parents and educators that includes tips on choosing a therapist and parenting strategies."
A veteran clinical psychologist contends that there is a "pervasive tendency in our society to medicalize children's behavior" and "shy away from trusting our own ability to decipher the ordinary human meanings, motives and developmental reasons for why children act the way they do." Read full book review >
SMARTER THAN YOU THINK by Clive Thompson
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 16, 2013

"A well-framed celebration of how the digital world will make us bigger, rather than diminish us."
A sprightly tip of the hat to the rewards and pleasures—and betterments—of our digital experiences. Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 12, 2013

"Refreshingly wise and open-minded."
A noted author's short but pointed meditation on the difficulty human beings have in admitting their own ignorance. Read full book review >
THE RATIONAL ANIMAL by Douglas T. Kenrick
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Sharp, piquant science/behavioral-economics writing."
How do people make decisions, and how has the brain evolved to make the choices that it does? Read full book review >
KNOCKING ON HEAVEN'S DOOR by Katy Butler
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Honest and compassionate thoughts on helping the elderly through the process of dying."
A forthright memoir on illness and investigation of how to improve end-of-life scenarios. Read full book review >
THINKING IN NEW BOXES by Luc de Brabandere
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"The authors provide some intriguing nuggets for thought, but the lack of discussion about the usual parameters of business success, like increasing sales, revenues, productivity and profit, is glaring."
Boston Consulting Group advisers de Brabandere (The Forgotten Half of Change: Achieving Greater Creativity Through Changes in Perception, 2005, etc.) and Iny showcase their company's approach to helping organizations develop that next big transforming idea. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Advice that goes beyond generalized assertions by providing a set of useful tasks designed to inspire a happier outlook on life."
A happiness researcher investigates why some people can embrace positivity while others are mired in pessimism. Read full book review >
DESCENT by David Guterson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"A slim addition to a long bookshelf on depression."
A writerly account of the downward spiral of clinical depression. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"It's about time someone wrote this book."
The famed Stanley Milgram psychology experiments shocked the world by suggesting that a majority of humans are capable of cruelty when under the orders of an authority figure. In this book, a secret history of the experiments is revealed, debunking Milgram's most sensational claims. Read full book review >