Psychology Book Reviews (page 6)

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 >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"May help sufferers gain insight and move along with life, if they're not put off by the cloying tone and conventional wisdom."
Psychological exercises to help individuals recover from abusive relationships. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A satisfying investigation of the mechanics of heroism."
A personal quest to become more mindful takes science writer Svoboda on a search for outstanding examples of heroism and how they relate to altruism. Read full book review >
MIND WITHOUT A HOME by Kristina Morgan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Inventive, jaggedly lyrical and disturbing."
A poet's anguished memoir about her struggles with schizophrenia and alcoholism. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Anyone struggling to understand autism will be grateful for the book and translation."
A 13-year-old Japanese author illuminates his autism from within, making a connection with those who find the condition frustrating, mysterious or impenetrable. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 26, 2013

"A brilliant collection, evocative of all that is wonderful and strange about Jung's Red Book and about the human psyche itself."
This series of transcribed conversations between two eminent scholars provides nuanced and provocative context for Carl Jung's Red Book and its influence on contemporary thinking. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 22, 2013

"An important book by a refreshingly candid author who shares his vast knowledge in the interests of the needy."
Psychiatrist Torrey (The Insanity Offense: How America's Failure to Treat the Seriously Mentally Ill Endangers Its Citizens, 2008, etc.) returns to the battleground of reform with another book about the inability of government agencies and private institutions to care well for the severely mentally ill. Read full book review >
THE TRAUMA OF EVERYDAY LIFE by Mark Epstein
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 19, 2013

"Useful and coherent but not as deep a study as it clearly wants to be."
A practicing physician and Buddhism expert examines trauma as a natural part of life. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"An attractive, nuanced addition to the self-help shelf."
The principals of a communications firm reveal the strategies they use to coach corporate and political clients. Read full book review >
CRACKED by James Davies
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"Disturbing and uncompromising."
Exposé of the practices of contemporary psychiatry and its uncomfortable, perhaps even dangerous, relationship with pharmaceutical companies who profit from an increasingly medicated public. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"For some readers, there won't be much news here, but for others—particularly those down the chain from Dempsey—there's much good food for thought in Brafman's sometimes-brash assertions."
Pop psych meets pop business in Brafman's (co-author: Click: The Forces Behind How We Fully Engage with People, Work, and Everything We Do, 2011, etc.) latest outing in the land of counterintuition, written with the assistance of leadership expert Pollack. Read full book review >