Psychology Book Reviews (page 10)

CLEAN by David Sheff
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 2, 2013

"Intelligent and thought-provoking views into the complexities of addiction and recovery."
An enterprising treatise on drug abuse and addiction intervention. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 2, 2013

"It's good to sound the alarm, but having a plan to go with it would be welcome."
"The digital generation" would perhaps be surprised to learn that the cultural mores around sexual relationships have an ebb and flow to them—that "hookup culture," as it's commonly referred to now, is similar to the way things were back in the 1960s. Read full book review >

SHRINK by Lawrence R. Samuel
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2013

"A lively, if narrow, look at the American century that underplays other aspects of the cultural revolution of the 1960s and '70s."
A cultural historian chronicles the dominant role that Freudian psychology has come to play in our culture. Read full book review >
DECISIVE by Chip Heath
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 26, 2013

"Readers approaching this book because they have a pressing decision may be annoyed by the Heaths' lumbering pace, but for those who want to improve decision-making overall, the workshop style of the narrative should prove helpful."
A manual on how to become more rational when facing difficult decisions at work and in your personal life. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 21, 2013

"While the eye-catching title may suggest a hot new shade of lipstick, the contents are solid, down-to-earth insights into why we think, feel and act the way we do."
A brisk survey of how human emotions, thoughts and behaviors are shaped by such seemingly small factors as colors as well as such major ones as culture and weather. Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 19, 2013

"Will be intriguing for readers interested in the borderlands where memoir, fiction and science overlap but is likely to frustrate readers unfamiliar with the byways of British life."
Fernyhough (A Thousand Days of Wonder: A Scientist's Chronicle of His Daughter's Developing Mind, 2010, etc.) takes a multidisciplinary approach to explaining memory. Read full book review >
CREATIVE INTELLIGENCE by Bruce Nussbaum
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 15, 2013

"An intriguing mixture of challenging ideas and Utopian solutions to the broader issues regarding social welfare currently under debate."
Former BusinessWeek assistant managing editor Nussbaum (Innovation and Design/Parson School of Design; Good Intentions: How Big Business and the Medical Establishment Are Corrupting the Fight Against Aids, 1990, etc.) makes the case that the future of American capitalism lies in unleashing creativity. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 12, 2013

"A sexy heads up for young women who may not grasp how culture and media continually manipulate women into thinking that what they have and how they look are never quite good enough."
A fun and enlightening guide detailing the multifaceted ways women can integrate an inclusive mode of feminism into their lives without compromising their ideals and giving up their lip gloss. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 5, 2013

"The author's suggestion of the $600 billion savings to be had by eliminating public education suggests a libertarian political agenda, but it should make his proposals attractive, if not entirely convincing."
Psychology Today blogger Gray (Psychology/Boston Coll.) argues the need for radical reforms in our educational system. Read full book review >
MAKING HOPE HAPPEN by Shane J. Lopez
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 5, 2013

"Will not convince the cynical or pessimistic among us, but for those who already engage in hopeful thinking, Lopez offers positive reinforcement."
A leading authority on the psychology of hope shares the secret of how to achieve a happier and more successful future. Read full book review >
HOW EVERYONE BECAME DEPRESSED by Edward Shorter
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 1, 2013

"Enlivened by literary anecdotes, but less appealing as social history."
Shorter (Psychiatry and History of Medicine/Toronto Univ.; co-author: Endocrine Psychiatry, 2010, etc.) charges that current diagnoses of mood disorders are fatally flawed and becoming "close to unintelligible." Read full book review >
TOP DOG by Po Bronson
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"Illuminating and entertaining, with some surprising insights from current research in neuroscience and endocrinology."
Bronson and Merryman (Nurtureshock: New Thinking About Children, 2010, etc.) combine forces again to debunk truisms of positive psychology. Read full book review >