Psychology Book Reviews (page 8)

THE WONDER OF AGING by Michael Gurian
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 18, 2013

"An engaging warning against a hopeless search for the fountain of youth that overlooks some of the painful issues of retirement, such as loss of savings, debt and adult children needing financial and emotional support."
Mental health counselor and self-help guru Gurian (The Invisible Presence: How a Man's Relationship with His Mother Affects All His Relationships with Women, 2012, etc.) moves up the age spectrum to discuss how to embrace the experience of getting older. Read full book review >
INSIDE THE BOX by Drew Boyd
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 11, 2013

"Creativity emerges from behind a number of guises, and Boyd and Goldenberg's structured approach fits the bill with so many familiar examples that many readers will wonder, "why didn't I think of that?""
Thinking outside the box is hardly the only spur to innovation, write marketing professors Boyd (Univ. of Cincinnati) and Goldenberg (Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem) in this bouncy yet grounded nod to the creative impulse. Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: June 4, 2013

"A novel idea about the origins of the human mind but long-winded and repetitious in its development."
A new answer to the question of why Homo sapiens are the only species to have developed a brain with complex mental abilities. Read full book review >
UNMASTERED by Katherine Angel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 4, 2013

"An unconventional and strikingly lyrical observation of women and their desire to speak regarding the fulfillment of their sexual and emotional needs."
A revealing look at postmodern feminism and its role in female desire through one woman's personal anecdotes, meditations and professional research. Read full book review >
UNGIFTED by Scott Barry Kaufman
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: June 4, 2013

"An inspiring, informative affirmation of human potential combined with an overview of historical developments in standardized tests, cognitive psychology and current research."
Cognitive psychologist Kaufman (Psychology/New York Univ.; co-author: Mating Intelligence Unleashed: The Role of Mind in Sex, Dating and Love, 2013, etc.) describes how he overcame a learning disability and defied expectations despite doing poorly on IQ tests. Read full book review >

UP by Hilary Tindle
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 30, 2013

""Perhaps the real fountain of youth emanates not from the cosmetics counter but from what's between your ears." Tindle makes a warm, accessible case, though Estée Lauder may not want us to hear it."
A spirited appreciation of and guide to the health benefits of an upbeat outlook on life. Read full book review >
SMILE AT STRANGERS by Susan Schorn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 28, 2013

"Useful, perceptive advice on life found through the practice of karate."
One woman's journey to overcome fear through martial arts. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 28, 2013

"Scholarly essays packed with closely reasoned arguments from the author and fellow academics, plus extensive historical analyses of thinkers from Aristotle to Spinoza to Malcolm Gladwell. Patient readers with a taste for philosophy will find that reading this book is a stimulating experience."
Why do some people behave honorably and others badly? This has been a core question since the dawn of philosophy, and Ravven (Religious Studies/Hamilton Coll.; co-editor: Jewish Themes in Spinoza's Philosophy, 2002) discusses the possibilities. Read full book review >
THE EXAMINED LIFE by Stephen Grosz
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 28, 2013

"A book that challenges readers' thinking while also assuming their willingness to put some effort into drawing their own conclusions from the material."
A British psychoanalyst delves into his patients' stories, opening doors to larger insights. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 21, 2013

"Mostly a rehash of The Element, but fans may glean some insight about understanding who we are as individuals and how we can have a better life that communicates our uniqueness to the world."
Another self-help book about attaining your true potential, from Robinson and co-author Aronica. Read full book review >
CONFESSIONS OF A SOCIOPATH by M.E. Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 2013

"A work of advocacy for greater awareness of sociopathy's reach and conduct."
The biting memoir of a "successful" sociopath, from the pseudonymous Thomas. Read full book review >
Healing the Pain of Heartache by Erv Hinds
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 8, 2013

"A brief but comprehensive overview of the connection between health of the mind and body."
A physician blends traditional medicine with a more holistic approach in order to address both the physical and psychological aspects of emotional pain. Read full book review >