Psychology Book Reviews (page 8)

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 >
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 >
THE BOOK OF WOE by Gary Greenberg
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 >