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    1. How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life
    by Tom Rath, Donald O. Clifton
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    Catlog: Book (2004-08-10)
    Publisher: Gallup Press
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    How did you feel after your last interaction with another person? Did that person-your spouse, best friend, coworker, or even a stranger -fill your bucket" by making you feel more positive? Or did that person "dip from your bucket," leaving you more negative than before? The number one New York Times and number one Business Week bestseller, How Full Is Your Bucket? reveals how even the briefest interactions affect your relationships, productivity, health, and longevity. Organized around a simple metaphor of a dipper and a bucket, and grounded in 50 years of research, this book will show you how to greatly increase the positive moments in your work and your life-while reducing the negative. Filled with discoveries, powerful strategies, and engaging stories, How Full Is Your Bucket? is sure to inspire lasting changes and has all the makings of a timeless classic. ... Read more

    2. Blink : The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
    by Malcolm Gladwell
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    Catlog: Book (2005-01-11)
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    How do we make decisions--good and bad--and why are some people so much better at it than others? Thats the question Malcolm Gladwell asks and answers in the follow-up to his huge bestseller, The Tipping Point. Utilizing case studies as diverse as speed dating, pop music, and the shooting of Amadou Diallo, Gladwell reveals that what we think of as decisions made in the blink of an eye are much more complicated than assumed. Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology, he shows how the difference between good decision-making and bad has nothing to do with how much information we can process quickly, but on the few particular details on which we focus. Leaping boldly from example to example, displaying all of the brilliance that made The Tipping Point a classic, Gladwell reveals how we can become better decision makers--in our homes, our offices, and in everyday life. The result is a book that is surprising and transforming. Never again will you think about thinking the same way. ... Read more

    3. Psychology, Seventh Edition
    by David G. Myers
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    Asin: 0716752514
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-06)
    Publisher: Worth Publishers
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding intro to human behavior
    For anyone with a general interest in human behavior, I can't think of a better book to read.

    I took a psychology course during my undergraduate years in the late 1980's and though both of my parent have doctorates in psychology, before reading this book, which is the assigned text for a psych class I'm currently taking, I never really had a very good appreciation for the science of psychology. I credit this enlightenment as much to the authors ability to bring the subject matter alive and present it in a very interesting, organized manner, as to the inherent curiosity I have for why people do the things they do combined with the necessity to complete a psychology requirement for the current degree I am seeking.

    The abundant pedagogical features include concise previews beginning each major section and reviews following, definitions of important terms in the margins, breaking chapters into manageable sized sections, providing copious references to research that serves to make abstract concepts relevant and real, and including so many visual aids ( illuminating tables, graphics, charts, and photos ) into the text that you'd be hard pressed to find consecutive pages without one. These pluses, combined with a casual conversation style that makes it a joy to read, makes this a text worth every penny. I enjoyed this book so much that most of this semester, since the lectures paled in comparison, I skipped class altogether and just read the book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best intro psych book out there!
    After having this book for my Intro 1 and 2 Psych classes in college, it reaffirmed my desire to be a psychology major. Now that I'm in the counseling field and about to teach a class myself, I can't wait to use this book as the text in my class and show my students what I learned from this book - just how exciting, interesting, and fun psychology can be!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Heads up!!!
    Heads up all buyers! This paperback edition is not the text book that you are looking for. The description does not mention the paperback is just a study guide! If you need the text book buy the hardback!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and engaging!
    After completing a semester-long high school psych. course with this textbook, this is the first textbook ever that i am entirely determined to have for myself as pleasure reading. The book was well organised, enticing, entertaining, and astoundingly FUN TO READ. The text is interspersed with colorful illustrations, interesting photos, and comic relief including The Far Side (illustrating hemispheric differences--"Innocent and carefree, Stuart's left hand didn't know what the right was doing"), and Dennis the Menace (demonstrating child developmental stages) comics. It was, by far, the most intellible psychology text i've ever read -- written in a casual, intelligible, conversational tone. This textbook was so enthralling and entertaining that its all i'm asking from my parents for my birthday! Buy it. You'll be amazed that psychology can be so much fun!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Enough to make you a psych major
    This is easily the best book I have read in any college class. The book arouses interest and is easy to read. Myers provides wonderful examples and explanations for many psychological theories and practices. ... Read more

    4. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
    by Robert B. Cialdini
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    Asin: 0688128165
    Catlog: Book (1998-10-07)
    Publisher: Perennial Currents
    Sales Rank: 1766
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Arguably the best book ever on what is increasingly becoming the science of persuasion. Whether you're a mere consumer or someone weaving the web of persuasion to urge others to buy or vote for your product, this is an essential book for understanding the psychological foundations of marketing. Recommended. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Superb Text About Influence
    As I sit here and write, I wonder why I did not draft this review long before now. I read Cialdini's book about five years ago and have been hooked ever since. It is simply a superb book about influence.

    Cialdini believes that influence is a science. This idea attracted me. As a rhetorician, I have always thought of persuasion as more of an art. Cialdini, however, makes a first-rate case for the science point of view. But maybe most importantly, he makes his case in a well-written, intelligent, and entertaining manner. Not only is this an important book to read, it is a fun book to read too.

    He introduces you to six principles of ethical persuasion: reciprocity, scarcity, liking, authority, social proof, and commitment/consistency. A chapter is devoted to each and you quickly see why Cialdini looks at influence as a science. Each principle is backed by social scientific testing and restesting. Each chapter is also filled with interesting examples that help you see how each principle can be applied. By the end of the book, I had little doubt that these are six important dimensions of human interaction.

    I highly recommend this book to all professionals. It does not matter if you are a manager, sales person, pastor, or non-profit volunteer. The ideas in this book, once applied, will make it easier for you to accomplish your goals. In a video featuring the author, Professor Cialdini even goes so far as to promise that these principles can help you influence the most resistant of all audiences--your children.

    With a claim like that, who wouldn't be intrigued?

    My advice is to read this sooner rather than later. You will be quite glad you did.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Enlightening!
    This book is fun to read. It is basically a study on certain peculiar human traits that when triggered would automatically elicit an almost subconcious automated response. The 6 traits that are presented here are as follows:

    (1) Reciprocation
    (2) Commitment and Consistency
    (3) Social Proof
    (4) Liking
    (5) Authority
    (6) Scarcity

    What is amazing about these 6 traits is not that they are unusual (all these traits can be treated as common sense), but the scale of influence they are able to exert from a sales deal to human torture and destruction. This book really explains and reaffirms why these traits work and the power they have by providing numerous interesting examples of different form and scale. It goes to show why we are affected by them. It is a powerful book especially if you want to use them as what the author called 'weapons of influence'. Enjoy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I used to be a people pleaser
    I used to agree with other people to avoid making waves. Because of this book, I understand why I was compliant and I am more truthful in my responses to others. This book really made me understand why I was persuaded to do things I didn't want to do. A book called Optimal Thinking: How To Be Your Best Self also made a huge impact on me. Optimal Thinking helped me to let go of what is out of my control, make the most of what is in my control and get the best results in every situation. So I recommend each of these books. Read them side by side and you will be your best when noone is around and with other people.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book which can help you a lot
    What I can say in simple words... Ono of the best books I have ever read. Cialdini is highly seasoned professional.

    also fan of motivational book you can view at
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    I picked this book up because somebody online recommended it, and the topic interested me. This has been one of the best books I've ever bought. Dr. Cialdini told me things I already knew, just had never put any actual thought into. After having read most of the book I was able to apply the material into my life and I think it helped me from making a bad decision related to my higher education. I highly recommend everyone read this! ... Read more

    5. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
    by Malcolm Gladwell
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    Asin: 0316346624
    Catlog: Book (2002-01-07)
    Publisher: Back Bay Books
    Sales Rank: 266
    Average Customer Review: 4.11 out of 5 stars
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    "Why did crime in New York drop so suddenly in the mid-90s? How does an unknown novelist end up a bestselling author? Why is teenage smoking out of control, when everyone knows smoking kills? What makes TV shows like Sesame Street so good at teaching kids how to read? Why did Paul Revere succeed with his famous warning? In this brilliant and groundbreaking book, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in our society so often happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Ideas, behavior, messages, and products, he argues, often spread like outbreaks of infectious disease. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

    In The Tipping Point, Gladwell introduces us to the particular personality types who are natural pollinators of new ideas and trends, the people who create the phenomenon of word of mouth. He analyzes fashion trends, smoking, children's television, direct mail and the early days of the American Revolution for clues about making ideas infectious, and visits a religious commune, a successful high-tech company, and one of the world's greatest salesmen to show how to start and sustain social epidemics. The Tipping Point is an intellectual adventure story written with an infectious enthusiasm for the power and joy of new ideas. Most of all, it is a road map to change, with a profoundly hopeful message--that one imaginative person applying a well-placed lever can move the world." ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Insights into Mass Behaviors
    Despite an earlier reviewer poo-pooing this book for shallow insights, I beg to differ. This book is a fascinating and original take on what makes people behave in a certain way en masse. Tying together Paul Revere, Hush Puppies and many other very accessible ideas makes this book, that is in some ways very academic, read like a thriller. I read it in three sittings. It has an impact on several levels. One, as a marketer, it gave me insights into how word-of-mouth really works. I'll be experimenting with these concepts for years. Second, as a member of society, I gained insight into why I am pulled this way and that by trends. If you enjoyed this, you'll also enjoy the groundbreaking book by Robert Cialdini called "Influence, the Psychology of Persuasion." It makes some of the same points. Finally, it makes me think that some savvy activists will find some ways to use these principles to start societal epidemics that will ultimately have a positive effect. I believe Gladwell has introduced a concept, "the Tipping Point," that will have a wide-ranging impact on how we view the world and human behavior.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bowled me over.
    This book is quite wonderful, and it doesn't surprise me at all that it's getting such solid reviews here. Gladwell writes wonderful pieces for the New Yorker (and elsewhere, no doubt), and the craft of the writing here combines with fascinating material to produce a book for the lively of mind.

    What is a "tipping point"? Gladwell shows us how concepts and perceptions derived from epidemiology can provide unexpected, but highly plausible explanations for the transformation of a minor phenomenon into a major trend. Gladwell's examples are diverse, drawn from such apparently disparate worlds as policing, fashion, and medical research, but they work well to create a sense that there's a logic at play in the crazes and fads we see turn into cultural trends.

    Obviously, this book would be a good read for anyone interested in forcasting consumer behaviour, and other business concerns. I read it, though, as a person interested in culture and the trends which form the fabric of our waking lives. I read it twice, in fact, because it's very well written, and because I used it to teach theories of information to university students, who also really "got" the book. I find that concepts drawn froom the book return to me in unlikely situations, and that's a true test of non-fiction.

    My only complaint? It's not long enough!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Esoterica
    This is a fun book to read, but the dots remain uncconected.
    I much prefer works that are more practical, and guide you directly to where you are going, instead of this very indirect analysis.
    Some examples of this direct approach which are exceptionally well done include the CD "Voice Lessons to go" and the DVD "New Sex Now."
    All of these are fun and enjoyable and will improve your life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars does not disappoint
    I rarely pick up a book that holds my interest all the way. This book was exceptional though and I have recommended it to many of my friends. The book discusses what causes an epidemic- how one tiny product, tv show, event, etc influences so many. I was impressed by the number of case studies and research that Gladwell did to back up his point. I really enjoyed learning about the influence Sesame Street had on the literary rate of the children who watched it, while what causes problems like teen smoking and suicide. It was a very interesting read.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Tiresome and Repetitive
    Tipping Point is a painful book to read, painful especially to contemplate the patchwork of fill that turns what at best is a pop magazine article into a poor excuse for a book. Gladwell stabs at any theme he can possibly use to support his by no means new theory of tipping points. He hits one, perhaps, when he covers Rudy Giuliani's results in the City of New York, buts the rest are paler attempts. His comparison of Paul Revere with Dawes is over-romantic and downright silly. There's something profoundly patronizing about his tone of writing and his lack of any kind of wit. ... Read more

    6. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV-TR (Text Revision)
    by American Psychiatric Association
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    Asin: 0890420254
    Catlog: Book (2000-06)
    Publisher: American Psychiatric Association
    Sales Rank: 1590
    Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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    Since the DSM-IV® was published in 1994, we’ve seen many advances in our knowledge of psychiatric illness. This Text Revision incorporates information culled from a comprehensive literature review of research about mental disorders published since DSM-IV® was completed in 1994. Updated information is included about the associated features, culture, age, and gender features, prevalence, course, and familial pattern of mental disorders.

    The DSM-IV-TR® brings this essential diagnostic tool up-to-date, to promote effective diagnosis, treatment, and quality of care. Now you can get all the essential diagnostic information you rely on from the DSM-IV® along with important updates not found in the 1994 edition.

    Stay current with important updates to the DSM-IV-TR®:

    • Benefit from new research into Schizophrenia, Asperger’s Disorder, and other conditions
    • Utilize additional information about the epidemiology and other facets of DSM conditions
    • Update ICD-9-CM codes implemented since 1994 (including Conduct Disorder, Dementia, Somatoform Disorders)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Informative, but don't buy it if you have the original DSM-4
    The text-revised version is virtually identical to the 1994 version of the DSM-IV and not worth buying if you have the 1994 version. Along with the DSM-IV, the DSM-IV Text Revised version is, however, an informative book that provides good introductory information, especially in the "Diagnostic Features" section, about a wide variety of mental disorders. A problem of the manual, in my opinion, is its use of a categorical classification system while ignoring the dimensional nature of psychological phenomena.

    Lee J. Markowitz, Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Postpartum Disorders Reorganized
    I am pleased that postpartum psychosis has been dropped as a separate entry in the DSM IV TR. Postpartum is now correctly classified as a General Medical Condition. These changes call for the diagnostician to classify an afflicted mother by a disorder for which there is information more readily available, such as schizophrenia. In the case of a schizophrenic disorder, the mother is no more a danger to others (including the infant, I would infer) than those in the general population (p. 304). Therefore, mental health care providers have no basis to keep a mother separated from her infant any more than any normal parent. The manual is a useful tool for the afflicted to use for self-discovery, especially when there is mistrust, denial, anger, and agitation toward mental health care providers. The manual can literally put the afflicted and the provider "on the same page." It is well worth the investment in this book, a highlighter marker, and a therapy session to mark up and discuss the book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I disagree about laypeople reading it...
    Most laypeople with a college education can understand a good portion of this book, in my opinion, especially the areas that note what symptoms are needed to classify for each disorder. I do know that easier books are out there, but I don't discourage others from purchasing it, especially if they have a friend, family member, colleague, etc. that has been or has not yet been diagnosed with a mental disorder. This is the "bible" psychiatrists use to diagnose and I am glad it is available to the public.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's the Mainstay
    I am a psychologist and I have been practicing for about 30 years. I remember the little DSM II. It was the size of the companion small book that can be purchased. The DSM has a history. There was actually a time when psychologists and psychiatrists were considering 2 different texts. Reading the reviewers was interesting as this is my tool to differentiate what my clients present. It is continually being improved and that is the focus of TR. There are subtle differences and clarifications. This book is the basis of identifying the specifics of what we are working with. The DSM IV was a collaborative effort to acurately represent international, cultural, and biological differences. My clients don't care but some don't know that an adjustment disorder of mood is different than dysthymia or depression which is again different from Bi Polar disorder. I probably wouldn't read it if I didn't do this kind of work. Yet it may be important to people with diagnosed illness. It can assist the capable reader in being an informed consumer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great reference, good bathroom reading. Lousy storyline.
    It is a good book for attempting to nail down and quantify the disorders given in a bottom line way, just like any good reference would. Although, as another reviewer wrote, its not perfect, but its the best thing we've got. Use it more as a general reference and not strictly as any kind of instruction manual. I would tend to take it in more as recreational reading if it included maybe some case studies or whatnot. But being that much of it is divided into short chunks, it makes an excellent addition to any powder room... ... Read more

    7. One Nation Under Therapy : How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self-Reliance
    by Christina Hoff Sommers, Sally Satel
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    Asin: 0312304439
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
    Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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    Americans have traditionally placed great value on self-reliance and fortitude. In recent decades, however, we have seen the rise of a therapeutic ethic that views Americans as emotionally underdeveloped, psychically frail, and requiring the ministrations of mental health professionals to cope with life's vicissitudes. Being"in touch with one's feelings" and freely expressing them have become paramount personal virtues. Today-with a book for every ailment, a counselor for every crisis, a lawsuit for every grievance, and a TV show for every conceivable problem-we are at risk of degrading our native ability to cope with life's challenges.

    Drawing on established science and common sense, Christina Hoff Sommers and Dr. Sally Satel reveal how "therapism" and the burgeoning trauma industry have come to pervade our lives.Help is offered everywhere under the presumption that we need it: in children's classrooms, the workplace, churches, courtrooms, the media, the military.But with all the "help" comes a host of troubling consequences, including:

    * The myth of stressed-out, homework-burdened, hypercompetitive, and depressed or suicidal schoolchildren in need of therapy and medication

    * The loss of moral bearings in our approach to lying, crime, addiction, and other foibles and vices

    * The unasked-for "grief counselors" who descend on bereaved families, schools, and communities following a tragedy, offering dubious advice while billing plenty of money

    * The expansion of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from an affliction of war veterans to nearly everyone who has experienced a setback

    Intelligent, provocative, and wryly amusing, One Nation Under Therapy demonstrates that "talking about" problems is no substitute for confronting them.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars An "A"for effort...but
    I confess, I could not finish this book. The first chapter is so laden with self-serving references that I got the feeling the authors were obsessed with gathering references in support of their case. It made for a very boring read. And I was also turned off by a self-serving, out-of-context quotation from Emotional Intelligence, a very thoroughly researched book. For my money, a far more insightful and readable look at the therapy cult is Tana Dineen's "Manufacturing Victims: What the Psychology Industry is Doing to People." I greatly enjoyed Sommers's "Who Stole Feminism?" and therefore was very disappointed in this book, which is inconsistent with her usual balanced, in-depth coverage. Nevertheless, I give it 4 stars because the subject is terribly important. The psych industry is, in fact, intent on establishing its authority to control our behavior, increase our dependence on its underqualified "helpers," and make authoritarian pronouncements about our inner lives.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A book that needs to be seriously looked at
    I believe that the review by Hara Marano, posted by another reader, misstates much of what the book has to say. Interestingly, the authors are not at all against psychotherapy per se. They are against a culture which medicalizes certain disorders so as to reduce the sense of individual responsibility for the choices that people make. At the same time, they are against a species of one-size-fits-all turnkey psychotherapy promulgated and administered by what I, for many years, have referred to as the "trauma mafia." This term may be unfair as many of these individuals are caring and well-meaning. Sommers and Satel maintain that many of these interventions are unnecessary and sometimes have unintentional negative effects in that they may interfere with help naturally present in community and psyche.

    Some reviews have mainted that trauma counselors, whom the authors criticize, no longer use those methods that the authors are critical of. Were this only the case! I would personally advocate a worldwide moratorium on the training of both trauma and grief counselors.

    As a psychotherapist, supervisor, and teacher with over thiry years of professional practice, I would say that a good part of my experience and that of my colleagues jibes with much of what the authors have to say. We fortunately did not see what we were told we would see after September 11. Many believe that PTSD is a relatively rare disorder which usually resolves without specific psychological intervention.

    Marano states cognitive behavioral therapy has been extensively studied and has been found to be as least as effective as medication for many disorders. But a closer reading of psychotherapy outcome studies leads us to interpret claims of effectiveness with the utmost caution. The same can be said about much drug research. Although the problems with this research are beyond the scope of what I wish to write about here,the literature is there for those who would like to review it.

    Any book that makes the leap from patterns of thought (e.g., the human potential movement) to gross issues tearing at the very fabric of society is bound to take some liberties and may not always apply so neatly. However, One Nation Under Therapy in my view is not glib, and is extensively documented. Whether what the authors call "therapism" weakens society is open to debate, but the authors make some important points which should not be ignored.

    It's unfortunate that some here have dismissed a thoughtful and coherent thesis on the basis of presumptions about the authors' politics. I think that one can safely let the message speak for itself.

    1-0 out of 5 stars School, Self-Esteem and the "Read World"
    It is instructive to occasionally remind oneself that this "real world" is neither real, nor the world. A few cursory flips through any basic anthropology book is enough to demonstrate that a hyper-competitive society is far from being the only society humans can build - or have built. It's also far from being the most efficient or effective society humans have built. As I said before, bands and tribes have worked perfectly well for millions of years. Civilization, on the other hand, has to grow and grow and grow until eventually there's no more land to farm and no more natives to slaughter and no more natural resources to exploit. Eventually, it must implode - and if the ever-increasing effects of peak oil are any indication, it'll be reaching that point fairly soon. To refer to this disastrous experiment as the "real world" is not only self-absorbed and eurocentric, it's also pretty damn stupid. But even stupider is wanting to prepare one's children for such a dysfunctional society.

    After all, I was taught in my fruity-tooty Social Studies class that humans create societies to improve their lives. So what kind of society forces people to abandon their most basic human needs and desires in order to better serve the system? What kind of society requires training young children to forget about their feelings and the feelings of others so they can single-mindedly chase material goods? Who actually benefits from this? Some people get more money, but who gets more happiness? Who actually gets to slow down and be human? If we created society to serve people, how can we excuse the fact that people must now serve society?

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not too Neanderthal
    I had heard that this was a biased right-wing conservative diatribe attacking the mentally ill and anyone who tries to help them.I started it preparing myself for a hatchet job, but found, slightly to my disappointment, much that was well-balanced and reasonable.
    The first chapters contained unverified statements about child psychology.such as "overprotected kids do not flourish." I'll leave the dodgeball issue to NASPE members.
    The accounts of Maslow and Carl Rogers and the encounter therapies of the sixties flog some dead horses (Maslow died in 1970 and Carl Rogers in1987).
    Chapter 3, from Sin to Syndrome, hits some easy targets in examples of psychiatric defenses in criminal cases, but is rather superficial. I'd agree with what they say about the management of pedophiles. I think they shortchange the possibility of abnormal brain chemistry leading to addiction, but they talk excellent sense about the brain imaging studies.
    Chapter four contains a useful summary of what is know about the course and therapy of bereavement.I'd recommend it to any student who doesn't have time to read Zisook("Biopsychosocial Aspects of Bereavement") or Parkes.The discussion of PTSD and its treatment is well informed and helpful. The evidence about support groups for medical illnesses is dealt with fairly. Perhaps it's an unfair shot but, after looking at the jacket photographs, one rather wonders about the authors' credentials for pontificating about combat veterans.
    Chapter five deals with the emergency psychotherapeutic response to disaster in scathing and nihilistic terms that are probably well justified but become repetitious after having made the well-worn observation that the usefulness of debriefing is questionable.
    I didn't find it highly readable.Maybe that's because it's not polemical and biased enough. It's largely made up of summaries of other people's writings and some of the best bits are quotations from others, such as the man offered bereavement counseling after the death of his 105 year old aunt.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thank You For Not Sharing.
    Years ago I was enrolled in a psychology class in which I happened to be the only male present.On the first day, there were about thirty students arrayed at desks around a blackboard.The professor came in and introduced herself.Then she requested that each student say their name while "telling the class some details about yourself."When the procession reached me I said my name...and nothing else.The professor eyed me carefully.She then asked, "Won't you tell us something about yourself?"
    "No," I answered. "I don't get into all that stuff."

    Such expectations of personalization and sharing are now sadly the norm in primary, secondary, and higher education classrooms across the country.Requests to emote come from one's peers and associates and are more rule than exception.Reticence in meetings or events is viewed with suspicion.The value of being "A Quiet Man" man well have died with John Wayne.

    Our nation is under the thrall of a movement that exerts its loathsome and self-righteous influence upon us whenever we tug at a dog's leash or tell somebody that they should "toughen up."The name of this movement and belief system is therapism and its take over of America has displaced traditional values like resilience, drive, pride, and honor.

    For this reviewer, the most intriguing sections of the book concern our public schools which have become, in many ways, a loco therapistis for the country's children.To summarize the current situation, our primary and secondary institutions are presently expected to provide services which they are in no way qualified to offer.It is now believed by many professionals that bestowing students with a good education alone is not fulfilling our mission.They regard it as essential that we prepare pupils for every facet of life.The line between teacher and social worker is becoming increasingly blurred.

    The school as one stop well-being center is now accepted by many an educator.Obsessing about feelings and processing them is the height of chic. The posture of care makes others regard you as devoted, empathic and vested.Should one appear otherwise they will look like a bat-wielding Neanderthal.Exploring moods and student vicissitudes is cutting edge.It's right up there with using words like "modality" and "rubric."
    Should a teacher desire alienation, they would be advised to bring a copy of"Exploding the Self-Esteem Myth" into their building's faculty lounge and begin quoting from its pages extemporaneously.

    By practicing reticence and reserve in regards to their feelings and thoughts it seems that many of our ancestors lived unfilled lives.Yet, One Nation Under Therapy illustrates that the endlessly processing of feelings makes for pessimistic and dispirited obsessions-and little else.Through constant discussion, irritation can morph into rage.The evidence suggests that inhibition and repression can be more adaptive responses to grief and stress than blabbing your feelings to every passerby.

    How did such toxic views and practices arise? Sommers and Satel, in the chapter "Esteem Thyself", point in the direction of humanistic psychology and the works of Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers.With the latter, his insistence that the quintessential question of life was, "Am I living in a way which is deeply satisfying to me, and which truly expresses me?" indicates just how shallow and narcissistic he desired his patients to be.On the left they might refer to such a solid link to therapism as "a root cause."On the right we might dismiss it with the commandment of "Get Over Thyself."Rogers saw schools as "personal growth centers" with nonjudgmentalism as their core requirement.As for Maslow, his theories were so vague and unfalsifiable that they left themselves open for misrepresentation and manipulation by thugs like Abbie Hoffman and Charles Dederich.Humanistic theory bares as close a resemblance to the truth as the fantasist political works of Noam Chomsky.

    We live in days when the saying "Be Strong" is equated with insensitivity and that appeals to bravery are an embarrassment to those who make them.There is only one thing that must be done; all of us must be as judgmental as possible.We should never excuse the immoral behavior surrounding us.Rather than minimalize and rationalize pathological acts on the part of the narcissistic, violent, or drug-addicted, our nation must embrace personal responsibility without qualifications.We should follow the advice that Don Imus gives the sick children on his ranch, its time to "Cowboy Up." ... Read more

    8. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
    by Marc Weissbluth
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    One of the country's leading researchers updates his revolutionary approach to solving--and preventing--your children's sleep problems

    Here Dr. Marc Weissbluth, a distinguished pediatrician and father of four, offers his groundbreaking program to ensure the best sleep for your child. In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, he explains with authority and reassurance his step-by-step regime for instituting beneficial habits within the framework of your child's natural sleep cycles. This valuable sourcebook contains brand new research that

    - Pinpoints the way daytime sleep differs from night sleep and why both are important to your child
    - Helps you cope with and stop the crybaby syndrome, nightmares, bedwetting, and more
    - Analyzes ways to get your baby to fall asleep according to his internal clock--naturally
    - Reveals the common mistakes parents make to get their children to sleep--including the inclination to rock and feed
    - Explores the different sleep cycle needs for different temperaments--from quiet babies to hyperactive toddlers
    - Emphasizes the significance of a nap schedule

    Rest is vital to your child's health growth and development. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child outlines proven strategies that ensure good, healthy sleep for every age. Advises parents dealing with teenagers and their unique sleep problems ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Works with twins too
    My 15-month-old twins still weren't sleeping through the night, wouldn't go back to sleep unless in my arms, and were cranky all the time. I was desperate for rest and a full night in my own bed when a friend bought me this book. Imagine my surprise to discover it was written by their new pediatrician. I found the quick-read Action Plans helpful to start with in my sleep-deprived state and made immediate changes from the tips there. Once I read a few chapters, I found out I was doing everything wrong, from keeping them up until they passed out from exhaustion every night, to letting them fall asleep in my arms for every nap. All the statistics and data Dr. Weissbluth included from his research helped me realize how sleep-deprived my poor boys were. Plus the bold, boxed-in Practical Points, hints and warnings were great for quick reference later. I thought the book was a terrific teacher and learned more than just techniques. It educated me about the whole process of sleep, the different types of sleep, and problems surrounding them. Dr. Weissbluth kindly gives options for parents of problem babies who can't tolerate the seeming "cruelty" of his extinction method - but we tried it and I fully recommend it. After three horrible nights of crying (but no less actual sleep for me than usual), the boys settled into their new routine and one month later are sleeping together 10-11 hours through the night 90% of the time and napping together 2-3 hours every day. I've never had so much free time on my hands. They are put in their cribs awake 3 hours earlier every evening now that I've read this book and go to sleep with NO CRYING - I swear. They start the day at the same time as they always did, but now I wake to hear them giggling in the morning instead of crying. And as a bonus, the son I had labeled as colicky, difficult, and fussy is now suddenly eating better, is much less whinny and crabby, and is finally starting to try new things like walking now that he is getting the rest he needs. Thank you Dr. Weissbluth for giving me back my evenings with my husband, and helping me enjoy my wonderful boys during their waking hours. This book is a must have for every parent and I will give it as a baby shower gift from now on.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Try it and see how your child responds!
    When my first child was 5.5 months, I happened upon this book. It is about learning to be an observant parent who understands your child's sleep clues. Yes, every child is different, but we are all human and this book focuses on the very natural human need for sleep and explains natural human sleep cycles (by age group) so it's easier to understand WHEN your child probably will want/need to nap or go down for the night

    This book explains and teaches in a non-dogmatic manner. It suggests questions to ask yourself that are insightful and thought-provoking. It stresses helping your children learn the skill of falling asleep by themselves, which is sometimes tough, but just as important as teaching them to eat by themselves. I learned that sleep is more biological than logical and that some sleep is more restful and restorative than other sleep.

    The two most important lessons I learned: 1) the earlier a child goes to bed at night, the longer she sleeps through the night, and 2) it is possible to put a child down awake and have her not cry before falling asleep on her own. I didn't believe any of this until I tried it! This book helped me understand that by the time my daughter "seemed tired", I had missed her cues, she was overtired, and overtired children have trouble getting to sleep.

    I am not a fan of "cry it out" but I did learn (and could hear) that there's a difference btw "I'm in pain/hurting" crying and "I'm tired" crying. Just as you wouldn't mind if your child cried because you wouldn't let him stick his finger in an electrical socket, I didn't mind when my tired child cried because she didn't want to sleep. A few minutes into her crying (and I mean less than 10 or 15 minutes) she fell fast asleep. Nowadays, she recognizes our "it's time to go to sleep routine" (bathing, reading, rocking) and generally cries less than 2 minutes, if at all.

    This book helped me remember that our kids will cry over many things in their lives . . . but if we parents are doing what's best for our child, some things are worth letting them cry over for a short period of time. Luckily, the crying ends within a day or two, because once you start to recognize the signals of "tired", you can beat the overtired state and put your child to sleep without any crying. It works!!!

    My daughter's personality blossomed when she got two consistent, restful, undisturbed naps a day and started sleeping 10 hours at night. She's happy, smiling and alert. That makes Mom and Dad happy too. There are wonderful lessons to be found in this book . . . happy reading (and sleeping)!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read !!! Start with these strategies right away !!
    I bought this book when my little one was 4 months old. It saved her and us. I only wish I had read the book while I was pregnant. I have since given this book to 3 friends when they had newborns (including twins) and they all followed Dr. Weissbluth's advice and we all have the BEST sleepers. My firends were lucky though to have avoided all the heartache we had after only 4 months of bad habits.

    Dr. Weissbluth is very respectful of parents having different theories and approaches to parenting. He helps you implement healthy sleep habits for children of all ages no matter what your parenting style is.

    The anecdotes are helpful in making you realise you are not alone and these are not just theories someone made up in someone's office.

    We have even avoided common pitfalls when babies go through teething, vaccines, colds etc.

    The book is written in a respectful caring way. You can trust this Dr.'s experience.

    This book is relevant for all familes with babies you and old.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not terribly useful
    I would have to agree with the reviewers who found this book largely baffling and filled with contradictory advice as well as all of the reviewers who noted how terribly written this book is. It does offer useful information on helping your child to nap but also offers contradictory advice in differing sections (sometimes it says checking on your child won't work, elsewhere it says that checking on your child can be fine) and buries key information in chapters that are not relevant (such as the tip that children under 4 months are getting enough sleep if left to their own devices and the even more key point that one should not try to let a 4 month old cry it out). It also repeats tedious, useless phrases far too frequently (it's not logical, but it is biological). I think this book is most useful if either your child already is an easy sleeper and so the suggestions are easy to implement, or if your child is older and its sleep is a disaster and you're desparate for help. Also, the book focuses far too much on disfunction and relies on far too many first person accounts that are not really relevant and are very repetitive.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This has helped my son (and us) so much!
    My son was born 3 weeks early, and also was extremely fussy/colicky. The first 3.5 months were very rough, as he had so much trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep (which I now know is part of the colic) and cried for hours every night (so did I!). My pediatrician recommended this book to me and said "this is THE book on a child's sleep - don't pay attention to anything else". Well, I read the first section all about healthy sleep, and then turned to the section that is age specific. He explains so much about healthy sleep, and explains some different ways to get them to sleep through the night, and nap well. Two weeks before I started back to work again (he was 4 mo.) I began Dr. Weissbluth's program to get him to sleep through the night. It was tough, because I chose the extinction method (which is allowing him to cry and not respond) so emotionally I had a hard time with that for the first week. After 2 weeks, he was sleeping through the night, with minimal crying when I put him down. What he explains is that we are allowing some crying for the greater good, which is that your child must learn to go to sleep & stay asleep on his own. The end goal is good sleep and rest for the child AND the rest of the family. This is just the first of MANY times that I did what I knew was best for him, even if he didn't like it! (My child still didn't nap well until 7 mo., but that's common too with babies who've been colicky). Now he's 7.5 months, and a HAPPY, affectionate, responsive, inquisitive little guy, and we are ALL much more rested. BUY THIS BOOK! I've given it as gifts to 3 people already and am buying more. ... Read more

    9. Man's Search For Meaning
    by Viktor E. Frankl
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    Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl is among the most influential works of psychiatric literature since Freud. The book begins with a lengthy, austere, and deeply moving personal essay about Frankl's imprisonment in Auschwitz and other concentration camps for five years, and his struggle during this time to find reasons to live. The second part of the book, called "Logotherapy in a Nutshell," describes the psychotherapeutic method that Frankl pioneered as a result of his experiences in the concentration camps. Freud believed that sexual instincts and urges were the driving force of humanity's life; Frankl, by contrast, believes that man's deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose. Frankl's logotherapy, therefore, is much more compatible with Western religions than Freudian psychotherapy. This is a fascinating, sophisticated, and very human book. At times, Frankl's personal and professional discourses merge into a style of tremendous power. "Our generation is realistic, for we have come to know man as he really is," Frankl writes. "After all, man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lord's Prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips." ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Book to Provoke, What is Your Life's Meaning?
    I wish I read this 20 years ago, it would have created a whole new perspective on my life. I won't repeat what many of the other fine reviewers have mentioned, but will add the following:

    According to Frankl, man's search for meaning is his primary motivation for life, not a secondary rationalization.

    Existential Vacuum, in today's Modern Society, we all have basic food, and shelter, we all can survive (thank goodness we don't have to endure what Frankl had to), we are all comfortable in our existence, and yet this comfort creates boredom, and therefore, our search for meaning is even more compounded. Thus is what Frankl refers to as existential vacuum, we exist today day to day, but do so in a vacuum of existence, until we know our meaning.

    Man should not ask what is the meaning of life, but rather BE asked. In response, man must answer in his responsible, to whom is he responsible to, to what, to whom?

    True meaning is discovered in the world, not within man himself. Seek out your experiences, the meaning is out there in the world, not within yourself.

    You cannot avoid untentional suffering, but you can change your attitude towards it, to give suffering a meaning to you.

    Live your life as though you were living it the second time. View life as a series of movie frames, the ending and meaning may not be apparent until the very end of the movie, and yet, each of the hundreds of individual frames has meaning within the context of the whole movie.

    View your life from your funeral, looking back at your life experiences, what have you accomplished? what would you have wanted to accomplish but didn't? what were the happy moments? what were the sad? what would you do again, and what you wouldn't?

    A must read for anyone searching for a deeper meaning in life. The book won't give you the meaning, only you can, but it will certainly help you get started.

    5-0 out of 5 stars POWERFUL AND COMPELLING!
    I look with awe and reverence at those who have survived Auschwitz and similar death camps and am amazed beyond belief at how they managed to survive not only physically, but emotionally. I do not believe any amount of psychology could fully prepare one for the horrors inflicted on the survivors of such attrocities. Both my parents fought for their country overseas during the World War II and I heard, first hand, of stories that touch, horrify and will remain with me for a lifetime.

    Dr. Frankl developed an approach to psychotherapy known as, logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's motivational force is reaching for meaning. While this book is not one that could be described as enjoyable reading, there is something about the author's experiences that will remain with us long after the book has concluded. Frankl gives meaning to life, despite life's suffering, and in a thought-provoking manner leaves a lasting impact on the reader that could well change the path of direction you choose to follow and how you continue to live your life.

    4-0 out of 5 stars All have a unique meaning to life to personally discover!
    After years of hearing others praise this book, I finally read it for myself, and found it is worth reading! Dr. Victor Frankl, an author-psychiatrist, experienced first-hand the horrible atrocities that were forced upon the Jews in Nazi Concentration Camps, and lived to tell about it. He shares the truths he learned as a prisoner, including man's search for meaning in life, and his ability to survive extreme physical and emotional hardships, despite the odds. In the process he developed a new approach to psychotherapy, known as "logotherapy." At the root of the theory is the value of helping others find their unique purpose or mission in life.

    What was the key to the survival in the Nazi death camps? It wasn't survival of the fittest in the traditional sense of those who were the most physically robust of the human species. Rather it tended to be those individuals, described below, who found inner survival strength as follows:

    (1.) Those who had a meaning in life, a sense of purpose, or intent to accomplish a goal. It was Dr. Frankl's desire to survive the death camps so that he could write and publish his experiences and truths learned through his suffering.

    (2.) Those who had a spiritual belief in God and a faith that there was a divine plan for them. They believed God would help them through their difficulties. Dr. Frankl said: "In spite of all the enforced physical and mental primitiveness of the life in a concentration camp, it was possible for spiritual life to deepen."

    (3.) Those who had an intellectual life to fall back on (in their thoughts) during the monotonous, strenuous, and most painful times of endurance. He states: "Sensitive people who were used to a rich intellectual life may have suffered much pain... but the damage to their inner selves was less. They were able to retreat from their terrible surroundings to a life of inner riches and spiritual freedom." This was something their oppressors were not able to take away from them.

    (4.) Those who held on to the cherished bonds of loved ones. Dr. Frankl often found strength by carrying on imagined conversations with his beloved wife who had been taken to another death camp. His ability to communicate his love for her in his thoughts, and receive back her love, gave him the incentive to hold on to life during the toughtest of times. Unfortunately his wife was not able to survive, but he didn't know this at the time. (Perhaps it was her Spirit he was communicating with afterall.)

    I was impressed with the description Dr. Frankl gave of a few of the prisoners, who despite being in a starving and sickly state, managed to go around offering aid and moral encouragement to others. Such individuals often gave of their meager piece of daily bread to keep another fellow prisoner alive. Such selfless service in the face of death, was truly admirable.

    In the second half of Dr. Frankl's book he distinguishes the difference between his theory of logotherapy and that of traditional approaches to physcho-analysis. At the core of his theory is the challenge to help individuals discover for themselves their reason for being, even a worthwhile goal. He quotes Nietzche who said: "He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how." Dr. Frankl says: "The meaning of life always changes, but it never ceases to be." This book can be a great resource for readers to evaluate their own purpose in life, and perhaps in the process choose a path that is worthwhile not only to them but that will benefit others as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Both touching and helpful!
    This book was touching to the point that it was painful to read at times. Yet, the overall message of this book is wonderfully exhilarating. Whatever meaning you find in your life is your life. If that meaning gives you hope, you will have hope. If that meaning gives you despair, you will find despair. This is a fantastic piece of existential work! The whole idea in this book reminds me a bit of the concept of the self-system in Toru Sato's genius book "The Ever-Transcending Spirit". Now "The Ever-Transcending Spirit" is a much newer book but it is another truly excellent book that takes these things one step further by integrating these ideas with the psychology of relationships as well as transpersonal experiences. I recommend this Frankl and Sato's book very very much! They are both outstanding!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A monumental work of human courage
    This book would be instrumental to those who wish to understand the greater purpose behind their suffering. The author describes his enduring many horrific experiences of the Holocaust while discovering a greater meaning in these experiences.

    Viktor Frankl believes there is a deeper meaning behind the suffering many continue to experience. He also feels that it's one's personal challenge to discover the purpose behind the pain they feel. While being non-judgmental about human suffering, the author sees our pain as a source of strength rather than as a sign of weakness.

    This book is ideal for those who are seeking the greater meaning in their suffering. While much of his story takes place during the Holocaust, the lessons are universal to anyone who has ever experienced great difficulty. ... Read more

    10. Educational Psychology: Theory and Practice, Seventh Edition
    by Robert E. Slavin
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    This popular book from renowned educational psychologist Robert Slavin translates theory into practices that teachers can use in their classrooms with a further inquiry into the concept of intentionality. An "intentional teacher," according to Slavin, is one who constantly reflects on his or her practices and makes instructional decisions based on a clear conception of how these practices affect students. To help readers become "intentional teachers," the author offers a set of questions to guide them and models best practices through classroom examples. Educational Psychology prepares teachers as no other text does. It teaches them to think about how students develop and learn, to make decisions before and during instruction, and to consider what constitutes evidence that their students are learning and succeeding. This edition includes new sections on brain research, expanded coverage of Title I, programs for language minority students, and comprehensive school reform. It contains new critiques of assessment and accountability strategies, and a substantially updated treatment of programming for students with special needs. A new feature, "Technology Cases," presents practical uses of technology related to the contents of the chapters. A self-check feature, appearing throughout the chapters, links chapter contents to INTASC standards, and self assessments at the end of each chapter are linked to the content and format of PRAXIS. Designed for anyone interested in educational psychology or in the psychology of learning. ... Read more

    11. Psychology
    by Sandra E. Hockenbury, Don H. Hockenbury
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Psychology at its finest
    This is an excellent source of information for an intro into Psychology. Text is very informative, with most of it coming from the author's personal experiences. Drs. Don and Sandra Hockenbury keep you interested throughout the text with expert writing. Recommened text for beginning Psychology students.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great reference to hold onto
    Anyone who is concidering a future in Psychology must pick up a copy of this book. As many books are there for General Psychology this one has got to be one the best written and descriptive books I have ever read. The chapters are carefully broken up into consecutive topics that start with the history and basic terms of Psychology and lead you to client-based pscyhoanaylsis information.

    This is must have for all Psychology majors.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, Easy to understand, very in-depth
    I recommend this book to anyone because it shows the what, how and why of many psychology topics from personality to psychological disorders.Make sure to get the laster edition for more up to date information.

    4-0 out of 5 stars very informative
    I am a student at a middle college, and I use this book. It is very wellwritten, in a way that can be understood by an amateur, and utilized by aprofessional. ... Read more

    12. Abnormal Psychology, Fourth Edition W/CD
    by Martin E. P. Seligman
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    When first published in 1984, Abnormal Psychology won widespread support and hundreds of adoptions for its innovative approach, which highlighted the psychological theories and treatments that best fit each disorder. In the new Fourth Edition, Martin E. P. Seligman and new co-author Elaine F. Walker once again establish Abnormal Psychology as a visionary text with a new integrative approach that explores the interactions between the psychological and biological influences on human behavior. In addition to nearly 1,800 new references, the Fourth Edition highlights important new trends in the field, from the explosion in biological and neuroscience research, to new life-span developmental theories, to the challenges confronted by scientists and clinicians working in the field, to the impact of psychological disorders on patients, their families, and society. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars 2nd Edition ISBN # 0393956962Is Hardcover, Not Cloth
    This is an excellent, perhaps the best, Abnormal Psychology Textbook. You can save over $100 by going with this older edition. It is not too different than the current edition and can easily be updated. Amazon Marketplace is currently offering the 2nd edition as low as 53 cents. This is an outstanding bargain.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Organized with interesting case studies.Easy reading.
    The text in paperback form was quite inexpensive.The book was organizedinto easily digestible chapters with insightful DSM classifications.Thechapter on sexual disorders was quite explicit.Our instructor skipped itin lecture. ... Read more

    13. Delivered from Distraction : Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder
    by Edward M. Hallowell M.D., JOHN J. MD RATEY, John J. Ratey M.D.
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    14. Family Therapy : An Overview (with InfoTrac)
    by Herbert Goldenberg, Irene Goldenberg
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    FAMILY THERAPY provides a balanced presentation of the major theoretical underpinnings and clinical practices in the field. By presenting an overview of traditional and evolving viewpoints, perspectives, values, intervention techniques, and goals of family therapy, Herbert and Irene Goldenberg provide current, relevant, practice-oriented content laying the foundation for students to become proficient family therapists. This edition reflects the Goldenbergs' commitment to providing students with not only traditional family therapy theoretical frameworks, but also the field's evolving models of practice. It is the complete resource for assisting students in mastering the many facets of family therapy. For this new edition, Michael White, founder of Narrative Therapy, has written a new foreword for the text. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Introduction to Family Therapy
    As a student of Family Therapy I am keenly aware of the need to have first-class resources that utilize proven techniques and that are theoretically sound.

    This text by the Goldenberg's, I have been told, is a veritable classic. I can see why. The book is very logical in its layout and construction, with the authors eschewing jargon and therapy-speak for clear, lucid, and cogent language.

    I have come to learn that there is a world of difference between individual therapy, and family therapy. The Goldenberg's make sure that this vital distinction is clear to the reader, and they do so without pedantry.

    I would recommend this book as a resource or as the primary text for any graduate level family therapy course. This book is so comprehensive that it can stand alone, or be used to supplement your studies.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Introduction Extraordinaire to Family Therapy and its Models
    Purposed as a comprehensive survey of family therapy and its models, _Family Therapy: An Overview_ supplies both the historical development of its concepts and models as well as a survey and analysis of its most recognized proponents, the literature of the field, and recognition of current trends in research and practice.

    The book is structured in five parts: (1) Perspectives of Family Therapy; (2) The Evolution of Family Therapy; (3) The Basic Models of Family Therapy; (4) Evolving Models of Family Therapy; (5) And, Research, Training, and Professional Issues.

    The book also includes the following helps: (1) A Comparison Chart of Theoretical Viewpoints in Family Therapy; (2) A Comparison Chart of Therapeutic Techniques and Goals in Family Therapy; (3) And, the AAMFT Code of Ethics.

    The book is rich in relevant case descriptions, illustrative explanations, and comparative strategies, all made benefit to an initial survey of the field.

    The text is both informative and absorbing, citing research lead upon lead for the prospective pursuant student. An engaging and relevant resource for today's undergraduate courses in the field!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A classic text for intoduction to family therapy
    This is one of the oldest and most classic family therapy text. Many experienced counselors have benefited from previous editions of the book. I read it several years ago, and I am also the co-translator of the Chinese edition of this book (4th ed.). It took us a LOT of time in the translation process. Because the language is full of jargons and the sentences are very long. It's a bit difficult for non-English speaking people. However, it has some good points. First, it has almost everything a biginner needs to know about family therapy. Second, it includes updated information. For example, it now has a single chapter on cultural diversity and ethnicity, which is an important topic in this field. And the popular theories like narrative and solution-focused therapies are also included. One weakness is that many old and less-used approaches occupied much space only for their historical importance. Besides, some information on the chapter of research does not catch up with latest trends. Overall, I think it is suitable for introductory family therapy courses, especially at the undergraduate level. But I think it could have more clinical examples to more clearly depict the theories. ... Read more

    15. Five Minutes to Orgasm Every Time You Make Love: Female Orgasm Made Simple
    by Claire D. Hutchins, D. Claire Hutchins
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    Is sex more trouble than it's worth?Are you too slow? Do you rely excessively on prolonged (even painful) intercourse, oral sex or vibrators?Is your orgasm hit or miss?

    Now with this bold but simple 3 step program, any woman - YOU - can achieve orgasm without difficulty during sex. IMPOSSIBLE?Not if you follow the quick and easy formula you will learn in this book.

    Now there is hope for any woman suffering the agonizing frustration of a too-slow, unreliable or non-existent orgasm.Five Minutes to Orgasm once and for all crushes the dogma that achieving orgasm must take longer for a woman than it does for a man.

    Stop blaming your partner for being too fast, inept and uncaring. Five Minutes to Orgasm describes in frank, detailed terms a method for making female orgasm the natural, effortless outcome of each and every lovemaking experience, and frees him from slavery to the female orgasm. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Renewed Our Commitment
    I bought this book some time ago, but I didn't read it until a few nights ago, while my husband was bowling. I finally had the courage to read it in the few hours he was gone. We've had sexual problems for years, and had given up hope. We don't even talk about it anymore. Our sexual encounters were either too long because he had to work on me for hours to make me reach orgasm or nonexistent. All the advice in how-to-orgasm books just seemed too silly for a couple who has been married for years, and who has two grown children. When my husband got home from bowling that night, I was in the mood for the first time in months, and anxious to try out my new technique.

    Needless to say, it worked like a charm, and he LOVED IT! After it was over, we talked about the book and the technique and we are both perfectly happy with both. We don't intend to be a sexless couple anymore. We are happy to renew our sex lives, and our commitment to each other. This simple little book can help and the technique can work for you. I urge you to give it a try.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK!
    Sex is a bodily function that shouldn't require millions of pages of literature to teach people how to do it. Everybody basically has the same equipment and the same potential to reach orgasm. It's perfectly natural and uncomplicated.

    That's what this book tells people. Relax, let go and do what comes naturally. Sex is like everything else in life. It's more enjoyable when you do it with a partner, but we shouldn't totally depend on others for our pleasure and satisfaction. We have autonomy over our own lives and our own bodies, and D. Claire Hutchins does a great job of showing us how to use it.

    If a person is handicapped in any way, or has special needs, then this book might not be helpful, but if you've got all the necessary parts, you can have a climax without a lot of difficulty.

    This simple, to the point book can help any woman accomplish the goal of climaxing during intercourse without having to spend more time reading about it than she does doing it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Short, easy to read and FUN!
    My husband bought this and 2 other books on the subject and I read this one in about 3 hours! Having been married for 9 years and having an "open mind" to try new things, there wasn't really anything new or earth shaking in the book, but it was nice to get back to the basics of sex, and sometimes it's good to be "goal oriented". The reading was fun and easy, it's written in a clear context where they don't beat around the bush and my husband really enjoyed not having to do all of the work for a change. I'm fortunate I've never had a problem reaching orgasm so I can't say if it "worked" or not, but it was fun to read and it reminded me that not all sex-capades have to be this long sensuous love-making session for me to get off, sometimes it's fun just to get to the point! My husband agrees! Do I recommend it? Sure, buy it, read it; lifes short, have fun!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Answer to an Old Problem
    Many women, myself included, have trouble finding satisfaction during the sex act. Several recent studies seem to bear this out. I think part of the reason is that women are told they MUST reach orgasm, but only their partner can "give" it to them. That leaves too much pressure on both the man and the woman. What's the answer?

    Most couples don't need extensive sex therapy nor drawn out lovemaking sessions. Most of us don't want to take the time for that, especially not if we've been in a relationship for years. This book offers a quick and simple formula that will work for many women every time, especially if they have experienced orgasm through masturbation, oral sex or using vibrators. This book removes the mystery from female orgasm. and makes it easy for a woman to achieve orgasm DURING intercourse, every time.

    It worked for me. It can work for you too.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Delivers
    This book delivers what it promises. My sex life has improved and my boyfriend is happy. I recommend it. ... Read more

    16. Social Psychology (5th Edition)
    by Elliot Aronson, Timothy D. Wilson, Robin M. Akert
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    Updated with thelatest research findings and revised chapter-opening vignettes, thisrenowned book maintains its infamous story-telling approach to convey thescience of social psychology in a fascinating, memorable, and entertainingmanner.Complete with a video CD-ROM, the authors bringthe material life through real-world examples that capture readers'attention and motivate further exploration. New research findings,integrated coverage of culture and gender, and a chapter on methodology areincluded.For professionals with a career or interest insocial psychology and/or social work. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book on a very interesting subject.
    This is the most thoroughly engaging, thought provoking, and useful textbook I have ever had to read. Although it was assigned reading, I always looked forward to it and often read beyond what was required. The stories at the beginning of every chapter, the famous quotes that relate to the issues discussed, and the numerous examples of experiments cited in the text make this an excellent book. I plan to read some of the recommended titles for further reading that the book suggests. ... Read more

    17. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss what Matters Most
    by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen, Roger Fisher
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    Members of the Harvard Negotiation Project--which brought you the mega-bestseller Getting to YES--show you how to handle your most difficult conversations with confidence and skill.

    Whether you're dealing with an underperforming employee, disagreeing with your spouse about money or child-rearing, negotiating with a difficult client, or simply saying "no," or "I'm sorry," or "I love you," we attempt or avoid difficult conversations every day. Based on fifteen years of research at the Harvard Negotiation Project, Difficult Conversations walks you through a step-by-step proven approach to having your toughest conversations with less stress and more success. You will learn:
    how to start the conversation without defensiveness
    why what is not said is as important as what is
    ways of keeping and regaining your balance in the face of attacks and accusations
    how to decipher the underlying structure of every difficult conversation

    Filled with examples from everyday life, Difficult Conversations will help you on the job, at home, or out in the world. It is a book you will turn to again and again for advice, practical skills, and reassurance.

    "Does this book deliver on [its] promise of an effective way through sticky situations, whether 'with your baby sitter or your biggest client'? It does."-- The New York Times

    "These talented communicators blend a daunting array of disciplines into highly readable and practical advice."-- Booklist

    "Brilliant. . . . I've already re-read most of it. I'm using it. What more could a reader ask?"-- Tom Peters

    "Emotional Intelligence applied to life's tough moments."-- Daniel Goleman
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Difficult Conversions
    Stone, Patton and Bruce have written a very useful and critical work on the dynamics of all conversations - the ones we've had and regret; the ones we don't have, because they seem too risky; and the ones we need to have to enhance our personal and professional relationships. They argue that there are three categories of conversations, which encompass every aspect of what transpires in our daily exchanges. They are: (1) The "what happened?" conversation (2) The feelings conversation and (3) The identity conversation. We can become more skilled and efficient in our conversations, if we begin to check our often flawed assumptions about what happened, how we're feeling and how our self-perceptions impact our understanding of what others say. Typically, we assume we are right and others are wrong, we assume the intentions of others, we don't treat feelings as facts, and we associate our identities too closely with the contexts of specific conflicts. To have productive difficult conversations, we need to change the way we talk to ourselves and how we approach our communications with others.

    One can't help wondering, however, if the only people reading this book are already self-actualized or so well on their way that they are, in fact, the best communicators among us. The authors' failed to address the lingering doubt left with the critical, reflective reader: that most difficult conversations are the fruits of difficult people, who, unless they read this book, have little capacity or motivation to be anything but difficult. In any case, Difficult Conversations is mostly devoted to explaining and analyzing the three conversations and how one can use these categories to have more productive exchanges. The book has many useful graphic organizers, including a checklist and a roadmap for engaging in difficult conversations.

    In effect, Stone and his colleagues argue that we must shift from a perspective of "knowing" to "learning". Meaningful conversations can take place when we don't permit our assumptions to rule the moment, rather when we take control by being curious, open, and self-aware. To find out what happened, we need to explore each other's stories, separate intent from impact, abandon the blame framework, and to consider all conflicts as a system ("the contribution system"), to which every party has contributed in some way. They argue that the blame framework is a clue that feelings are playing a significant role in a conflict. Feelings often get translated into judgements, attributions, characterizations, or solutions. The key to managing feelings is to treat them as facts by acknowledging them, and considering how they are part of the problem and exploring them fully. All too often our feelings emerge from the sense that our identity is somehow at stake. Most of us frame our identities around one or all of three core themes: competence, virtue, or worthiness. When we feel any of these is questioned, we revert to fight or flight. We can best manage the identity issue by understanding ourselves as complex, by knowing we make mistakes, by acknowledging that our intentions are not simple, and by recognizing that all parties contribute to problems. The "learning" must begin within ourselves before we can understand issues or problems with others.

    We can affect our own conversational "learning" by engaging in "the third story" conversation, which requires us to consider how a third party would describe and analyze the situation. This sets up a process of internal dialogue, which is necessary to check our own perceptions, feelings, and interests. Further, the authors encourage listening from the inside out, speaking for yourself, and taking the initiative. While the book combines theory, examples, and description, it is also a very handy guide to improving one's communication style in the workplace or at home.

    5-0 out of 5 stars very highly recommended
    When I first picked up this book, I wasn't very optimistic about its content. I've got a rather solid background in conflict resolution and communication, have even taught courses in listening and small group communication. I assumed the book would be more of the same -- here's where you should nod, here's how you reflect, etc.

    I was pleased to find that I had misjudged the authors. Reading this book and truly incorporating its advice and philosophies can be a life-changing experience. The content here goes beyond technique and finds firm ground (surprisingly) in speaking about inner issues that arise during difficult conversations -- and it manages to do so without coming off as didactic or flakey. In fact, I would have to say that this is the first "self-help" book that didn't make me a little squirmy and rebellious -- I soaked up the information and found myself relying on the content in real life on a daily basis, and right away.

    I also have found myself evangelizing the book to a great extent, and have recommended it to friends I know who are having difficulty with family members, bosses, their children their neighbors -- as well as to a number of my clients who have expressed difficulty in managing up and/or down.

    There's something of value for just about anyone here -- even if you are already well-versed in communication and negotiation skills.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Concepts and techniques that work
    I find this book to be helpful because I have had a life-long struggle with difficult conversations. The section about understanding what is said and unsaid is a key piece of information which has given me greater awareness. The procedures require commitment and practice. Don't expect to get it right the first time or every time. I put an extra piece of information into practice every few days. I would also recommend another book, Crucial Conversations for another perspective on emotionally charged conversations, and Optimal Thinking: How To Be Your Best Self to learn how to make the most of any situation.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Too obvious...what we need is a difficult relationships book
    The stuff in this book should be obvious to most reasonable people. If you're having problems at this level, you still have a long way to go in terms of dealing with truly difficult situations. Seeing so many people liking books like this gets me worried... (Is it just me who feels like I'm back in kindergarten when I take these corporate self improvement classes (come on, be honest now).)

    If you can generally gather the gumption to talk with people through awkward issues, this book will not help.

    My really difficult issues in life are with severely complexed people who are either defensive to the point of being anti-social or with those who never learned the skill to listen. You know people like this, right? Their bad behavior inevitably drives away their friends and they often have trouble with their other family members.

    I'm not saying that I'm always in the right when having difficult conversations with people like this. What I struggle with is dealing with really hard headed people, and this book only belabors obvious points like "there are two sides to every story" and "you have to try to stay reasonable if you care to get through".

    Everything in the book is good, if that's what you want to learn about. I just found it too obvious, and it assumes the case where the other person is a relatively well adjusted person.

    1-0 out of 5 stars "A Dangerous book in the hands of morons"! (NY, USA)
    Well the reviewer has got a great sense of humour! I was laughing my a*se off!

    It sems so many people do not practice what they preach. This guy's bosses whoever they are or were seem to have 'lost the plot'.

    Isn't it strange that the 'Golden Rule' in business I was taught is not often used. It is as my Mum still says, "Do as you would be done by". Very simple but common sense is not usually common action!

    My invitation to this person is please make contact with me as I have some questions I'd like the writer to answer before I buy the book! Dear, can you arrange that? Give the writer my e-mail address please. ... Read more

    18. Cognition (3rd Edition)
    by Mark H. Ashcraft
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    19. Psychological Testing : Principles, Applications, and Issues
    by Robert M. Kaplan, Dennis P. Saccuzzo
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    Easy-to-read and accessible, PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING: PRINCIPLES, APPLICATIONS, AND ISSUES effectively communicates the excitement and dynamics of the field of psychological testing. Robert Kaplan and Dennis Saccuzzo provide students with a current analysis of the most widely used psychological tests in schools, professional training programs, business, industry, the military, and clinical settings. The authors offer a clear picture of how psychological tests are constructed, how they are used, and how an understanding of them can make a difference in their careers and everyday lives. Comprehensive and accurate, yet interesting and personally relevant, this book gets and keeps students' attention through the use of informal discussions and real-life examples. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Psychological testing, principles, applications and issues
    I have read many books in the psychology field, and I thought this book did an excellent job of presenting clear and concise information on psychological testing. The book focused on the various testing techniques that are used in the psychology field. It raised important issues around how to appropriately apply testing and why we use them. i recommend this book to professionals in the field or to anyine who may have a curiosity about psychological testing in general. It's a real eye opener!Your interest won't fade out. ... Read more

    20. Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior
    by David R. Hawkins
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    In this groundbreaking book you will learn how to get demonstrably true answers to your questions, and know what true success is and how to create it. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most important books.
    Reviewer Ruth Lyon was very skeptical of muscle testing, yet I have experienced its validity in many ways for over 25 years through its application by trained, qualified professionals who understand its correct use - mostly chiropractors. Her own skepticism makes her a poor judge of this method and therefore of Power Vs. Force.

    This book is one of the most important I have ever read, illuminating the effect of all things on human behavior. Music, color, environment, enterainment, literature and more all have an influence on the people who experience them. Hawkins has done us a great service in this work, and we would do well to listen to him. He points out that even excellence in some area of life doesn't mean it is of a beneficial effect, such as a skilled musican playing what some call "death rock" music. The effect is what matters. Of particular value is his clarification of the relative calibrations of emotions and attitudes of consciousness, much of which is little understood by most. With this map we can make choices and progress in our lives. It is a map to sanity and value that is much needed in this world.

    I know a someone who is well aquainted with the author, and he says he is indeed a brilliant man. Those who would be critical of him should look at their own qualifications to judge him or his methods. Power Vs. Force is a book not to be passed up.

    By the way, the first three chapters are extreemely dry clinical material and are hard for most to read with interest. Skim them if you need to, and get into the meat in chapter 4.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Could've been great!
    This book COULD have been great. For a moment at least, let's take the major premise of kinesiology testing at the author's word. If true, this would be a MAJOR breakthrough in man's ability to discern truth from fiction in the world. The author himself mentioned that he's undertaken millions of kinesiological tests over the past number of years. So, you would expect to find out all kinds of interesting "eye-opening" facts in the book, wouldn't you? Don't hold your breath. The author divulges a sum total of 30-40 test results throughout the entire book (mostly how historical persons such as Jesus and Hitler calibrated). If he's so confident in his system, why not publish a book of the 1000's of interesting facts that could be ascertained using this method (e.g. "Did O.J. do it?"). It would be the most interesting book ever written (again assuming the testing system is what the author claims it is). Instead, the author goes through chapter after chapter of telling you how the method COULD be used by the reader (e.g. to choose politicians, make company decisions, etc.).

    One other MAJOR note...the mathematical assumptions in this book are absolutely atrocious, and frankly embarrassing for someone of Dr. Hawkins' reported credentials! For instance, the author claims that simply by reading this book, the average reader increased their calibration by 35 points. If you know the math behind the logarithmic scale the author uses, this means that the average reader increased his consciousness calibration by 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times!!! You mean to tell me that by reading one 300-page book, I've increased my consciousness trillions and trillions of times over? C'mon Dr. Hawkins! Another example is how Dr. Hawkins laments how the average human "only" gains 5 calibration points over a lifetime. Only? 5 points is 10 to the 5th power, or 100,000. Wow I only wish I could increase my consciousness by a magnitude of 100,000X in my lifetime! A mere surface review of the book from a mathematical angle shows these HUGE flaws in the "scale"...which makes me highly skeptical of how accurate the author's entire methodology is!

    With that said, I have conducted some very preliminary tests of the kinesiology method, with a good deal of success (O.J. did do it by the way, according to my testing, and Bach tested positive versus a negative for Slayer). I'll also give the author commendation on his general writings about what it takes for us all to improve ourselves. But I remain HIGHLY skeptical about the entire premise of the author's mathematics and the "scale" derived from that faulty math, and therefore give the book 3 stars out of 5.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
    Dr. Hawkins has presented the ultimate rendition of spiritual truth in this book. And it's no wonder we've never seen the truth presented in such clear language - our intellects are not geared toward understanding such things due to our social conditioning and the inherent fallibility of our power of perception. But don't fear, quiet reflection on the ideas presented in the book will open new windows of understanding to the reader.
    This new understanding has had a powerful effect on my own life in the past 3 months. I now know that all is indeed well, and has always been so. Dr. Hawkins has opened the door for me, and I'm on my way to a new life. I highly recommend this book.

    1-0 out of 5 stars The mathematics in this book is a joke
    If a doctor were to tell you that your backache was caused by "halitosis of the femural artery located in the sternum", you would know that he doesn't know what he is talking about. This is exactly what Dr. Hawkins does with mathematical terms.

    Dr. Hawkins rates everything in the universe on a scale of 1 to 1000 based on how good or bad it is. To explain this scale he uses a lot of technical-sounding mathematical terms, but he uses those terms incorrectly- to the point of being gibberish. Since he knows his discussion would be above most readers' heads Dr. Hawkins can get awy with it.

    He claims that the scale is "logarithmic" and base 10, but in his explanation of what a logarithm is, he confuses logarithmic functions with exponential functions and repeats this mistake throughout the book. Essentially,someone at level 201 has ten times the power of someone at 200, someone at 202 has 10 times the power of someone at 201 and so on.

    This "logarithmic progression" is then completely contradicted by his chart which states how many people at one level counterbalance someone at another level. One of the statements on this chart is that "12 people at level 700 equals one avatar at 1000". On his "logarithmic"(actually exponential) scale it would take 10^300 people at level 700(that's a one with 300 zeros in front of it) to equal the power of one person at level 1000. Since when does 12= 10^300?

    He uses the calculus term "critical point" and claims that his scale has a critical point at 200. In mathematics a critical point is the point where the derivative of a function equals zero. On a graph, it is the point where the tangent line is flat-the point where you are neither rising nor falling. What Dr. Hawkins didn't realize was that neither logarithmic functions nor exponential functions have critical points. Their derivatives are always positive. In this case, he just threw in a mathematical term without bothering to find out what it means.

    He discusses chaos theory, because it is new and trendy, but he misses the point entirely. He seems to think that chaos theory implies that the world is more orderly and easily explained than previously thought, when in fact chaos theory implies just the opposite.He does this because he likes the word "attractor" which he overuses throughout the rest of the book

    In other cases, bad math like this could be overlooked. He is after all a psychiatrist, not a mathematician. In this book, however, the technical terms are used to impress the readers with how scientific the system is, and the claim is that it is based on research. If you can understand what these mathematical terms actually mean, it becomes clear by the gibberish that he is just making this stuff up. If his "mathematical" system was revealed to him through muscle-testing (as opposed to outright fiction), then it shows just how unreliable this system is.

    Perhaps the most blatently incompetent statement he makes is that a loving thought has the energy of " 10^-35 million megawatts"(I'm using the symbol ^ because this this font won't allow superscripts) and claims that the quantity is "so enormous as to be beyond the capacity of the human imagination to comprehend" The truth is that this quantity is so miniscule as to be beyond our capacity to comprehend. 10^35 million is a one with 35 million zeros in front of it- a huge number indeed, but 10^-35 million is 1/10^35 million -- a mind-bogglingly tiny fraction. If you were to multiply the mass of the entire galaxy by a fraction that tiny, you wouldn't even have enough mass for a single electron. If the minus sign was a typo, without it the energy level described would be great indeed -probably be along the order of the big bang and our heads would have exploded (and caused a supernova) a long time ago. In this case, he just threw together the most confusing notation he could think of, without a clue as to what it meant. He did this to make it appear scientific. He figured that his readers would be too dumb to know the difference. I don't think this can be written off as a mere honest mistake

    Other laughable statements are that organically grown tobacco is actually healthy, and that taking one gram of vitamin C per day will counter all of the harmful effects of smoking.

    He also states that adrenaline causes the muscles to go weak. Adrenaline is the stimulant hormone associated with the fight/flight response and its entire purpose is to give you EXTRA strength and energy in an emergency. As a doctor, he should know this

    This book would be funny if it wasn't so scary.This man claims to be an MD and as far as I know still has a license.

    If you have a degree in math, physics, engineering or something similar, this book can pretty entertaining. It is fun to pick apart,but as a source of truth it is worthless.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For me, a life-changer!
    I rarely post reviews, but in this case I'm adding my voice to the mix because I value this book (and the other two in this trilogy) so highly. You'll note WIDELY disparate takes on the content and quality of this book, so the discerning shopper is aware that Dr. Hawkins' take on things is a tad controversial. If you're wondering whether to buy it, here are a few things to keep in mind: 1) if you're looking for a study and/or how-to on kinesiology exclusively from the scientific (or even humanist) point of view, this isn't the right book. The main thrust of this book is spiritual growth, and kinesiology is one tool Hawkins puts forth; 2) if you ARE a spiritual seeker, you already know that not every path is for everyone. This particular path is the only one in a lifetime of seeking that has resonated 100% for me. I feel I've found my teacher at last!! The reviewers here who regard this book as superficial or as a rehash of the same old stuff we've all heard a million times do not--forgive me--get it. I do NOT mean they are stupid or foolish. I mean that because it's not the right thing for them, they can't hear all the levels. If it's right for you, even in part, trust me--you won't find it superficial or redundant. ... Read more

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