Psychology

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143133421
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Published: Penguin Books - January 29th, 2019

This book is a tonic for what ails us in the modern world, and Haig’s is the hand to guide us through the new societal pitfalls. Do you check your phone too often? Do you count your worth in Instagram likes of Facebook friends? Does the news keep you awake at night? Listen to the voice of reason in these pages, and take a deep breath of fresh air. Haig lets us know it’s going to be alright, that we’re enough, and gives us the perspective to see it. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side by Julia Shaw - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781419729492
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Published: Abrams Press - February 26th, 2019

This book could easily be a thousand pages long, and might be a better book if it were, but there's at least enough here in its roughly 260 pages for the reader to find a basic understanding of why labeling people as evil or inhuman is more a misconception about our species, and also becomes an easy way to place blame and visualize people more as monsters and not acknowledge the darker sides of our own selves, and the grave responsibility we all share but largely ignore. My hope is that people will read this book and instantly want to look for more. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan - Book Review

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Published: Penguin Press - May 15th, 2018

Coming from a skeptic's perspective myself I found Pollan's book not only accessible but both engaging and divinely well written. This is the perspective the psychedelic culture desperately needed to voice their triumphs, and Pollan does more than sing the praises for psychedelics as a means to heal and expand ourselves, but tackles the controversial history surrounding it without feeling like he needs to defend it.

Complete with a dynamic cast of characters who help and guide him along the way, we learn as he learns, and we take these trips along with him through the importance of storytelling, discovering the intimate details about the mind that these substances uncover. Where might all this be going? It seems only time may tell, and perhaps Pollan himself.


The Addiction Solution: Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs by Lloyd Sederer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501179440
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Published: Scribner - May 8th, 2018

Sederer offers practical yet controversial advice to deal with our raging opiate addiction epidemic. Recognizing our historic urge to use narcotics, alcohol, and other substances, he argues against harsh punishment and unrealistic goals of abstinence, and suggests medically-administered alternative drugs, even small doses of LSD, could help purge dependency. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Anxiety as an Ally: How I Turned a Worried Mind Into My Best Friend by Dan Ryckert - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780692401514
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Published: Up to Something Publishing - March 16th, 2015

Dan Ryckert, a popular Internet Person, may be a professional goof, but he DOES occasionally have lucid moments in which he seems like a real human being. This quasi-memoir chronicles Dan's battles with anxiety, beginning when he was in college. This is not a touchy-feely self-help book, it is a frank look at what anxiety is, what it feels like, and how to live with it. An easy, quick read, and a great entry point for those looking to understand their, or a loved ones, anxiety, perhaps before diving headfirst into the crowded pseudo-science "cures" out there. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan

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ISBN: 9781594204227
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Published: Penguin Press - May 15th, 2018

Michael Pollan does it again! This book is a fascinating view into the world of psychedelics from the vantage point of a skeptical journalist. Part science, part history, part personal journey, Pollan weaves a narrative that is both highly entertaining and deeply interesting. The therapeutic potential of psychedelics is revealed in depth. Anyone who is interested in the science of the mind or the experience of psychedelics will enjoy this book. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


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