Psychology

Death Is But a Dream: Finding Hope and Meaning at Life's End by Christopher Kerr - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525542841
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Published: Avery - February 11th, 2020

Perhaps dying is not solely about pain, frailty, and limitations. Perhaps the dying experience dreams akin to realistic, life-affirming visions offering reconciliation and harmony. Kerr's interactions with thousands of hospice patients have convinced him that, at the end, what we encounter is undying love. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781538715284
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 5th, 2019

Cahalan is back with an airtight exploration into an infamous psychology paper about a professor and his students going undercover as patients in psych wards during the 1970s to test the portrayal of sanity versus insanity. Cahalan proves her journalistic integrity with a deep dive into this research study that has been causing a commotion in the psychology world since it was first published over 40 years ago. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


I Don't Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression by Terrence Real - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780684835396
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Published: Scribner - March 2nd, 1998

It is okay for men to feel pain. This may sound seems like an easy concept to grasp, and maybe even somewhat of a hackneyed saying, but as Terrence Real recognizes in his I Don't Want to Talk About It, the idea has become hackneyed, just for how often it gets repeated, as if that through its repetition, the saying can become a cultural refrain, and that in its utterance, men are only excusing themselves for when they actually do feel anything resembling upset. Pain is weakness, many of us are too often reminded, and when it gets said enough times, we may actually live absent its hindrance. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780679763307
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Published: Vintage - January 14th, 1997

Every individual suffers, Kay Redfield Jamison observes again in her An Unquiet Mind, mental illness in each our own way. Often rejected by the psychiatric profession for how it focuses on the personable and not on the scientific, Jamison's work illuminates the human in us all, exploring our foibles in light of our hopes and concerns. Jamison's accompanying depictions, though, sway readers not to look for themselves in these pictures, but at most through similarities in how the pictures get framed, and in what the people in each are themselves working on, comparisons, she suggests, which will are limited to what people do, and not on what they worry. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language by Amanda Montell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062868879
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Published: Harper Wave - May 28th, 2019

A book about feminism and language? Did somebody just call my wheelhouse?
What does it mean to be a woman who swears? Should you change your speech patterns to sound more assertive, or is that sexist? What do feminists and nonbinary people do in languages with gendered nouns? Why do so many of our curse words shoot from the male perspective? If you've ever wondered one of these questions, or if you're a feminist who speaks, this book is for you. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780465028023
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Published: Basic Books - December 26th, 2006

This is the Avengers Endgame of philosophy books...ALL the big names are here. Drawing on the works of everyone from Marcus Aurelius to Lao Tzu, UVA Professor of Psychology Jonathan Haidt sets out on a mission to definitively answer a question that has befuddled humanity since its inception: How do we find true, meaningful, lasting happiness? Haidt examines the teachings of philosophers and religious leaders from both the west and east, identifies the common ideals that they all share, and using those values to construct his own, patchwork definition of happiness in our modern age. And I promise you, it’s not nearly as dry or studious as it may sound. I read it in tandem with A Game of Thrones, and it more than held its own.

PS---If you’ve ever wondered the meaning of life, he gives a darn good answer in the last chapter. Pick it up if just for that ;) ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


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