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Aug 3rd 2004 : Our Most Recent Reviews
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Featured Reviews
What Is Thought?
The Nature of Melancholy: From Aristotle to Kristeva
Child and Adolescent Psychological Disorders: A Comprehensive Textbook

 
Themes, Issues and Debates in Psychology

Trauma in the Lives of Children
Crisis and Stress Management Techniques for Counselors, Teachers, and Other Professionals
By Kendall Johnson
Review by Lizzie Perring on Mon, Aug 2nd 2004.

Trauma in the Lives of Children by Kendall Johnson This second edition of Trauma in the Lives of Children is introduced by a sequence of forewords and prefaces, all of which prepare us for a very worthwhile read. I wasn't surprised then to find the book confident and comprehensive in the material it handles. Some of the most devastating of human experiences are explored in a constructive and positive way. Writing about childhood bereavement, for instance, the author is not shy of debating the conventions of Elizabeth Kubler- Ross's Stage Theory of grief. As he says, whilst most people working in the field would tend to agree that t

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Liberating Losses
When Death Brings Relief
By Jennifer Elison and Chris McGonigle
Review by Elizabeth McCardell, Ph.D. on Mon, Aug 2nd 2004.

DABDA: this is the formula taught to medical students and grief counsellors the world over, since these five stages of grieving were identified in 1969 by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in her book On Death and Dying. This advance in thanatological literature did much to illuminate what had become an embarrassing situation for dying patients and their families alike. Death in our society, after all, has been a somewhat awkward life event, treated in subdued tones behind closed doors. With the advent of research and the institution of counselling sessions for those who have suffered the death

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The Health Psychology Handbook
Practical Issues for the Behavioral Medicine Specialist
By Lee M. Cohen, Dennis E. McChargue and Frank L. Collins Jr. (Editors)
Review by Yvonne Melia on Mon, Aug 2nd 2004.

The Health Psychology Handbook by Lee M. Cohen, Dennis E. McChargue and Frank L. Collins Jr. (Editors) The Health Psychology Handbook is a reference text primarily aimed at Health Psychologists working in the area of behavioral medicine. The text is divided into four sections. The first of these deals with practical issues and provides an overview of the unique skills involved in practicing health psychology and the challenges of working in medical contexts. Practice and psychological assessment screening in medical settings, working within a multidisciplinary team, and commonly used interventions (e.g. motivational interviewing, brief psychotherapies, group treatments) are covere

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BLAB! Vol. 14

By Monte Beauchamp (Editor)
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Mon, Aug 2nd 2004.

Fantagraphics' Blab collections contain some of the most striking pieces of art created in recent years. It is rooted in comic book art, but it has very little to do with superhero stories. Rather, these 27 or so contributions are in an amazing array of styles. The book is 120 pages plus the cover, so each artist has about 4 pages each, but some take just one, while others are much longer: Matti Hagelberg's "Hard-Boiled Nekkonen" is 25 pages and Monte Beauchamp's "Striking Art" is simply a selection of early matchbook cover art in 12 pages. The front and b

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BLAB! Vol. 14 by Monte Beauchamp (Editor)

The Jewel Tree of Tibet
The Enlightenment Engine of Tibetan Buddhism
By Robert Thurman
Review by Elizabeth McCardell, Ph.D. on Mon, Aug 2nd 2004.

The Jewel Tree of Tibet by Robert ThurmanSeveral years ago I woke early to a countryside cloaked in fog. As I gazed toward the mountains I became aware of a mulberry tree slowly emerging into sight. Then the sun broke through the clouds and the tree became alive, jewels shining in the glorious colours of brilliant ruby, gold, emerald, sapphire, The image broke through my thoughts and wonderment enveloped me. As a meditator of many years, I gladly volunteered to review this six tape collection (comprising nine hours) of Robert Thurman's retreat guide into the unifying principles of Tibetan Buddhism, for meditation require

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The Mood Cure
The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of Your Emotions-Today
By Julia Ross
Review by Martin Brodeur on Fri, Jul 30th 2004.

The book has a good name given its content: The Mood Cure is intended for those who are in search of a cure for their mood. According to Julia Ross, much of the psychological suffering we endure in North America is due to our bad nutrition. She suggests us an interesting way of alleviating this pain and maybe do the first steps towards a renewed and freshened life so as to get our mood cured. The book is talking about how our mood relates to the food we eat. It aims at relieving sadness and heavy feelings by ensuring she gets the key nutrients missing in our brain. The solution

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The Mood Cure by Julia Ross

E-Therapy
Case Studies, Guiding Principles, and the Clinical Potential of the Internet
By Robert C. Hsiung (Editor)
Review by Shelly Marshall, CSAC on Fri, Jul 30th 2004.

E-Therapy by Robert C. Hsiung (Editor) Although nothing in life remains constant but change, change is something mankind resists. It is clear to most people that the parts of our world based on information and communication will be hijacked by cyberspace and yet professionals, maybe more than patients, resist. Nevertheless, the editor of E-Therapy, Robert Hsiung, guides us through the inevitable by harnessing the opinions of clinicians, lawyers, patients, telepsychiatrists, and even webmasters. The user-friendly book explores electronic therapy as a way to prevent some from falling through the cracks without ignoring t

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Demystifying the Autistic Experience
A Humanistic Introduction for Parents, Caregivers, and Educators
By William Stillman
Review by Kristin Nelson, M.A. on Fri, Jul 30th 2004.

Demystifying the Autistic Experience is meant to be an insider's revelation to the rest of us about what it is like to live on the autism spectrum. Rather than examine autism from a clinical perspective the author attempts to describe and explain the inner experiences that people with autism have, thus "demystifying" what often appears to others as odd behaviors and inexplicable needs. This approach is tantalizing. Those who have relationships with people on the spectrum can't help but wonder what the world looks like from behind that special lens. Stillman's central

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Demystifying the Autistic Experience by William Stillman

Bringing Up Parents
The Teenager's Handbook
By Alex J. Packer Ph.D.
Review by Lizzie Perring on Fri, Jul 30th 2004.

Bringing Up Parents by Alex J. Packer Ph.D. Well..Hum..Er..What can I say? I have tried to imagine the kind of teenager who will really engage with this text. To do so I have to imagine a teenager who would find the book very funny; like the pictures; understand the arse on its head concept it is preaching; get the jokes; and feel able to work with it's advice. I tried and tried to imagine this child. I currently work with about 40 children aged 7-15 with a wide range of ability, from all manner of backgrounds and I can't locate that child. I sifted through my family and friends and can't locate it. So I thought back to my own

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Why We Lie
The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind
By David Livingstone Smith
Review by Alex Sager on Fri, Jul 30th 2004.

David Livingston Smith's Why We Lie: The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind follows in the tradition of Steven Pinker's How the Mind Works, Matt Ridley's The Origins of Virtue and Robert Wright's The Moral Animal. Like those books, Why We Lie is well-written and likely to be embraced by fans of evolutionary psychology (as the blurbs on the back of the hardcover suggest). Readers of these works will find much of his material familiar. Unfortunately, for those who have a sympathetic, but more skeptical view towards evolutionary psychology, it will seem a wildly

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Why We Lie by David Livingstone Smith

Moral Development and Reality
Beyond the Theories of Kohlberg and Hoffman
By John C. Gibbs
Review by Avshalom M. Adam, Ph.D. on Thu, Jul 29th 2004.

Moral Development and Reality by John C. Gibbs In Moral Development and Reality, John C. Gibbs surveys the theory of moral development, re-evaluating old ideas on the topic as well as offering new empirical data that, in turn, allows him to reconsider traditional theories within the field. Piaget, one of the first to contribute to this field, focuses on the moral development of the child. His theory and observations, explored and embedded in his conceptual scheme, became the departure point for studies of moral development by social scientists and psychologists alike. These studies, in turn, have an impact on both the theory a

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Metapsychology's Most Read Reviews, Jul 2nd 2004 - Aug 1st 2004
1. Richard Rorty
Volume III

by Alan Malachowski
Review by Richard Matthews, Ph.D. on Apr 9th 2003 [1]
2. I am Not Sick I Don't Need Help!
by Xavier Amador
Review by Lisa Perkins on Jun 2nd 2002 [2]
3. Prozac Nation
Young and Depressed in America

by Elizabeth Wurtzel
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on May 13th 2002 [3]
4. Depression Is a Choice
Winning the Fight Without Drugs

by A. B. Curtiss
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Oct 21st 2001 [4]
5. I Hate You-Don't Leave Me
Understanding the Borderline Personality

by Jerold J. Kriesman and Hal Straus
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Nov 1st 1999 [5]
6. Small Favors
Girly Porno Comic Collection: Book One

by Colleen Coover
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Apr 7th 2003 [7]
7. An Unquiet Mind
A Memoir of Moods and Madness

by Kay Redfield Jamison
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Nov 3rd 1999 [6]
8. When Words Are Not Enough
The Women's Prescription for Depression and Anxiety

by Valerie Davis Raskin, M.D.
Review by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on Feb 25th 2001 [8]
9. Understanding the Borderline Mother
Helping Her Children Transcend the Intense, Unpredictable, and Volatile Relationship

by Christine Ann Lawson
Review by Heather C. Liston on Oct 16th 2001 [9]
10. Essential Psychopharmacology of Depression and Bipolar Disorder
by Stephen M. Stahl
Review by Caroline Mondoux, R.N., BGB on Aug 7th 2001 [10]
11. Women and Borderline Personality Disorder
Symptoms and Stories

by Janet Wirth-Cauchon
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Jan 16th 2003 [11]
12. Undoing Depression
What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give You

by Richard O'Connor
Review by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on Feb 4th 1999 [12]
13. Potatoes Not Prozac
A Natural Seven-Step Dietary Plan to Control Your Cravings and Lose Weight, Recognize How Foods Affect the Way You Feel, and Stabilize the Level of Sugar in Your Blood

by Kathleen DesMaisons, PhD
Review by Margo McPhillips on Feb 13th 2000 [13]
14. Overcoming Depression
by Demitri and Janice Papolos
Review by CAP on Jul 8th 1997 [15]
15. Toxic Psychiatry
Drugs and Electroconvulsive Therapy: The Truth and the Better Alternatives

by Peter R. Breggin, M.D.
Review by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on Mar 12th 1997 [14]
16. Talking Back to Prozac
What Doctors Won't Tell You About Today's Most Controversial Drug

by Peter R. Breggin, M.D. & Ginger Ross Breggin
Review by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on Feb 9th 1997 [17]
17. Stop Walking on Eggshells
Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder

by Paul Mason, M.S., C.P.C. and Randi Kreger
Review by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on Apr 12th 1998 [16]
18. Girl, Interrupted
by Susanna Kaysen
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Dec 1st 1999 [18]
19. Active Treatment of Depression
by Richard O'Connor
Review by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on Feb 25th 2001 [19]
20. Understanding Depression
What We Know and What You Can Do About It

by J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., M.D. and Leslie Alan Horvitz
Review by Diana Pederson on Dec 28th 2002 [20]
21. Getting Control
Overcoming Your Obsessions and Compulsions

by Lee Baer
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Oct 13th 2002 [21]
22. Breathing Underwater
by Alex Flinn
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Mar 6th 2002 [22]
23. Women Who Hurt Themselves
A Book of Hope and Understanding

by Dusty Miller
Review by Joy Ikelman on Jan 5th 2000 [24]
24. Becoming Anna
The Autobiography of a Sixteen-Year-Old

by Anna J. Michener
Review by Molly Mitchell on Feb 1st 2000 [23]
25. Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents
A Developmental Analysis and the Oregon Model for Intervention

by John B. Reid, Gerald R. Patterson and James J. Snyder
Review by Lloyd A. Wells, Ph.D., M.D. on Oct 1st 2002 [26]
26. Unholy Ghost
Writers on Depression

by Nell Casey (editor)
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Jul 1st 2001 [25]
27. But I Love Him
Protecting Your Teen Daughter from Controlling, Abusive Dating Relationships

by Jill Murray
Review by Patricia Ferguson, Ph.D. on Apr 7th 2003 [28]
28. Demons of the Modern World
by Malcolm McGrath
Review by Su Terry on Aug 12th 2002 [30]
29. Passing for Normal
A Memoir of Compulsion

by Amy S. Wilensky
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Mar 14th 2001 [29]
30. Mood Genes
Hunting for Origins of Mania and Depression

by Samuel H. Barondes
Review by Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD on Oct 23rd 2001 [27]
31. Skin Game
A Memoir

by Caroline Kettlewell
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Sep 1st 2000 [31]
32. A Bright Red Scream
Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain

by Marilee Strong
Review by Kathryn Walker on Apr 17th 2001 [32]
33. History of Suicide
Voluntary Death in Western Culture

by Georges Minois
Review by Kathryn Walker on Feb 3rd 2001 [33]
34. Swing Low
A Life

by Miriam Toews
Review by Marion Torchia on Dec 9th 2002 [35]
35. Coping With Difficult People
...in Business and in Life (Abridged)

by Robert M. Bramson
Review by Michael Sakuma, Ph.D. on Nov 19th 2003 [34]
36. Psychotherapy for Personality Disorders
by John G. Gunderson and Glen O. Gabbard (Editors)
Review by Shara L. Kronmal M.D. Ph.D. on Jan 18th 2001 [36]
37. When Jeff Comes Home
by Catherine Atkins
Review by Su Terry on Apr 7th 2003 [39]
38. Just Checking
Scenes from the Life of an Obsessive-Compulsive

by Emily Colas
Review by LG on Feb 12th 1999 [38]
39. The Noonday Demon
An Atlas of Depression

by Andrew Solomon
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Aug 1st 2001 [37]
40. Without Conscience
The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us

by Robert D. Hare, Ph.D.
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Apr 26th 1999 [41]
41. Prozac and the New Antidepressants
What You Need to Know About Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Wellbutrin, Effexor, Serzone, Vestra, Celexa, St. John's Wort and Others

by William S. Appleton
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Jul 1st 2001 [40]
42. True Believer
by Virginia Euwer Wolff
Review by Liz Bass on Apr 28th 2002 [42]
43. The Developing Mind
by Daniel J. Siegel
Review by James E. de Jarnette, Ph.D. and Robert N. Grove, Ph.D. on Feb 7th 2003 [43]
44. Borderline Personality Disorder
A Clinical Guide

by John G. Gunderson
Review by Danny Sullivan, MBBS on Oct 15th 2001 [44]
45. Adult Bipolar Disorders
Understanding Your Diagnosis and Getting Help

by Mitzi Waltz
Review by Jack Anderson, M.D. on May 25th 2003 [45]
46. Little Chicago
by Adam Rapp
Review by Su Terry on Dec 16th 2002 [46]
47. Let Me Make It Good
A Chronicle of My Life With Borderline Personality Disorder

by Jane Wanklin
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Aug 19th 1998 [48]
48. The Angry Heart
Overcoming Borderline and Addictive Disorders: An Interactive Self-Help Guide

by Joseph Santoro, Ph.D. with exercises by Ronald Cohen, Ph.D.
Review by Margo McPhillips on Apr 12th 2000 [47]
49. Through the Looking Glass
Women and Borderline Personality Disorder

by Dana Becker
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Jan 1st 1998 [49]
50. Why Is It Always About You?
Saving Yourself from the Narcissists in Your Life

by Sandy Hotchkiss
Review by David M. Wolf, M.A. on Jul 2nd 2003 [51]
51. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression
by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale
Review by Peter B. Raabe Ph.D. on May 9th 2002 [50]
52. Girl Walking Backwards
A Novel

by Bett Williams
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Feb 14th 2001 [52]
53. Dysthymia and the Spectrum of Chronic Depressions
by Hagop S. Akiskal and Giovanni B. Cassano
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Jun 21st 1998 [54]
54. Anjos Proibidos
by Fabio Cabral
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Apr 14th 2001 [53]
55. The Feeling Good Handbook
by David Burns
Review by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on Apr 7th 1997 [55]
56. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
by Jack Gantos
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Apr 26th 2002 [56]
57. Night Falls Fast
Understanding Suicide

by Kay Redfield Jamison
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Oct 1st 1999 [58]
58. How to Become a Schizophrenic
The Case against Biological Psychiatry

by John Modrow
Review by Matt Lee on Mar 1st 2001 [57]
59. Joey Pigza Loses Control
by Jack Gantos
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on May 7th 2002 [60]
60. Natural Healing for Depression
Solutions from the World's Great Health Traditions and Practitioners

by James Strohecker and Nancy Shaw Strohecker (editors)
Review by Diane Rockenstein on Mar 14th 2000 [59]
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