DMT and the Soul of Prophecy A New Science of Spiritual Revelation in the Hebrew Bible By Rick Strassman Review by A. P. Bober on Tue, Nov 18th 2014.
Heard Doctor Strassman on talk shows of late? His previous book must please the Jamesian tough-minded with its neuro-endocrinology more than this 'theurgified' escape from Occam's razor does. The monk used the method if not the Latin phrase for 'KISS'--'Keep it simple, stupid'/'Keep it sweet and simple'--well before being congratulated for the phrase, as I style it, 'entia non multiplicanda' (sunt understood)--'We must not multiply categories or hypotheses' beyond the elegant (as a fuller version goes). He so touts religio-theistic correlates of physiochemical experience as t Click here to read the full review!
The Story Hour A Novel By Thrity Umrigar Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Nov 18th 2014.
Thrity Umrigar's novel about the relationship between a psychotherapist and her client shows the therapist breaking many ethical rules of her profession, including employing the client as a house cleaner and caterer. It is for the client's own benefit, and it helps. It's no revelation that therapists break rules, but it is implausible that a therapist would make such crass errors and also tell her friends about them. Maggie is a knowledgeable and talented clinician, and being African American from Brooklyn, she brings very important life experience to her work. She is a Click here to read the full review!
Dante's Poison A Mark Angelotti Novel By Lynne Raimondo Review by Natalie Kelley-Wilson on Tue, Nov 18th 2014.
This is a mystery novel with entertainment being its primary purpose. Psychological, pharmaceutical, judicial and law enforcement issues and practices are explored from the point of view of a tortured, but witty, and reasonably well adjusted protagonist. The author seems knowledgeable regarding all of the legal issues and settings which makes the story more interesting by giving what seems to be an insider perspective into the legal system, while making said insight accessible enough to be received as light entertainment.
Fans of mystery will enjoy this novel. The protagonist appeals as an &l Click here to read the full review!
In the space of seven short chapters, British philosopher Rachel Cooper embarks upon a critical examination of the DSM-5 released in May 2013 with exemplary clarity. This is done without resorting to "any generalised 'anti-psychiatry' critique" of a previous generation (39). Unlike her analysis a decade earlier of the revised DSM-IV, Cooper is less overtly concerned with the conceptual status of mental or psychiatric disorders. Then, in "What is Wrong with the DSM?" in the March 2004 issue of History of Psychiatry, she cast doubt on whether the Manual's categories uneq Click here to read the full review!
American Psychosis How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System By E. Fuller Torrey Review by Elin Weiss on Tue, Nov 11th 2014.
In American Psychosis: How The Federal Government Destroyed The Mental Illness Treatment System E. Fuller Torrey argues that the transfer of responsibility for individuals with serious mental illnesses from state to federal government destroyed the mental illness treatment system, through deinstitutionalization, and led to a disastrous change in how mentally ill individuals are treated today. Fuller Torrey argues that the change began in 1962 with plans for President Kennedy's Interagency Task Force on Mental Health and federally funded community mental health centers (CMHCs).
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Psychology A Very Short Introduction By Freda McManus and Gillian Butler Review by Duncan Double on Tue, Nov 11th 2014.
This is the second edition of the book on psychology in the Very Short Introduction collection, which now has surpassed 400 volumes. It was number 6 in the reissued series in 2000. Even though the book is about general psychology, both the authors are clinicians from the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre.
The book covers the main headings in psychology: perception, learning and memory, thinking, motivation and emotion, development, intelligence and personality, abnormal and social psychology. It is well written and provides a useful overview, perhaps especially for those considering studying ps Click here to read the full review!
Made For You By Melissa Marr Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Nov 11th 2014.
This paranormal murder mystery by Melissa Marr is advertised as a young adult novel. It is heavy on its themes of murder and sex for young teens, but it is no more explicit than a regular episode of Law and Order. 17-year-old Eva is walking along the sidewalk when she is run over by someone in a car. Then other girls in their North Carolina town start getting killed. Eva starts out the novel in hospital, with her face cut up by her accident, and several bones broken. Her parents are away traveling and her boyfriend Robert won't come to see her. At Click here to read the full review!
Fountain House Creating Community in Mental Health Practice By Alan Doyle, Julius Lanoil, and Kenneth Dudek Review by Abraham Rudnick, M.D., Ph.D., C.P.R.P. on Tue, Nov 4th 2014.
Fountain House is a book long due. The model of mental health services -- the clubhouse -- that is its focus has been practiced for more than half a century. It originated in New York in the late 1940s, as a self-help initiative of people with mental illness in reaction to de-institutionalization, i.e., the considerable reduction of number of psychiatric hospital beds, which resulted in the discharge to the community of many people with mental illness who then had insufficient support in the community. It was transformed to its current form in the early 1950s by John Beard, the executive direc Click here to read the full review!
This is a collection of papers by Tim Crane he published (with one exception) between 1992 and 2012 (more precisely only one was published before 1998). Most of them have been previously given in form of lectures on several occasions (for example materials that eventually resulted in The Given were presented on as many as eight occasions). The scope of the collection is the psychologism, though it is not taken in its traditional sense (i.e. as referring to logic and mathematic) but as a view "that the study of the mind should not be a purely conceptual investigation" (x). Expressed i Click here to read the full review!
The Story Within Personal Essays on Genetics and Identity By Amy Boesky (Editor) Review by Dena Hurst, Ph.D. on Tue, Nov 4th 2014.
I have always been fascinated by stories, and in particular the very personal stories that you get from people while you are sitting on the bus or waiting in a doctor's office or attending a funeral, the kinds of places where there is just enough time to create a moment of trust and the promise of anonymity. We all have stories that we carry around with us, that we willingly share, sometimes need to share, when there is a welcoming ear. Such are the stories in The Story Within, slices of the deeply personal shared with anyone willing to listen.
As someone who helps others draw out the st Click here to read the full review!
Wrinkles DVD By Ignacio Ferreras (Director) Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Nov 4th 2014.
This animated movie was originally released as "Arrugas" in 2011, and was based on a graphic novel by Paco Roca. This new version has been given an English soundtrack, starring Martin Sheen and others. The plot is simple and sad. Emilio is a banker who has lost his wife and has problems with confusion and memory. His son can't deal with him anymore, so Emilio moves into a residential home. His roommate Miguel is full of life but he never married, and he takes pleasure in cheating the other residents of their money. Emilio is happy to have someone to spend hi Click here to read the full review!
One of the virtues of being retired is that I can read or re-read authors who have influenced me in some way or another. Dr. Eiseley is one of those authors. Several years ago I first read his book The Firmament of Time and was deeply moved by the way in which this scientist was able to make me feel the mysteries and beauties of the natural world. I remember reading short bits of the book aloud to our kids who were also impressed and amazed.
Eiseley died in 1977 after many years of walking on the earth learning about, and reporting on, the world of natural science. The Star Thr Click here to read the full review!
An individual human existence should be like a river--small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionately past rocks and over waterfalls. Gradually the river grows wider, the banks recede, the waters flow more quietly, and in the end, without any visible break, they become merged in the sea, and painlessly lose their individual being. The man who, in old age, can see his life in this way, will not suffer from the fear of death, since the things he cares for will continue. And if, with the decay of vitality, weariness increases, the thought of rest will not be unwelcom Click here to read the full review!
Distinguished philosopher of language and historian of philosophy, Scott Soames presents in his latest book a collection of fifteen recent essays, three of them previously unpublished. Although most of these texts had originally been published separately and in different contexts, they all share a similar goal: to inquire on the origins, history, and actuality of analytic philosophy, still largely preponderant in English-speaking countries. This new volume can thus be seen as a continuation of Soames' previous works, especially his Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century (2003, 2 vol.) Click here to read the full review!
The Good Life Wellbeing and the new science of altruism, selfishness and immorality By Graham Music Review by Finn Janning, Ph.D. on Tue, Oct 28th 2014.
I do good, therefore I feel good
In Patti Smith's memoir, Woolgathering, she writes that the "only thing you can count on is change." Not change as a going from A to B. Rather as an ongoing movement: the world is constantly changing.
Graham Music, who is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, pleads in his book, The Good Life, for a change. Unlike Smith, his metaphysical foundation is not that everything is changing or becoming. Instead, his approach favors that some things are not changing, e.g. what is good and bad. He is a moral Platonist.
Plainly spe Click here to read the full review!
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