Successful Psychopharmacology Evidence-Based Treatment Solutions for Achieving Remission By Stephen V. Sobel Review by Richard Skaff on Tue, Dec 10th 2013.
Achieving remission with psychiatric disorders is a crucial task considering the complicated diagnostic system with its overlapping criteria, speculative and ambiguous etiology of the disorders, and the various responses that a patient might encounter with these medications. In addition, the lack of their general efficacy combined with the horrific side effects that a patient might experience when taking these drugs might present a major challenge to the prescriber.
The one silver bullet approach when using psychotropic drugs is inadequate. Therefore, it becomes essential to us Click here to read the full review!
Stop Signs Recognizing, Avoiding, and Escaping Abusive Relationships By Lynn Fairweather Review by Keith E. Davis on Tue, Dec 10th 2013.
Lynn Fairweather is a survivor of an abusive relationship who has gone on to become a well-educated professional providing risk assessment and treatment programs for thousands of women during the last twenty years. She earned an MSW in Social Work and received advanced training with Gavin de Becker's Advanced Threat Assessment Academy and with the Department of Homeland Security's Law Enforcement Training Center. I am familiar with several other self-help manuals and I find this to be the best among the lot. She is up-to-date on the relevant research, has a wealth of pointed vignettes, and a w Click here to read the full review!
Antoine Panaïoti's Nietzsche and Buddhist Philosophy takes first place as the best book of my reading year. Beautifully written, a heroic feat of erudition, and an intimate and sympathetic reading of both Nietzsche and classical Buddhist philosophy, this book enacts the ideal whose contours it seeks to define and celebrate in its twin subjects--the ideal of great health that overcomes the despair of nihilism and celebrates the uncanniness of existence. A series of painstaking studies--the problem of nihilism in a secular world; Nietzsche as the Buddha of Europe; Nietzsche's overcoming of Click here to read the full review!
Even though the book is titled Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior, the authors Gray and Garcia use multiple disciplines to contribute to a more integrated view of human sexuality and behavior. The main focus when comparing primates (as well as other species) to hominids and finally humans is to discuss the evolutionary and biological traits underlying much sexual behavior, while simultaneously keeping in mind how social and cultural variations influence decisions concerning sexual behavior. Gray and Garcia do discuss the need to be cautious when generalizing "...findings in rats or rhes Click here to read the full review!
The Activity of Being An Essay on Aristotle's Ontology By Aryeh Kosman Review by Mason Tattersall on Tue, Dec 10th 2013.
With The Activity of Being: An Essay on Aristotle's Ontology, Areh Kosman presents an interpretation of Aristotle's ontology that is both compelling and enlightening. This is a first-rate work of philosophical hermeneutics that interprets Aristotle's ontology in terms of active being rather than passive things. The core of Kosman's argument turns around a re-interpretation and alternate translation of two key Aristotelian terms: energeia and dunamis. These terms are commonly translated as actuality (energeia) and potentiality (dunamis), leading many readers to picture Aristotle's account as on Click here to read the full review!
Job Stress and the Librarian Coping Strategies from the Professionals By Carol Smallwood and Linda Burkey Wade (Editors) Review by Chris Kretz on Tue, Dec 10th 2013.
While this book may come as a surprise to those who still picture the library as an oasis of unchanging calm overseen by an imperturbable librarian, anyone who is active in the field will find the topics covered in this collection of essays all too familiar. With shrinking budgets and staff, the press of ever -- changing technologies, and a need to prove value to an often indifferent administration, librarians know from stress.
Job Stress and the Librarian: Coping Strategies from the Professionals presents twenty-six essays written by academic, school, and public librarians. The essa Click here to read the full review!
Making Habits, Breaking Habits Why We Do Things, Why We Don't, and How to Make Any Change Stick By Jeremy Dean Review by Roy Sugarman, Ph.D. on Tue, Dec 3rd 2013.
Conventional wisdom has it that we make a new habit fairly swiftly, about 21 days to make a habit. As with anything else in science and the world, this turns out to be an average, or rather something that can happen with some things, but others can take the better part of 2-300 days. And so we are introduced by Dean to the world of habitual actions and changing them. Certainly, developing a habit of drinking a glass of water or more, every day, is an easy habit to create, but more effortful habits, such as getting to the gym a few times a week or doing 50 situps a day underst Click here to read the full review!
When speaking of self-disclosure in psychotherapy and recovery it seems almost impossible not to feel a sort of discomfort, a mixture of discretion and fear, with a topic rarely called into discussion. The avoidance of therapist self-disclosure is indeed still considered an essential methodological requirement for psychotherapy in many different theoretical orientations and clinical approaches, whereas client self disclosure is an obviously unavoidable element for diagnosis and clinical treatment. But is this asymmetry between disclosing clients and not-disclosing therapists really clinically Click here to read the full review!
Subscribing to the common sense notion that moral responsibility for our actions presupposes free will, including the ability to choose among alternate actions, Kadri Vihvelin convincingly opposes the position of many contemporary philosophers who deny that we have free will or that it is necessary for moral responsibility.
To accomplish this, she begins by summarizing the position of many of her aforementioned colleagues in what she refers to as "the Basic Argument for [the] incompatibilism [sic] [of determinism and free will]" (p. 2):
1. If determinism is true, then we ar Click here to read the full review!
What's Wrong With Homosexuality? by John Corvino takes a philosophical standpoint when discussing arguments against homosexuality, in particular "…the claim that same-sex relationships are morally wrong…" (p. 5). But What's Wrong With Homosexuality is as much a philosophical and moral discussion as it is a deeply personal account of being a gay man. Corvino therefore develops arguments and moral outlooks based on common notions against homosexuality, such as it being a risky lifestyle, not being normal, while at the same time discussing central notions of homosexuality as eithe Click here to read the full review!
The Dance Off the Inches (DOTI) series offers various dance workout DVDs, usually with different themes. "Cardio Hip Hop Party" provides three routines which, according to the DVD case, feature "hot dance styles." This video is led by Jennifer Galardi, a star of several prior DOTI releases as well. Galardi instructs this 41-minute workout live and is accompanied by two background exercisers, Dawn and Jenny. No modifications are shown for the choreography, which is moderately complex and with moderate impact. However, Galardi teaches a separate 26-minute "Step Guid Click here to read the full review!
Maps By Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Dec 3rd 2013.
This beautifully drawn atlas for children shows many of the most important countries in the world. For each country it shows the major cities and some of the most famous buildings in the cities. It also gives some of the famous people from the country, the popular sports, some of the most popular or distinctive dishes, the animals that are farmed, and some of the main geographical features. The artwork, in subdued colors, is a pleasure to look at, and while the information is not encyclopedic, it is informative. Maps is an excellent resource for children to learn more a Click here to read the full review!
The Wisdom of Psychopaths What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success By Kevin Dutton Review by Camille Atkinson, Ph.D. on Tue, Nov 26th 2013.
As author Dutton admits, the title of his book represents "rather an odd conglomeration of words" and I'd have to agree. (28) I also found the cover image, a bust of Socrates wearing a Hannibal Lecter mask, to be as clever as it is provocative. However, I wanted more from this work and find that two basic questions continue to plague me: One, what exactly does Dutton mean by "wisdom" and why should we accept his view? Two, what are his underlying assumptions about human nature and motivation in general? Dutton does give us a few hints: His references -- to Thomas Hobbes, Machiavellianism, Soci Click here to read the full review!
Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change By Pema Chodron Review by Wendy C. Hamblet, Ph.D. on Tue, Nov 26th 2013.
Those many devoted readers who for decades have been enjoying and following the gentle, practical teachings of Anacharya Pema Chödrön, American Buddhist nun and head instructor of Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada, may be tempted to think that, after all the books (a dozen and counting), the audio CDs (also almost a dozen), and the hundreds of lectures and retreats around the globe, “Ani Pema” may have nothing new to say to us, no new teachings to offer to call us to a life of greater courage, hope, and peace. Those readers would be very much mistaken. This latest little Click here to read the full review!
The Connected Self The Ethics and Governance of the Genetic Individual By Heather Widdows Review by William Simkulet on Tue, Nov 26th 2013.
Ethics is the branch of philosophy concerned with answering the question "What is the right thing to do?" It is generally accepted that the right thing to do in any given situation is the thing one has the best reasons to do. Moral agency requires rationality, or the ability to evaluate and rank reasons, and freedom, the ability to act as one chooses. In "The Connected Self: The Ethics and Governance of the Genetic Individual" Heather Widdows challenges this commonsense ethical framework. Her central claim is that contrary to the commonsense distinctions above, individu Click here to read the full review!
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