Becoming Myself
A Psychiatrist's Memoir
By Irvin D. Yalom
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, May 22nd 2018.
Becoming Myself by Irvin D. YalomIn this memoir, famed existential psychotherapist Irvin Yalom sets out his past and his intellectual history. He starts with his home life living in Washington DC, where his immigrant parents ran a supermarket. While they maintained a traditional Jewish life, Yalom was always resistant to religious thought and often explains his antipathy towards religion. But his parents were always very supportive of his education, and he excelled as a student. He went on to become a psychiatrist and he specialized in group psychotherapy. He writes both about his professional life, his marriage to scholar Ma
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Subhuman
The Moral Psychology of Human Attitudes to Animals
By T.J. Kasperbauer
Review by Wendy C. Hamblet, Ph.D. on Tue, May 22nd 2018.
Subhuman analyzes human attitudes toward animals, arguing that those attitudes are determined by our moral valuations of them, which according to Kasperbauer largely arise from their role as a contrast class to human beings.  The clearest example of the use of animals as a contrast class shows up in dehumanization studies literature. During some of the world's most shocking human tragedies, human groups have been compared to animals that trigger general feelings of disgust (rats, cockroaches, vermin, apes) in order to justify cruel treatment or murder of another group. The Nazis compared
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Subhuman by T.J. Kasperbauer

Learning ACT
An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Skills Training Manual for Therapists
By Jason B. Luoma,Steven C. Hayes and Robyn D. Walser
Review by Roy Sugarman, Ph.D. on Tue, May 22nd 2018.
Learning ACT by Jason B. Luoma,Steven C. Hayes and Robyn D. WalserACT, pronounced ACT and not A-C-T, is a new form of therapy that these authors have had a meaningful relationship with, in terms of bringing it to the world. This book however is not a starter kit, but rather for those who already have a reasonable understanding of how act works. The primary view of ACT community is that bad things come and go, apart from the meanings we attach to them, and how our values play into this.  In short psychological inflexibility has as its consequence that we struggle with challenges, and the hexagon motif here has each point in correspondence with the proces
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Philosophy of Medicine
An Introduction
By R. Paul Thompson and Ross E.G. Upshur
Review by Jamie Watson, Ph.D. on Tue, May 22nd 2018.
Like philosophy of biology and philosophy of physics, philosophy of medicine is a branch of philosophy of science. This means that philosophy of medicine studies the scientific concepts, commitments, reasoning, and methods associated with medicine. These include the concepts of health, illness, and disease, commitments to various biological theories and medical models, the methods of scientific experiment and probabilistic reasoning. In Philosophy of Medicine: An Introduction (Routledge, 2018), R. Paul Thompson and Ross E.G. Upshur attempt to orient readers to the central philosophical discuss
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Philosophy of Medicine by R. Paul Thompson and Ross E.G. Upshur

The Perfect Girl
A Novel
By Gilly Macmillan
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, May 15th 2018.
The Perfect Girl by Gilly MacmillanThis teen drama is somewhere between a young adult novel and a psychological thriller. Set in the UK, specifically the Bristol area, Zoe is 17. She lives with her mother, step father, step brother Marcus, and baby half-sister. It's a respectable household, and they have solidly middle class goals. And as with most such families, they have dark secrets. But these secrets are especially troubling: a few years ago Zoe was driving a car when she got into an accident that killed three of her friends. Much of the story is the gradual uncovering of what led to the accident. But there's much more. Par
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Positive Nihilism
My Confrontation with Heidegger
By Hartmut Lange
Review by Verbena Giambastiani on Tue, May 15th 2018.
Hartmut Lange is a German writer of prose, essays and plays. In 2003 he was awarded by the Italo Svevo Prize and in 2004 by the LiteraTour Prize. His book, Positive Nihilism. My confrontation with Heidegger – written in 2012 and translated in English by Adrian Nathan West in 2017 – is the result of a lifetime of reading Heidegger’s Being and Time. This book is a useful pocket companion by means of which readers will be enabled to reevaluate central issues of Being and Time. It offers a series of reflections that are aphoristic, poetic, and, sometimes, obscure. Lange argues t
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Positive Nihilism by Hartmut Lange

The Ethics of Choosing Children
By Simon Reader
Review by Hennie Weiss on Tue, May 15th 2018.
The Ethics of Choosing Children by Simon ReaderIn The Ethics of Choosing Children, author Simon Reader discusses the notion of bioethics and technologies of reproduction (such as ART - Assisted Reproductive technologies, in-vitro fertilization and various forms of prenatal testing) which allows for selection of not only sex, but the termination of and the selection of children with the preference for various traits over others. Reader acknowledges that there is both a social significance and a personal significance in such selections, as well as the notion of choice in the matter. Reader draws from various readings of others to develop hi
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Existential Psychotherapy
A Genetic-Phenomenological Approach
By Daniel Sousa
Review by Kate Mehuron on Tue, May 15th 2018.
Daniel Sousa's Existential Psychotherapy: A Genetic-Phenomenological Approach seeks to legitimize two lesser-known psychotherapeutic approaches. First, Sousa intends to establish the therapeutic legitimacy of existential psychotherapy within the big tent of psychotherapies in general. Second, he defends the value of static and genetic phenomenology, drawn from Husserl's phenomenology of time consciousness, to the existential psychotherapeutic enterprise.           Chapter one provides a review and synthesis of the major meta-analyses of empirical
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Existential Psychotherapy by Daniel Sousa

 


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