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22 09, 2016

Review: Why We Snap by R. Douglas Fields

By | September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Mental Health, Nonfiction, Psychology, Psychology & Counseling|Tags: , , , |2 Comments


why we snap book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Why We Snap: Understanding the Rage Circuit in your Brain is an interesting and detailed account of what potentially causes humans to snap. R. Douglas Fields is well versed in the study of the brain as an expert in the field of neuroscience and explains the patterns and triggers of rage in a conversational and anecdote filled project that will allow for the casual reader to gain a grasp on how the brain processes the rage emotion. While the stories and examples do allow for the research and explanation to be easily followed, there are of course some scientific points and data that speak more on an expert level. Dr. Fields is a careful writer that successfully manages to turn a lot of research into a well-crafted work of non-fiction. If this book were written in a different fashion, most readers, not in the field or familiar with the study, would probably put the book down.

19 09, 2014

Review: Smart Change by Art Markman, PhD

By | September 19th, 2014|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Mental Health, Psychology & Counseling|Tags: , , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Are you ready for a smart change?

It is possible to make valuable changes in our lives–I am sure of it after reading this book. Smart Change highlights an easy step-by-step-guide to a better you. In Smart Change, Markman writes about the psychological mechanisms that influence the habits that influence our every behavior. In addition, he offers relatable and compelling advice that every person can easily adapt to if they desire to make positive changes in their life.

All of us have a “go” system that is the basis of our own personal habits; this is the automatic way that most of us live our lives. The go system helps us find valuable goals to pursue in our daily lives by making us more aware of our environment–thus using it to our advantage. The go system teaches us to become more aware

24 07, 2014

Review: 1000 Feelings for Which There Are No Names by Mario Giordano

By | July 24th, 2014|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Mental Health, Self-Help|Tags: , , , |1 Comment


1000 feelings for which there are no namesReviewed by Poppy Johnson

1,000 Feelings for Which There Are No Names is a fun book with a non-conventional format. Each page uses a variety of large black and blue type fonts against a white background to highlight hundreds of pharases. Cute. But more than that, the phrases are all feelings or rather basic human emotions that everyone will experience at least once in their life.

The book is about an inch thick, so you’ll get your full thousand, and they are numbered chronologically as proof. Some of these feelings are nonsensical, such as “The satisfaction with the year’s first sunburn”. (well, your skin is a bank, and every sunburn takes you one step closer to a potential skin cancer, but okay, important for some people) Other noted feelings are true to the new depicted order

7 07, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Conquering Shame and Codependency by Darlene Lancer

By | July 7th, 2014|Categories: Giveaways, Health, Mind, & Body, Mental Health, Psychology & Counseling, Self-Help|Tags: , , , |9 Comments


ConqueringShame-CoverPlease join Darlene Lancer, author of Conquering Shame and Codependency, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy below – open to US and Canada residents only

Reviewed by Nina Longfield

Darlene Lancer’s book, Conquering Shame and Codependency, is an examination of what shame is and how it relates to or feeds codependent tendencies. Lancer tackles a subject, shame, that people tend to avoid. Shame is a natural emotion, yet it is secreted and not spoken of in our western society. Shame can be hidden in moods, aggression, idealization, judgment, or many other symptoms. Shame and guilt are often interchanged but, as Lancer points out, the two emotions are different. Guilt is a judgment about behavior, whereas shame is a feeling about self.

Lancer delves into theories around shame, from the Darwinian, to the

21 04, 2010

Review: Secrets Girls Keep by Carrie Silver-Stock

By | April 21st, 2010|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Mental Health, Nonfiction, Psychology & Counseling|Tags: , , , |5 Comments


secrets girls keep book coverReviewed by Erin N.

Modern American girls grow up in a world that is so fundamentally different than that of their male counterparts. As a result, most girls end up with a feeling of isolation within a greater society. Trying to “fit in”, struggling with self worth, and discovering her own identity leads many a young woman to hide her real thoughts and to keep secrets (even dangerous ones) from those who can help, and even from herself. Whether the secret involves sexual harassment, an eating disorder, family tragedies, or depression, American girls almost seem to be “trapped by the cult of secrecy” that is the norm of the female society.

Secrets Girls Keep: What Girls Hide (& Why) and How to Break the Stress of Silence addresses this tendency to

19 01, 2010

Blog Tour: Female Brain Gone Insane by Mia Lundin

By | January 19th, 2010|Categories: Alternative Medicine, Health, Mind, & Body, Mental Health, Women's Health|Tags: , , |2 Comments


imagesReviewed by Shane S.

The book Female Brain Gone Insane: An Emergency Guide For Women Who Feel Like They Are Falling Apart by Mia Lundin, founder of The Center for Hormonal and Nutritional Balance, gave me a better understanding of the female mind in peril. There are bits of information here that I was able to convey to my mother, my girlfriend, my grandmother, and my co-workers; all seemed appreciative of the advice I had to give, and all thought I had acquired some newfound pool of wisdom when it came to females and their troubles. If only they knew that it was all from this little book!

When dishing out advice, one must usually have had their fill of trials and tribulations in order to be knowledgeable enough in a certain area. Mia Lundin seems to know just what makes