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25 01, 2017

Blog Tour: Secrets from the Eating Lab by Traci Mann

By | January 25th, 2017|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Psychology & Counseling|Tags: , , , |6 Comments


secrets from the eating lab book coverPlease join Traci Mann, author of Secrets from the Eating Lab, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

We have all heard plenty of advice and news about dieting and losing weight–what else could there be to say? Traci Mann, author of Secrets from the Eating Lab, is truly an expert, and does offer some new insights into losing unwanted pounds and improving overall fitness. Mann, a professor of Psychology, runs a laboratory at the University of Minnesota that researches eating habits. Her book reviews her research on diets, debunks diet-based myths, and offers strategies for achieving optimum weight.

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.

14 06, 2015

Review: Handwriting Analysis by David J. Dewitt

By | June 14th, 2015|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Psychology & Counseling, Self-Help|Tags: , , |4 Comments


handwriting analysis book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

If you’ve ever seen an episode of Crime Scene Investigators (CSI), you may have seen the team using handwriting analysis to help catch the perpetrator of a crime. By studying a person’s writing and how they form their letters, certain inferences can be made about someone’s temperament or character traits. However, such a study can be beneficial for more than solving crimes. According to David J. Dewitt, it can be used as a mode of self-discovery, helping individuals find the right path that fits their nature. In his book, Handwriting Analysis: Discover Your Own Vocational/Career Potential, he aims to show how this tool can be used to figure out your personality type, and the best career choice for you. In particular, he is writing to people who may feel stuck in life or are

3 10, 2014

Review: It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by Danah Boyd

By | October 3rd, 2014|Categories: Computers & Technology, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Parenting & Families, Parenting & Family, Psychology, Psychology & Counseling|Tags: , , , |12 Comments


Reviewed by Rebecca Donatelli

It’s Complicated is one of those eye-opening books that leaves you asking yourself question after question, wanting and needing to find the answers. For parents struggling to teach their children about Internet safety, or for those wondering how social media can have such an influence on the lives of everyday teens, this book would be an excellent way to begin your research.

Boyd interviews and observes teenagers as they live their lives through social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She is an advocate for teenage Internet usage and wants the world to know that utilizing the web does not always lead to negative consequences for teens. Most of us age forty or over hung out at football games (opening scene) to socialize with our friends for four hours on a Friday evening, not worrying necessarily about capturing

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

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

3 07, 2013

Review: The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli

By | July 3rd, 2013|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Psychology & Counseling|Tags: , |1 Comment


16248196Reviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Rolf Dobelli presents a riveting way to challenge the typical way the world thinks by outlining the many facets to thinking. In The Art of Thinking Clearly, Dobelli has compiled ninety-nine mini chapters on different theories of thinking. Each mini chapter, some only a page or two, read as mini parables and are packed with lessons. Each mini chapter has a specific message, examples of the theory in real life and often anecdotes from Dobelli’s own experiences. It is very apparent in the book how intelligent, thoughtful and well-read Dobelli is, yet his instructional approach will be relatable and useful to a wide spectrum of readers.

The mini chapters break up the information and allow for it to read conversationally and not like a textbook. Each chapter presents an example on why we think a certain way, how

1 07, 2013

Review: You Don’t Look Sick! by Joy Selak and Steven S. Overman M.D.

By | July 1st, 2013|Categories: Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Psychology & Counseling|Tags: , , |2 Comments


9781936303427_pReviewed by Lindsay Satmary

In their book, You Don’t Look Sick! (second edition), Joy and Dr. Overman tell the story of the four different phases of living with a chronic illness from the unique and experienced perspectives of patient and physician. The four phases are: Getting Sick, Being Sick, Grief and Acceptance, and Living Well. Living with a chronic (and invisible) illness, for many patients, often means that in addition to living with their illness, patients also have to go through the daunting task of convincing people that their experiences are, in fact, real. Sometimes this process involves seeking advice from many different doctors. Dr. Overman explains that it is necessary for the health care team to work together with a Team Captain or a Coach to facilitate treatment and care plans for the best interest of the patient. It is also

28 12, 2012

Review: Loneliness in Philosophy, Psychology and Literature by Ben Lazare Mijuskovic

By | December 28th, 2012|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Psychology & Counseling|Tags: , , , |5 Comments


loneliness-in-philosophy-psychology-and-literatureReviewed by Sophia Chiu

The last line in the chorus of Elvis Priestley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” came to mind as I read Loneliness in Philosophy, Psychology, and Literature: I get so lonely I can die. I feel author Ben Lazare Mijuskovic can agree with that refrain, as his main thesis is that man is essentially doomed to be alone. The desire to escape from this frightening but true state of isolation is the primary psychological motivator of man, but any attempts will be ultimately unsuccessful due to the inherent nature of self-consciousness, and thus being human.

Mijuskovic bases this rather depressing conclusion on a philosophy of mind which conceptualizes consciousness as a reflexive quality. A conscious being is able to turn reflection back on himself; he as subject is capable of thinking about himself as object. Following from this theory of consciousness, the

2 11, 2012

Review: The Dark Side of Hope by Karen Krett

By | November 2nd, 2012|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Psychology & Counseling|Tags: , |3 Comments


Reviewed by Nina Longfield

What is hope? This is the question that Karen Krett delves into in her book, The Dark Side of Hope: A Psychological Investigation and Cultural Commentary. Within the text, Krett discusses hope in all its forms from the positive to the negative. It is difficult to think of hope having a negative side. Hope is a virtue. Krett writes that hope can be the “vehicle for positive change” in our lives when “possibility is the medium through which we are hoping”. Meaning hope can be a goal to which we strive to achieve something, be it a better state of mind or accomplishing a task. Yet hope can also hinder achievement when it becomes wishful thinking. This is one of the negative sides of hope that Krett investigates.

I’ve never really thought about hope before other than