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26 01, 2014

Review: Psychotherapy of Character by Robert A. Berezin

By | January 26th, 2014|Categories: Nonfiction, Psychology|Tags: , |2 Comments


41rkrI8+ELL._SL160_Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Robert A. Berezin, the author of Psychotherapy of Character: The Play of Consciousness in the Theater of the Brain, has been a psychiatrist for forty years, and reviews his notes on a prominent patient, Eddie (whom the author eventually cares for personally). Psychotherapy of Character is a professional memoir – written as an easy to read narrative – covering Berezin’s body of work.

The book is broken down into four sections: Consciousness, The Story of Eddie, Psychotherapy and On the Big Stage. Berezin gives the back story and explains what “consciousness” really means and its in manipulating the human brain. More often than not, Psychoterapy of Character focuses on this prominent patient, Eddie. Although the book is written in narrative form, it is still highly technical and is more of a dissertation on Eddie’s entire life (seemingly from his

7 11, 2013

Review: Focus by Daniel Goleman

By | November 7th, 2013|Categories: Business & Investing, Nonfiction, Psychology|Tags: , , |1 Comment


focusReviewed by Sophia Chiu

Daniel Goleman, former science writer for the New York Times and author of Emotional Intelligence, explores the mental attribute of attention in Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. He identifies attention—to one’s self, others in one’s surroundings, and the outer environment at large—and the ability to shift among them as an essential ingredient for success.

Goleman’s journey includes interesting highlights, from observing a house detective of a large department store scanning for shoplifters to finding out how the English-language translator for the Dalai Lama can translate 15 minutes at a stretch. Starting with the “anatomy of attention,” he outlines the neural circuitry that underpins the ability to pay attention (or often not, as the case turns out to be). Having some background in neuroscience would help, but is not strictly necessary. He then discusses attention to self,

10 12, 2011

Review: Dignity by Donna Hicks Ph.D

By | December 10th, 2011|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Personal Health, Psychology, Psychology & Counseling, Relationships, Social Sciences|Tags: , , , , , , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Donna Hicks, Ph.D. is an expert on relationships and managing professional conflicts. She develops conflict resolution workshops around the world to show participants how to improve their relationships with each other by becoming more sensitive to the dignity of others.

In her book, Dignity, Hicks describes the essential elements of dignity, which show the readers how to honor it in themselves and in others. She then discusses the ways we inadvertently or intentionally violate the dignity of others. The last section of the book shows how to utilize the power of dignity to manage and improve relationships.

Hicks does an exemplary job of explaining how the concept of preserving dignity in ourselves and others shapes our lives. It is true that we will remember when someone else causes us to feel our dignity has been assaulted. At those times,

28 02, 2011

Review: Growing Up Jung by Micah Toub

By | February 28th, 2011|Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction, Psychology|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments


Reviewed by Caitlin B.

Micah Toub’s Growing Up Jung is an entertaining (and educational) read about growing up as the son of two Jungian therapists.

Micah deals with issues faced by youth everywhere: shifting family dynamics, changing friendships, romantic relationships and religion. Life wouldn’t be too out of the ordinary if it weren’t for the family’s all-to-honest style of communication: His mother refers to his sister as the “terrorist” of the family – a pathological outsider – but later she has an affair and becomes the outsider herself. His father flits from hobby to hobby because to do so is to follow the “Tao” – the Way – as Jung would recommend, but he rarely seems to operate with self-awareness. His sister utterly rejects the Jungian tools and processes used by their parents. Micah, however,