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Book Review: How Behavior Spreads

It has become a cliché to say that something has "gone viral,” and hardly a day (or a newscast) goes by that I don’t hear that tired phrase at least once. Beyond popular memes, just what is the science of how behaviors spread? Do...

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Book Review: No One Tells You This: A Memoir

In the opening pages of her memoir, No One Tells You This, Glynnis MacNicol is single, has no kids, and is about to turn forty. She describes herself as “someone who was now spending the last hours before her birthday seized by the belief...

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Book Review: Treating the Traumatized Child

Trauma, especially for a child, can often be so overwhelming that it encourages the therapist to focus solely on the individual. Yet often, the individual lives within a family system and relies on that family system to truly recover from trauma.
Treating The Traumatized Child:...


Book Review: The Power of Context

Imagine yourself driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic. You see someone driving up the shoulder of the road to try to get to the head of the line. What is your reaction to that person? What do you call them? To what do you attribute their...


Book Review: The Worry Workbook for Kids

If the goal of child rearing is to help children develop into independent adults, it’s hard to imagine how that is possible if worry prevents them from doing the very activities that will build their confidence.
Further, much of life is uncertain, and fear of...