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Book Review: The Performing Art Of Therapy Book Review: The Performing Art Of TherapyFrom the moment a client enters a therapist’s office, the therapist is asked to do many things. To identify. To diagnose. To explain. To treat. To support. And, according to Mark O’Connell, they are also expected to act. He writes, “Therapist, you are a performing artist, ...

Book Review: How to Think Like a Roman Emperor Book Review: How to Think Like a Roman EmperorStoicism, according to Donald Robertson, is experiencing a resurgence. As we come to realize that not only does this philosophical approach to life offer a greater connection to our virtues and values, we also become aware that some problems have deeper roots that modern therapeutic ...

Book Review: Mastering Adulthood Book Review: Mastering AdulthoodActing like an adult means regulating our emotions. It is about recognizing our habitual patterns of responding, taking responsibility for them, and changing our behavior to better help us navigate our lives. However, for many people, it is easier said then done. “Something keeps getting in the ...

Book Review: Defining You Book Review: Defining YouFor people to reach their full potential, they need to first understand who they are. In Defining You, Fiona Murden offers her readers exercises that incorporate reflecting, collecting, and doing. Murden believes that when people spend time thinking about who they want to be and ...

Book Review: Borderline Bodies: Affect Regulation Theory for Personality Disorders Book Review: Borderline Bodies: Affect Regulation Theory for Personality Disorders“The body,” says Clara Mucci, “is the essential go-between in the relationship between the self and other.” In personality disorders, this relationship between the self and the other is especially troubled. However, this “other” can be the body itself. Mucci describes psychosomatic disorders as an outcome of ...

Book Review: The Rubber Brain Book Review: The Rubber BrainEverybody experiences disappointment with their circumstances at some point in life. In school, we might do poorly on an exam, or on the job market, we might mess up an interview. These failures can weigh us down, making it tougher to move on, but we ...

Book Review: The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism Book Review: The CBT Workbook for PerfectionismIt seems we are never doing enough. At every turn, there is someone accomplishing more, telling us we should be doing more, too, and more often than not, promising us that once we do, we will be happy. Yet this is just the myth of perfectionism ...

Book Review: Dancing on the Tightrope Book Review: Dancing on the TightropeWe all face challenges in life, and more often than not, we feel they are unique to our lives and unlike other peoples’ challenges. However, according to Beth Kurland, PhD, the challenges of being human are more common than we might believe. She writes, “There are ...

Book Review: Neurobiology for Clinical Social Work, 2nd Ed. Book Review: Neurobiology for Clinical Social Work, 2nd Ed.While social workers have long espoused the importance of relationships and their impact on our psychological functioning, truly understanding those relationships requires understanding the brain as a social organ. As Louis Cozolino, one of the nation’s leading authorities on neuroscience, says, “Each generation of mental health ...

Book Review: The Self-Confidence Workbook Book Review: The Self-Confidence WorkbookContrary to what people who lack self-confidence might believe, the trait is not inborn. Nor is it a constant; even self-confident people suffer bouts of self-doubt. And if obstacles to self-confidence were constructed in you by clumsy or even malevolent parenting, these are surmountable. Although, as ...

Book Review: The Empath's Survival Guide Book Review: The Empath's Survival Guide“Like many empathic children, I never fit in. In fact, I felt like an alien on earth waiting to be transported to my real home in the stars,” writes Judith Orloff. For empathic people, the world is both excruciatingly painful and exquisitely beautiful. They feel the ...

Book Review: The Ten Worlds: The New Psychology of Happiness Book Review: The Ten Worlds: The New Psychology of HappinessWhile happiness is a universal goal, and one that is uniquely linked to our survival, it is also elusive. It is so elusive that for many, the idea that it is better to look for moments of happiness rather than enduring happiness comes as a ...

Book Review: ZigZag: Reversal & Paradox in Human Personality Book Review: ZigZag: Reversal & Paradox in Human PersonalityIt has been said that without dark, there is no light, and without sadness, no one can know true happiness. Paradoxical thinking holds that all things can be understood through the existence of their opposites, but the truth is, nothing is ever just black or ...

Book Review: The Power of Context Book Review: The Power of ContextImagine 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 actions? ...

Book Review: The Neuroscience of Emotion: A New Synthesis Book Review: The Neuroscience of Emotion: A New SynthesisEmotions, while ubiquitous across species and one of the most common topics of conversation, are still, it seems, misunderstood. Do emotions have biological roots and, if so, where? And how do physiological factors influence how emotions are felt, expressed, and understood? For Ralph Adolphs and David J. ...

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Grohol, J. (2019). Personality Book Reviews. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 18, 2019, from https://psychcentralreviews.com/personality-book-reviews/
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