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Spotlight on the Collection: Psychology


As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re happy to present some of our newest psychology titles. Stop by the library to check them out, or browse other psychology books in our collection!

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

The cover of "Flow"Have you ever found yourself so absorbed in an activity that the rest of the world disappeared and time lost all meaning? If so, you may have experienced what psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls “flow” — a deeply enjoyable, creative state consciousness. In this book, Csikszentmihalyi explores the concept of flow, how to achieve it, and the ways it can open to the door to tranquility, happiness, and productivity.

“…an intriguing look at the age-old problem of the pursuit of happiness and how, through conscious effort, we may more easily attain it.”
Library Journal

Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom

The cover of "Buddha's Brain"Intrigued by the neurology of spiritual leaders like Jesus, Moses, and the Buddha, neuropsychologist Rick Hanson set out to explore the brain chemistry behind happiness, love, and wisdom. In this accessible volume, Hanson joins ancient teachings with current neuroscience. The result is illuminating, insightful, and applicable to everyday life.

“…a brilliant tapestry that weaves together the strands of neuroscience, Buddhism and psychology in the service of helping people in their quest for personal freedom. It is both relentlessly positive and ardently scientific.”
–Daniel Ellenberg, author of Lovers for Life

“An illuminating guide to the emerging confluence of cutting-edge neuropsychology and ancient Buddhist wisdom filled with practical suggestions on how to gradually rewire your brain for greater happiness. Lucid, good-humored, and easily accessible.”
–John J. Prendergast, author of Listening from the Heart of Silence

“This beautifully written, easy-to-read book gracefully conveys a series of epiphanies that can enable us to achieve self-compassion, balance and happiness. Highly recommended”
–Terry Patten, author of Integral Life Practice

Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche

The cover of "Crazy Like Us"Globalization: the spread of Starbucks, french fries, and the iPhone. But globalization is more than commerce — it is the spread of ideas, concepts, and entire systems of understanding. In this thought-provoking book, journalist Ethan Watters argues that the most dangerous American export is not a product at all: the human psyche. Worried by the unprecedented global rise in depression, PTSD, anorexia, and other mental illnesses, Watters explores how Western medicine has replaced local conceptions of health — and in doing so, spread American neuroses to the rest of the world.

“In this well-traveled, deeply reported book, Watters takes readers from Hong Kong to Zanzibar… to illustrate how distinctly American psychological disorders have played in far-off locales, and how Western treatments… have clashed with local customs.”
Publishers Weekly

“In making his case, Watters provides four carefully dissected case studies…. Ultimately, Watters argues, the loss of cultural diversity… will be keenly felt.”

Related Book: The spirit catches you and you fall down: A Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures by Anne Fadiman

Psychology’s Ghosts: The Crisis in the Profession and the Way Back

The cover of "Psychology's Ghosts"Like any discipline, psychology has its shortcomings. In this book, leading psychological theorist Jerome Kagan explores four of the greatest weaknesses of the field, challenging his colleagues’ assumptions and offering suggestions for how the profession can improve. Whether discussing cultural insensitivity or overgeneralized treatment plans, Kagan is candid and thoughtful about a discipline “seeking to fulfill its promises.”

Psychology’s Ghosts should command the interest of anyone interested in the field.”
The Jerusalem Post

“[Kagan] makes his case persuasively and readably, with extensive empirical support.”
Wall Street Journal

“…crammed with fascinating information gleaned from a lifetime’s acquaintance with the lab and the literature.”

Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease

The cover of "Scared Sick"Childhood is a critical — and precarious — period in human development. Sadly, for many children, it’s a period marked by trauma, fear, and chronic stress — early environmental conditions that may lead to an adult life of mental and physical illness. In Scared Sick, therapist Robin Karr-Morse and child development expert Meredith S. Wiley show exactly how early trauma can pave the way for diabetes, heart disease, addiction, and more. A must-read for anyone working with children and their families.

“Information packed…. The authors… make a very persuasive case that preventive measures should be taken to eliminate or mitigate early trauma.”
Publishers Weekly

“A wake-up call? Absolutely.”
Kirkus Reviews

“…useful, highly readable, scientifically advanced, and relevant to all of us in better understanding our lives, especially how our earliest life experiences can translate into health and disease over the decades.”
–Vincent J. Felitti, founder of The California Institute of Preventive Medicine

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