In this, his latest book, Dr. Daniel Siegel takes the reader on a journey into what the mind actually is and what it means to be human. The journey begins with Dr. Siegel’s own personal story and goes on to incorporate the latest findings that science has to offer on what the mind is and how it functions. The book sets out to answer the questions of what, where, why and when of the mind, and can we be both human and kind.
I found this book to be a very compelling read. I am a bit of a psychology buff, which is what drew me to the book in the first place. The material here is very dense at times and for a lay person like me, required close reading to understand all of the concepts. I believe the book is intended more for an audience of healthcare professionals and researchers, nevertheless, I was able to glean a lot of new information and understanding after reading it. I would recommend this book to mental health and other scientific professionals.
Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP!
Richard is preparing to travel home to Texas from a job site in Nevada, but the night before he leaves a giant solar flare occurs, knocking out all power. In the days that follow, Richard travels a sometimes precarious path to return home, while at the same time journeying deep into his soul to reconcile his feelings over the death of his youngest child. Along the way, he encounters an assortment of people, some who help him, others who he must help, but all of them will affect him deeply. Even when fatigue, hunger and injury try to prevent him reaching his goal, he is determined to reunite with his wife and children, and repair the damage he has done.
The author did a great job of placing the reader in the story along with Richard, and his insight into his character’s thoughts is written admirably. Richard is a very complex character who is quite troubled as the story opens. Readers may find themselves inspired by his persistence in his journey, both mental and physical.
Who would enjoy this book: if you enjoy psychological books you may like this one. The world described here is on the brink of dystopian as the loss of power throws everyone back a couple hundred years.
What age is this book appropriate for: this book is for adults. Richard is a middle-age man so teenagers and young adults may have a hard time relating to him.
Alinefromabook’s recommendation: I give it a NEUTRAL rating. It didn’t completely capture my imagination.
One More: A Solar Maximum Novel (The Solar Maximum World) (Volume 1)
Great advice for picking a mate! In this book Dr. Carr explores the relationships women have with men and why some women just can’t seem to pick a good one. First is a discussion of how to determine if you have a bad picker and what can cause you to be a bad picker. Then Dr. Carr looks at what the consequences of picking a bad partner can be and gives ideas for how to fix your bad picker. In the concluding chapters he gives exercises for improving and training your picker.
I found this book to be full of good suggestions. I also thought that the topic was covered thoroughly and with obvious, extensive knowledge of the topic. This is not and advanced book but one that is written toward a general audience. I would suggest this book for any woman who wants to learn more about the psychology of picking men. It would also be a good resource for men who want to know what women need in a man.
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