We all experience anxiety to some degree, and some amount of anxiety is helpful to decision making. But what happens when anxiety becomes disabling? In “On Edge”, Andrea Peterson tells us her story of struggling with anxiety, the ups and downs, the treatments that have worked or failed, and how she has come to terms with it. In addition to her personal story, she has interwoven the science behind what causes anxiety, what eases anxiety, and ways to cope with it. This book is a fascinating journey into the mental process that is anxiety and the many ways that it manifests itself in our daily lives.
I really enjoyed this book. The author has thoroughly researched every aspect of the topic, with chapters focusing on medications, alternative treatments, anxiety in children, and how anxious parents can avoid creating anxious kids. I like that in every chapter she tells a part of her story but then talks about the science that relates to that aspect of her journey. The book is very well organized and presents even the more difficult scientific pieces in an easy-to-read format. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who lives with anxiety, no matter how severe, or to someone who wants a better understanding of a friend or loved one’s anxiety experience. Anxiety is here to stay but understanding it can make it easier to cope with.
Alinefromabook’s rating: 5 stars!!
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Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
Are you having trouble feeling successful? It might be because of your Mindset. In this book the author discusses the differences between the Fixed Mindset and the Growth Mindset. I found this absolutely fascinating and easy to relate to. The author has written in a very approachable style making the psychological concepts easy for the casual reader to understand. There are tons of real-life examples of how the Mindsets play out in people’s lives used throughout the book and different chapters focus on sports, business, teaching, etc. Included are snapshots of well-known people who have struggled with a Mindset or used one to reach their full potential. There are some great insights for the average reader on how to change your Mindset in order to help reach your goals. I also really appreciated the amount of focus the author placed on how to foster a healthy Mindset in children, whether you are a teacher, a coach, or a parent. Finally, I found Marguerite Gavin’s narration to be really enjoyable to listen to. Psychology buffs should really enjoy this book.
Alinefromabook’s rating: 4 stars!
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Crime and Insanity in Victorian Britain. In the 1800’s there was a lot of debate and controversy surrounding the use of an insanity plea in criminal cases. In this books, the author starts by presenting and overview of the points of controversy and introduces the reader to the major players in the medical and legal communities during this time. The bulk of the book is case studies of individuals whose crimes brought into play the issue of insanity. Finally, the author includes an overview of the various changes in the law and their impact on the criminal cases of those using the insanity plea.
I found the stories in this books fascinating. The thinking within the legal and medical communities during this time period was going through a lot of changes and the two sides often clashed in trying to achieve their goals. Public pressure also seemed to play a significant role in the outcome of some of the cases presented. In some cases, the outcome seems obvious until the nuance of the law is applied. Some attempts to improve the situation ended up only making things worse. I think anyone with an interest in legal history or the history of psychology will find this book really interesting as it gives insight to how the legal system got to where it is today.
Alinefromabook’s rating: 4 stars!!
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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!
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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