Reviews

May 6

Review- Modern Romance

Posted by William Berry | Filed under Reviews | No Comments

images

I bought this book on the recommendation of my daughter. I want to begin by saying I’m not a big fan of Aziz Ansari. I did watch his show, “Master of None” on Netflix, and thought it was good. But even with that, I can take him or leave him.

With that said, I loved the book. As most of you know, I struggle with relationships. I struggle even more dating. While being single or somewhat single for the better part of a year, maybe I hoped the book would help. I don’t think it helped me. It did, however, explain some things in psychological terms that increased my understanding, and as …

Share this Post:
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • email
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon

May 2

Review-What Every Body Is Saying

Posted by William Berry | Filed under Reviews | No Comments

225x225bb

I read this book because someone I know talked about it, and it sounded interesting. I already know a good amount about body language, being a therapist and having taught Interpersonal Communication. But there is always more to learn.

I didn’t love the book. The most common thing I said when talking about the book was that I felt my 12-year-old could read it. It bored me a good deal. Additionally, I felt all the scenarios, especially in the beginning, where a bit self-aggrandizing. This was a bit of a turn-off for me, but at the same time the author is a respected teacher of reading body language. I wondered how else …

Share this Post:
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • email
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon

March 9

Review- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

Posted by William Berry | Filed under Reviews | No Comments

41tgD+-lOLL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

I bought this book on the recommendation of a close friend. She said it sounded like my philosophy, and that I might like it. She knows me really well, so I trusted her judgement. I loved the title, and went to get it at a bookstore within a day or two. I paid over $25 for it, as they only had hardcover. But my need for immediate gratification, despite reading 5 other books currently, had to be satisfied.

I read the book in about three or four sittings. I read over 60 pages the first night I got it. I put quotes from the first chapter on my business Facebook page. That …

Share this Post:
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • email
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon

January 1

Review-Acceptance, Mindfulness, and the Psychodynamic Revolution

Posted by William Berry | Filed under Reviews | No Comments

16158317

“Acceptance, Mindfulness, and the Psychodynamic Evolution” was given to me by the publisher to review. I used this book more times than I can count (at least 8!), in presentations, Psychology Today posts, and other writing. It has proven very valuable to me in this regard.

The book is a compilation (edited) of writings on how psychodynamic therapy is currently, and always has, used aspects of acceptance and mindfulness in its approach to therapy. Acceptance and mindfulness are relatively new, and fashionable, approaches to psychotherapy. I’ve been an advocate for years, having read a good deal on eastern philosophy and using both aspects to improve my perception and life overall.

The writers argue, …

Share this Post:
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • email
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon

December 28

Review- Elephants on Acid

Posted by William Berry | Filed under Reviews | No Comments

51iZLsCwpDL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_

 

I picked this book up on a recommendation from a student. The title is certainly catchy, and as it is full of odd (and some amazing) experiments, I thought it’d be an interesting read.

It is definitely interesting. Some of the experiments are downright sick (he goes back in time a bit, when we had less understanding of science, or maybe even morals). There are several headings in the book, and he categorizes experiments under them (for example, some of the most disturbing are under the heading, “Frankenstein’s Lab”).  Other categories include: “Bedtime Stories”, “Mating Behavior”, “Oh, Baby!” and “The End”.

What I liked most about this book was learning more about experiments …

Share this Post:
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • email
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon

December 27

Review-Sex, Sin, and Zen

Posted by William Berry | Filed under Reviews | No Comments

61QJgmboCLL._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_

 

I bought this book for someone a year ago, based on a line I read in it while flipping through it. The line had something to do with even the staunchest vegans taking lives, by eating a living thing called a vegetable. A little later in my perusing there was something else that made me think this was the perfect book for her. At the time I was looking at it, I didn’t even realize the same author as one of my all time favorite Zen books, Hardcore Zen, wrote it. When I realized it, not feeling I needed any help applying Zen to sexuality, I looked for other books by …

Share this Post:
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • email
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon

December 19

Review: Love and Will

Posted by William Berry | Filed under Reviews | No Comments

41D3Zw3CBeL._SX316_BO1,204,203,200_

I started reading this book in June, along with a couple of others. I want to learn as much about love as I can, and considering I teach some of May’s thoughts on it, I figured this was a good choice. It was definitely the tougher of the reads I’ve done lately. I’ve found books by great thinkers of era’s ago are difficult for me. Maybe writing has been watered down to a point where even with a graduate degree more eloquently written arguments seem cumbersome.

Whatever the case may be, May’s book is well written. Like a philosopher he lays out his argument against the freewheeling sex “for release” of the …

Share this Post:
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • email
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon

August 31

Review- Still Here

Posted by William Berry | Filed under Reviews | No Comments

still here

I purchased this book because of the title. I had read “Be Here Now” (see the review here) and, though it was a bit bizarre, I recommended it. I also said in that recommendation, I should probably read some more of his current work. So this title fit the bill.

It took me about 9 months to read the book. I read many in between starting and finishing it, and generally felt it just didn’t grab me the way the others did (two Zen books, a Buddhist book, a text on dreaming, a Yalom novel, a book on mindfulness, another book on training your mind, and a book on …

Share this Post:
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • email
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon

August 1

Review: Our Dreaming Mind

Posted by William Berry | Filed under Reviews | No Comments

Our Dreaming Mind

Interestingly, my ex-girlfriend bought me this book years ago because of my interest in dream interpretation. Though interested in reading it, I didn’t prioritize it until I was granted permission to teach, “The Psychology of Dreams and Dreaming” at FIU this summer. The book just happened to be the same the other professor who teaches it uses. Either quite a coincidence, or perhaps it has some merit in the field. Admittedly I didn’t read it all, and only skimmed some of the chapters. After all, one rarely teaches the whole textbook. But I read the vast majority.

The text, though last published in 1994, has a very 70’s feel to …

Share this Post:
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • email
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon

July 31

Review: Zen, Wrapped in Karma, Dipped in Chocolate

Posted by William Berry | Filed under Reviews | No Comments

ZenWrappedinCover

 

It took me longer to finish “Zen, Wrapped in Karma, Dipped in Chocolate” than it should have. Why? Because I liked it so much and wanted it to last longer. I put off finishing it despite being three quarters of the way through. (Also, I was overwhelmed with school responsibilities and reading, but the former statement is still true).

This is the third book by Brad Warner that I’ve read. Many years ago I read “Hardcore Zen”, his first book, and loved it. I still recommend it often to those wanting to learn about Zen without pretense. His writing is down to earth, real, humorous, and he demonstrates the real life of …

Share this Post:
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • email
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon