Reviews

January 13

Review- The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other

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Like most other books I’ve read this year, this took me longer to read than it should have. The book isn’t long, and it’s interesting enough to get through in a short period of time. I definitely enjoyed the book, quoting the author (and others the author quoted) multiple times while reading it.

The book explains the some of the Jungian theory of romantic relationships, specifically how we project onto our beloved and additionally expect them to save us: from death, from the hardships of life, from ourselves.

I remember being awestruck by the book, “We” by Robert Johnson, many years ago. I felt it removed some of the illusion of romantic love, …

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December 25

Existential Psychotherapy

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It’s been more than 6 months since I reviewed a book. And this book had been shelved for 7 months, in favor of other reading. The truth is, the size is intimidating. Four-hundred and eighty-six pages. A friend recently told me she bought it on my recommendation, but hasn’t begun it as it is intimidating.

That gives away the review. I loved the book. I was recommending it before I finished it, which I took my time with to savor. I enjoyed reading it immensely. This despite the fact it challenged some of my well-established beliefs. There are also a couple of things I thought a stretch, as the author (my favorite …

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May 6

Review- Modern Romance

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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 …

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May 2

Review-What Every Body Is Saying

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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 …

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March 9

Review- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

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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 …

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January 1

Review-Acceptance, Mindfulness, and the Psychodynamic Revolution

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“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, …

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December 28

Review- Elephants on Acid

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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 …

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December 27

Review-Sex, Sin, and Zen

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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 …

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December 19

Review: Love and Will

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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 …

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August 31

Review- Still Here

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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 …

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