New Arrivals · Psychology

April 19, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The human instinct : how we evolved to have reason, consciousness, and free will

April 18, 2018
Miller, Kenneth R. (Kenneth Raymond), 1948- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2018]
294 pages : illustration, charts ; 24 cm.
Grandeur -- Say it ain't so -- Chance and wonder -- Explaining it all -- The mind of a primate -- Consciousness -- I, Robot -- Center stage.
"A ... exploration of how humans evolved to develop reason, consciousness, and free will"

Cognitive gadgets : the cultural evolution of thinking

April 18, 2018
Heyes, Cecilia M., author.
292 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
A question and many answers -- Nature, nurture, culture -- Starter kit -- Cultural learning -- Selective social learning -- Imitation -- Mindreading -- Language -- Cultural evolutionary psychology.
How did human minds become so different from those of other animals? What accounts for our capacity to understand the way the physical world works, to think ourselves into the minds of others, to gossip, read, tell stories about the past, and imagine the future? These questions are not new: they have been debated by philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists, evolutionists, and neurobiologists over the course of centuries. One explanation widely accepted today is that humans have special cognitive instincts. Unlike other living animal species, we are born with complicated mechanisms for reasoning about causation, reading the minds of others, copying behaviors, and using language. Cecilia Heyes agrees that adult humans have impressive pieces of cognitive equipment. In her framing, however, these cognitive gadgets are not instincts programmed in the genes but are constructed in the course of childhood through social interaction. Cognitive gadgets are products of cultural evolution, rather than genetic evolution. At birth, the minds of human babies are only subtly different from the minds of newborn chimpanzees. We are friendlier, our attention is drawn to different things, and we have a capacity to learn and remember that outstrips the abilities of newborn chimpanzees. Yet when these subtle differences are exposed to culture-soaked human environments, they have enormous effects. They enable us to upload distinctively human ways of thinking from the social world around us. As Cognitive Gadgets makes clear, from birth our malleable human minds can learn through culture not only what to think but how to think it.-- Provided by publisher.

The Timothy Leary project : inside the great counterculture experiment

April 16, 2018
Ulrich, Jennifer, (Archivist), author.
New York : Abrams Press, 2018.
272 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subtitle from front cover.
Foreword by Zach Leary -- Preface by Michael Horowitz -- Introduction: The counterculture phenomenon -- Author's note -- From psychological tests to psychedelic tests, 1957-61 -- Academia, meet Bohemia, 1960-62 -- From Harvard to freedom, 1962-63 -- The trip reports -- Millbrook, 1963-64 -- Acid tent revival, 1965-67 -- Leary versus the State, 1966-70 -- From sit-ins to be-ins and bed-ins -- From prison to space, 1970-74 -- From the counterculture to cyberspace, 1976-95 -- Epilogue -- Endnotes -- Who's who -- Acknowledgments and sources -- Index.
The first collection of Timothy Leary's (1920-1996) selected papers and correspondence opens a window on the ideas that inspired the counterculture of the 1960s and the fascination with LSD that continues to the present. The man who coined the phrase "turn on, tune in, drop out," Leary cultivated interests that ranged across experimentation with hallucinogens, social change and legal reform, and mysticism and spirituality, with a passion to determine what lies beyond our consciousness. Through Leary's papers, the reader meets such key figures as Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Ken Kesey, Marshall McLuhan, Aldous Huxley, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and Carl Sagan. Author Jennifer Ulrich organizes this rich material into an annotated narrative of Leary's adventurous life, an epic quest that had a lasting impact on American culture.-- Provided by publisher.

Heart talk : poetic wisdom for a better life

April 16, 2018
Wade, Cleo, author.
ix, 212 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
"A poet, artist, and speaker, Cleo Wade has carved out a reputation as the voice of a generation blending positivity with arresting honesty to inspire people of all ages. With Heart Talk, she's poured her spiritually and poetically infused wisdom into an accessible book you won't want to be without. Here you'll find your daily pep talk, a replenishing pause, or a motivational spark to start your day. Keep this book on your bedside table or leave it in your bag to steal a moment for yourself. With Cleo's practical and relatable advice for everyday life, each page will leave you feeling empowered, inspired and at peace"-- Provided by publisher.

Just when you're comfortable in your own skin, it starts to sag : rewriting the rules of midlife

April 11, 2018
Nobile, Amy, author.
San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books, [2018]
207 pages ; 21 cm

Dodging energy vampires : an empath's guide to evading relationships that drain you and restoring your health and power

April 11, 2018
Northrup, Christiane, author.
Carlsbad, California : Hay House, 2018.
xii, 230 pages ; 23 cm
part I: Understanding the dynamics: A highly sensitive soul ; The wounds we came to heal ; Vampire-empath relationships ; the healthrisks of unbalanced relationships -- part II: Healing from darkness: Recognizing your vampire ; Put yourself first ; Heal your vampire trauma ; A deeper healint journey ; The causes of health ; Physical healing post-vampire ; Standing as the light you are.
"Christiane Northrup, M.D., draws on the latest research in this exciting new field, along with stories from her global community and her own life, to explore the phenomenon of energy vampires and show us how we can spot them, dodge their tactics, and take back our own energy." -- Jacket.

The opposite of hate : a field guide to repairing our humanity

April 5, 2018
Kohn, Sally, author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2018.
262 pages ; 22 cm.
Introduction: what is hate; the bully -- Why we hate: the trolls -- How we hate: the former terrorist -- Hating is belonging: the ex white supremacist -- Unconscious hate: the Trump supporter -- When hate becomes pandemic: the genocide -- Systems of hate: the big picture -- Conclusion: the journey forward.
"Television commentator Sally Kohn talks to leading scientists and researchers to investigate the evolutionary and cultural roots of hate, and confronts her own shameful moments and points the way toward change with the hopeful message that we all have the capacity to combat hate"-- Provided by publisher.

Willpower doesn't work : discover the hidden keys to success

April 4, 2018
Hardy, Benjamin, author.
xviii, 235 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Introduction: Why willpower doesn't work -- Part 1: Your environment shapes you. Every hero is the product of a situation : understanding the power of surroundings -- How your environment shapes you : the myth of willpower -- Two types of "enriched" environments : high stress and high recovery -- Part 2. How to make willpower irrelevant. Reset your life : make powerful decisions outside your routine environment -- Designate a sacred space : establish a daily environment to stay on course -- Remove everything that conflicts with your decisions : subtraction is productivity -- Change your default options : make positive choices automatic -- Create triggers to prevent self-sabotage : putting failure-planning to work -- Part 3. Outsource high performance and success to our environment. Embed "forcing functions" into your environment : make change happen -- More than good intentions : how to adapt to new and difficult environments -- Grow into your goals : outsource your motivation to high pressure environments -- Rotate your environments : change it up based on the work you're doing -- Find unique collaboraions : change your world through who you work with -- Neve forget where you came from : remember the environment where you began -- Conclusion: No matter where you are, you can change.
Argues that lasting personal change, high performance, creativity, and productivity can only occur by strategically outsourcing desired behavior to goal-enriching environments.

Mindful dreaming : harness the power of lucid dreaming for happiness, health, and positive change

March 30, 2018
Johnson, Clare R., author.
Newburyport : Conari Press, 2018.
204 pages ; 22 cm
What is dream therapy and how can it help us? -- Understanding dreams: core techniques -- How to have lucid dreams -- Transform your inner movie through lucid dreamplay -- Sexual dreams for health and well-being -- Healing from the past: supporting your younger self -- Nightmares and how to resolve them -- Illness and pain: how to dream yourself well -- Healing dreams for grief and loss -- Soul dreams: dream your way to happiness -- Create your own best life.

The gutsy girl handbook : your manifesto for success

March 30, 2018
White, Kate, 1949 August 3- author.
New York : Grand Central Life & Style, 2018.
184 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
A gutsy girl breaks the rules -- A gutsy girl decides what she wants to be famous for --and goes after it fearlessly -- A gutsy girl knows how to hustle -- A gutsy girl gets that appearences matter (fair or not) -- A gutsy girl asks for what she wants (even if there's a "good" reason she shouldn't) -- A gutsy girl takes smart risks -- A gutsy girl doesn't need all the likes -- A gutsy girl owns her excellence -- A gutsy girl beccomes a kickass boss -- The gutsy girl's guide to life.
"Bestselling author, professional speaker, and former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, Kate White shares the nine core principles gutsy women need to go bigger, bolder, and achieve the full level of success they desire."--Provided by publisher.

The hope circuit : a psychologist's journey from helplessness to optimism

March 30, 2018
Seligman, Martin E. P., author.
New York : PublicAffairs, [2018]
vii, 432 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"One of the most influential living psychologists looks at the history of his life and discipline, and paints a much brighter future for everyone. When Martin E. P. Seligman first encountered psychology in the 1960s, the field was devoted to eliminating misery: it was the science of how past trauma creates present symptoms. Today, thanks in large part to Seligman's Positive Psychology movement, it is ever more focused not on what cripples life, but on what makes life worth living--with profound consequences for our mental health. In this wise and eloquent memoir, spanning the most transformative years in the history of modern psychology, Seligman recounts how he learned to study optimism--including a life-changing conversation with his five-year-old daughter. He tells the human stories behind some of his major findings, like CAVE, an analytical tool that predicts election outcomes (with shocking accuracy) based on the language used in campaign speeches, the international spread of Positive Education, the launch of the US Army's huge resilience program, and the canonical studies that birthed the theory of learned helplessness--which he now reveals was incorrect. And he writes at length for the first time about his own battles with depression at a young age."--Inside dust jacket.

Resilient : how to grow an unshakable core of calm, strength, and happiness

March 29, 2018
Hanson, Rick (Psychologist), author.
New York : Harmony Books, [2018]
xiv, 278 pages ; 24 cm
Compassion -- Mindfulness -- Learning -- Grit -- Gratitude -- Confidence -- Calm -- Motivation -- Intimacy -- Courage -- Aspiration -- Generosity.

Failing up : how to take risks, aim higher, and never stop learning

March 29, 2018
Odom, Leslie, Jr., 1981- author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2018.
200 pages ; 19 cm
"A Feiwel and Friends book"--Title page verso.
Prologue: Take me to the world -- The mentor -- The big break -- What you own -- Hollywood or the token -- Permission to fail -- The turnaround -- Hamilton Act 1: our town -- Hamilton Act 2: the new American dream -- Permission to prosper -- Epilogue: Seriously.
Before Odom landed the role Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical Hamilton, he put in years of hard work as a singer and an actor. Now he asks the questions that will help you unlock your true potential and achieve your goals even when they seem impossible. What work did you put in today that will help you improve tomorrow? How do you surround yourself with people who will care about your dreams as much as you do? How do you know when to play it safe and when to risk it all for something bigger and better? Whether you're graduating from college, starting a new job, or just looking to live each day to the fullest, knowing the answers will empower you for the greatness that lies ahead.

Dear Madam President : an open letter to the women who will run the world

March 26, 2018
Palmieri, Jennifer, author.
180 pages ; 19 cm
Dear Madam President -- The Day after -- Move forward, draw fire -- In the room -- Nod less, cry more -- Keep your head (and your heart) during a storm -- Embrace your battle scars -- Her story -- Undefeated -- Bound together.
Offers an open letter to the first woman president, and all women striving to achieve something, containing forward-thinking advice and inspiration for future women leaders.

I feel you : the surprising power of extreme empathy

March 26, 2018
Beam, Cris, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018.
xviii, 251 pages ; 24 cm
"An Eamon Dolan book"
Part I. Understanding -- The sound of science -- Teach your children well -- The experimental self -- Ars empathia -- Part II. Justice -- Courting empathy -- Empathy traffic -- Performing empathy -- Part III. Forgiveness -- Fall from the tree -- State of empathy -- To interrupt power -- Empathy for the enemy -- Afterword: Love, a future.
"A rigorously researched and intensely moving examination of empathy: how it works, how it transforms us, and how our society misunderstands it"-- Provided by publisher.

Fear less : living beyond fear, anxiety, anger, and addiction

March 23, 2018
Sluyter, Dean, author.
xiii, 315 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Author of Natural Meditation"--Cover.
Come and see -- Rest as awareness -- Overdrive / hyperspace -- View.

How we work : live your purpose, reclaim your sanity, and embrace the daily grind

March 21, 2018
Weiss, Leah (Researcher on workplace compassion), author.
New York, NY : Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
258 pages ; 24 cm
Part I: Having purpose at work: it's possible: Healing the toxic workplace ; Full-catastrophe working ; On purpose (with a capital P) -- Part II: Bringing our whole "selves" to the office: Cultivating compassion ; Dealing with ourselves ; The wisdom of emotions -- Part III: Failing and reflecting: the traits of successful people and organizations: Fail better: how reflection helps us learn and grow ; How courage makes us more resilient ; Purposeful organizations.
"A practical guide to thriving at work, based on a popular course offered at the Standford Graduate School of Business"--Jacket.

Soon : an overdue history of procrastination, from Leonardo and Darwin to you and me

March 21, 2018
Santella, Andrew, author.
New York : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, 2018.
197 pages ; 22 cm
Barnacles -- Madness to defer -- Saints, crows, poets, priests -- A brief history of the to-do list -- On the clock -- Seeds -- Therefore bind me -- Not yet.
Draws on the stories of history's most notable habitual postponers and on the insights of psychologists, philosophers, and behavioral economists to explain why procrastination happens and how it can help promote healthy priorities.

The boy crisis : why our boys are struggling and what we can do about it

March 16, 2018
Farrell, Warren, author.
xvi, 492 pages: illustrations, charts ; 25 cm
Introduction: Is there really a boy crisis?. My personal journey into the boy crisis -- PART I: Is there really a boy crisis? The crisis of our sons' mental health ; The crisis of our sons' physical health ; The crisis of our sons' economic health ; The crisis of our sons' education ; The crisis of our sons worldwide ; Why are we so blind to the boy crisis? -- PART II: Why the boy crisis isn't your fault. The boy crisis: a problem created by a solution -- PART III: The purpose void. The path-to-purpose generation gap ; The "hero paradox" value yourself by not valuing yourself ; Why do more marriages fail in countries that succeed? ; How raising our sons successfully in the past differs from raising our sons successfully for their future ; Raising a balanced son in an out-of-balance world -- PART IV: Dad-deprived boys vs. Dad-enriched boys. Dad-deprived boys ; Why are Dads so important? ; Rediscovering Dad ; What Dads do differently ; In the event of divorce... the four "must-dos" ; The father warrior: why fathering will be a new male sense of purpose ; DAD Discrimination Against Dads ; The best parent is both parents, but... ; From "cultural shrug" to cultural shift ; Creating Dad-enriched families -- PART V: Heroic intelligence versus health intelligence. Heroic intelligence versus health intelligence ; Emotional intelligence and mental health ; Reversing depression, Preventing suicide ; Hidden hazards to your son's health ; From hurt people hurting people to healed people healing people -- PART VI: ADHD: treatment with or without medication. The new neural crisis ; The fourfFaces of ADHD ; The many causes of ADHD ; Natural solutions to restore dopamine function ; Natural supplements for better brain performance -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: Family dinner night: the five essentials -- Appendix B: The boy crisis list: the benefits of Dad, and the dangers of Dad deprivation.
Examines issues challenging today's young men in the areas of education, mental health, sexuality, and leadership, outlining a comprehensive blueprint for parents, teachers, and policymakers to help boys lead purpose-driven lives.

Five constraints on predicting behavior

March 15, 2018
Kagan, Jerome, author.
viii, 246 pages ; 21 cm
Introduction -- The power of the context -- Expectedness -- Sources of evidence -- Patterns -- Attributing psychological properties to brain profiles -- Coda.
Scientists were unable to study the relation of brain to mind until the invention of technologies that measured the brain activity accompanying psychological processes. Yet even with these new tools, conclusions are tentative or simply wrong. In this book, the distinguished psychologist Jerome Kagan describes five conditions that place serious constraints on the ability to predict mental and behavioral outcomes based on brain data: the setting in which evidence is gathered, the expectations of the subject, the source of the evidence that supports the conclusion, the absence of studies that examine patterns of causes with patterns of measures, and the attribution of psychological concepts such as "fear" or "regulate" to brain patterns. Kagan describes the importance of context, and how the experimental setting - including the room, the procedure, and the species, age, and sex of both subject and examiner - can influence the conclusions. He explains how subject expectations affect all brain measures; considers why brain and psychological data often yield different conclusions; aruges for relations between patterns of causes and outcomes rather than correlating single variables; and criticizes the borrowing of psychological terms to describe brain evidence. Brain sites cannot be in a state of "fear." A deeper understanding of the brain's contributions to behavior, Kagan argues, requires investigators to acknowledge these five constraints in the design or interpretation of an experiment. -- from dust jacket.

The power of dreams : how to interpret & focus the energy of your subconscious mind

March 13, 2018
Slate, Joe H., author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Llewellyn Publications, 2018.
xvii, 196 pages ; 18 cm

How luck happens : using the new science of luck to transform life, love, and work

March 12, 2018
Kaplan, Janice, author.
viii, 341 pages ; 24 cm
Part 1. Understanding luck -- Prepare to be lucky -- Some people have all the luck--and you can be one of them -- Pick the statistic you want to be -- Part 2. How to get lucky -- Skate to where the puck will be -- Connect to the power of other people -- Zig when others zag -- The power of persistence and passion -- How many eggs in your basket? (and how many baskets?) -- The lucky break that really counts -- Part 3. Targeted luck -- How to get a job at Goldman Sachs (or anywhere you want) -- Get lucky in love -- Make lucky kids -- Part 4. The other side of luck -- Bad luck: why your worst moment can be your luckiest -- The ambulance in your backyard -- How to get lucky in a disaster (natural or otherwise) -- Part 5. The big picture -- The lucky path: find your compass -- The lucky attitude: believe that you can make luck.
"Janice Kaplan examines the phenomenon of luck--and discovers the exciting ways you can boost your chances and set yourself up to get lucky in everyday life. Together with Barnaby Marsh, they look at the factors that distinguishes luck from pure randomness. They discover that much of what we call luck is really under our control, and they reveal the simple techniques to create luck in love and marriage, business and career, health, happiness, and family relationships. Using original research and fascinating studies, they offer breakthrough insights on how all of us--from CEOs to stay-at-home moms--can tip the scales of fortune in our favor."--Provided by publisher.

The year of less : how I stopped shopping, gave away my belongings, and discovered life is worth more than anything you can buy in a store

March 12, 2018
Flanders, Cait, 1985- author.
xxi, 189 pages ; 22 cm
July: taking inventory -- August: changing daily habits -- September: breaking up with retail therapy -- October: growing up and apart -- November: blacking out and coming to -- December: crafting new traditions -- January: rewriting the rules -- February: letting go of the future -- March: lightening up -- April: planning my exit -- May: finding myself in unusual places -- June: packing up and moving on.
"In her late twenties, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy--only keeping her from meeting her goals--she decided to set herself a challenge:she would not shop for an entire year. The Year of Less documents Cait's life, during which time she bought only consumables: groceries, toiletries, gas for her car. Along the way, she challenged herself to consume less of many other things besides shopping. She decluttered her apartment and got rid of 70 percent of her belongings; learned how to fix things rather than throw them away; researched the zero waste movement; and completed a television ban. At every stage, she learned that the less she consumed, the more fulfilled she felt. What started as a simple challenge quickly became a lifeline, however, as Cait found herself in a number of situations that turned her life upside down. In the face of hardship, she realized why she had always turned to shopping, alcohol and food--and what it had cost her, for so many years. By not being able to reach for any of her usual vices, Cait changed habits she'd spent years perfecting and discovered what truly mattered to her"--Provided by publisher.

This messy magnificent life : a field guide

March 9, 2018
Roth, Geneen, author.
xv, 202 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction / by Anne Lamott -- Prologue: Dropping the Me Project -- Part one: Around the table -- Manna -- The last bite -- Lasting weight loss -- Heavenly bodies -- If I were Gloria Steinem -- The Red String Project -- In the end -- Part two: Through the mind -- Zen mind, puppy mind -- Be kind to the ghost children -- Hoodwinked by suffering -- The four-month virus -- Hummingbirds on my fingers -- Crushed starts -- What remains -- Part three: Into the sublime -- A big quiet -- The breaths I have left -- Waiting for the apocalypse -- What isn't wrong -- The blue vest -- Not minding what happens -- Snorkeling in the night sky -- Epilogue: Stop waiting to be ready -- Last words: Touchstones for breaking the trance.
"[E]xplores the personal beliefs, hidden traumas, and social pressures that shape not just women's feelings about their bodies, but also their confidence, choices, and relationships."--From Jacket flap.

Creativity rules : get ideas out of your head and into the world

March 7, 2018
Seelig, Tina Lynn, author.
xiii, 239 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Readers will learn how to work through the four steps of The Invention Cycle: Imagination (envisioning things that do not yet exist), Creativity (applying your imagination to address a challenge), Innovation (applying creativity to generate unique solutions), and Entrepreneurship (applying innovation, to bring ideas to fruition, where our ideas then gain the power to inspire the imaginations of others). Using each step to build upon the last, you can create something much complex, interesting, and powerful."

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