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Girl, Interrupted
Girl, Interrupted
Paperback      ISBN: 0679746048

In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years in the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele--Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles--as for its progressive methods of treating those who could afford its sanctuary.

Kaysen's memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perception while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers. It is a brilliant evocation of a "parallel universe" set within the kaleidoscopically shifting landscape of the late sixties. Girl, Interrupted is a clear-sighted, unflinching document that gives lasting and specific dimension to our definitions of sane and insane, mental illness and recovery.
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
Flow
The Psychology of Optimal Experience
Paperback      ISBN: 0060920432

The bestselling introduction to "flow"--a groundbreaking psychological theory that shows readers how to improve the quality of life."

No More Secondhand Art
No More Secondhand Art
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0877734828

This book is about using art as an instrument of personal transformation, enabling us to move from an inherited to a chosen state of being. Peter London offers inspiration and fresh ideas to artists, art students, and art teachers--as well as to people who think they can't draw a straight line but want to explore the joys of creative expression. Inside every person, he believes, there is an original, creative self that has been covered over by secondhand ideas, borrowed beliefs, and conditioned behavior. By freeing the capacity for visual expression--a natural human language possessed by everyone--we can awaken and release the full powers of that original self. Among the topics and exercises included are:

- How to increase the ability to visualize, fantasize, and dream
- Obstacles to the creative encounter and what to do about them
- Experimenting with art media as true mediators between imagination and expression
- Making masks to reveal the hidden self
- Painting with "forbidden" colors
- Arranging found objects as metaphors for one's life
A Little Book on the Human Shadow
A Little Book on the Human Shadow
Paperback      ISBN: 0062548476

Robert Bly, renowned poet and author of the ground-breaking bestseller Iron John, mingles essay and verse to explore the Shadow -- the dark side of the human personality -- and the importance of confronting it.

Memories, Dreams, Reflections
Memories, Dreams, Reflections
Paperback      ISBN: 0679723951

An eye-opening biography of one of the most influential psychiatrists of the modern age, drawing from his lectures, conversations, and own writings.

In the spring of 1957, when he was eighty-one years old, Carl Gustav Jung undertook the telling of his life story. Memories, Dreams, Reflections is that book, composed of conversations with his colleague and friend Aniela Jaff , as well as chapters written in his own hand, and other materials. Jung continued to work on the final stages of the manuscript until shortly before his death on June 6, 1961, making this a uniquely comprehensive reflection on a remarkable life. Fully corrected, this edition also includes Jung's VII Sermones ad Mortuos.
A Blue Fire
A Blue Fire
Paperback      ISBN: 0060921013

A reissue of one of the classic works by James Hillman.- an anthology of Hillman's most provocative writings on psychology and religion.- vital introduction to the theories of one of the most original thinkers in psychology.- essays featured range from Hillman's well-known ruminations on betrayal and suicide to biting commentaries on everyday life to sustained think-pieces that explore psychological polytheism, family dreams, and poetic basis.- shows how Hillman draws on ancient philosophers' ideas of soul and magic and how he challenges modern notions of psychology.

Please Understand Me: Character and Temperament Types
Please Understand Me
Character and Temperament Types
Paperback      ISBN: 0960695400

Describes sixteen basic personality types, argues that people try to reshape their spouses, children, friends, and coworkers into models of themselves, and discusses different styles of leadership

Living with the Passive-Aggressive Man
Living with the Passive-Aggressive Man
Paperback      ISBN: 0671870742

With more than 100,000 copies in print, Living with the Passive-Aggressive Man draws on case histories from clinical psychologist Scott Wetzler's practice to help you identify the destructive behavior, the root causes and motivations, and solutions.

Do you know one of these men?

The catch-me-if-you-can lover...

Phil's romantic and passionate one minute, distant and cold the next.

The deviously manipulative coworker or boss...

Jack denies resenting Nora's rapid rise in the company, but when they're assigned to work together on a project, he undermines her.

The obstructionist, procrastinating husband...

Bob keeps telling his wife he'll finish the painting job he began years ago, but he never seems to get around to it.

These are all classic examples of the passive-aggressive man. This personality syndrome--in which hostility wears a mask of passivity--is currently the number one source of men's problems in relationships and on the job. In Living with the Passive-Aggressive Man, Scott Wetzler draws upon numerous case histories from his own practice to explain how and why the passive-aggressive man thinks, feels, and acts the way he does. Dr. Wetzler also offers advice on:

- How to avoid playing victim, manager, or rescuer to the "P-A"
- How to get his anger and fear into the open
- How to help the "P-A" become a better lover, husband, and father
- How to survive passive-aggressive game playing on the job

Living with a man's passive aggression can be an emotional seesaw ride. But armed with this book, you can avoid the bumpy landings.
The Dance of Intimacy: A Woman's Guide to Courageous Acts of Change in Key Relationships
The Dance of Intimacy
A Woman's Guide to Courageous Acts of Change in Key Relationships
Paperback      ISBN: 006091646x

This book examines those relationships where intimacy is most challenged by too much distance, too much intensity, or simply too much pain. In clear, direct, and dramatic terms, Dr. Lerner illustrates how we can move differently in these key relationships-be they with a distant or unfaithful spouse, a depressed sister, a difficult mother, an alcoholic father, an uncommited lover, a dying parent, or a family member whom we have written off. And she teaches us about -the differences that make a difference'-the changes we can make in one or two significant relationships that will affect our capacity for intimacy and selfhood over the long haul. Through vivid and poignant examples from case studies and stories from her own life, Dr. Lerner shows us how good relationships can thrive and endure and difficult ones can be healed, and she illuminates the specific steps that women can take toward a more solid self and a more intimate connectedness with others.

--Maggie Scarf
Civilization and Its Discontents
Civilization and Its Discontents
Paperback      ISBN: 0393301583

Civilization and Its Discontents is one of the last of Freud's books, written in the decade before his death and first published in German in 1929. In it he states his views on the broad question of man's place in the world, a place Freud defines in terms of ceaseless conflict between the individual's quest for freedom and society's demand for conformity.

Freud's theme is that what works for civilization doesn't necessarily work for man. Man, by nature aggressive and egotistical, seeks self-satisfaction. But culture inhibits his instinctual drives. The result is a pervasive and familiar guilt.

Of the various English translations of Freud's major works to appear in his lifetime, only one was authorized by Freud himself: The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud under the general editorship of James Strachey.

Freud approved the overall editorial plan, specific renderings of key words and phrases, and the addition of valuable notes, from bibliographical and explanatory. Many of the translations were done by Strachey himself; the rest were prepared under his supervision. The result was to place the Standard Edition in a position of unquestioned supremacy over all other existing versions.