New Arrivals · Psychology

September 29, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Mind : a scientific guide to who you are, how you got that way, and how to make the most of it

September 28, 2016
Daniels, Patricia, 1955- author.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2015]
302 pages : illustrations (mostly color) ; 26 cm
The Mind & Body -- The science of the mind -- The mind is what the brain does -- How we grow -- The Mind & World -- Social animals -- Rethinking intelligence -- What drives you? -- The Mind & Health -- Health, illness & the states in between -- The ultimate concerns -- Building a better self.
"Combining leading theories of psychology and behavior with case studies, personality quizzes, and practical advice, National Geographic Mind explores the question we all enjoy asking: Who am I? This whimsically illustrated reference explores today's theories of personality, mixing scientific theory with an underlying message--by knowing more about your own psychology, you can have a better life. Chapters start with the anatomy, evolution, and development of the human brain, then move into such interesting areas as intuition, creativity, motivation, faith, and ethics--all facets of a unique personality. Quirky, often funny, always thought-provoking photographs, cartoons, and illustrations bring the message home on every page. Interesting scenarios of mental health and mental deviance make for a lively, readable narrative that combines today's leading theories in the science of the mind and personality with life-enhancing questions, quizzes, practices, and tools for self-discovery. An entertaining book about science, National Geographic Mind connects with the reader in a very personal and ultimately helpful way,"

The subtle art of not giving a fuck : a counterintuitive approach to living a good life

September 26, 2016
Manson, Mark, author.
New York : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016.
vii, 212 pages ; 22 cm
Don't try. The feedback loop from hell ; The subtle art of not giving a fuck ; So Mark, what the fuck is the point of this book anyway? -- Happiness is a problem. The misadventures of Disappointment Panda ; Happiness comes from solving problems ; Emotions are overrated ; Choose your struggle -- You are not special. Things fall apart ; The tyranny of exceptionalism ; B-b-b-but, if I'm not going to be special or extraordinary, what's the point? -- The value of suffering. The self-awareness onion ; Rock star problems ; Shitty values ; Defining good and bad values -- You are always choosing. The choice ; The responsibility/fault fallacy ; Responding to tragedy ; Genetics and the hand we're dealt ; Victimhood chic ; There is no "how" -- You're wrong about everything. (But so am I) ; Architects of our own beliefs ; Be careful what you believe ; The dangers of pure certainty ; Manson's Law of Avoidance ; Kill yourself ; How to be a little less certain of yourself -- Failure is the way forward. The failure/success paradox ; Pain is part of the process ; The "do something" principle -- The importance of saying no. Rejection makes your life better ; Boundaries ; How to build trust ; Freedom through commitment -- ... And then you die. Something beyond our selves ; The sunny side of death.
Manson cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. He tells it like it is, and makes the argument that human beings are flawed and limited-- we need to know our limitations and accept them. Filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, this book is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

Extraordinary : inspirational stories of everyday people

September 14, 2016
Maginn, Keith, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : KiCam Projects, [2016]
ix, 117 pages ; 21 cm
"Inside each seemingly ordinary person is an extraordinary story waiting to be told. That&#x;s what author Keith Maginn discovered when he dug deeper to learn more about many of the people in his everyday life. One friend had overcome an addiction to crack cocaine. Another had lost a son in a tragic accident and started a foundation in his honor. Yet another was a survivor of the worst plane crash in Central American history. Each of the stories featured in (Extra)Ordinary will touch your heart, stir your soul, and open your eyes to the amazing people who are all around you. You&#x;ll learn to look for the incredible in the seemingly mundane, and you&#x;ll be reminded that everyone--including you--is anything but ordinary.."--Page [4] of cover.

Find out anything from anyone, anytime : secrets of calculated questioning from a veteran interrogator

September 13, 2016
Pyle, James O., 1950-
Pompton Plains, NJ : The Career Press, Inc., [2014]
281 pages ; 21 cm
Includes index.
What's so hard about asking a question? -- Changing the way you think -- Structure of a good question -- Question types -- Discovery areas -- Essential skills-listening and note-taking -- Analyzing the answers -- Questioning in professions -- Questioning in your personal life -- Fast-track to expertise.

A field guide to lies : critical thinking in the information age

September 12, 2016
Levitin, Daniel J., author.
xi, 292 pages : illustrations, maps, charts ; 24 cm
Introduction: Thinking, critically -- Part one: Evaluating numbers. Plausibility ; Fun with averages ; Axis shenanigans ; Hijinks with how numbers are reported ; How numbers are collected ; Probabilities -- Part two: Evaluating words. How do we know? ; Identifying expertise ; Overlooked, undervalued alternative explanations ; Counterknowledge -- Part three: Evaluating the world. How science works ; Logical fallacies ; Knowing what you don't know ; Bayesian thinking in science and in court ; Four case studies -- Conclusion: Discovering your own -- Appendix: Application of Bayes' Rule. -- Glossary.
We are bombarded with more information each day than our brains can process, especially in election season. It's raining bad data, half-truths, and even outright lies. Daniel J. Levitin shows how to recognize misleading announcements, statistics, graphs, and written reports revealing the ways lying weasels can use them.

Pre-suasion : a revolutionary way to influence and persuade

September 12, 2016
Cialdini, Robert B., author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
xiii, 413 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part 1: Pre-suasion: the frontloading of attention. Pre-suasion: an introduction ; Privileged moments ; The importance of importance ; What's focal is causal ; Commanders of attention 1: the attractors ; Commanders of attention 2: the magnetizers -- Part 2: Processes: the role of association. The primacy of associations: I link, therefore I think ; Persuasive geographies: all the right places, all the right traces ; The mechanics of pre-suasion: causes, constraints, and correctives -- Part 3: Best practices : the optimization of pre-suasion. Six main roads to change: broad boulevards as smart shortcuts ; Unity 1: being together ; Unity 2: acting together ; Ethical use: a pre-pre-suasive consideration ; Post-suasion: aftereffects.
Examines the art of effective persuasion to argue that its secret lies in a key moment before messages are delivered, sharing strategies for how to psychologically prepare one's listeners to render them most receptive.

Emotional agility : get unstuck, embrace change, and thrive in work and life

September 8, 2016
David, Susan A., author.
New York : Avery, [2016]
274 pages : 24 cm
Rigidity to agility -- Hooked -- Trying to unhook -- Showing up -- Stepping out -- Walking your why -- Moving on: the tiny tweaks principle -- Moving on: the teeter-totter principle -- Emotional agility at work -- Raising emotionally agile children -- Conclusion: becoming real.
"The path to fulfillment, whether at work or at home, is almost never a straight line. Ask anyone who has achieved their biggest goals or who thrives in their relationships, and you'll hear stories of many unexpected detours along the way. What separates those who rise to these challenges and those who get derailed? The answer is agility--emotional agility. Emotional agility is a four-step approach that allows us to navigate life's twists and turns with self-acceptance, clear-sightedness, and an open mind. In her more than twenty years of research, Susan David has found that no matter how intelligent, resilient, or creative people are, when they ignore how situations or interactions make them feel, they miss opportunities to gain insight, getting hooked by thoughts, emotions, and habits that prevent them from reaching their full potential."-- Provided by publisher.

The completion process : the practice of putting yourself back together again

August 31, 2016
Swan, Teal, 1984- author.
Carlsbad, California : Hay House, Inc., 2016.
xv, 203 pages ; 21 cm
"Teal Swan's previous book, Shadows Before Dawn, told the incredible story of how she survived 13 years of horrific physical, mental, and sexual abuse at the hands of a cult member in her community. After her escape at age 19, she forged a path back from the edge of despair and began the long process of making herself whole. Now, The Completion Process takes readers along on her restorative journey of healing and liberation. For anyone who has been fractured by trauma--and according to Teal, in one way or another, we all have--here is a way to put ourselves back together again, no longer inhibited by the past or terrified of the future. Drawing on her wide range of extrasensory abilities--including clairvoyance, clairsentience, and clairaudience--and incorporating key aspects of inner child and shadow work, Teal offers a revolutionary 20-step process for healing any past hurt or present problem. The steps include: Creation of a Safe Haven--setting up a mental place where it's safe to re-enter a painful memory. Validation--giving the painful emotion the message that we see it as valid. Seeking Origin--asking, "When was the first time I felt this feeling?" to connect to the root of it. Awaiting Relief--inside the memory, letting the feeling naturally shift in the direction of relief. Purification and Healing--a ritual for closing the memory of trauma and beginning a "new life.""The Completion Process is not only a healing process," Teal writes. "It's also an enlightenment process." It will leave readers with a sense of their value in the world and the assurance that life can be good again"-- Provided by publisher.

The selfishness of others : an essay on the fear of narcissism

August 31, 2016
Dombek, Kristin, 1972- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
150 pages ; 19 cm
The cold -- The epidemic -- The bad boyfriend -- The millennial -- The murderer -- The artist -- The world.
"They're among us, but they are not like us. They manipulate, lie, cheat, and steal. They are irresistibly charming and accomplished, appearing to live in a radiance beyond what we are capable of. But narcissists are empty. No one knows exactly what everyone else is full of--some kind of a soul, or personhood--but whatever it is, experts agree that narcissists do not have it.So goes the popular understanding of narcissism, or NPD (narcissistic personality disorder). And it's more prevalent than ever, according to recent articles in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Time. In bestsellers like The Narcissism Epidemic, Narcissists Exposed, and The Narcissist Next Door, pop psychologists have armed the normal with tools to identify and combat the vampiric influence of this rising population, while on websites like, thousands of people congregate to swap horror stories about relationships with "narcs."In The Selfishness of Others, the essayist Kristin Dombek provides a clear-sighted account of how a rare clinical diagnosis became a fluid cultural phenomenon, a repository for our deepest fears about love, friendship, and family. She cuts through hysteria in search of the razor-thin line between pathology and common selfishness, writing with robust skepticism toward the prophets of NPD and genuine empathy for those who see themselves as its victims. And finally, she shares her own story in a candid effort to find a path away from the cycle of fear and blame and toward a more forgiving and rewarding life"-- Provided by publisher.

Secrets of meditation : a practical guide to inner peace and personal transformation

August 31, 2016
Carlsbad, Calif. : Hay House, 2012.
xiv, 221 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Awakening to new possibilities (Searching for the Guru ; What is meditation, and why should I care? ; The benefits of meditation) -- Many paths to one-ness (Secrets of bodymind meditation ; Biofeedback ; Secrets of sound meditation ; guided meditation, Tibetan bowls, audio sound-wave meditation ; secrets of energy meditation : Chakra meditation ; Sutra meditation -- Secrets of Buddhist meditation ; Metta Bhavanas ; Samatha Bhavanas ; Vipassana Bhavanas ; secrets of Mantra meditation : Bija sounds ; Primordial sound meditation, Sutra meditation (including David Simon's Universal Mantra) -- Secrets of Chanting meditation : Japa, Bhajan, Kirtan, Namavali.
The author describes his own meditation journey, explains how to meditate and details the impact meditation can have on one's physical health, one's relationships, one's emotional well-being, and one's spiritual life.

The cyber effect : a pioneering cyberpsychologist explains how human behavior changes online

August 24, 2016
Aiken, Mary, author.
New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2016.
387 pages ; 25 cm
Prologue: When humans and technology collide -- The normalization of a fetish -- Designed to addict -- Cyber babies -- Frankenstein and the little girl -- Teenagers, monkeys, and mirrors -- Cyber romance -- Cyberchondria and the worried well -- What lies beneath: the Deep Web -- The cyber frontier.
"From one of the world's leading experts in cyberpsychology--a discipline that combines psychology, forensics, and technology--comes a groundbreaking exploration of the impact of technology on human behavior. In the first book of its kind, Mary Aiken applies her expertise in cyber-behavioral analysis to a range of subjects, including criminal activity on the Deep Web and Darknet; deviant behavior; Internet addictions; the impact of technology on the developing child; teenagers and the Web; cyber-romance and cyber-friendships; cyberchondria; the future of artificial intelligence; and the positive effects on our digital selves, such as online altruism"-- Provided by publisher.

The construction of the self : developmental and sociocultural foundations

August 17, 2016
Harter, Susan, 1939-
xxiii, 440 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Previous edition: 1999.

The big thing : how to complete your creative project even if you're a lazy, self-doubting procrastinator like me

August 15, 2016
Korkki, Phyllis, author.
xii, 233 pages ; 24 cm
The value of the long arc -- Mind and body -- In bed with the Big Thing -- The intensity of illness -- It's about the experience -- Giving up, for now or forever -- Through the ages -- The Big Thing and your day job -- You're not alone -- Love and work -- It all adds up.
"New York Times business writer Phyllis Korkki explores what drives people to pursue their dreams of creating the next Big Thing, documenting through stories, case studies, and science, the productive habits and behaviors of those who achieve success"-- Provided by publisher.

Self-esteem : a proven pogram of cognitive techniques for assessing, improving, and maintaining your self-esteem

August 12, 2016
McKay, Matthew, author.
Oakland, California : New Harbinger Publications, [2016]
vii, 358 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"A proven program of cognitive techniques for assessing, improving, and maintaining your self-esteem"--Cover.
The nature of self-esteem -- The pathological critic -- Disarming the critic -- Accurate self-assessment -- Cognitive distortions -- Defusing painful thoughts -- Compassion -- The shoulds -- Acting on your values -- Handling mistakes -- Responding to criticism -- Asking for what you want -- Goal setting and planning -- Visualization -- I'm still not ok -- Core beliefs -- Building self-esteem in children.
A program for challenging the "inner critic" begins with the premise that destructive interior messages played over and over can hold a person back and offers practical advice on how to stop this negative behavior.

The gardener and the carpenter : what the new science of child development tells us about the relationship between parents and children

August 11, 2016
Gopnik, Alison, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
x, 302 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction: The parent paradoxes -- Against parenting -- The evolution of childhood -- The evolution of love -- Learning through looking -- Learning through listening -- The work of play -- Growing up -- The future and the past : children and technology -- The value of children.
"Caring deeply about our children is part of what makes us human. Yet the thing we call 'parenting' is a surprisingly new invention. In the past thirty years, the concept of parenting and the multibillion dollar industry surrounding it have transformed child care into obsessive, controlling, and goal-oriented labor intended to create a particular kind of child and thereby a particular kind of adult. In The Gardener and the Carpenter, the pioneering developmental psychologist and philosopher Alison Gopnik argues that the familiar twenty-first-century picture of parents and children is profoundly wrong--it's not just based on bad science, it's bad for kids and parents, too. Drawing on the study of human evolution and her own cutting-edge scientific research into how children learn, Gopnik shows that although caring for children is immensely important, the goal should not be to shape them so they turn out a particular way. Children are designed to be messy and unpredictable, playful and imaginative, and to be very different both from their parents and from one another. The variability and flexibility of childhood allow them to innovate, create, and survive in an unpredictable world. "Parenting" won't make children learn--rather, caring parents let children learn by creating a secure, loving environment."--Dust jacket.

Navigating life : things I wish my mother had told me

August 9, 2016
Bergen, Margaux, author.
245 pages ; 21 cm
I. Learning -- II. Conversation -- III. Work -- IV. Blood greed -- V. Home -- VI. Relationships -- VII. My way -- VIII. Your way.
"An inspiring, piercingly honest user's guide to life, written for the author's daughter and given to her on her first day of college, reflecting tough lessons about family, work, and marriage."--Provided by publisher.

The irresistible introvert : harness the power of quiet charisma in a loud world

August 2, 2016
Chung, Michaela, author.
xiii, 199 pages ; 21 cm
Part 1: Coming home to yourself -- The extrovert's way: a road map to nowhere -- The way out is in: finding your inner compass -- Navigating energy roadblocks -- Overcoming mental obstacles -- Sidestepping communication conundrums -- Rediscovering your emotions -- Taking a turn toward self-love -- Part 2: Revealing your inner irresistible -- Peeling back the mask of extroversion -- Confidence is an inside job -- The inner game of intrigue -- Your voice: the gateway to connection -- The language of the body -- Crossing the circle: lessons in introvert dating -- Introverted intimacy.
"One third to one half of Americans are introverts in a culture that celebrates--even enforces--an ideal of extroversion and a cult of personality. Political leaders are charismatic, celebrities bask in the spotlight, and authority figures are assertive. It is no surprise that a "quiet revolution" has begun to emerge among the "invisible" half of the population, asserting that they are just as powerful in their own unique ways. The Irresistible Introvert embodies the spirit of this revival and breaks down the myth that charisma is reserved for extroverts only. This mini manifesto shows introverts how to master the art of quiet magnetism in a noisy world--no gregariousness required! Within these pages, you'll discover how to shed the mask of extroversion and reveal a more compelling (and authentic) you. You'll also learn how to: - Master the inner game of intrigue - Manage your energy for optimal engagement - Create an emotional ecosystem for charisma - Establish introverted intimacy - Cultivate communication skills for quiet types"-- Provided by publisher.

Becoming brilliant : what science tells us about raising successful children

July 29, 2016
Golinkoff, Roberta M., author.
Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, 2016.
xiv, 314 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Re-defining success in the 21st century -- The learning industry and the learning sciences: how educational reform sent us in the wrong direction -- The skills needed for success are global -- Hard skills and soft skills: finding the perfect balance -- Collaboration: no one can fiddle a symphony -- Communication: lines of connection -- Toppling the king that is content -- Critical thinking: what counts as evidence?-- Creative innovation: rearranging the old to make the new-- Confidence: dare to fail -- A report card for the 21st century -- What if? the reprise.
While the U.S. economy becomes ever more information-driven, our system of education seems stuck on the idea that "content is king," neglecting other skills that 21st century citizens sorely need. Golinkoff and Hirsh-Pasek introduce the "6 Cs": collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation, and confidence. They also show parents ways they can nurture their children's development in each area.

The secrets of your handwriting

July 25, 2016
Conway, Allan.
224 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Includes index (pages 223-224).

Daily peace : 365 days of renewal : photos and wisdom to nourish your spirit.

July 25, 2016
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2015]
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 18 cm
Includes index.

First things first : to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy

July 20, 2016
Covey, Stephen R.
New York : Free Press, 2003, ©1994.
373 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Section 1. The clock and the compass -- 1. How many people on their deathbed wish they'd spent more time at the office? -- 2. The urgency addiction -- 3. To live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy -- Section 2. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing -- 4. Quadrant II organizing: The process of putting first things first -- 5. The passion of vision -- 6. The balance of roles -- 7. The power of goals -- 8. The perspective of the week -- 9. Integrity in the moment of choice -- 10. Learning from living -- Section 3. The synergy of interdependence -- 11. The interdependent reality -- 12. First things first together -- 13. Empowerment from the inside out -- Section 4. The power and peace of principle-centered living -- 14. From time management to personal leadership -- 15. The peace of the results -- Epilogue -- Appendices: -- A. Mission statement workshop -- B.A review of time management literature -- C. The wisdom literature -- Notes -- Problem/opportunity index -- Index.
Offers an approach to time management based on life values, and provides methods for achieving maximum effectiveness, balance, and personal peace.

A book about love

July 12, 2016
Lehrer, Jonah, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
ix, 288 pages ; 23 cm
Attachment -- The Abraham Principle -- The Marriage Plot -- Moments of Grace -- On Memory -- Going On.
Weaving together scientific studies from clinical psychologists, longitudinal studies of health and happiness, historical accounts and literary depictions, child-rearing manuals, and the language of online dating sites, Jonah Lehrer's A Book About Love plumbs the most mysterious, most formative, most important impulse governing our lives. Love confuses and compels us--and it can destroy and define us. It has inspired our greatest poetry, defined our societies and our beliefs, and governs our biology. From the way infants attach to their parents, to the way we fall in love with another person, to the way some find a love for God or their pets, to the way we remember and mourn love after it ends, this book focuses on research that attempts, even in glancing ways, to deal with the long-term and the everyday. The most dangerous myth of love is that it's easy, that we fall into the feeling and then the feeling takes care of itself. While we can easily measure the dopamine that causes the initial feelings of "falling" in love, the partnerships and devotions that last decades or longer remain a mystery. This book is about that mystery. Love, Lehrer argues, is not built solely on overwhelming passion, but, fascinatingly, on a set of skills to be cultivated over a lifetime.

Your inner GPS : follow your internal guidance to optimal health, happiness, and satisfaction

July 11, 2016
DeBrücke, Zen Cryar, 1970- author.
Novato, California : New World Library, [2016]
xiv, 193 pages ; 21 cm
"Many of us rely on our GPS but ignore the life-directional system we were each born with. This innate compass - what Zen Cryar DeBrucke calls our internal guidance system (IGS) - wants us to be happy, successful, and stress-free. How do we tune in to this tool? DeBrucke learned from trial and error and through the dramatic crucible of being the CEO of an Internet firm during the dotcom bust and the Great Recession crash. Her IGS helped her ride these daunting waves - and in the process she learned to leave painful memories behind, abandon destructive relationship patterns, and set boundaries. Learning to recognize and speak her truth led to the "beautiful sensation of being comfortable in [her] own skin." Here DeBrucke shares her innovative program with readers so they too can have the life-changing experiences that result when we follow the guidance within"-- Provided by publisher.

Facing the blitz : three stratgies for turning your trials into triumphs

July 7, 2016
Kemp, Jeff, 1959-
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House Publishers, [2015]
237 pages ; 23 cm
"Popular speaker and former NFL quarterback Jeff Kemp shows how challenges in life are like blitzes in football--both are opportunities one can turn to an advantage"-- Provided by publisher.

Don't let your anxiety run your life : using the science of emotion regulation and mindfulness to overcome fear and worry

June 28, 2016
Klemanski, David H., author.
Oakland, CA : New Harbinger Publications, 2016.
vii, 217 pages ; 23 cm
"Anxiety is an epidemic in our modern world. But studies now show there is a direct link between anxiety and how you respond to emotions. Don't Let Your Anxiety Run Your Life provides a groundbreaking, step-by-step guide for managing the thoughts and feelings that cause anxiety, worry, fear, and panic. Are your emotions causing you anxiety? Emotions can be quite beneficial--they help us communicate with others, and are deeply connected to special and important memories in our lives. But sometimes, emotions can have unwanted consequences, especially when they cause us fear or anxiety. Studies now show a direct link between emotion regulation and anxiety. Based in the latest research from a Yale University psychologist and professor, the simple yet powerful mindfulness tips in this book will help you stay calm, collected, and make significant improvements in your everyday life, whether at work, at home, or in your relationships. This is the first book to present an integrated model of mindfulness and emotion regulation--both clinically proven for reducing anxiety symptoms. Using these easy mindfulness practices, you'll learn to manage your emotions and lessen your anxiety, leading to improvements in your social life, work obligations, and family responsibilities."-- Provided by publisher.

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