New Arrivals · Psychology

August 10, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Breaking the habit of being yourself : how to lose your mind and create a new one

August 9, 2018
Dispenza, Joe, 1962- author.
Carlsbad, California : Hay House, [2012]
xxvi, 329 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The greatest habit you can ever break is the habit of being yourself -- The science of you. The quantum you ; Overcoming your environment ; Overcoming your body ; Overcoming time ; Survival vs. creation -- Your brain and meditation. Three brains : thinking to doing to being ; The gap ; Meditation., demystifying the mystical, and waves of your future -- Stepping toward your new destiny. The meditative process : introduction and preparation ; Open the door to your creative state (week one) ; Prune away the habit of being yourself (week two) ; Dismantle the memory of the old you (week three) ; Create a new mind for your future (week four) ; Demonstrating and being transparent : living your new reality -- Inhabit self -- Appendix A. Body-part induction (week one) -- Appendix B. Water-rising induction (week one) -- Appendix C. Guided meditation : putting it all together (weeks two through four).
Argues that all human beings have the power within them to overcome predisposed beliefs and habits to make significant changes in one's life, and provides step-by-step tools to make such changes using understandings between science and spirituality.

Finding purpose in a godless world : why we care even if the universe doesn't

August 9, 2018
Lewis, Ralph, 1966- author.
352 pages ; 24 cm
The human view of purpose -- The spontaneous, unguided universe -- The spontaneous, unguided emergence of purpose and morality -- Meaning-making within and without religion.
"Dr. Lewis shows how our mistaken intuitions about purpose are entangled with assumptions that life events happen for an intended reason and that the universe has inherent purpose. Integrating disparate scientific fields, he shows how not only the universe, life, and consciousness could have emerged and evolved spontaneously and unguided - so too could purpose, morality, and meaning. There is persuasive evidence that these qualities evolved naturally and unmysteriously in humans, as conscious, goal-directed social animals"--Provided by publisher.

Practical meditation

August 8, 2018
Dienstmann, Giovanni, author.
192 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"A simple step-by-step guide"--Cover.
Understanding meditation -- Meet the meditating mind -- Starting your pratice -- The many types of meditation -- Integrating and deepening.
Offers instructions for several practical meditation techniques that can be used anywhere, at any time, as well as information on the benefits of meditation and the scientific evidence in support of it.

Belonging : remembering ourselves home

August 8, 2018
Turner, Toko-pa, author.
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia : Her Own Room Press, 2017.
245 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Something greater -- Origins of estrangement -- The death mother -- False belonging -- The inner marriage -- Initiations by Exile -- The symbolic life -- Trekking the creative wild -- The dark guests -- Pain as sacred ally -- Holy longing -- Competencies of belonging -- Handmaking a life -- Bearing the pleasure -- The invitational presence -- Storywells and songlines -- Tending a village -- Reciprocity with nature -- Conclusion.
"Most of us think of belonging as a place outside of ourselves, that if we keep searching for, that maybe one day we'll find it. But what if belonging isn't a place at all, but a set of skills, or competencies, that we in modern times have lost or forgotten. In Belonging, Toko-pa explores the origins of our estrangement, how that alienation affects the choices we make as individuals, and as a culture, and what are those skills to which we can apprentice ourselves, to restore a sense of belonging in our lives, and in our world."--Author's website.

Heart guide : true stories of grief and healing

August 8, 2018
Ensign, Diana J., author.
xxvii, 271 pages ; 23 cm
"Whether we have lost a parent, child, spouse, sibling, grandparent, or other significant person in our life, death of a loved one can send us reeling. These intimate, personal stories highlight the myriad and unexpected ways people cope with real life struggles when facing traumatic loss. By sharing our most vulnerable accounts of grief, we build a safe harbor around the subject of death ? even when the stories are heartbreakingly difficult. When facing loss of a loved one -- from suicide, serious illness, alcohol or drug use, medical mishap, accident, or violent assault" -- From

The perfection detox : tame your inner critic, live bravely, and unleash your joy

August 8, 2018
Kolber, Petra, author.
New York, NY : Da Capo Lifelong, 2018.
xxv, 229 pages ; 23 cm
"Award-winning fitness professional and consultant shares a practical, accessible program to help women replace destructive perfectionistic mindsets with concrete strategies and life-changing tips"-- Provided by publisher.

Cracking the AP psychology exam.

August 1, 2018
New York : Random House, Inc.,
v. ; 28 cm.
At head of title: The Princeton Review.

Embracing the end of life : a journey into dying & awakening

July 26, 2018
Lind-Kyle, Patt, author.
Woodbury, Minesota : Llewellyn Publications, [2017]
xxvii, 350 pages ; 24 cm

From heartbreak to wholeness : the hero's journey to joy

July 26, 2018
Carlson, Kristine, 1963- author.
New York : St. Martins Press, 2018.
xxi, 230 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Initiation by crisis -- Preparing for the journey -- Awakening -- The jagged edge of growth -- Discovery, recovery, and rediscovery -- Emerging now -- The alchemy of change -- Rebirthing a new life -- Into wholeness, returning to joy.
In 2006, after building the bestselling franchise Don't Sweat the Small Stuff with her husband Richard, Kristine Carlson faced a shattering loss--the sudden death of her beloved spouse. Woven together with the remarkable stories of others' loss and recovery, her deeply moving story reveals a clear process of healing that is common to everyone and goes far beyond ordinary prescriptions for getting through hard times. In her new book, From Heartbreak to Wholeness, Kristine offers a life-altering map for navigating the heroic journey from loss to joy--one that ultimately awakens readers to a deep love affair with life. Every day, people suffer heartbreaks of some kind--loss of a loved one, divorce, illness, loss of a job or home--and seek to understand why these losses and traumas have befallen them and how they'll make it through in one piece. For readers who have endured loss of any kind, Kristine takes them by the hand, showing them how to traverse their own jagged edge of growth and emerge as the hero whole, happy, and empowered.

Tell me what you want : the science of sexual desire and how it can help you improve your sex life

July 26, 2018
Lehmiller, Justin J., author.
Boston : Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2018.
xxv, 261 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A leading expert on human sexuality and author of the blog Sex and Psychology offers an unprecedented look at sexual fantasy based on the most comprehensive, scientific survey ever undertaken. What do Americans really want when it comes to sex? And is it possible for us to get what we want? Justin J. Lehmiller, one of the country's leading experts on human sexuality and author of the popular blog Sex and Psychology, has made it his career's ambition to answer these questions. He recently concluded the largest and most comprehensive scientific survey of Americans' sexual fantasies ever undertaken, a monumental two-year study involving more than 4,000 Americans from all walks of life, answering questions of unusual scope. Based on this study, Tell Me What You Want offers an unprecedented look into our fantasy worlds and what they reveal about us. It helps readers to better understand their own sexual desires and how to attain them within their relationships, but also to appreciate why the desires of their partners may be so incredibly different. If we only better understood the incredible diversity of human sexual desire and why this diversity exists in the first place, we would experience less distress, anxiety, and shame about our own sexual fantasies and better understand why our partners often have sexual proclivities that are so different from our own. Ultimately, this book will help readers to enhance their sex lives and to maintain more satisfying relationships and marriages in the future by breaking down barriers to discussing sexual fantasies and allowing them to become a part of readers' sexual realities"-- Provided by publisher.

How to think like a cat

July 23, 2018
Garnier, Stéphane, 1974- author.
ix, 162 pages ; 22 cm
Translation from French of: Agir et penser comme un chat.
"Do cats worry about retirement? Nope. Do cats do things they don't want to do? Definitely not. Do cats rush around at all hours of the day when they'd rather be licking their paws and looking out a window? Please. Calm, free, charismatic, wise, elegant, self-assured--our beloved feline pets strut those traits that we humans spend a lifetime aspiring to. No wonder everybody wants to be more like a cat. After observing his own cat, Ziggy, for years, bestselling French author Stéphane Garnier decided that he would be much happier if he could just live more like Ziggy. Closer study only confirmed his suspicion that cats have that je ne sais quoi, and he set out to share Ziggy's innate wisdom with the world. Whether at work, at home, or in your social life, your cat can teach you how to manage stress, cultivate independence, and live life on your terms. Peppered with humorous yet inspiring tips for living a day in the life of a cat, cat secrets from Ziggy, and a quiz to assess your "cat quotient," How to Think Like a Cat is an inspiring, humorous, and remarkably insightful guide to the subtle art of living like a feline."-Inside jacket flap.

Selfie : how we became so self-obsessed and what it's doing to us

July 19, 2018
Storr, Will, author.
403 pages ; 24 cm
The dying self -- The tribal self -- The perfectible self -- The bad self -- The good self -- The special self -- The digital self -- How to stay alive in the age of perfectionism.
"We are living in an age of heighted individualism. Success is a personal responsibility. Out culture tells us that to succeed is to be slim, rich, happy, extroverted, popular--flawless. We have become self-obsessed. And our expectation of perfection comes at a cost. Millions are suffering under the torture of this impossible fantasy. The pressure to conform to this ideal has changed who we are. It was not always like this. To explain how we got here, award-winning journalist Will Storr takes us on a journey across continents and centuries to explore the origins of this notion of the perfect self that torments so many of us: Where does this ideal come from? Why is it so powerful? Is there any way to break its spell? Full of thrilling and unexpected connections among history, psychology, economics, neuroscience, and more, Selfie is an unforgettable book that makes sense of who we have become. Ranging from Ancient Greece, through the Christian Middle Ages, to the self-esteem evangelists of 1980s California, the rise of narcissism and the "selfie" generation, and right up to the era of hyper-individualism in which we live now, Selfie tells the epic tale of the person we all know so intimately--because it's us."--Dust jacket.

On the brink of everything : grace, gravity, and getting old

July 17, 2018
Palmer, Parker J., author.
xii, 198 pages ; 19 cm
"Three essays in this book are accompanied by songs written and performed by the gifted singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer... All thee songs can be downloaded free of charge at"--Page vi.
With gratitude -- Prelude -- The view from the brink: what I can see from here -- Young and old: the dance of the generations -- Getting real: from illusion to reality -- Work and vocation: writing a life -- Keep reaching out: staying engaged with the world -- Keep reaching in: staying engaged with your soul -- Over the edge: where we go when we die -- Postlude.
"From beloved and bestselling author Parker J. Palmer (Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, Healing the Heart of Democracy), comes a beautiful book of reflections on what we can learn as we move closer to "the brink of everything." Drawing on eight decades of life -- and his career as a writer, teacher, and activist -- Palmer explores the questions age raises and the promises it holds. "Old," he writes, "is just another word for nothing left to lose, a time to dive deep into life, not withdraw to the shallows." But this book is not for elders only. It was written to encourage adults of all ages to explore the way their lives are unfolding. It's not a how-to-do-it book on aging, but a set of meditations in prose and poetry that turn the prism on the meaning(s) of one's life, refracting new light at every turn. From beginning to end, the book is laced with humor as well as gravitas -- beautifully enhanced by three free downloadable songs from the gifted singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer, written in response to themes in the book"-- Provided by publisher.

Losing my best friend : thoughtful support for those affected by dog bereavement or pet loss

July 13, 2018
Wycherley, Jeannie, author.
vii, 144 pages ; 21 cm
"Are you a dog owner who is in the process of losing your best friend to illness? Or have you lost your beloved friend and you are struggling to get over them? Pet bereavement is tough. While not everyone sympathizes with you, you know that no dog is ever "just" a dog. This book offers practical advice to follow when your pet is ill or has passed away. Most of all you'll find your feelings are validated and others understand your grief"--Back cover.

50 after 50 : reframing the next chapter of your life

July 12, 2018
Olsen, Maria Leonard, author.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2018]
xiii, 183 pages ; 24 cm
"At age 50, Maria Leonard Olsen drank her way out of her 25-year marriage. She had, against advice, put all her eggs in the motherhood basket, willfully derailing her successful law career. As teenagers, her precious children did not need her in the hands-on way they previously had. Her husband and she had grown apart because, among other things, they failed to nurture that important relationship. She was depressed and stuck. When she turned 50, she had the distinct feeling that she was on the downward slope of her life. Actuarially speaking, she was. So when she turned 50, her gift to herself was to go on a crusade to make the most of whatever time she had left. She set out to do 50 new things that were significant, at least to her. The list spanned physical challenges, adventure travel, and lifestyle changes. Each taught her something about herself and about how she wanted to lead the next years of her life to come. This work follows the work she did to accomplish those 50 new things and shows readers how to make their own action lists - whether it be joining a knitting club or hiking the Himalayas, every item has significance for each individual and speaks to her needs and desires. The list is the match to spark the fire that will light the years after 50. Readers will hear about Maria's adventures and the rewards of each. Accomplishing new things, learning new skills, deepening personal and spiritual relationships, and seeking out challenges will add the spice to a life that may feel repetitive, insignificant, inauthentic, or just plain boring."--Back cover.

Reinforcements : how to get people to help you

July 9, 2018
Halvorson, Heidi Grant- 1973- author.
200 pages ; 22 cm
Part I. Asking for help is the worst. 1. It makes us feel bad ; 2. We assume others will say no ; 3. We assume asking for help makes us less likable -- Part II. How to ask anyway. 4. The inherent paradox in asking for help ; 5. The four steps to getting the help you need 6. Don't make it weird -- Part III. Creating a culture of helpfulness. 7. The in-group reinforcement ; 8. The positive identity reinforcement ; 9. The effectiveness reinforcement.
We all need help--especially in today's uber-collaborative workplaces. Here's the good news: humans are naturally wired to want to help each other. Now here's the bad: asking for help makes most of us wildly uncomfortable. As a result, we do a poor job of calling in the reinforcements we need, leaving confused or even offended colleagues in our wake. This pragmatic book explains the research on what psychologists call social intelligence. To elicit helpful behavior from their colleagues, you need to do two things: 1) Remove the obstacles that stand in the way of them helping you; 2) Trigger one or more of the motivations that make people want to help. Whether you're a first-time manager or a seasoned leader, getting people to do things for you is what management is. This book will help you do so, and do it in a way that leaves your helpers feeling good about pitching in.-- Provided by publisher.

The darker the night, the brighter the stars : a neuropsychologist's odyssey through consciousness

July 5, 2018
Broks, Paul, author.
xiii, 319 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
A grief observed -- A thousand red butterflies -- Into the labyrinth.
"When celebrated neuropsychologist Paul Broks's wife died of cancer, it sparked a journey of grief and reflection that traced a lifelong attempt to understand how the brain gives rise to the soul. The result of that journey is a gorgeous, evocative meditation on fate, death, consciousness, and what it means to be human. The Darker the Night, The Brighter the Stars weaves a scientist's understanding of the mind - its logic, its nuance, how we think about what makes a person - with a poet's approach to humanity, that crucial and ever-elusive why. It's a story that unfolds through the centuries, along the path of humankind's constant quest to discover what makes us human, and the answers that consistently slip out of our grasp. It's modern medicine and psychology and ancient tales; history and myth combined; fiction and the stranger truth. But, most importantly, it's Broks' story, grounded in his own most fascinating cases as a clinician--patients with brain injuries that revealed something fundamental about the link between the raw stuff of our bodies and brains and the ineffable selves we take for who we are. Tracing a loose arc of loss, acceptance, and renewal, he unfolds striking, imaginative stories of everything from Schopenhauer to the Greek philosophers to jazz guitarist Pat Martino in order to sketch a multifaceted view of humanness that is as heartbreaking at it is affirming"-- Provided by publisher.

The three questions : how to discover and master the power within you

June 28, 2018
Ruiz, Miguel, Jr., author.
viii, 198 pages ; 20 cm
The three pearls of wisdom -- Opening the door -- The first pearl -- The voice of me -- One mind, one community -- The mind as government -- Justice and the judge -- The commander in chief -- The second pearl -- Life under tyranny -- Getting out of jail -- The diplomat -- Peace and sanity -- The third pearl -- The love of your life -- Lovers and sweethearts -- Love for humanity -- Fear and knowledge -- Peace in our time.
"The beloved teacher of spiritual wisdom and author of the phenomenal New York Times and international bestseller The Four Agreements provides a profound new book on finding and using the hidden power within all of us"-- Provided by publisher.

Awakened relating : a guide to embodying undivided love in intimate relationships

June 28, 2018
Lumiere, Lynn Marie, author.
Oakland, CA : Non-Duality Press, an imprint of New Harbinger Publications 2018.
viii, 201 pages ; 23 cm
Waking up from the dream of separation: awakened relating -- The most important thing: awakening to the source of love -- The accepting heart: awakening self-love -- The madness of the gods: falling in love -- The challenged heart: relational wounding -- Mending the wounded heart: healing with awakened relating -- The undivided heart: awakened conflict resolution -- Telling it like it is: awakened communication -- One love, two bodies: awakened sexuality -- Living love: staying awake together -- A love that knows no other: true intimacy -- Love in action: changing our world through awakened relating.
"Our natural state is to love and be loved. From deep within, we're compelled to seek connection. Yet relationships remain a struggle-even for the most spiritually enlightened among us. Traumatic experiences, insecure attachment, and especially the false but commonly held belief that we are separate, both from each other and from the love we seek, can cause endless problems in relationships. As long as our connections are built on this untruth, lasting love and harmony in relationship will elude us. Awakened Relating can help. Written by a licensed therapist and pioneer in bringing the most direct teachings of non-duality into the practice of psychotherapy, this book offers practical guidance for improving relationships through "awakened relating"-a more enlightened experience of falling in love, communication, conflict resolution, and sexuality. With examples, guidelines, and experiential inquiries for realizing your true nature, this book will dispel common myths and mistaken beliefs about intimacy and help you cultivate a loving relationship with yourself and others"--Provided by publisher.

Slow : simple living for a frantic world

June 28, 2018
McAlary, Brooke, author.
xix, 262 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Start with why -- Declutter -- De-own -- Mindfulness -- Disconnect to reconnect -- A cabin in the woods -- Wobbly balance -- The art of the backslide -- Where to now? -- Further inspiration.

Living the life that you are : finding wholeness when you feel lost, isolated, and afraid

June 27, 2018
Higham, Nic, author.
Oakland, CA : Non-Duality, 2018.
177 pages ; 18 cm
"Loneliness and anxiety are modern epidemics, but at their root is the mistaken belief that we are separate, limited individuals who must seek fulfillment somewhere out there, rather than within ourselves and the life we're already living. Living the Life That You Are offers readers who struggle with feeling lost and alone a new approach to life with radical mindfulness, a combination of mindfulness and self-inquiry based on the ancient teachings of non-duality. With this book, readers will awaken to their true nature and find peace, fullness, and connection, here and now"-- Provided by publisher.

Things I wish I knew before my mom died : coping with loss everyday

June 26, 2018
Alexander, Ty, author.
153 pages ; 21 cm
We've been duped; everyone dies! -- When fragmented families grieve -- The art of losing -- The how of grieving -- How to be obsessively grateful -- Things every mother should tell her daughter -- Dear Mommy.
"Ty Alexander of Gorgeous in Grey is one of the top bloggers today. She has a tremendous personal connection with her readers. This is never more apparent than when she speaks about her mother. The pain of loss is unfortunately universal. Yet, we all grieve differently. For Alexander, the grieving process is one that she lives with day-to-day. Learning from her pain, Alexander connects with her readers on a deeply emotional level in her debut book, Things I Wish I Knew before My Mom Died. From grief counseling to sharing insightful true stories, Alexander offers comfort, reassurance, and hope in the face of sorrow."--from description.

Your own true colors : commencement address Wellesley College June 1, 1990

June 19, 2018
Bush, Barbara, 1925-2018, author.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 19 cm
"The text of this work was originally published as "Appendix C" in Barbara Bush: a memoir"--Title page verso.
"Interior illustrations by Taylor Noel"--Title page verso.
"Barbara Bush is one of America's most beloved first ladies, and one of only two in our history to be both the wife and mother of a president. Celebrated for her wit, candor, and ebullience, she was embraced on both sides of the political aisle. In the outpouring of national admiration and affection in the days following her death in the spring of 2018 at age ninety-two, many remembered the commencement address she gave to the Wellesley College Class of 1990. She urges the graduates to believe in something larger than themselves, citing her own commitment to literacy and her belief that 'if more people could read, write, and comprehend, we would be much closer to solving so many of the problems plaguing our society.' Barbara Bush's message about men, women, diversity, and big ideals -- finding one's own true colors-- is as timely, important, and inspiring as ever." -- Book jacket.

How psychology works : applied psychology visually explained

June 11, 2018
New York, New York : DK, 2018.
255 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
What is psychology? -- Psychological disorders -- Healing therapies -- Psychology in the real world.
See how psychology can be applied to real-life situations from the workplace to the sports field. Tap into the workings of the human mind, find out what can go wrong with it, and learn about the many therapies and treatments now available. With clear, easy-to-understand graphics.

The missing piece : finding the better part of me : a love journey

June 8, 2018
Hillman, Robert Brandyn, 1987- author.
New York : Atria Books, 2018
xvi, 190 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction : walk with me -- Appearances ain't shit -- God laughed at my plan -- Time to sacrifice -- Learning my new life -- A new era of responsibility -- Proving my worth -- Nothing is going to come easy -- The value of consistency -- Adjusting my scope -- Love is really all that matters.
"For anyone who has suffered pain, disappointment, or a broken heart, entrepreneur and motivational speaker Rob Hill, Sr. shares the transformational personal story of his struggles and the invaluable lessons those difficult challenges have taught him about looking within to find the power to heal and live a purposeful life." --

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