New Arrivals · Psychology

April 30, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Grit : the power of passion and perseverance

April 29, 2016
Duckworth, Angela.
New York : Scribner, 2016.
xv, 333 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I: What grit is and why it matters -- Showing up -- Distracted by talent -- Effort counts twice -- How gritty are you? -- Grit grows -- Part II: Growing grit from the inside out -- Interest -- Practice -- Purpose -- Hope -- Part III: Growing grit from the outside in -- Parenting for grit -- The playing fields of grit -- A culture of grit -- Conclusion.
"Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur "genius" Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments."-- Provided by publisher.

Life as sport : what top athletes can teach you about how to win in life

April 29, 2016
Fader, Jonathan, author.
Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, [2016]
xxiii, 244 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The life as sport philosophy -- Setting goals: building a mastery map -- Motivation -- Managing anxiety -- Visualization: unlock the power of your mind -- Self-talk: the key to confidence -- Set routines to win the game before it begins -- Conclusion: win today.
"Why do sports captivate people? They allow us to watch human beings achieve peak performance, but, beyond physical strength and skill, what's really impressive is an athlete's mental prowess--their will to succeed, engagement with their environment, and self-confidence. Sport psychology is the study of how to develop, improve, and maintain thoughts and behaviors that lead to peak athletic performance. Until now, these techniques have primarily been available to top athletes and coaches. In Life as Sport, sport psychologist Dr. Jonathan Fader shares the skills he teaches professional athletes to enhance motivation, set productive goals, sharpen routines, and clarify thought processes, and applies them to real-world situations at work, home, and play."--Publisher's description.

Algorithms to live by : the computer science of human decisions

April 27, 2016
Christian, Brian, 1984- author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, [2016]
x, 351 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Optimal stopping : when to stop looking -- Explore/exploit : the latest vs. the greatest -- Sorting : making order -- Caching : forget about it -- Scheduling : first things first -- Bayes's Rule : predicting the future -- Overfitting : when to think less -- Relaxation : let it slide -- Randomness : when to leave it to chance -- Networking : how we connect -- Game theory : the minds of others -- Conclusion: Computational kindness.
A fascinating exploration of how insights from computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives, helping to solve common decision-making problems and illuminate the workings of the human mind. All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such issues for decades. And the solutions they've found have much to teach us. In a dazzlingly interdisciplinary work, acclaimed author Brian Christian and cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths show how the algorithms used by computers can also untangle very human questions. They explain how to have better hunches and when to leave things to chance, how to deal with overwhelming choices and how best to connect with others. From finding a spouse to finding a parking spot, from organizing one's inbox to understanding the workings of memory, Algorithms to Live By transforms the wisdom of computer science into strategies for human living.--From dust jacket.

If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Happy?

April 26, 2016
Raghunathan, Raj, author.
335 pages : illustrations, charts ; 24 cm
What led me to teach happiness, and how this book is structured -- The first deadly happiness "sin": devaluing happiness -- The first habit of the highly happy: prioritizing-but not pursuing-happiness -- The second deadly happiness "sin": chasing superiority -- The second habit of the highly happy: pursing flow -- The third deadly happiness "sin": desperation for love -- The third habit of the highly happy: the need to love (and give) -- The fourth deadly happiness "sin": being overly controlling -- The fourth habit of the highly happy: gaining internal control -- The fifth deadly happiness "sin": distrusting others -- The fifth habit of the highly happy: exercising "smart trust" -- The sixth deadly happiness "sin": passionate/indifferent pursuit of passion -- The sixth habit of th e highly happy: dispassionatr pursuit of passion -- The seventh deadly happiness "sin": mind addiction -- The seventh habit of the highly happy: mindfulness -- The road ahead.
"Fifteen years after getting his MBA, Raj Raghunathan spent some time with his old classmates. He noticed that though they'd all done well, there didn't appear to be much correlation between their academic success and career success. What Raghunathan found even more curious was the even smaller correlation between career success and what he calls life success. The greater the career success, the more unhappy, out of shape, harried, and distracted his friends were."--Book jacket.

It didn't start with you : how inherited family trauma shapes who we are and how to end the cycle

April 25, 2016
Wolynn, Mark, author.
New York : Viking, [2016]
viii, 240 pages : illustrations / 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-230) and index.
Traumas lost and found -- Three genrations of shared family history:the family body -- The family mind -- The core language approach -- The core complaint -- Core descriptors -- The core sentence -- The core trauma -- From insight to integraton -- The core language of separation -- The core language of relationships -- The core language of success -- Core language medicine.
"A groundbreaking approach to transforming traumatic legacies passed down in families over generations, by an acclaimed expert in the field.The evidence is compelling: the roots of these difficulties may not reside in our immediate life experience or in chemical imbalances in our brains--but in the lives of our parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents. The latest scientific research, now making headlines, supports what many have long intuited--that traumatic experience can be passed down through generations. Even if the person who suffered the original trauma has died, or the story has been forgotten or silenced, memory and feelings can live on. These emotional legacies are often hidden, encoded in everything from gene expression to everyday language, and they play a far greater role in our emotional and physical health than has ever before been understood. As a pioneer in the field of inherited family trauma, Mark Wolynn has worked with individuals and groups on a therapeutic level for over twenty years. It Didn't Start with You offers a pragmatic and prescriptive guide to his method, the Core Language Approach. Diagnostic self-inventories provide a way to uncover the fears and anxieties conveyed through everyday words, behaviors, and physical symptoms. Techniques for developing a genogram or extended family tree create a map of experiences going back through the generations. And visualization, active imagination, and direct dialogue create pathways to reconnection, integration, and reclaiming life and health. It Didn't Start With You is a transformative approach to resolving longstanding difficulties that in many cases, traditional therapy, drugs, or other interventions have not had the capacity to touch"--Provided by publisher.

Real artists have day jobs : (and other awesome things they don't teach you in school)

April 22, 2016
Benincasa, Sara, author.
259 pages ; 21 cm
While the practical aspects of new adulthood can be nerve-wracking—dating, job-hunting, money-managing—the most important task of all is figuring out who you are and where you fit in the world. Author and comedian Sara Benincasa, now in her mid-thirties, had an absolutely harrowing early twenties and now, on the other side, she has a LOT of hard-earned wisdom and common sense to share.

It's never too late to begin again : discovering creativity and meaning at midlife and beyond

April 19, 2016
Cameron, Julia, author.
xxxii, 265 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Introduction -- Week One : Reigniting a Sense of Wonder -- Week Two : Reigniting a Sense of Freedom -- Week Three : Reigniting a Sense of Connection -- Week Four : Reigniting a Sense of Purpose -- Week Five : Reigniting a Sense of Honesty -- Week Six : Reigniting a Sense of Humility -- Week Seven : Reigniting a Sense of Resilience -- Week Eight : Reigniting a Sense of Joy -- Week Nine : Reigniting a Sense of Motion -- Week Ten : Reigniting a Sense of Vitality -- Week Eleven : Reigniting a Sense of Adventure -- Week Twelve : Reigniting a Sense of Faith -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgments -- Index.
"For some, retirement is a day to work toward with anticipation. Others approach retirement with greater ambivalence. While the newfound freedom is exciting and filled with possibility, the idea of retirement can also be very daunting. You are in a unique position to explore yourself and your desires from a place of experience. But the line has been drawn in the sand: The life that you have known has changed, and the life to come is yet to be defined. This book is a twelve-week course aimed at defining--and creating--the life you want to have as you redefine--and re-create--yourself."-- Provided by publisher.

Why can't I meditate? : how to get your mindfulness practice on track

April 14, 2016
Wellings, Nigel, author.
New York : TarcherPerigee, 2016.
xxviii, 355 pages ; 21 cm
Foreword / by Rebecca Crane -- Something on Buddhist traditions -- Introduction -- Why do we want to meditate? -- Taking our seat -- The guardian at the gate -- Meeting ourselves -- Grabby, grumpy, sleepy, jumpy, and maybe -- A deeper insight -- The damaged heart -- It's not all pain -- Final words -- Quick-fix chart for the struggling mediator -- On mindfulness and psychological trauma -- How to practice mindfulness meditation.
"Meditation is supposed to be a practice that's relaxing and why is it so hard to commit to? While many people have taken workshops in meditation, a significant number don't maintain their practice for long after the class is finished. Mindfulness can help us relax and is great for coming to grips with thoughts that make us depressed or anxious, but it can also bring us into a more intimate relationship with ourselves--a prospect that can make some feel uncomfortable. Yes, lots of good things come out of meditation practice, but keeping it up is challenging. This is where Why Can't I Meditate? comes in. Full of practical ways to help our mindfulness practice flourish, it also features guidance from a wide spectrum of secular and Buddhist mindfulness teachers, and personal accounts by new meditators on what they find difficult and what helps them overcome those blocks. It takes what is boring, painful, or downright scary about meditating and shows how these struggles can become an invaluable part of our path. If you have been considering meditating but doubted your ability, if you are having a hard time continuing, or if you've reluctantly stopped, Why Can't I Meditate? will help you get your mindfulness practice back on track"-- Provided by publisher.

Grief is a journey : finding your path through loss

April 11, 2016
Doka, Kenneth J.
New York : Atria Books, 2016.
ix, 292 pages ; 24 cm
"A new, compassionate way to understand grief as an individual and ongoing journey"-- Provided by publisher.

Fierce optimism : seven secrets for playing nice and winning big

April 11, 2016
Gibbons, Leeza, author.
304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Sorry is as sorry does / Self-worth -- Pee on your own turf / Focus -- Built to last / Resilience -- The new Golden Rule / Empathy -- Playing the long game / Loyalty -- No regrets / Forgiveness -- No whining, Just winning / Optimism -- Acknowledgments.

Soar above : how to use the most profound part of your brain under any kind of stress

April 11, 2016
Stosny, Steven, author.
Deerfield Beach, Florida : Health Communications, Inc., [2016]
x, 229 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
"Success in work, love, and life depends on developing habits that activate the powerful prefrontal cortex when we need it most. Unfortunately, under stress, the human brain tends to revert to emotional habits we forged in toddlerhood: blame, denial, avoidance, reacting to a jerk like a jerk, and turning our connections into cold shoulders;or worse. In Soar Above, renowned relationship expert Dr. Steven Stosny offers a ground-breaking formula for building new, pressure-resistant habits. Based on research in psychology, neurobiology, and anthropology, Stosny will show anyone how to switch to the adult brain automatically when things get tough and to soar above the impulse to make things worse. Filled with engaging examples from his lectures and therapeutic work with more than 6,000 clients, he explains how to use two potent laws of emotion interaction--reciprocity and contagion-- to inspire those around you, creating collaboration and community instead of chaos and confusion. Most importantly, readers will learn how, through practice, they can get off the treadmill of repeating past mistakes to become their best selves at home, at work, and in the world. Stress is inevitable in life, but this illuminating book gives anyone the practical tools to rise above."--provided by

Passed and present : keeping memories of loved ones alive

April 11, 2016
Gilbert, Allison, author.
Berkeley, California : Seal Press, [2015]
xxxiii, 238 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm

The golden condom : and other essays on love lost and found

April 7, 2016
Safer, Jeanne, author.
x, 272 pages ; 22 cm
Part I: Hopeless love -- Leaving unloving lovers and unfriendly friends -- Of human bondage: obsessive love -- Vengeance is mine: the dark side of rejected love -- Betrayal -- Unrequited love: my golden one -- Part II: Difficult love -- The man who could not love -- The tantalizing mentor and the passionate protégé -- Traumatic friendship -- Part III: Fulfilled love -- Late first marriage: the triumph of hope over resignation -- Love is stronger than the grave -- Love him, hate his politics: how a liberal and a conservative stay married -- Recovering the good from a love gone bad.
"Dr. Jeanne Safer has dedicated much of her decades' long career in psychotherapy to exploring taboo subjects that we all think about in private but seldom discuss in public. From conflicted sibling relationships to the choice not to have children, Safer's work has always been unflinching in its aim to dive deep into topics that make most of us blush, but which are present in all of our lives. In The Golden Condom, Safer turns her sharp and fearless eye to a subject perhaps more universal than any other-love in all its permutations. In The Golden Condom Safer interweaves her own experiences with those of a variety of memorable people, including her patients, telling a series of tales that investigate relationships--both healthy and toxic--that most of us don't escape life without experiencing at least once, including traumatic friendships, love after loss, unrequited or obsessional love and more. Never prescriptive and always entertaining, these stories will demolish any suspicion you might have that you're alone in navigating a turbulent romantic life, and will inspire you with the range of possibilities that exist to find love, however unconventional, and at any age"-- Provided by publisher.

Becoming wise : an inquiry into the mystery and art of living

April 7, 2016
Tippett, Krista, author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
xii, 288 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Introduction: The age of us -- Words: The poetry of creatures -- Flesh: The body's grace -- Love: A few things I've learned -- Faith: The evolution -- Hope: Reimagined.
"In Becoming Wise, Tippett distills the insights she has gleaned from her public radio program and podcast 'On Being.' This book offers a grounded and fiercely hopeful vision of humanity for this century--of personal growth but also renewed public life and human spiritual evolution."--Provided by publisher.

Peak : secrets from the new science of expertise

April 7, 2016
Ericsson, K. Anders (Karl Anders), 1947- author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
xxiii, 307 pages ; 24 cm
"An Eamon Dolan book."
The power of purposeful practice -- Harnessing adaptability -- Mental representations -- The gold standard --Principles of deliberate practice on the job -- Principles of deliberate practice in everyday life -- The road to extraordinary -- But what about natural talent? -- Where to we go from here?
Draws on the examples of chess champions, violin virtuosos, star athletes, and memory mavens to outline a powerful approach to learning that enables proficiency through strategic goal setting, self-motivation, and feedback exercises.

What I told my daughter : lessons from leaders on raising the next generation of empowered women

April 7, 2016
New York : Atria Books, 2016.
xxvi, 269 pages ; 22 cm
A "diverse group of women--from Madeleine Albright To Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from Dr. Susan Love to Whoopi Goldberg and more...reflect on the best advice and counsel they have given their daughters either by example, throughout their lives, or in character-building, teachable moments between parent and child."--Book jacket.

Vitamin N : the essential guide to a nature-rich life

April 6, 2016
Louv, Richard, author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2016.
xvii, 277 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
The Gift of Memory -- Ways of Knowing the World -- The Nature-Rich Home and Garden -- Nurturing Natural Resilience -- Go Wild and Wilder -- Grow Outside: The Nature Prescription -- The School of Nature -- The Nature-Rich Community.
"From the author of the New York Times bestseller that defined nature-deficit disorder and launched the international children-and-nature movement, Vitamin N (for "nature") is a complete prescription for connecting with the power and joy of the natural world right now,"

Crush : writers reflect on love, longing and the power of their first celebrity crush

April 6, 2016
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
xv, 253 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Jodi Picoult on Donny Osmond -- Stephen King on Kim Novak -- Larry Smith and Smith Magazine contest winners: six-word celebrity crushes -- Hanna Rosin on Mick Jagger -- Dave Housley on Kristy McNichol -- Nicola Yoon on Michael Jackson -- Andrew McCarthy on Adrienne Barbeau -- Amin Ahmad on the Liril Soap girl -- Shane Harris on Mark Hamill -- Jason Diamond on Annie Potts -- Roxane Gay on Almanzo Wilder -- Michelle Brafman on Harry Chapin -- Jessica Anya Blau on Tatum O'Neal -- Janice Shapiro on John Lennon -- James Franco on River Phoenix -- Joanna Rakoff on Melissa Gilbert -- Kermit Moyer on Tarzan -- Shulem Deen on Robby Benson -- Jamie Brisick on Speed Racer -- Barbara Graham on Paul Newman -- Sam Weisman on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar -- Kimberly Dawn Neumann on Mikhail Baryshnikov -- Larry Doyle on Mary Tyler Moore -- Dave Singleton on David Cassidy -- David Keplinger on Deborah Harry -- Anna Breslaw on Adrian Grenier -- Yesha Callahan on John Travolta -- Marion Winik on Jerry Garcia and Gregg Allman -- Jill Kargman on Kenickie -- Richard McCann on Bette Davis -- David Shields on Barbara Feldon -- Tony Tulathimutte on Rydia -- Karin Tanabe on Vincenzo Corleone -- Cathy Alter on Donny Osmond -- Julia Pierpont on Rivers Cuomo -- Caroline Kepnes on Brian Austin Green -- Emily Gould on Jared Leto -- Carolyn Parkhurst on celebrity fantasies and their logical conclusions.

Your best age is now : embrace an ageless mindset, reenergize your dreams, and live a soul-satisfying life

April 6, 2016
Ludwig, Robi, author.
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
248 pages ; 24 cm
It's Time For A New Midlife -- Adopt The "Best Practices" Of Youth -- Fighting Regrets With Resilience -- A Midlife Without Anxiety Or Stress -- Feeling Stronger Every Day -- Beauty Can Be A Beast -- Finding Love -- Making A Living, Making A Life -- A Spiritual Opportunity -- Discovering New Purpose And Meaning.
"Although we've been conditioned to think "middle aged" is practically a four-letter word, the realities of women in midlife today are far different than what our mothers experienced. Women in their 40s, 50s, and even 60s are living younger, vibrant lives. But influenced by our youth-obsessed culture, we fear that when we hit midlife, we stop being relevant and no longer have options--that it's simply too late for us. Contradicting long-ingrained beliefs, Robi Ludwig draws on myth-busting data from scientific research and on her experience as a therapist to show midlife is not the beginning of our decline--it is actually a time to pursue our dreams. In Your Best Age Is Now, she offers specific advice on how to change our perception of this next life phase and make the best of it,"

Coping with anxiety : ten simple ways to relieve anxiety, fear, and worry

April 6, 2016
Bourne, Edmund J., author.
Oakland, CA : New Harbinger Publications, Inc., [2016]
xi, 211 pages ; 18 cm.
Relax Your Body -- Relax Your Mind -- Think Realistically -- Face Your Fears -- Get Regular Exercise -- Eat Right to Stay Calm -- Nourish Yourself -- Simplify Your Life -- Turn Off Worry -- Cope on the Spot.
"Relieve anxiety, fear, and worry for good! Fully revised and based in the latest research, this second edition of Coping with Anxiety includes the latest DSM updates and provides immediate, user-friendly, and effective strategies to stop anxiety at its source,"

Managing stress at work in a week

April 6, 2016
Evans-Howe, Stephen, author.
London : John Murray Learning, 2016.
124 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Previous edition published in 2013.

21 days to resilience : how to transcend the daily grind, deal with the tough stuff, and discover your strongest self

April 6, 2016
Montminy, Zelana, author.
New York, NY : HarperOne, [2016]
218 pages : 20 cm

Llewellyn's complete book of mindful living : awareness and meditation practices for living in the present moment

April 6, 2016
Woodbury, MN : Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd, 2016.
x, 364 pages : portraits ; 26 cm

How to like yourself : a teen's guide to quieting your inner critic and building lasting self-esteem

April 5, 2016
Bradshaw, Cheryl, author.
Oakland, CA : Instant Help Books, an imprint of New Harbinger Publications, Inc., [2016]
vi, 200 pages ; 21 cm.
Welcome ! -- Part 1: The Past -- 1. The Most Important Relationship You Will Ever Have -- 2. The Mystery of Forgiveness -- 3. Personal Yield Theory: You're You for Good Reasons -- 4. Forgiveness: Once You Know Better, You Can Do Better -- 5. Accepting Yourself -- Part 2: The Present -- 6. From Past to Present -- 7. Confident Versus Conceited: The Lies We Believe -- 8. Confidence Forever -- 9. Your Inner Critic Know-It-All (ICK!) -- 10. The Epic Battle of the ICK -- 11. Thought Traps -- 12. The Tiny Grain of Truth -- 13. Your True Inner Voice -- 14. The Epic Battle of the ICK: Starring You -- 15. Labels Are for Soup Cans -- 16. Daily Facets of You: You're a Prism -- 17. The 80-20 Rule -- Part 3: The Future -- 18. Who Do You Want to Be? -- 19. Steps to Your True Self -- 20. Vulnerability 101 -- 21. Romantic Relationships -- 22. How to Be Okay with Rejection -- 23. How to Be Yourself in a Relationship -- Wrapping Up -- References.
"Don’t let your inner critic get in the way of being confident! How to Like Yourself offers a quirky, inspiring, and practical guide to help you overcome feelings of self-criticism, improve self-esteem, and be the true star in your life,"

Permission to mourn : a new way to do grief

April 5, 2016
Zuba, Tom, author.
Rockford, IL : Bish Press, [2014]
121 pages ; 23 cm
Foreword by Gary Zukav
The death of someone we love cracks us open, inviting us to become the person we were born to be. This is the book Tom Zuba wishes he had read after his daughter Erin died. And after his wife Trici died. It's the book he wishes he'd been handed following his son Rory's death. But Tom had to live it. First. Before he could write it. For you. In the beginning, Tom did grief the old way. Repressing, denying, pretending, numbing and stuffing every feeling and every emotion that arose. He created pain on top of pain until he began searching for a new way. A new way to do grief. Once he gave himself permission to mourn, healing began.-- Back cover.

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