Abra, J. Should psychology be a science: Pros and cons. Westport, CT: Praeger. Just over a century ago, the power of the scientific method was directed at the study of human behavior. Have the results lived up to expectations?
Is science the most appropriate "way of knowing" about human beings? Ackerman, D. A natural history of love.
NY: Vintage Books. What do Plato, Cleopatra, and the Indianapolis race have in common? You'll find out the answer to that and other interesting questions in this intriguing multidisciplinary overview of love written by a poet and naturalist. A slender thread. NY: Random House. What would it be like to volunteer for a suicide-prevention hotline? What kinds of calls would you receive? How might you feel? What would you say to the callers? What might you learn about human nature? What kinds of people volunteer for hotlines?
Ackerman, N. Treating the troubled family. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson.
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This classic illustrates family therapy through transcripts actual therapy sessions with accompanying comments by the author about what is going on from moment to moment. Adams, J. Conceptual blockbusting: A guide to better ideas 3rd ed. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley. Best-selling guide to creative thinking with exercises and problems to practice. Focus on breaking through blocks to creative thinking and problem-solving.
The care and feeding of ideas: A guide to encouraging creativity.
Broader than Conceptual Blockbusting , this book too actively encourages creative thinking and problem solving. Includes exercises and problems for practice. Akeret, R. Tales from a traveling couch.
NY: W. New York psychotherapist sets out to find his most memorable patients and discover what has become of their lives. Fascinating reading. Alberti, R. Stand up, speak out, talk back: The key to self-assertive behavior. NY: Pocket Books. Highly regarded self-help book on assertiveness.
Includes scenarios that allow you to assess your own assertiveness in various situations, a detailed step-by-step program for increasing your own assertiveness, and information about increasing assertiveness in others. Your perfect right: A guide to assertive living 6th ed. Very highly regarded, best-selling, self-help book on self-expression that has stood the test of time the first edition appeared 25 years ago. Distinguishes assertiveness from aggressiveness and includes self-tests to determine your own assertiveness level. Includes step-by-step instructions and practical advice for becoming more assertive yourself as well as brief recommendations for training programs to assist others in becoming more assertive.
Alkon, D. Memory's voice: Deciphering the mind-brain code. NY: HarperCollins. Highly readable discussion of the biological roots of thinking, memory and emotion with the emphasis on memory. Contains author's memoirs which explore the factors that influenced the direction of his scientific career.
Allen, M. Angry men, passive men. NY: Fawcett Columbine. Author's view of the way in which masculine codes of behavior cause males to hide their emotions, thus giving rise to depression and anxiety and passivity which, in turn, can lead to outbursts of anger and violence. Allison, A. Hear these voices: Youth at the edge of the millenium.
NY: Dutton Books.
From Denver to South Africa, from New York City to Belfast, from South Dakota to the Ukraine, from San Francisco to Bangkok — the voices of adolescents at risk ring out in this extraordinary set of interviews complemented by stunning photographs. Allport, G. Letters from Jenny. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
Letters from Jenny Masterson to her son's roommate and his wife provide unique insight into her life and personality.
A rich set of autobiographical materials that includes brief interpretations from existential, psychodynamic, and trait perspectives. A classic. Alvarez, A. The savage god: A study of suicide. English poet and critic examines attitudes toward suicide as reflected in literature. Includes a discussion of Sylvia Plath's suicide as well as autobiographical material of his own suicidal inclinations.
A guide to psychotherapy. NY: Ballantine Books. Answers to common questions about psychotherapy -- Who are therapists?
How should I select one? Does therapy work? Must I relive my past and discuss dreams? How will I know when it is time to end therapy?
The mystified fortune-teller and other tales from psychotherapy. Lanham, MD: Madison Books. Andreasen, N. The broken brain: The biological revolution in psychiatry. One of the older books outlining the link between biology and mental illness. A plea to view mental illness as physical illness.
Includes case histories. Appleton, W. NY: Penguin.