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The Stress Test: How Pressure Can Make You Stronger and Sharper

No easy read, this book is recommended for knowledgeable psychology and neuropsychology enthusiasts.

The Hospital Always Wins: A Memoir

Insightful, troubling, touching, poetic, and at times humorous, this book will please readers of offbeat biographies.

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

Recommended for readers interested in the science of expertise and/or interacting with elite performers in all fields.

Becoming Fluent: How Cognitive Science Can Help Adults Learn a Foreign Language

The authors bring forth concepts, research, and theories in cognitive science to explain how adults learn, making this book that is packed full of useful scientific information applicable to other learning situations. While not standard reading for the average second language student, this will be of interest to those studying cognitive science, education, and linguistics and to the sophisticated foreign language learner.

The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not a Disease

Lewis makes a solid case that addiction can be part of a person's development if defined as a mental habit that involves desire and becomes compulsive. But more discussion regarding brain diseases (what are they?) and mental-health nomenclature like disorders and syndromes would have helped better grasp the disease model debate of addiction. Still, this work helps make sense of how addiction operates and is recommended for readers wanting to learn more on the topic.

Rethinking Narcissism: The Bad—and Surprising Good—About Feeling Special

Malkin achieves his goal of helping readers better understand others and themselves, as the reading of his book has immediate positive introspective effects. This is a true gem on the subject of narcissism.

The Power of Others: Peer Pressure, Groupthink, and How the People Around Us Shape Everything We Do

The balance of how far the influence of the group should go on individuals' actions could have been further explained. Nevertheless, in light of recent terrorist attacks in Canada, Australia, and India, passages on suicide bombers and lone wolves will provide social explanations of these traumatizing events. Recommended for readers curious about the social psychology and human behavior in the face of disasters.

When Boys Become Boys: Development, Relationships, and Masculinity

Although Chu is short on recommendations for parents, her book offers an insightful portrait of group interactions and hierarchy in boys. She convincingly makes the case that, being human, boys share with girls the capacity to relate. For all readers interested in child development.

Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween

Wardy's work will attract readers who follow the blog of the same name and parents, mostly mothers, who are concerned about the sexualization of pop culture.

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