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2024 Stars So Far | Social Sciences

I Heard There Was a Secret Chord: Music as Medicine

This fascinating and valuable title gives readers insight into the many neurological benefits of music. Most readers can easily identify what kind of music calms them, provokes creative sparks, or helps get them through strenuous exercises but until they read this, they may not know why music has that power or that it can be great medicine too.
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The Illusion of Control: A Practical Guide To Avoid Futile Struggles

Recommended for readers interested in gaining tools to improve their behavior and the tendency to want control of everything and everyone.
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Trippy: The Peril and Promise of Medicinal Psychedelics

This title about utilizing medicinal psychedelics in the treatment plans of some conditions could easily have future public policy implications worldwide. The subject matter will be of interest to many readers.

Then I Am Myself the World: What Consciousness Is and How To Expand It

Easily the most current, thorough, and helpful exploration of consciousness available. Koch’s light, simple, yet authoritative writing style will appeal to general audiences as well as scientists and researchers. An essential, highly recommended purchase.
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The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness

A vigorous contribution to the conversation and discourse about how to protect youths from psychological and neurological damage linked to technology. For parents, educators, and tech decision-makers.

In the Shadow of Diagnosis: Psychiatric Power and Queer Life

This beautifully written, highly recommended book will find readers across a wide spectrum of academic fields, notably the history of science and psychiatry. But general audiences interested in seeing how professionals can correct an industry will enjoy this too.
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How We Break: Navigating the Wear and Tear of Living

An enlightening book, for readers who want to protect their bodies as well as their mental health.

Languishing: How To Feel Alive Again in a World That Wears Us Down

Supported by research, this book is a valuable resource for those who may be languishing or who want to find more meaning in their life. Action plans are included.
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101 Things I Learned® in Psychology School

This book would make a fun graduation gift for students interested in psychology, as long as more substantial guidance for investigating that discipline comes with it.

The Burden of Sports: How and Why Athletes Struggle with Mental Health

It would be hard to find a current work in this area more thorough and complete than Parry’s. Timely and important, this title has the potential to change the sports industry worldwide. Highly recommended for libraries that have a sports emphasis.
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Supercommunicators: How To Unlock the Secret Language of Connection

A how-to-guide and useful overview for readers wanting to communicate more effectively. Along with David Brooks’s recent How To Know a Person, a timely primer for creating deeper connections with others.
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How To Find a Four-Leaf Clover: What Autism Can Teach Us About Difference, Connection, and Belonging

Memorable, poignant, and heartwarming, Rodgers’s stories provide welcome insight into the lives of autistic people.
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If Love Could Kill: The Myths and Truths of Women Who Commit Violence

A much-needed corrective to stereotypes about the reasons behind some women’s acts of violence. This title spotlights highly personal stories of trauma, while signaling the need for systemic change.
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Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Anxiety

Exemplary, essential reading for every level of planetary activist.
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Diagnosis Human: How Unlocking Hidden Relationship Patterns Can Transform and Heal Our Children, Our Partners, Ourselves

Begel and Keith give insight into their own thoughts as therapists, but this book should not be used as an authoritative guide to handling complex psychological issues and is likely to be of limited interest for most readers.
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Chasing the Intact Mind: How the Severely Autistic and Intellectually Disabled Were Excluded from the Debates That Affect Them Most

A valuable and insightful book for readers who want to trace the origins of the intact mind concept and its influence on practices and policies that discriminate against intellectually and developmentally disabled people.
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Learning To Imagine: The Science of Discovering New Possibilities

The best news in this book is that imagination never expires; the key is to cultivate it. For academic libraries where titles about psychology and creativity are popular.
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Uncertain: The Wisdom and Wonder of Being Unsure

A useful book for those generally interested in psychology, sociology, management, or the philosophy of science.
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Monsters on the Couch: The Real Psychological Disorders Behind Your Favorite Horror Movies

From its deeper dives into classic horror archetypes to its spotlights on niche neurological disorders, this book will likely appeal to a variety of readers.

Project UnLonely: Healing Our Crisis of Disconnection

This is one of the best, if not the best, and most thorough, useful, practical and easy-to-understand treatments of loneliness available to read. An essential purchase that will inspire general audiences.
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Feeling Unreal: Depersonalization and the Loss of the Self, 2nd Ed

An excellent reference for clinicians, medical students, and those with depersonalization or derealization.
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Reclaim: Understanding Complex Trauma and Those Who Abuse

Readers will find value in this book’s gentle and supportive tone. Libraries seeking to develop comprehensive collections on the topic will appreciate this title, but it’s a marginal purchase for those with limited budgets.
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Dry Humping: A Guide to Dating, Relating, and Hooking Up Without the Booze

Most relevant for readers in recovery or who are interested in sobriety, but also a revealing read for daters and nondrinkers in general.
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Your Future Self: How To Make Tomorrow Better Today

A comprehensive and mindful discussion of decision making that’s designed to benefit readers’ current and future selves. Recommended for libraries where there is interest in psychology or self-help.

I Feel Love: MDMA and the Quest for Connection in a Fractured World

Will likely appeal to high school students and adults interested in pharmacology, treatment options for mental illness, and psychedelic drugs.
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Thinking with Your Hands: The Surprising Science Behind How Gestures Shape Our Thoughts

Highly recommended for those interested in communication, nonverbal language, and kinesics.
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Chained to the Desk in a Hybrid World: A Guide to Work-Life Balance

This work is recommended as a helpful update for libraries where earlier editions circulate, or where self-help and psychology books are popular.
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Tell Me What You Want: A Therapist and Her Clients Explore Our 12 Deepest Desires

This book is recommended for those interested in self-help, therapy, and exploring one’s deepest desires.
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The Real Work: On the Mystery of Mastery

This lyrical examination of learning various skills and the ways in which expertise can manifest is recommended for collections where compilations of essays are popular.
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More Numbers Every Day: How Data, Stats, and Figures Control Our Lives and How To Set Ourselves Free

This book is recommended for those interested in self-help, mathematics, and statistics.

Presence: The Strange Science and True Stories of the Unseen Other

Best suited for readers with an interest in psychology, parapsychology, and related fields.
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Will the Drama Ever End? Untangling and Healing from the Harmful Effects of Parental Narcissism

This book’s incisive look into family dynamics may interest those with and without narcissistic parents. Recommended for collections with a strong focus on family studies or self-help.
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Malady of the Mind: Schizophrenia and the Path to Prevention

This book will likely be of interest to those in the medical profession and scholars. It belongs in social and behavioral sciences collections.
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The Power of Wonder: The Extraordinary Emotion That Will Change the Way You Live, Learn, and Lead

This awe-inspiring book is recommended for all academic multidisciplinary collections, especially those in business, philosophy, and psychology.
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A History of Delusions: The Glass King, a Substitute Husband, and a Walking Corpse

Despite some unevenness in the sound levels throughout the production, this engrossing and empathetically told audiobook will likely capture the interest of listeners who enjoy the works of Oliver Sacks and Sam Kean.
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Nightmare Fuel: The Science of Horror Films

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an in-depth but accessible analysis of the psychological and biological basis for their favorite frights. Recommended for fans of horror fiction and films.
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Why We Forget and How To Remember Better: The Science Behind Memory

This book is an essential read for all those concerned with memory loss and should be a part of all collections in the behavioral and social sciences.

Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life

This book is destined to become a classic and should be included in any behavioral and social sciences library.
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Happiness

This title belongs in social and behavioral sciences collections.
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Mindful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Simple Path to Healing, Hope, and Peace

This book contains an extensive, useful works cited section, but there are so many personal and professional vignettes that, at times, it becomes a slight distraction. Still, libraries looking to build a self-help collection will benefit from including this title.
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How We Grow Through What We Go Through: Self-Compassion Practices for Post-Traumatic Growth

This book is recommended for those interested in self-help, trauma responses, personal growth, and psychology.
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Hate and Reconciliation: Approaches to Fostering Relationships Between People and Peace

Recommended for academic libraries, particularly those with psychology or criminology programs.
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Freely Determined: What the New Psychology of the Self Teaches Us About How To Live

General readers with an interest in the relationship between happiness and personal choice will appreciate Sheldon’s clear, accessible writing. Highly recommended.
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Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers: Quiet the Critical Voice in Your Head, Heal Self-Doubt, and Live the Life You Deserve

While aimed at daughters of narcissistic mothers, Kriesberg’s practical advice is applicable to anyone dealing with challenging parents, not just narcissists. Readers who have already engaged in self-exploration may not learn as much, but this primer will serve as an excellent entry for those beginning to deal with the aftermath of growing up with a narcissistic mother.
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Your Family Revealed: A Guide to Decoding the Patterns, Stories, and Belief Systems in Your Family

An involving, approachable book for readers looking for new and different ways to think about their own families.
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The Self Delusion: The New Neuroscience of How We Invent—and Reinvent—Our Identities

This book offers much to ponder for readers interested in the relationship between epistemology, personality, and neurology.

How Do We Know Ourselves? Curiosities and Marvels of the Human Mind

This book is highly recommended for those interested in psychology, self-help, reflections, and the desire to understand society.
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The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward

An excellent choice for libraries with patrons interested in social sciences. The tips to help overcome regret add a self-help component, which will attract an even wider audience.
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The Ceiling Outside: The Science and Experience of the Disrupted Mind

Approachable and humanizing, this work is made accessible by the narrator’s flowing, conversational style. A worthwhile purchase.
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Humble: Free Yourself from the Traps of a Narcissistic World

Readers looking to better understand interpersonal relationships will learn much from Van Tongeren’s research on humility.
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The Emotionally Intelligent Child: Effective Strategies for Parenting Self-Aware, Cooperative, and Well-Balanced Kids

Hadani and Katz are outstanding at simplifying child psychology. Their book offers some parenting strategies, but could have used more.

Mother Brain: How Neuroscience Is Rewriting the Story of Parenthood

Highly recommended.
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Regrets of the Dying: Stories and Wisdom That Remind Us How To Live

Readers looking to change the direction of their lives can benefit from Scull’s gentle, conversational approach.
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Every 90 Seconds: Our Common Cause Ending Violence Against Women

This excellent book would be of interest to researchers, students in social work programs, and anyone who has an interest in the issue of violence against women.
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The Urge: Our History of Addiction

This combination–memoir/history of addiction would be welcomed by any who want to learn more about addiction and how societies address it. Recommended.
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Who Am I? Understanding Identity and the Many Ways We Define Ourselves

High school and community college students, especially, seeking a grounding on the topic might start here.

Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity

Price’s accessible and compassionate writing shines, and readers will feel encouraged to embrace a new understanding of themselves. Its potential to help masked autistic adults, especially those from systemically marginalized backgrounds, makes this book essential for most collections.
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Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole

Timely in its focus, this latest work by Cain delivers an eloquent and compelling case supporting the transformative possibilities of embracing sorrow. Highly recommended.
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The Shame Machine: Who Profits in the New Age of Humiliation

Thoroughly researched, well written, timely, and easy to understand, O’Neil’s book can and should find a wide audience. Recommended for all libraries.
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Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health

Readers of this important book will gain a greater, more complete understanding of mental health issues in the United States and will be pointed toward steps that could lead to radical change in mental health care. Recommended for all libraries.
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Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters

A thought-provoking work of popular psychology that is recommended for academic libraries and public libraries that serve larger populations.
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Creative Acts for Curious People: How To Think, Create, and Lead in Unconventional Ways

An inspiring, thought-provoking, and highly recommended work with a multitude of exercises to heighten creativity in management. In addition to business, the book can apply to many fields, and can be used as a self-help or how-to guide. It will especially be helping for those in fields like business, psychology, education, and the sciences.
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Misfits: A Personal Manifesto

Coel is a gifted storyteller, and her meditations on not fitting in will resonate and be welcomed by an audience of new and longtime fans.
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Glitter Every Day: 365 Quotes from Women I Love

Bravo fanatics will enjoy spending the year flipping through Cohen’s playful collection of quotes and trivia.
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The End of Trauma: How the New Science of Resilience Is Changing How We Think about PTSD

A necessary and important addition to the literature of adaptation to stress; it belongs in the collections of every academic library. Highly recommended.

Projections: A Story of Human Emotions

An engaging, accessible blend of psychology and science, which sets itself apart with Deisseroth’s lyrical writing and the empathy of his storytelling.

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Hard To Break: Why Our Brains Make Habits Stick

Readers looking for easy advice on habit change can turn to plenty of other options in the popular psychology genre. Those who are deeply interested in the brain and neuroscience research should enjoy this stimulating work.
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Gen Z: The Superhero Generation

This well-presented study is worth an examination in all educational settings; it belongs in all academic libraries and many school libraries.

A Cure for Darkness: The Story of Depression and How We Treat It

An essential book that brings much-needed awareness to depression and the lingering stigma and misinformation surrounding it.

Sincerely, Your Autistic Child: What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew about Growing Up, Acceptance, and Identity

This book is absolutely required reading for parents, educators, and caregivers who interact with anyone on the autism spectrum.

You Will Get Through This Night

Bold, raw, and powerful, Howell’s book--which also draws from his own experiences--becomes one thread of a narrative about finding hope and healing. It doesn’t ever feel too positive, simplistic, reductive, or one-dimensional. Like his previous books, this one will find a wide audience.

Self-Help Books Fill a Burgeoning Need

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Spite: The Upside of Your Dark Side

This work draws heavily upon current scholarly sources in the behavioral sciences and philosophy, and is soundly reasoned and well arranged. It will find a natural place in all major academic libraries, as well as in larger public library collections.
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Enneagram Empowerment: Discover Your Personality Type and Unlock Your Potential

This book is an attractive introduction to a personality test that references mainstream popular therapeutic concepts and emphasizes self-care. Readers attracted to personality tests for personal enrichment will be interested.
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The Call to Unite: Voices of Hope and Awakening

Readers seeking practical or spiritual comfort and inspiration, or as the title suggests, a call to unite through action, will find here a plentiful resource of prayers, poems, and other artistic expressions as a balm for difficult times.
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Nobody’s Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness

An excellent overview for those interested in medical history or psychology, and also of interest to memoir and family history readers.

Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain

This excellent narrative nonfiction work will engage a variety of readers, and is a solid choice for book clubs who like to discuss current events.
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Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How To Harness It

A well-reasoned, well-researched guide for those prone to negative self-talk and those who support them.
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Breakup Bootcamp: The Science of Rewiring Your Heart

An accessible and useful book geard toward women heartbroken by romantic loss.

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

Readers with an interest in psychology, as well as the proverbial “general reader,” will enjoy this fast-paced account by a leading authority on the psychology of thinking.
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Discovering the Inner Mother: A Guide to Healing the Mother Wound and Claiming Your Personal Power

Those with estranged or difficult relationships with their mothers will find affirmation. Good for collections strong in feminist works or the psychology of family dynamics.
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Brain-Changing Strategies to Trauma-Proof Our Schools: A Heart-Centered Movement for Wiring Well-Being

Despite its flaws, this book is recommended for teachers and all those interested in helping individuals experiencing and healing from traumatic events.

Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee

An essential book for fans of Lee and those looking for find purpose in life. Highly recommended for all readers.
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Long Live the Queen: 23 Rules for Living from Britain’s Longest-Reigning Monarch

Overall, this fitting but flawed tribute to Queen Elizabeth will be an optional read for those interested in royal self-help advice and the history of the British monarch.

How You Say It: Why You Talk the Way You Do—and What It Says About You

Insightful and accessible, this book is a must for all psychology and social justice collections.

Trauma and the 12 Steps: An Inclusive Guide to Enhancing Recovery

A must-read for addiction sponsors, mental health professionals, and anyone who has experienced or is struggling with trauma and addiction.
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The Kindness of Strangers: How a Selfish Ape Invented a New Moral Code

Recommended only for senior level students and researchers in anthropology and psychology curriculum.

Safeguarding Your Child with Autism: Strategies and Tools To Reduce Risks

A must-read for parents of autistic children, educators, and other caregivers in the special needs community.
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The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine

Indispensable for psychology professionals and students and fans of Susannah Cahalan’s Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness.
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Into the Abyss: A Neuropsychiatrist’s Notes on Troubled Minds

Readers seeking a realistic approach to understanding the potential causes of mental illness will appreciate David’s thought-provoking reflections, as will mental health professionals and fans of Oliver Sacks’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
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Self-Confidence: A Philosophy

A thoughtful read for anyone seeking the philosophical underpinnings of self-confidence, while wishing to avoid psychological exercises that feel either too simplistic or too overwhelming to implement.

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What Science Tells Us About Autism Spectrum Disorder: Making the Right Choices for Your Child

This all-in-one title is sure to demystify an autism diagnosis and will be of significant interest to pediatricians, educators, and parents or caregivers. A welcome addition to all public library collections.
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Building a Life Worth Living: A Memoir

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Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn’t Designed for You

An extraordinary, jaw-dropping take on a topic with which many women will identify. Of special interest to those in the human resources, counseling, and education fields.

The Narcissist in Your Life: Recognizing the Patterns and Learning To Break Free

Living with a narcissist, writes Hall, violates our fundamental rights of dignity, integrity, and personal freedoms, made worse because the narcissist is usually someone close to the abused. All libraries, in particular university collections supporting mental health and psychiatry curriculum, will find this a worthy addition.
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You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters

From communication researchers to general audiences, this informative and well-documented book will prod readers to reexamine the way they listen to others, individually and collectively, and to consider the many negative repercussions of not doing so.
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Bedlam: An Intimate Journey into America’s Mental Health Crisis

Providing a comprehensive overview of critical issues continuing to plague our mental health system, this well-researched volume serves as a nice companion to Pete Earley’s Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness.
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Lost Child: The True Story of a Girl Who Couldn’t Ask for Help

Hayden’s works are perennial best sellers, and she always triumphs. Highly recommended.

The Turn On: How the Powerful Make Us Like Them—from Washington to Wall Street to Hollywood

References to present-day events improve readers’ understanding of the author’s thesis and the work’s timely relevance. Highly recommended.
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