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My Therapist's Dog: Lessons in Unconditional Love

by Diana Wells

Diana Wells's intriguing exploration into the rewards of relationships--both the canine and human varieties--begins when she reluctantly starts seeing a psychologist, Beth, during a difficult time in her life....


Wolf Messing - The True Story of Russia`s Greatest Psychic

by Tatiana Lungin

This Wolf Messing memoir by Tatiana Lungin presents a revealing portrait of one of the greatest psychic performers of the 20th century. Lungin chronicles Messing's incredible life and career, and provides an...


Impromptu Man: J.L. Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture, and the Social Network

by Jonathan D. Moreno

The untold story of the creative genius behind major 20th-century movements in therapy and theater and his lasting influence


Carl Gustav Jung

by Frank McLynn

In this, the first full-length biography of the great Swiss psychologist, Carl Gustav Jung is remembered not only for his valuable contribution to psychotherapy and to our understanding of the inner workings...


Among the Chosen: The Life Story of Pat Giles

by Lekkie Hopkins & Lynn Roarty

Spotlighting a woman who was strongly dedicated to improving the lives of the disadvantaged, this biography celebrates the accomplishments of Pat Giles. Her entrance into Parliament as a Labor politician is...


Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst

by Adam Phillips

Becoming Freud is the story of the young Freud-Freud up until the age of fifty-that incorporates all of Freud's many misgivings about the art of biography. Freud invented a psychological treatment that involved...


Michael Servetus, Heartfelt: Proceedings of the International Servetus Congress, Barcelona, 20-21 October, 2006

by Juan Naya & Marian Hillar

This book is a tribute to Michael Servetus and his legacy as a humanist, Renaissance scholar, and standard-bearer of freedom of conscience. The Servetus International Congress in 2006 brought together prestigious...


Ruth Benedict: Stranger in This Land

by Margaret M. Caffrey

Poet, anthropologist, feminist—Ruth Fulton Benedict was all of these and much more. Born into the last years of the Victorian era, she came of age during the Progressive years and participated in inaugurating...


Sir Gardner Wilkinson and His Circle

by Jason Thompson

Following in the footsteps of Napoleon's army, Europeans invaded Egypt in the early nineteenth century to gaze in wonder at the massive, inscrutable remains of its ancient civilizations. One of these travelers...


Alfred C. Kinsey: A Public/Private Life

by James H. Jones

The hidden life of Alfred C. Kinsey, the principal architect of the sexual revolution. In this brilliant, groundbreaking biography, twenty years in the making, James H. Jones presents a moving and even shocking...


Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis

by Kim Todd

Today, an entomologist in a laboratory can gaze at a butterfly pupa with a microscope so powerful that the swirling cells on the pupa’s skin look like a galaxy. She can activate a single gene or knock it out....


The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

by Elyn R. Saks

Elyn R. Saks is an esteemed professor, lawyer, and psychiatrist and is the Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Law School,...


Salonika Street

by Julie Stringer

An abandoned quarry at one o'clock in the morning. Cars skidding in the gravel, their headlights carving through the darkness. A dozen young men celebrating their buck's night, high on booze and testosterone....


MELANIE KLEIN

by Phyllis Grosskurth

Until recently underestimated in America, Melanie Klein was a leading figure in psychoanalytic circles from the 1920s until her death in 1960. Parent of object-relations theory, she saw the development of children,...


Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

by Sudhir Venkatesh

A New York Times Bestseller

Foreword by Stephen J. Dubner, coauthor of Freakonomics

When first-year graduate student Sudhir Venkatesh walked into an abandoned building in one of Chicago’s most notorious housing...


Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain

by Michael Paterniti

Albert Einstein's brain floats in a Tupperware bowl in a gray duffel bag in the trunk of a Buick Skylark barreling across America. Driving the car is journalist Michael Paterniti. Sitting next to him is an eighty-four-year-old...


Freud

by Peter D. Kramer

Referred to as "the father of psychoanalysis," Sigmund Freud is credited with championing the "talking cure" and charting the human unconscious. Both revered and reviled, he was a brilliant innovator but also...


Brain in Pain: A Wounded Healer's Heart-Wrenching and Heart-Warming Guide to Schizophrenia

by Peter Cohen

Brain in Pain gives a first-hand view of the world of schizophrenia and challenges the stigma surrounding mental illness. Written by Peter Cohen, Brain in Pain is an invaluable window into his compelling world....


High Price

by Carl Hart

High Price is the harrowing and inspiring memoir of neuroscientist Carl Hart, a man who grew up in one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods and, determined to make a difference as an adult, tirelessly applies...


My Father's Guru

by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

As a child growing up in the Hollywood Hills during the 1950s, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson thought it was perfectly normal that a guru named Paul Brunton lived with his family and dictated everything about their...