The Handy Psychology Answer Bookby Lisa J. Cohen
Bridging the gap between the entertainment-focused “pop psychology” on television and the dry academic research that is published in journals, The Handy Psychology Answer Book helps answer why humans do what we do through accurate scientific data presented in a lively, accessible, and engaging way. It covers the fundamentals and explains/b>/i>
Bridging the gap between the entertainment-focused “pop psychology” on television and the dry academic research that is published in journals, The Handy Psychology Answer Book helps answer why humans do what we do through accurate scientific data presented in a lively, accessible, and engaging way. It covers the fundamentals and explains the psychology behind how people deal with money, sex, morality, family, children, aging, addiction, work, and other everyday issues.
Fully revised to reflect the latest scientific researchsuch as the current DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association); the latest neurobiological theories; and the changing face of marriagethis timely reference has expanded to include information sections on the biology and evolution of emotions; technology and adolescence; bisexuality; optimism; autism; as well as a full section on the law, eyewitness testimony and police shootings.
Featuring more than 1,500 answers to questions concerning how the human mind and the science of psychology really work such as: How have other cultures addressed psychological issues? Why was Freud so focused on sex? How can I maintain a healthy brain? Is it normal to argue during marriage? Does religion make people happier? How do we reduce social prejudice?
It boggles most boomers' minds, but a typical teen may send 1,000 text messages a day from their mobile device. Cohen (psychiatry, Mt. Sinai Beth Israel) addresses the impact of immersive technology on adolescents, the latest revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and more in this update to her 2011 inaugural edition, which was praised by LJ as a "solid, affordable supplement to introductory psychology texts." This second edition sticks to the same formula of offering answers, generally a few paragraphs each, to a host of questions ("What did Freud mean by the oral stage?") set within topical chapters, with Cohen's discussion of the brain now extended into two chapters. An expanded group of black-and-white photos and a further reading list (still for the entire guide only, not for each chapter) are also included. VERDICT This well-named reference offers pithy peeks into the many facets of the human psyche.
Meet the Author
Lisa J. Cohen received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the City University of New York. After obtaining her degree, she worked in several hospitals in the New York City area. In 1996, she came to Beth Israel Medical Center, now Mount Sinai Beth Israel, where she is currently Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of Research for Psychology and Psychiatry. Dr. Cohen divides her time between clinical work, teaching and scientific research. She works on an inpatient unit for people with severe psychopathology but also has a private practice where she treats people with milder conditions. Dr. Cohen has published many articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics, including obsessive compulsive disorder, opiate addiction and sexual abuse. Her current research focuses on the effects of psychological trauma on personality.
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