Tsaoism: A simple guide to understanding children and adults

Tsaoism: A simple guide to understanding children and adults

by Thomas Tsao
     
 

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Why do children act so predictably? What’s the scientific explanation for why young men get “blue balls?’’ Tsaoism probes these and other children and adolescent issues in language made simple and understandable. It’s a guide for parents, patients and medical professionals seeking to understand the roots of human behavior.

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Why do children act so predictably? What’s the scientific explanation for why young men get “blue balls?’’ Tsaoism probes these and other children and adolescent issues in language made simple and understandable. It’s a guide for parents, patients and medical professionals seeking to understand the roots of human behavior.

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“…a fun read. Serious yet prepared with a light and accessible touch. Highly informative. It covers a substantial range of material in a jargon-free manner while explaining core ideas, a rare trait! The volume will appeal to a broad range of people including patients, parents and many practitioners of different stripes. It is filled with solid, superbly practical advice and wonderful nuggets….radiates interpersonal and emotional honesty which adds to its convincing nature….Rarely will one encounter someone who so thoroughly enjoys working with mildly as well as profoundly troubled and difficult adolescents and their families, and conveys by word and action the respect he has for those individuals and their families…deserves to be, and I hope will be, published by a popular press for a broad audience.”

Jack D. Barchas, M.D.
Barklie McKee Henry Professor and Chair
Weil Cornell Medical College
Psychiatrist-in-Chief
New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938467004
Publisher:
Koehler Books
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

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Tsaoism

A simple guide to understanding children and adults
By Thomas Tsao

Koehler Books

Copyright © 2013 Thomas Tsao
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781938467004

One of my major objectives in taking on this literary endeavor was the realization that most people’s lives are like the leaves of trees in the fall. After changing from green to various colors and shades thereof, the leaf falls off the tree and, with the autumn rain, is washed into a stream. The stream grows and flows, eventually emptying into a river downstream, in the process sweeping along the leaf. The river finds its way to the bay and finally into the ocean, where for the leaf and all its kindred souls the journey ends. Similarly, every person’s life follows such a course from beginning to end. We, like the leaves, are swept along by the flow of life; we seldom or never swim against the current, passively being moved steadily toward the end of our solitary journey through life. To put it another way, as a friend recently told me, “Only the dead fish go with the flow.” So, if your heart’s still beating, swim against the current!



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From the Publisher
“…a fun read. Serious yet prepared with a light and accessible touch. Highly informative. It covers a substantial range of material in a jargon-free manner while explaining core ideas, a rare trait! The volume will appeal to a broad range of people including patients, parents and many practitioners of different stripes. It is filled with solid, superbly practical advice and wonderful nuggets….radiates interpersonal and emotional honesty which adds to its convincing nature….Rarely will one encounter someone who so thoroughly enjoys working with mildly as well as profoundly troubled and difficult adolescents and their families, and conveys by word and action the respect he has for those individuals and their families…deserves to be, and I hope will be, published by a popular press for a broad audience.”

Jack D. Barchas, M.D.
Barklie McKee Henry Professor and Chair Weil Cornell Medical College Psychiatrist-in-Chief New York-Presbyterian Hospital

“Written in a truly conversational style, Dr. Tsao harnesses decades of patient care with his untraditional look at traditional psychiatric tenants. His thoughtful insights offer the public a truly rare glimpse into the therapeutic process and the mind of a psychiatrist. A must and provocative read to say the least, especially Dr. Tsao’s somewhat unconventional although entertaining take on human sexuality. There’s definitely something for everyone who reads Tsaoism”

David W. Goodman, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

“This book is Freud translated for the rest of us in today’s language. Dr. Tsao has taken insights from psychoanalysis and woven them in with other schools of thought and the latest concepts of neurobiology and genetics to present an understanding of human behavior that makes understandable common sense, not a small accomplishment indeed. His narratives about the lives of some of his patients make the book engaging, entertaining and alive. His unique conversational style leaves the impression that this is a discussion between old friends. A really enjoyable and quick read that I would strongly recommend to everyone from layman to the most sophisticated professional”

Michael J. Manos, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist Center Head, Pediatric Behavioral Health Cleveland Clinic

Meet the Author

Dr. Tom Tsao is a Board Certified psychiatrist who still continues to practice in Virginia Beach, Va. at Atlantic Psychiatric Services, a practice he founded in 1982. Over the years he has taught and supervised students, interns and residents from the doctoral program at Regent University and the Eastern Virginia Medical School where he was a member of the founding faculty (1973). In 2006 Dr. Tsao was honored by the American Psychiatric Association when he was elevated to the status of Distinguished Life Fellow "in recognition" of his "significant contributions to Psychiatry." His body of work spans decades from the sixties to the present. Dr. Tsao feels truly lucky and blessed to have shared stretches of life's highway with so many thousands of his "kids" as he likes to call them, to witness and believe that he, in some small way, helped them grow up to be happier and emotionally healthier adults. This work is intended to be his "gift" to all those who want to better understand their children, themselves and relationships.

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