The Latest Books

How do you study? Surveys of college students reveal that the large majority rely on reviewing material--going over it to reinforce it in memory. Unfortunately, extensive research shows that reviewing is among the least effective study strategies. The good news is that the same research clearly points to a much better way.

Readers learn how memory and attention work, and how to put these insights into practice for the most effective and efficient studying. The author provides evidence-based answers to such questions as what a study environment should look like, what students need to be doing in class and during their study sessions, as well as how long and how often students should be studying for maximum results.

Because learning and academic performance are influenced by many factors, this book contains numerous strategies and tips, including chapters on boosting motivation and self-discipline, as well as altering the reader's beliefs about intelligence and learning. Special chapters on taming test anxiety, mastering mindfulness, getting good sleep, and the dangers of stereotype threat for women and ethnic minority students round out the psychological approach to helping the reader excel as a student. Finally, students have a book based on the psychology behind effective and efficient self-learning.

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Have you struggled to understand the difficulties in your relationship with a parent? Despite your efforts, has this relationship failed to improve? It may be that your parent has a personality disorder.

Personality disorders are long-standing, undergo little change, and end up hurting others, particularly family members. This damage may occur through a self-centered approach to life as well impulsive decisions and poor judgment (e.g., addictions, problematic spending, and selecting unhealthy relationship partners). People with personality disorders also harm through their inability to be honest (factually and emotionally), as well as their overreactions to situations.

In this book, you'll begin to understand the nature of personality disorders and how the concept applies to your parent. After laying out the essential features of personality disordered parents, the authors describe two in-depth cases. Each case illustrates one of two personality disorder styles that are unfortunately common: the intrusive personality style and the distant-hostile personality style. The authors offer a number of practical tactics for psychologically and spiritually transcending the problematic past of having been raised by a parent with a personality disorder. This book is designed to offer supportive guidance on the path of recovery from toxic parent-child relationships. Are you ready to embrace your path?

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This is a valuable book. It makes the point that if one or both your parents were to any degree immature and self-serving, or their parenting was deficient and harmful in some way through any other form of ‘personality disorder,' you have a choice: to see this as an obstacle (and risk getting stuck) or see it as an opportunity (and start to grow). It gives you the chance to transcend victimhood and use your painful experiences as the fuel for a kind of pilgrimage of personal and spiritual development.   Then the authors tell you how to go about it. I recommend it.

    -- Larry Culliford, author of Love, Healing & Happiness (O Books, 2007) and The Psychology of Spirituality: An Introduction (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2011).

This is not another book on parenting, but a book on de-parenting. Sansone and Wiederman, avoiding jargon-infused terminology, assess the effects struggling parents have on their children, and how these adult children can better understand and cope with their disturbed mothers and fathers.

    -- Jerold Kreisman, MD, author of I Hate You -- Don't Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality (2010) and Sometimes I Act Crazy: Living with Borderline Personality Disorder (2006).

Some parents are psychologically unfit for the job and can damage their children. None more so than parents with personality difficulties. Full of valuable insight, this book will be helpful to those who grew up under such parenting to understand what happened and to break free. Well worth taking the time to read.

    -- Stephen Joseph, PhD, author of What Doesn't Kill Us: The New Psychology of Posttraumatic Growth (2011).