Contributed by Richard Handler

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Open Book January 1, 2010

The Age of the Über–Parent

Can science really help us raise better adjusted kids?

Can science really help us raise better-adjusted kids? Read more

Open Book November 1, 2009

How's God Doing?

Despite today's headlines, much better than you think

Despite all the evidence to the contrary, a new book argues that God, or at least our concept of deity, is getting more compassionate and inclusive. Read more

Open Book September 24, 2009

Has Therapy Gone PC?

Some Distinguished Psychologists Critique the Field

Destructive Trends in Mental Health: The Well-Intentioned Path to Harm Edited by Rogers Wright and Nicholas Cummings. Routledge. 346 pp. ISBN... Read more

Open Book September 1, 2009

Expanding Darwin

The Evolutionary Value of Art

A new book argues that storytelling, the foundation of most psychotherapy, is an evolutionary adaptation that vastly expanded the range of human possibility. Read more

Open Book July 1, 2009

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Is psychiatry going backward?

In his broadside against modern psychiatry, a historian claims that the entire profession has been undermined by the blind pursuit pf profit, bureaucratic... Read more

Open Book May 5, 2009

American Therapy: The Rise of Psychotherapy in the United States Jonathan Engel Gotham Books. 351 pp. ISBN 978-1-592-4038-06 Jonathan Engel begins his history... Read more

Open Book May 1, 2009

The Art of the Practical

The Triumphs and Limits of Psychotherapy

From Freud to Zoloft, the story of therapy in this country has been the triumph of pragmatism over esoteric theory. Read more

Open Book March 1, 2009

Islands in the Sea

At times, therapy can reinforce isolation

Therapists are supposed to help isolated clients make more fulfilling social connections. But could we be making the problem worse? Read more

20 Weeks of Happiness

Can a Course in Positive Psychology Change Your Life?

If Thomas Jefferson were a psychology graduate student today, he’d probably think of himself as a positive psychologist. It was Jefferson, after all, who... Read more

Open Book January 1, 2009

It's No Accident

Applying mindfulness behind the wheel

A book about the psychology of driving teaches us why the seemingly safest roads can be the deadliest. Read more

Open Book November 1, 2008

Looking for 'There' There

Making sense of the claims for mind-body medicine

The story of mind-body medicine is full of tales of overpromising results. Read more

Open Book October 19, 2008

Understanding the Neural Marinade; Controversy over gender differences and the brain Read more

Open Book October 18, 2008

A History of Last Night’s Dream: Discovering the Hidden Path to the Soul Rodger Kamenetz HarperOne. 256 pp. ISBN: 978-0-06-057583-0 Throughout history... Read more

Symposium Highlight October 18, 2008

Symposium Watch 2008

3,600 therapists gather to experience the power of relationship

The theme of this year’s Networker Symposium was “The Power of Relationship: From Isolation to Connection.” Of course, with its impossible... Read more

Open Book October 18, 2008

More than Magic

Dedication + intuition = transformation . . . sometimes

Magical Moments of Change: How Psychotherapy Turns Kids Around Lenore Terr W. W. Norton. 304 pp. ISBN: 978-0-70530-0 I must admit, I picked up this book with a... Read more

Open Book July 1, 2008

Rethinking the Imperatives of Gender

Has society become toxic to both genders?

Two provocative new books try to separate myth from reality about gender differences and the distinctive challenges faced by young men and women coming of age... Read more

Open Book May 1, 2008

The Art of Self-justification

We're all at the mercy of cognitive dissonance

Far from being a relic of Psych 101, the theory of cognitive dissonance may have more relevance in understanding today's world than ever. Read more

Open Book September 1, 2007

The Wonders of Neuroplasticity

Are there practical implications for therapy?

Books exploring these developments are now tumbling out of publishing houses, for clinicians and general readers. Read more

Open Book July 1, 2007

Flattery Will Get Them Nowhere

Are we overpraising our children?

The way we praise our children can affect how they view themselves, and their future performance. Read more

Open Book May 1, 2007

Mystic Gunslinger

Ken Wilber may be obnoxious, but he wants us to know it all

Ken Wilber is a thinker who definitely likes the sound of his own ideas, but still may have something to offer. Read more

Open Book March 1, 2007

Freud Revisited

Again - How could a man who was so wrong be such a shaper of modern thought?

How did Sigmund Freud, a man who wrong about so many things, become such an important figure in our profession? Read more

Family Matters January 1, 2007

In praise of denial. Read more

Understanding the Neural Marinade

Controversy over gender differences and the brain

A new book asserting that men and women have fundamentally different brains has stirred more than its fair share of controversy. Read more

Open Book September 1, 2006

Understanding the Nature of Nurture

50 years of change in our conception of human development

An Argument for Mind By Jerome Kagan Yale University Press. 304 pp. ISBN: 0-300-11337-4 Nature vs. nurture is one of our most long-running intellectual... Read more

Open Book July 1, 2006

Less than Perfect

Erik Erickson's daughter chronicles the pitfalls of celebrity

Her meticulous memoir, In the Shadow of Fame, goes to the heart of the basic question: what's it like to live with an icon? Bloland chronicles the shadow that... Read more

Open Book March 1, 2006

Tough-Minded Compassion

In good therapy, kindness is only the beginning

The book Field Notes on the Compassionate Life: A Search for the Soul of Kindness By Marc Ian Barasch is reviewed. Read more

Open Book November 1, 2005

Older and Wiser?

A neuroscientist shares his findings about aging

Now a new book called The Wisdom Paradox by neuroscientist Elkhonon Goldberg has come along, pushing neither supplements nor cognitive tricks, but filled with... Read more

Open Book September 1, 2005

Heroic Melancholy?

Exposing our culture's infatuation with depression

Viking Press. 353pp. ISBN: 0-670-03405-3 Read more

Open Book November 1, 2004

Invasion of the Kid Snatchers

Marketers spend $15 billion a year to turn children into compliant consumers

A book review of Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood by Susan Linn and Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture by... Read more

Richard Handler

Richard Handler is a radio producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto, Canada.