The Examined Life: How we lose and find ourselves by Stephen Grosz Chatto and Windus, London 2013 On first reading, Stephen Grosz's simply told vignettes of his patients seem lightweight. Other reviewers have likened Grosz to Chekov and Freud but if I was looking for either in-depth case studies which
The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How to change the way you think, feel and live by Richard Davidson with Sharon Begley Hodder and Stoughton 2012 252pp Richard Davidson is the Forrest Gump of psychological research. He has had a role in many significant milestones of psychological research throughout his
Why Love MattersHow affection shapes a baby's brainSue GerhardtRoutledge 2004 246ppSue Gerhardt is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and co-founder of the Oxford Parent Infant Project which provides therapeutic help to parents with their babies. 'Babies are like the raw material for a self. Each one comes with a genetic blueprint and
Born for Lovewhy empathy is essential – and endangered.Maia Szalavitz and Bruce PerryHarper 2010 374pp'From birth, when babies' fingers instinctively cling to those of adults, their bodies and brains seek an intimate connection – a bond made possible by empathy, the remarkable ability to love and share the feelings of others.
Depression as a Spiritual Journey by Stephanie Sorrell O Books 2009 249pp This helpful and original book is arranged in four parts: Part 1 Asking the Right Questions defines depression and provides the context for Sorrell's approach. Depression is likened to the archetypal quest in which the hero undergoes various