Book Report

Your book report must be a minimum of three pages double spaced typewritten to a maximum of five pages double spaced typewritten.

Your book report must follow these strict guidelines to receive the highest possible grade.  Failure to comply with any of the following will result in a loss of points.

In the first part of the book report, you should give a summary of the book.  This summary should contain information about the problem(s) that the book addresses. It should discuss the underlying etiology (causes) of the problem or illness.  In addition, it should mention the author’s approach to addressing the problem such as a behavioral, psychoanalytic, humanistic, cognitive, or epigenetic approach.  Furthermore, if the author uses a combination of approaches such as humanistic and behavioral, then you should indicate that in your summary. In addition, for the problem which the book addresses, what is the prognosis.  For example, if the book is about depression, what is the prognosis for those who are depressed.  What is the recommended method of treatment?  How long does it take for the symptoms to abate?   Also, what kinds of psychologists seem to be best equipped to deal with this problem/illness?  You could respond to this by indicating clinical psychologists, counseling psychologists, organizational psychologists, educational psychologists, or school psychologists.

The second part of your book report should contain a personal reaction to the book.  For example, do you know anyone who has the mental illness or social problem which the book describes?  How do you feel about them now that you have read this particular book?  Do you believe that your relationship with them can change and that the changes will help them get better?  What can you do differently when encountering people who have this problem?  How can you use the information in the book to help others around you understand the people who have this illness or problem better?  What strategies does the book offer for loved ones and relatives to use in addressing the problem?

The concluding part should discuss how reading this book has changed you personally.  Any anecdotal stories that you want to share to emphasize your point of view will enhance the personal aspect.

Suggested Self Help Books

The following are books that have been recommended by students as excellent self-help psychology books. I am not endorsing any of the content in these books. If you do not agree with the content or values of these books, do not read them. Select a different book. The books with an * are books that I strongly recommend. Enjoy and learn.


*Ackerman, Diane. (2004) Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain

*Begley, Sharon (2007) Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves.

Buonomano, Dean. (2011) Brain Bugs: How the Brain’s Flaws Shape Our Lives

Chabris Christopher, with Daniel Simons. (2010) The Invisible Gorilla, and Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us

Horstman,, Judith and Scientific American (2010)The Scientific American Brave New Brain: How Neuroscience, Brain-Machine Interfaces, Neuroimaging, Psychopharmacology, Epigenetics, the Internet, and Enhancing the Future of Mental Power

Kahneman, Daniel (2011). Thinking, Fast and Slow

LeDoux, Joseph (1998) The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life *Restak,

Linden, David J. (2011) The Compass of Pleasure

Ramachandran, V.S. (2011) The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human (RC 351.A45 2011. )

Restak, Richard. (2005) The Secret Life of the Brain.

Sacks, Oliver (2010) Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

*Sacks, Oliver. (1970) The Man Who Mistoke His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

Sacks, Oliver.,(2010) The Mind’s Eye

Schwartz Jeffrey M. and Begley, Sharon  (2003) The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force.

Siegel, Daniel J. (2006) The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are . New York

Siegel, Daniel J. (2007) The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-being.

Sousa, D. A. (2001) How the Brain Learns. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Sweeney, Michael S and Restak, Richard (2009) Brain: The Complete Mind


Grote, Dick, Richard C. Grote, Discipline Without Punishment: The Proven Strategy That Turns Problem Employees Into Superior Performers (HF 5549.5 .L3 G76 1995)

Peters, Tom J., Robert H. Waterman, Tan (Editor), In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies (HD 70 .U5 P424 1982)

Robbins, Anthony, Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical, & Financial Destiny (BF 637 .S8 R55 1992)


Alexander-Roberts, Coleen, The ADHD Parenting Handbook: Practical Advice for Parents from Parents

Apter, Terry, You Don’t Really Know Me: Why Mothers & Daughters Fight and How Both Can Win

Cline, Foster W., With Jim Fay, Parenting with Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility ( HQ 755.85 .C45 1990)

*Elkind,David, Hurried Child: Growing up Too Fast Too Soon (BF 723 .S75 E44 2001)

*Ginott, Haim G., H. Wallace Goddard, Alice Ginot, Between Parent and Child: The Bestselling Classic That Revolutionized Parent-Child Communication (HQ 769 .G55 2003)

*Gordon, Thomas, Parent Effectiveness Training: The Proven Program for Raising Responsible Children (HQ 769 .G69 2000)

*Greenspan, Stanley I., Nancy Breslau Lewis, Building Healthy Minds: The Six Experiences That Create Intelligence and Emotional Growth in Babies and Young Children

Koenig, Larry J., Smart Discipline(R): Fast, Lasting Solutions for Your Child’s Self-Esteem and Your Peace of Mind

*Pipher, Mary, Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls (HQ 798 .P57 2001)

Sears, William M., With Robert Sears, Martha Sears, The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know about Your Baby from Birth to Age Two [Revised and Updated]

Shaw, Robert Shaw, The Epidemic: The Rot of American Culture, Absentee and Permissive Parenting, and the Resultant Plague of Joyless, Selfish Children

Stahl, Philip Michael, Parenting after Divorce: A Guide to Resolving Conflicts and Meeting Your Children’s Needs

Steinberg, Laurence, The Ten Basic Principles of Good Parenting

Wiseman, Rosalind, Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & Other Realities of Adolescence


Carnegie, Dale, The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking: Modern Techniques for Dynamic Communication (PN 4121 .C25 1977)

Chapman, Gary, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate

Gray, John, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: A Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in Your Relationships (BH: Temporary Reserve Desk)

Griffin, Jack, Tom Power (Editor), How to Say It at Work: Putting Yourself across with Power Words, Phrases, Body Language and Communication Secrets (HF 5718 .G748 1998)

Patterson, Kerry, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when Stakes Are High

Rees, Shan , Roderick Graham, Assertion Training: How to Be Who You Really Are

Skouras, Johanna, Standing up for Yourself: The Art of Self-Assertion (BF 575 .A85 S56 2001)

Zimbardo, Philip, Shyness: What It Is, What to Do about It (BF 575 .B3 Z55)


Bramson, Robert M. Ph.D., Coping with Difficult People (HF 5548.8 .B683 1998)

Coloroso, Barbara, The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School–How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence

Dana, Daniel, Roger A. Formisano, Conflict Resolution

*Fisher, Roger, William L. Ury, Bruce M. Patton, Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In (BF 637 .N4 F57)

Fisher, Roger, Elizabeth Kopelman, Andrea Kupfer Schneider, Beyond Machiavelli: Tools for Coping with Conflict (JX 4473 .F57 1996)

Gill, Lucy, How to Work with Just about Anyone: A 3-Step Solution for Getting Difficult People to Change

Moore, Christopher W., The Mediation Process: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict (HM 136 .M684 2003)

Myerson, Roger B., Game Theory: Analysis of Conflict

Pickering, Peg, How to Manage Conflict: Turn All Conflicts into Win-Win Outcomes Ursiny, Timothy E., The Coward’s Guide to Conflict: An Expert’s Guide to Facing Conflict Head-On and Building Confidence Along the Way

Weeks, Dudley, Eight Essential Steps to Conflict Resolution: Preserving Relationships at Work, at Home, and in the Community


Cameron, Julia, Judy Collins, Walking in This World: The Practical Art of Creativity

Cameron, Julia, Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly, Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention

(BF 408 .C77 1996)

Gardner, Howard E., Creating Minds: An Anatomy of Creativity Seen through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Gandhi

Johansson, Frans, Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures

Loori, John Daido, The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life

Michalko, Michael, Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius


Blanchard, Kenneth H., Spencer Johnson, The One Minute Manager (HD 31 .B527 1983)

Gladwell, Malcolm, (2005) Blink

Iansiti, Marco, Roy Levien, Keystone Advantage: What the New Dynamics of Business Ecosystems Mean for Strategy, Innovation, and Sustainability

Johnson, Spencer, Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life (BF 637 .C4 J63 1998)

Plous, Scott, The Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making

Surowiecki, James, The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations


Browne, Sylvia, Lindsay Harrison, Book of Dreams

*Laberge, Stephen PHD, Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming (BF 1099 .L82 L33 1997)


Heininger, Janet E., Sharon K. Weiss, Foreword by Sam Goldstein, From Chaos to Calm: Effective Parenting for Challenging Children with ADHD and Other Behavioral Problems

Kornhauser, Arthur William, Diane M. Emerson (Photographer), Designed by Diane M. Enerson, How to Study: Suggestions for High-School and College Students (LB 2395 .K6 1993)

Luckie, William R., Wood Smethurst, Study Power: Study Skills to Improve Your Learning and Your Grades Mundsack, Allen, James Deese, Ellin K. Deese, How to Study

Strichart, Stephen S., Charles T. Mangrum, Teaching Learning Strategies and Study Skills to Students with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorders, or Special Needs


Foer, Joshua Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

Gordon, Barry, Lisa Berger, Intelligent Memory: Understanding and Improving the Memory that Makes Us Smarter

Higbee, Kenneth L., Your Memory: How It Works and how to Improve It (BF 385 .H48 2001)

Lorayne, Harry, Jerry Lucas, Memory Book (BF 385 .L755)


*Castaneda, Carlos, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge (F 1221 .Y3 C3 1974a)

*Chopra, Deepak, Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine *Csikszentmihalyi, Mihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (BF 575 .H27 C85 1990)

*Dossey, Larry, Space, Time and Medicine

*Pelletier, Kenneth R., Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer (RC 49 .P39 1992)

*Zukav, Gary, The Dancing Wu Li Masters (QC 173.98 .Z84)


Albom, Mitch, The Five People You Meet in Heaven (McNaughton Collection – PS 3601 .L335 F59 2003)

*Albom, Mitch, Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson (LD 571 .B418 S383 1997)

*Dyer, Wayne W., Your Erroneous Zones (BF 637 .S4 D9 1977)

Goleman, Daniel, Emotional Intelligence (BF 561 .G65 1995)

Gustin, Kimes, Anger, Rage, and Resentment

*Kopp, Sheldon, Even a Stone Can be a Teacher

*Kopp, Sheldon, If you Meet the Buddha on the Road Kill Him (RC 480 .K66)

*Lightman, Alan P., Einstein’s Dreams

Paush, Randy, The Last Lecture

Pinker, Steven., How the Mind Works (QP 360.5 .P56 1997)


Adler, Alfred, Colin Brett (Translator), Understanding Human Nature (BF 833 .A4 1992)

Bandura, Albert, Self Efficacy: The Exercise of Control

Bettelheim, Bruno, Freud and Man’s Soul (BF 173 .F85 B46 1984)

*Frankl, Victor Emil, Man’s Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy (D 805 .G3 F7233 1963)

*Freud, Sigmund, James Strachey (Editor), The Interpretation of Dreams (BF 1078 .F72 1955)

Freud, Sigmund, James Strachey (Editor), Alan Tyson (Translator), The Psychopathology of Everyday Life of Sigmund Freud (The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud Series) (BF 173 .F825 1965)

Gay, Peter (Editor), The Freud Reader

Jung, Joseph Gustav, Joseph Campbell (Editor), Hull R. F. C. (Translator), Portable Jung

Jung, Carl, R. F. Hull (Translator), The Archetypes & the Collective Unconscious (The Collected Works of C. G. Jung), Vol. 9

Jung, Carl, Aniela Jaffe (Editor), Richard Winston (Translator), Clara Winston (Translator), Memories, Dreams, Reflections

Jung, Carl, Herbert Read (Editor), Michael Fordham (Editor), The Psychology & Alchemy (The Collected Works of C. G. Jung), Vol. 12

*Jung, Carl, Marie-Luise Von Franz, Man and His Symbols (BF 173 .J735 1979)

*Maslow, Abraham, Toward a Psychology of Being (BF 698 .M338 1968)

Perls, Fritz S., Gestalt Approach and Eyewitness to Therapy

*Rogers, Carl, On Becoming a Person (RC 480.5 .R62 1995)

Selye, Hans, The Stress of Life (QP 356 .S44 1976)

Singer, June, Boundaries of the Soul: The Practice of Jung’s Psychology: Revised and Updated

*Skinner, B. F., Walden Two (PS 3537 .K527 W35 1976)

Skinner, B.F., Beyond Freedom and Dignity (BF 698.9 .C8 S57)

Thorne, Brian, Carl Rogers


Jamison, Kay Redfield, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

Levenkron , Steven, Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation

Pelzer, Dave, A Child Called “It”

Lester Nigel, & Kwame McKenzie, Understanding Depression


Apter, Terry, You Don’t Really Know Me

Chapman, Gary, The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

Gottman, John, Nan Silver, Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert

*Gottman, John, Nan Silver, Why Marriages Succeed or Fail: And How You Can Make Yours Last

*Hendrix, Harville, Getting the Love That You Want.

Love, Patricia, The Truth About Love: The Highs, the Lows, and How You Can Make It Last Forever

McGraw, Phil, Relationship Rescue (GQ 801 .M4878 2000)

Murkoff, Heidi, Sandee Hathaway, Arlene Eisenberg, What to Expect When You’re Expecting

Weiner-Davis, Michele, The Sex-Starved Marriage: A Couple’s Guide to Boosting Their Marriage Libido

Weiner Davis, Michele, Divorce Busting: A Step-By-Step Approach to Making Your Marriage Loving Again SELF-ESTEEM

Carnegie, Dale, The Leader in You: How to Win Friends, Influence People, and Succeed in a Changing World

*Covey, Stephen R., The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (BF 637 .S8 C68 1989)

Dyer, Wayne, The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way

Forward, Susan, Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life (HV 699 .F66 1989)

McGraw, Phillip C., Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters (Special Interest Collection – BF 637 .C4 M34 1999)

Seligman, Martin, Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment.

*Seligman, Martin, Learned Happiness


Diamond, Jared, Why Is Sex Fun?: The Evolution of Human Sexuality

Friday, Nancy, My Secret Garden

Hardin, Hall, and Berzon, Queer Blues: The Lesbian and Gay Guide to Overcoming Depression.”

King, J.L., On the Down Low: A Journey Into the Lives of Straight Black Men Who Sleep With Men

Shlain, Leonard, Sex, Time and Power: How Women’s Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution (HQ 23 .S45 2003)


Chopra, Deepak, The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life

Das, Lama Surya, Awakening the Buddha Within

*Dass, Ram, Be Here Now

*Fox, Matthew, Coming of the Cosmic Christ

Hanh, Thich Nhat, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Kurtz, Ernest, Katherine Ketchum, The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning

*Millman, Dan, Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives

*Moore, Thomas, Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life (BL 624 .M663 1994)

Parker, Parker J., To Know as We Are Known: A Spirituality of Education

Parker, Parker J., Active Life: A Spirituality of Work, Creativity and Caring

*Peck, M. Scott, The Road Less Traveled, (BF 637 .S4 P43 1979)

*Redfield, James, The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure (BF 1751 .R42 1993)

Talbot, John Michael, Steve Rabey, Lessons of St. Francis: How to Bring Simplicity and Spirituality into Your Daily Life

Walsch, Neale Donald, Conversations With God (E-Book)

Walsh, Roger, Foreword by Dalai Lama, Essential Spirituality: The 7 Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind

Warren, Rick, The Purpose Driven Life: 40 Days of Renewal (BV 4501.3 .W37 2002)

*Zukav, Gary, Seat of the Soul


Baum, Kenneth, The Mental Edge: Maximize Your Sports Potential with the Mind-Body Connection

Jackson, Phil, Hugh Delehanty, Foreword by Bill Bradley, Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior

Krzyzewski, Mike, Donald T. Phillips, Leading with the Heart: Coach K’s Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business, and Life

Lardon, Michael, Finding Your Zone: Ten Core Lessons for Achieving Peak Performance in Sports and Life

Loehr, James, The New Toughness Training for Sports: Mental Emotional Physical Conditioning from 1 World’s Premier Sports Psychologists

Riley, Pat, Winner Within: A Life Plan for Team Players

Smith, Dean, Gerald D. Bell, John Kilgo, The Carolina Way: Leadership Lessons from a Life in Coaching


*Benson, Herbert, The Relaxation Response

Carlson, Richard, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life (BF 637 .B4 C35 1997)

Casey, Aggie, Herbert Benson, With Ann MacDonald, Mind Your Heart: A Mind/Body Approach to Stress Management, Exercise, and Nutrition for Heart Health

Loehr, Jim, Tony Schwartz, The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance, Health and Happiness (BF 637 .S8 L573 2003)

McCullough, Christopher, Managing Your Anxiety: Regaining control when you feel stressed, helpless, and alone (BF 575 .A6 M39 1985)

*Sapolsky, Robert M., Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers (E-Book)

Wilson, Robert Reid, Robert R. Wilson, Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks


Beattie, Melody, Codependent No More: Beyond Codependency

Brown, Stephanie, Alcoholic Family in Recovery: 1st Edition

Jedblom, Jack H. Last Call: Alcoholism and Recovery

Possehl Mel Living With an Alcoholic in Your Life – How to Cope



Blanchard, Kenneth H., Steve Gottry, The On-Time, On-Target Manager: How a “Last-Minute” Manager Conquered Procrastination

Lakein, Alan, How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life (BF 637 .S8 L34)

Morgenstern, Julie, Time Management from the inside Out: The Foolproof Plan for Taking Control of Your Schedule and Your Life

Tracy, Brian, Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

Tracy, Brian, Time Power: A Proven System for Getting More Done in Less Time Than You Ever Thought Possible