Civilization and its Discontents

Written on July 9, 2011. Written by .

I had been wanting to read something by Freud for a while, but I was always skeptical that he would have discovered anything interesting. I was initially turned off by the seemingly crackpot theories of anal-retentiveness and the Oedipus complex, among others. I decided to give this book a try because it was short and […]

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Man’s Search For Meaning

Written on July 3, 2011. Written by .

The bulk of this book was an account of the author’s experience in a Nazi concentration camp. Since the author was a trained psychiatrist at the time, his account may be more interesting than some of the others. But my main interest was in his theory of logotherapy presented at the end. The theory suggests […]

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The Happiness Hypothesis

Written on February 6, 2011. Written by .

Haidt delivers a very enjoyable overview of positive psychology. It covers a broad range of topics, such as evolutionary theory, flow, behavioral psychology experiments, and even philosophy. This broadness means that the book does not goes as deep into any specific topic as more focused books do. But going deep into a topic usually isn’t […]

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