book report

Book Report Guidelines
I. At the top left hand corner of the first page list the following:
a. The title of the book and author(s);
b. Publisher and publication date and place of publication: and
c. Number of chapters and pages.
II. The first pages of your report should summarize the contents of the book.
III. Following the summary, discuss the following:
a. WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE AUTHOR IN WRITING THIS BOOK? Is the aim stated or inferred? What evidence can you cite from the book that would describe the purpose or aim of the book?
b. WHAT IS THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE AUTHOR? For example, is the author a psychologist, journalist, doctor, etc.? Does the author’s point of view bias the evidence she/he employs? How? Why?
c. WHAT IS THE APPROACH OF THE AUTHOR, THAT IS, WHAT IS HIS/HER PLAN OF ORGANIZATION OF THE BOOK? Is the book chronological-, narrative, or is the book topical and/or analytical in its approach?
d. IS THE AUTHOR AN EYEWITNESS TO THE EVENTS DESCRIBED? If not, does the author rely on other outside sources of information? Who? What biases might the sources exhibit?
e. IS THE BOOK READABLE, DRY, OR… ? Would you recommend the book to any intelligent reader or does the book require some specialized knowledge? Explain how reading the book has been of value to you.
f. WHAT IS YOUR REACTION TO THE THESIS OF THE BOOK? Has the author convinced you? Why or why not? If the author disagrees with anything in your textbook, give examples and explain the differences.
g. WHICH TOPIC IN YOUR TEXTBOOK IS YOUR BOOK RELATED? DISCUSS AND QUOTE YOUR TEXTBOOK AS IT IS RELATED TO YOUR BOOK. (Give the chapter and page number of your book.)
(All citations MUST include page number)

SUGGESTED BOOKLIST
I. BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF BEHAVIOR
BENSON, HERBERT; The Relaxation Response
KABAT-ZINN, JON; Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness
MARTIN, R; Matters Gray and White
MOYERS, BILL; Healing and the Mind
SACKS, O.; Awakenings; The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat; Migraine
SIEGEL, BERNIE; Love, Medicine and Miracles
SIMONTON, O. CARL, STEPHANIE MATTHEWS-SIMONTON, AND JAMES L. CREIGHTON; Getting Well Again
SIMONTON, STEPHANIE MATTHEWS; The Healing Family WENDER, P.H. AND KLEIN, D.F.; Mind, Mood, And Medicine
II. SENSATIONS AND PERCEPTION
BURNS, DAVID D.; The Feeling Good Handbook
DASS, RAM; Be Here Now
HOFF, B.; The Tao of Pooh; The Te of Piglet
KABOT-ZIN, JOHN; Psychology of Consciousness
ORNSTEIN; Psychology of Consciousness
PIRSIG, R.; Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
RAY; Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior
TART, C.; (ed.) States of Consciousness; Waking Up
VON OECH, ROGER; A Whack on the Side of the Head: How to Unleash Your Mind for Innovation
III. MOTIVATION
ALBERTI, LINDA AND EUZABETH EINSTEIN; Your Perfect Right: A Guide to Assertive Living
BOWER, SHARON ANTHONY, AND GORDON H. BOWER; Asserting Yourself: A Practical Guide for Positive Change
CARTER-SCOTT, CHERIE, PHD; Negaholics
CHOPRA, DEEPAK; The Way of the Wizard
COVEY, STEPHEN; The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People FREUDENBERGER, H.J.; Burnout: How to Beat the High Cost Of Success
FREUDENBERGER, H.J.; Women’s Burnout-How to Spot It, How to Reverse It, How to Prevent It
MALLINGER, ALLAN E., AND JEANNETTE DEWYZE; Too Perfec: When Being in Control Gets Out of Control
MARSTON, STEPHANIE; The Magic of Encouragement: Nurturing Your Child’s Self-Esteem
MASLOW, A.H.; Motivation and Personality; Religions, Values, and Peak Experiences

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NARANTO AND ORNSTEIN; On the Psychology of Motivation ORNSTEIN AND GOBEL; Healthy Pleasures
TAVRIS, CAROL; Anger, The Misunderstood Emotion; (ed.) Every Woman’s Emotional Well-Being
IV. LEARNING AND MEMORY
BANDURA, A.; Social Learning Theory
BECK, AARON; Love is Never Enough
BENSON, HERBERT; Your Maximum Mind
PAVLOV, I.; Conditioned Reflexes
PIAGET, J.; The Origins of Intelligence in Children
SELIGMAN, MARTIN E. P.; Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life
SKINNER, B.; Beyond Freedom and Dignity; About Behaviorism; Walden Two
V. MATURATION AND DEVELOPMENT
AMES, LOUISE BATES; Raising Good Kids: A Developmental Approach to Discipline
BACH, GEORGE, AND PETER WYDEN; The Intimate Enemy: How to Fight Fair in Love and Marriage
BARBACH, LONNIE, AND DAVID L. GEISINGER; Going the Distance: Secrets to Lifelong Love
BETTELHEIM, BRUNO; A Good Enough Parent
BLAU, MELINDA; Families Apart: Ten Keys to a Successful Co- Parenting
BLOOMFIELD, HAROLD, SIRAH VETTESE, WTM ROBERT KORY; Life-Mates: The Love Fitness Program for a Lasting Relationship BOLLES, RICHARD NELSON; What Color is Your Parachute? BROWN, HELEN GURLEY; The Late Show: A Semiwild but Practical Survival Plan for Women Over 50
BUCKMAN, ROBERT; I Don’t Know What to Say: How to Help and Support Someone Who is Dying
CLAPP, GENEVIEVE; Divorce and New Beginnings: An Authoritative Guide to Recovery and Growth, Solo Parenting, and Stepfamilies
FABER, A. AND MAZLLSK E.; How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
FISHEL, ELIZABETH; Sisters Shared Histories and Lifelong Ties INLANDM CHARLES B., AND MARIE HODGE; 100 Ways to Live to 100
JAMES, JOHN W, AND FRANK CHERRY; The Grief Recovery Handbook
KUBLER-ROSS, E.; On Death and Dying, Death: The Final Stage of Growth
LESHAN, EDA; It’s Better to be Over the Hill Than Under It
MEYER, CHARLES; Surviving Death

NELSEN, JANE; Positive Discipline
PIPHER, MARY, PHD; Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls
RANDO, THERESA A.; How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies
RING, KENNETH; Heading Towards Omega: In Search of the Meaning of Near Death Experience
SHEEHY, GAIL; Passages
SOMALIN, N. AND MORAGLOW-JABLOW, M.; Loving Your Child is Not
SMOLIN, ANN, AND JOHN GUINAN; Healing After the Suicide of a Loved One
STATMAN, JANBERUNGER; The Battered Women’s Survival Guide TAVRIS, CAROL; The Mismeasure of Woman
WEMAUS, EVONNE AND FRIEDMAN, KAREN; Stop Struggling With Your Child
VIORST; Necessary Losses
VI. PERSONALITY BOLTON, R.; People Skills
BEATTIE, MELODY; Co-Dependent No More
BORYSENKO, JOAN; Guilt is the Teacher, Love is the Lesson BRANDEN, NATHANIEL; The Power of Self-Esteem CARTER-SCOTT, CHERIE; Negaholism: How to Recover from Your Addiction to Negativity and Turn Your Life Around
COREY & COREY; I Never Knew I Had a Choice
ERIKSON, E.; Childhood and Society; Gandhi’s Truth
FRANKL. V.; Man’s Search for Meaning
FREUD, SIGMUND; New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis; The Interpretation of Dreams
GLASSER, WILLIAM; Control Theory: A New Explanation of How We Control Our Lives
HALL, A.; Primer of Freudian Psychology
HALPERN, HOWARD M. PH.D; How to Break Your Addiction to a Person
HERMAN, JUDITH LEWIS; Trauma and Recovery
INLANDER, CHARLES AND MARIE HODGE; 100 Ways to Live to 100 JAMISON, KAY REDFIELD, PRD.; An Unquiet Mind – A Memoir of Moods and Madness
KEISERY AND BATES; Please Understand Me
LEMAN; The Birth Order Book
LOVE, PATRICIA; The Emotional Incest Syndrome
MASLOW, A.; Towards a Psychology of Being
MASTRICK, JIM AND BILL BIRNES; Strong Enough for Two: How to Overcome Codependence and Other Enabling Behavior and Take Control of Your Life

MAY, R.; Man’s Search for Himself
NORWOOD, ROBIN; Women Who Love Too Much
PECK, M-SCOTT; The Road Less Travelled; A Bed by the Window PIPIHER, MARY, PH.D; Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls
ROGERS, C.; On Becoming a Person; Freedom to Learn for the 80’ SATIR, VIRGINIA; The New Peoplemaking
STEVENS, BARRY; Person to Person: The Problem of Being Human WHITFIELD, CHARLES L., M.D.; Healing the Child Within WHOLEY, DENMS; Becoming Your Own Parent YALOM; Existential Psychotherapy
VII. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
ARONSTON, E.; The Social Animal
HATFIELD, E. AND SPRECHER, S.; Mirror, Mirror. The Importance of Looks in Everyday Life
JOHNSTON, JONI; Appearance Obsession: Learning to Love, the Way You Look
MATTHEWS, CHRISTOPHER; Hardball – How Politics is Played MCGNNIS, A.L.; The Friendship Factor
PECK, M. ROBERT, M.D.; The Road Less Travelled and Beyond TANNEN, DEBORAH; That’s Not What I Meant; You Just Don’t Understand.- Women and Men in Conversation
ZIMBARDO, PHILIP G.; Shyness: What It Is, What to Do About It

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