Mind, Psychology, etc.
Literature references and annotations by Dick Grune, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last update: Mon May 2 09:16:18 2016.
These references and annotations were originally intended
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that they may be useful to others.
There is no claim to completeness or even correctness.
Each annotation represents my understanding of the text
at the moment I wrote the annotation.
No guarantees given; comments and content criticism welcome.
Heleen van Royen,
in Dutch: Naughty,
Foreign Media Books,
Collage of the erotic psyche of 14 prominent Dutch women, through
self-revelation and interviews by the authors.
"Mijn naam is Freud -- Iki Freud",
Eclectic autobiography of the author, a psychoanalyst, covering the period of
1937-2004. Her war experiences, Israel, Hungary, Indonesia. Interesting
material described in a rather matt style.
The subtitle is "Confessions of a Psychoanalyst", but for confessions the
author keeps much to herself. Situations and events are described very
factually, are seldom commented upon, and even then only in the vaguest
terms. One is tempted to pry the sentences off the page to see what is
underneath. The first paragraph is symptomatic, in which she tells how her
family name has influenced her, without telling that she is from the Hungarian
branch of the family and not (directly) related to Sigmund Freud.
"Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life",
Irvin D. Yalom,
"The Gift of Therapy: Reflections on Being a Therapist",
"Comment apprivoiser son crocodile",
in French: How to Appease Your Crocodile,
Daniel L. Schacter,
"The seven sins of memory: how the mind forgets and remembers",
[From Scientific American:]
Absent-mindedness: forgetting where you left things.
Transience: the weakening of memory over time.
Blocking: the inability to recall a familiar name of fact.
Misattribution: assigning an item of memory to the wrong source.
Suggestibility: the implanting of memories through leading questions.
Bias: the unconscious reshaping of a memory under the influence of later
facts or opinions.
Persistence: the repeated recall of disturbing information or events
that one would prefer to forget.
"The Mind Doesn't Work That Way",
Bradford / MIT Press,
Herman G.M. Westenberg,
Johan A. Den Boer,
Wim van den Brink ,
"Serotonergic blunting to meta-chlorophenylpiperazine (m-CPP) highly correlates with sustained childhood abuse in impulsive and autoaggressive female borderline patients",
March 15, 2000,
"Freud and the False Memory Syndrome",
A. van Dantzig,
"Mensen onder elkaar -- Essays over geestelijke gezondheidszorg",
in Dutch: Among People -- Essays on Mental Health Care,
21 essays about philosophy, mental health and its care, and society,
emphasizing the situation of the non-religious person towards the
meaning of life, the limited extent of free will, and the protection of
children against violence.
The author advocates regular psychologist checks for everybody, in a
way similar to dentist checks, and some restrictions of privacy, both as
prerequisites to crime reduction, especially child molest.
In very clear and readable prose.
Marjo van Soest,
in Dutch: The Other Person's Soul,
Nijgh & van Ditmar,
Twenty-three, necessarily short, interviews with 23 very different
psychotherapists and psychiatrists, with comments on the interview by the
"Psychotherapy -- A Personal Approach",
Advocates a style of psychotherapy based on shared emotional experiences
between client and therapist, arrived at through negotiation (I think).
Is rather critical of traditional psychotherapy.
"An Intelligent Person's Guide to Psychotherapy",
Not at all what the title suggests.
It is actually a plug for evolutionary psychotherapy, psychotherapy
which helps the client to understand his problems in terms of natural
in-born reactions that were appropriate at one time in the evolution of
To prepare the field for his evolutionary psychotherapy, the author
gives a sometimes not too flattering survey of the existing methods, and
then sets out to show that the effective components of the existing
methods are unified in evolutionary psychotherapy.
"How the Mind Works",
Marietta van Attekum,
"Aan den lijve -- Lichaamsgerichte psychotherapie volgens Pesso",
in Dutch: Bodily -- Body-oriented Psychotherapy according to Pesso,
Swets & Zeitlinger,
Specifics of Pesso therapy: indication (missing basic need satisfaction), the
importance of the body, techniques ("structures"), examples.
"The Language Instinct -- How the Mind Creates Language",
Willem Jan van de Wetering,
"Jomanda -- Genezend medium",
Terence W. Campbell,
"Beware of the Talking Cure",
In spite of the title, this is not a general diatribe against
The main thesis is that therapy should target relations, not individuals.
The three traditional paradigms of psychotherapy, analytic,
client-centered humanistic, and behavior, are evaluated against this
thesis and unsurprisingly found wanting.
The author then describes "effective relation therapy".
Summary: don't do psychotherapy, do relation therapy.
Few case studies; little but not zero rhetoric.
Mark Victor Hansen,
"Chicken Soup for the Soul",
Deerfield Beach, Fl.,
"Workshop Jean Houston : Global Myth, November 14 - 15, 1992, "de Poort", Groesbeek",
Greetje van Os,
Stichting Foundation Dromenon-Europa,
"Liefde, seks en het hart",
in Dutch: Love, Sex and the Heart,
"The Network of Thought",
Harper & Row,
"The Book of Five Rings",
Very efficient, since the first page summarizes the book, stating 9 rules,
starting with 1. "Do not harbor sinister designs" and ending with 9. "Do not
engage in useless activities."
"The Lazy Man's Guide To Enlightenment",
THE book for the lazy person in search of enlightenment, and for the not
so lazy as well.
Good reading for all seasons.
Douglas R. Hofstadter,
"Gödel, Escher, Bach",
"Everything Talks to Me",
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh,
"Psychology of the Esoteric -- The New Evolution of Man",
Harper & Row,
"Liefde is ...",
"Light on the Path",
The Theosophical Publishing House,
"Hoe to Be Your Own Best Friend",
"Zen Flesh, Zen Bones",
Collection of four small books: 101 Zen Stories; The Gateless Gate, a
collection of 49 koans; 10 Bulls, ten stages in the development of awareness,
each illustrated by a wood-cut, a poem and a comment, leading on the 8-th
stage to emptiness, but returning on the 10-th stage to mingling with the
Centering, an Indian list of 7 questions on life, the universe and everything
else, with 112 answers.
"People in Trouble",
Farrar, Straus and Giroux,
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh,
"And the Flowers Showered",
Swami Janakananda Saraswati,
"Yoga, Tantra and Meditation",
"Windows of the Mind -- The Christos Technique of Mind Travel",
Bridport, Dorset, UK,
Joost de Klerk,
"De platwormen vervelen zich",
M. Lietaert Peerbolte,
"De schommel van Krishna",
"Ontspanning door autogene training",
"De functie van het zenuwstelsel",
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
"Het verschijnsel mens",
"An Introduction to Zen Buddhism",
"The Magical Number Seven, Plus Or Minus Two: Some Limits On Our Capacity for",