Mind, Psychology, etc.

Literature references and annotations by Dick Grune, dick@dickgrune.com. Last update: Mon May 2 09:16:18 2016.
These references and annotations were originally intended for personal use and are presented here only in the hope 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, Marlies Dekkers, "Stout", in Dutch: Naughty, Foreign Media Books, 2007, pp. 256.
Collage of the erotic psyche of 14 prominent Dutch women, through self-revelation and interviews by the authors.

* Iki Freud, "Mijn naam is Freud -- Iki Freud", in Dutch, Meulenhoff, Amsterdam, 2004, pp. 287.
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.

* Steven Johnson, "Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life", Scribner, 2004, pp. 288.

* Irvin D. Yalom, "The Gift of Therapy: Reflections on Being a Therapist", Judy Piatkus, 2003, pp. ??.

* Catherine Aimelet-Pèrissol, "Comment apprivoiser son crocodile", in French: How to Appease Your Crocodile, Robert Laffont, Paris, 2002, pp. 336.

* Daniel L. Schacter, "The seven sins of memory: how the mind forgets and remembers", Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 2001, pp. .
[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.

* Jerry Fodor, "The Mind Doesn't Work That Way", Bradford / MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2001, pp. 126.

* Thomas Rinne, 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", Biological Psychiatry, 47, #6, March 15, 2000, pp. 548-557.

* Phil Mollon, "Freud and the False Memory Syndrome", Icon Books, 2000, pp. 76.

* A. van Dantzig, "Mensen onder elkaar -- Essays over geestelijke gezondheidszorg", in Dutch: Among People -- Essays on Mental Health Care, Boom, Amsterdam, 2000, pp. 215.
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, "Andermans ziel", in Dutch: The Other Person's Soul, Nijgh & van Ditmar, 1998, pp. 174.
Twenty-three, necessarily short, interviews with 23 very different psychotherapists and psychiatrists, with comments on the interview by the interviewee.

* D.J. Smail, "Psychotherapy -- A Personal Approach", ~1998, pp. ~86.
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.

* Antony Stevens, "An Intelligent Person's Guide to Psychotherapy", Duckworth, London, 1998, pp. 216.
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 man.
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.

* Steven Pinker, "How the Mind Works", W.W. Norton, New York, 1997, pp. 660.

* Marietta van Attekum, "Aan den lijve -- Lichaamsgerichte psychotherapie volgens Pesso", in Dutch: Bodily -- Body-oriented Psychotherapy according to Pesso, Swets & Zeitlinger, Lisse, 1997, pp. 144.
Specifics of Pesso therapy: indication (missing basic need satisfaction), the importance of the body, techniques ("structures"), examples.

* Daniel Goleman, "Emotional Intelligence", Bloomsbury, London, 1995, pp. 352.

* Steven Pinker, "The Language Instinct -- How the Mind Creates Language", HarperPerennial, New York, 1994, pp. 494.

* Willem Jan van de Wetering, Jacques Onderwater, "Jomanda -- Genezend medium", Strengholt, 1994, pp. 196.

* Terence W. Campbell, "Beware of the Talking Cure", Upton Books, Boca Raton, 1994, pp. 265.
In spite of the title, this is not a general diatribe against psychotherapy. 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. Interestingly written.

* Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, "Chicken Soup for the Soul", Health Communications, Deerfield Beach, Fl., 1993, pp. 308.

* "Workshop Jean Houston : Global Myth, November 14 - 15, 1992, "de Poort", Groesbeek", Greetje van Os, Delft, Stichting Foundation Dromenon-Europa, $D 1992 * pp. 12.

* Alexander Lowen, "Liefde, seks en het hart", in Dutch: Love, Sex and the Heart, Servire, Cothen, 1988, pp. 211.

* Krishnamurti, "The Network of Thought", Harper & Row, San Francisco, 1982, pp. 109.

* Miyamoto Musashi, "The Book of Five Rings", Bantam Books, Toronto, 1982, pp. 107.
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."

* Thaddeus Golas, "The Lazy Man's Guide To Enlightenment", 1980, Bantam Books,
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", Vintage Books, New York, 1979, pp. 777.

* Grace Spears, "Everything Talks to Me", Berkley Books, New York, 1979, pp. 230.

* Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, "Psychology of the Esoteric -- The New Evolution of Man", Harper & Row, San Francisco, 1978, pp. 168.

* Kim Grove, "Liefde is ...", Teleboek, Amsterdam, 1977,c1971, pp. 190.

* Mabel Collins, "Light on the Path", The Theosophical Publishing House, London, pp. ???. 1972; c1885,

* Mildred Newman, Bernard Berkowitz, "Hoe to Be Your Own Best Friend", Heinemann, London, 1971, pp. 59.

* Paul Reps, "Zen Flesh, Zen Bones", Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1957, pp. 163.
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 people; Centering, an Indian list of 7 questions on life, the universe and everything else, with 112 answers.

* Wilhelm Reich, "People in Trouble", Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1976,c1953, pp. 283.

* Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, "And the Flowers Showered", Rajneesh Foundation, Poona, India, 1975, pp. 276.

* Swami Janakananda Saraswati, "Yoga, Tantra and Meditation", Rider, 1975, pp. 113.

* G.M. Glaskin, "Windows of the Mind -- The Christos Technique of Mind Travel", Prism Press, Bridport, Dorset, UK, 1974, pp. 207.

* Joost de Klerk, "De platwormen vervelen zich", Agon Elsevier, 1974, pp. 222.

* M. Lietaert Peerbolte, "De schommel van Krishna", de Kosmos, Amsterdam, ~1973, pp. 32.

* H. Kleinsorge, "Ontspanning door autogene training", De Driehoek, Ansterdam, 1970, pp. 74.

* Schadé, "De functie van het zenuwstelsel", Spectrum, 1967, pp. 157.

* Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, "Het verschijnsel mens", Spectrum, 1965, pp. 281.

* D.T. Suzuki, "An Introduction to Zen Buddhism", Grove Press, New York, 1964, c1934, pp. 132.

* G.A. Miller, "The Magical Number Seven, Plus Or Minus Two: Some Limits On Our Capacity for", Processing Information * Psychological Review, 63, pp. 81-97. 1956,