self help books

Topics: Obesity, Obsessive–compulsive disorder, Nutrition Pages: 6 (1936 words) Published: November 10, 2013
Hector Herrera
Mr. Stocker
Introduction to Psychology
10 November 2013
Review On Various Self – Help / Psychology Books
Many people will not start looking for help in books until there is a reason to. A person will wait until there is a problem and then will start looking into different methods to research an issue. Some issues might be personal, so one might avoid profession help. A few good researching options would be Bookstores, the internet, and/or a public library. The public library located in downtown Aurora offered a variety of self-help and psychology books. Although some topics were more popular than others such as weight loss and dieting. These topics alone held over a hundred different authors writing their views on how to achieve weight loss and/or dieting according to their research. Another topic such as, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder had very few books on the shelves. Some topics were more up to date and other less popular topics out dated such as OCD. I reviewed books on Anger Management, Autism, Depression, Obsessive – Compulsive Disorder, Stress, and Weight Loss. At this day and age, it would seem most likely at some point in a person’s life they would suffer from Anger or Stress. I wanted to see what was available and how informative these types of books would be. The other topics I choose for general knowledge. I wanted to see for myself what kind of information someone can get from these type of self-help books and whether they would prove to be helpful or not.

The 30 Minute Therapy for Anger, is a little 107 page book written by Ronald T. Patter-Efron, Ph.D., LCSwa psychotherapist and Patricia S. Patter-Efron MS, a clinical therapist. Mentioning the “30 minute” caught my attention but it will take you longer to read then stated 30 minutes. These book is divided into three parts. The first part helps identify the trouble spots. The second part helps you to set realistic goals to deal with your anger. The third part tells you how to implement it all into your life. Chapters are also divided into three parts. First there is a brief introduction to the topic, than helpful ideas, and lastly it offers extra suggestions on that topic. The authors claim “everything you need to know in the lease amount of time”. I found it very informative, understandable, and practical. Good for learning to handle the average person’s anger issues. If you have a serious anger issue, it’s a start into the right direction.

Letting Go of Anger, is also by Ronald T. Patter-Efon, Ph.D. and Patricia S. Patter-Efon, MS, gets into more depth on the eleven most common styles of anger. The authors claim to show ways to “communicate your anger in healthy ways. To understand the whole range of anger style and you’ll be able to better manage angry feelings”. This book has a more positive outlook and is good for personal growth. A well written helpful book for understanding and learning to handle your anger. Easy to follow.

Stop Overreacting, by Judith P. Siegel, Ph.D. LCSw claims to “help identify your emotional triggers, new ways of processing impulsive thoughts and feelings, and how your emotions can undermine your ability to think rationally in moments of crises and stress”. I found this book to be true to what claims they made. They provide a lot of information and helpful in ways of dealing with anger. It explains how your emotions were programmed at an early age by your primary caregivers. Includes scenarios of people getting angry and overreacting. Then explains why they might do it, like beliefs they grew up with. Then ask questions about yourself to see how well you really know yourself. Easy to follow and understand.

Engaging Autism, claimed to “cover all types of autism spectrum disorders or ASD from earliest signs in infancy thru school years, and adulthood”. Written by Stanley I. Greenspan, MD, and Serena Wieder, Ph.D. an editor also. Greenspan is a clinical professor...
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