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Bodyscript blockbusting: A transactional approach to body awareness
Bodyscript blockbusting: A transactional approach to body awareness
by Elaine Childs-Gowell
Edition: Unknown Binding

4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable insights..., 29 Jun. 2014
I still value the copy that I got in 1984. As a trainee psychotherapist I found that it gave me insights into how psychological traumas affect our bodies. I have lent it to many physical therapists for them to learn how the physical problems that they encounter may have psychological roots. A great shame for this to be out of print.


The Psychopath Test
The Psychopath Test
by Jon Ronson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly Out-Of-Date, 23 Feb. 2014
This review is from: The Psychopath Test (Paperback)
As other reviewers have said, there is little to laugh at in this book and it is weird that some journalists thought so...
To me, the saddest thing about this book is that the author obsesses about varieties of psychology that should have been left behind 40 years ago. It harks back to the 60’s and 70’s when conventional psychiatry defined 2 types of person – sane people and mad people – and the ‘sane’ people were empowered to invent as many different varieties of ‘madness’ as they could imagine. Certainly these models still exist and are used, but this book failed to condemn them. In fact, it is not until 6 pages from the end (P281) that he states that there are “people in the middle, getting over-labelled”, and yet 2 pages later he quotes someone saying “the people who say that kind of thing ... are very left-wing, left-leaning academics”. I suspect that by then Ronson knew otherwise, but to have conceded that point would have made a nonsense of the whole book.
Since the 70’s there have been many developments in clinical psychology that have moved away from the judgemental labels of the old systems. The best of these is probably the Process Communication Model of Dr Taibi Kahler which describes just six different types of personality, and shows how we all exhibit characteristics of all six, and that each type has both strengths and weaknesses. Whether we are sane or whether we are mad is just a matter of degree. This system gets away from the arrogance of one part of the population defining another. What’s more, if you are concerned about your interactions with a particular personality type it gives you a full description by which you can identify and communicate better with them. To continue the theme of the book, why worry about the violent psychopath in Broadmoor when they can’t do you any harm if they’re in Broadmoor? Much better to spot the persistent salesman who will sell you something you can’t afford, or understand why your ex ripped you off and learn not to get fooled in the same way again. (As Kahler’s PCM was used for two decades by NASA to pick crews for Space Shuttles it’s no exaggeration to say it is the most thoroughly authenticated model in clinical psychology, and therefore far worthier of study than the out-dated Psychopath Test.)
To summarise, if you know some psychology, you won’t learn much more from this. If you don’t know any psychology, this will teach you the wrong thing.


Famine to Freedom Discovery Channel
Famine to Freedom Discovery Channel
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £19.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A decent start..., 25 Jan. 2014
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If, like me, you were looking for a good place to start learning about the Potato Famine, then this is OK. It's cheap enough so you won't feel ripped off, but it's not so deep that you will go back to it again and again. It does start off with a great description of how a rural community depended completely on one crop. As the famine develops the history inevitably becomes entangled with the repression by English landlords and the flight abroad to the Americas. Here it is a little sketchy, and although it could do with more detail perhaps it will inspire you to look deeper into the politics of Ireland then and now. That's what I'm going to do...


In Search of the Trojan War [DVD]
In Search of the Trojan War [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Wood
Price: £5.70

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, can't agree..., 25 Jan. 2014
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I waited eagerly for 6 months for the time to watch this, and within 6 minutes I hated it. I gave it half an hour while I ate dinner and it got no better. The commentary by Michael Wood has the smug, self-satisfied, pious, breathless tone of a priest in a pulpit delivering a sermon. Why oh why do people think a sing-song delivery denotes sincerity and the passing on of great secrets? If only the director had slapped him after his first sentence and refused to record until he started talking properly. Hey, it was dated 1986, and things have changed, so maybe you can regard this as an historical masterpiece. My copy is going to Oxfam. If you find not archaeology, but the account of archaeology, to be fascinating in itself, then good luck to you.
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"Egyptian Morrocan Handmade Genuine Leather Ottoman Pouf, Medium PF-1-M"
"Egyptian Morrocan Handmade Genuine Leather Ottoman Pouf, Medium PF-1-M"

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 12 Jan. 2014
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I love it. It has alternating panels of either black or light/dark brown. I think the picture is totally realistic. Every panel has a gilt design which on close inspection might resemble something Arabic, but the overall impression is what counts. I stuffed it satisfactorily with the polyester fibre filler from 2 old pillows. I may shove in a third as the rest settles. To those who complain about an unsightly zip I say "You've got it upside down!" No it doesn't resemble something from Ancient Egypt that might have been found in Cleopatra's tomb, but for 23 quid I think it's a bargain. I wanted something to put my feet on and this is just what I wanted!


Cathexis Reader: Transactional Anaysis Treatment of Psychosis: Royalty:Cathexis Reader
Cathexis Reader: Transactional Anaysis Treatment of Psychosis: Royalty:Cathexis Reader
by Jacqui Lee Schiff
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary, 11 Nov. 2013
The work of Jacqui Lee Schiff has rightly received much criticism, but her extraordinary results should not be forgotten. People written off as incurable schizophrenics ended up healthy and sane, then went on to become trained therapists, then trainers of therapists, then helped write a book that is still acknowledged as an important landmark in the theory of Transactional Analysis. I know because I met some of them.


What The Bleep? Down the Rabbit Hole - 5 Disc Box Set [DVD]
What The Bleep? Down the Rabbit Hole - 5 Disc Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Marlee Matlin

21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Feedback From A Scientist, 25 July 2010
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This really is the most appalling rubbish, and Amazon ought to offer minus ratings for DVDs like this. I understand quantum mechanics well enough to know that the people spouting forth on this do not. This is pseudoscience at its worst.
The only qualified physicist to appear in the film (David Albert) says he is "outraged at the final product" and has claimed that the film's producers used selective editing to make him appear to agree with claims that he completely disagreed with. Research the others and you will find that they are all fruitloops.
I am considering asking Amazon for my money back because of the inaccuracy of their descriptions of this DVD. This has nothing to do with science; it is just one non-sequitur after another. If you don't know what a non-sequitur is, then find out before you expose yourself to this drivel...
(PS Anyone who believes quantum uncertainty acts at larger scales is welcome to stand in front of my car.)
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