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Blog Posts by Subject: Psychology

Mental Health: A History

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), now in its fifth edition, is used as an authority for psychiatric diagnosis and is constantly under criticism, in controversy, or under revision. Clearly, the diagnosis of mental disorders in an ever-evolving practice. Here are a few books on the history of mental health.Read More ›

Stressed Out? Try a Literary Rx

Here’s a selection of recent titles, ranging from personal stories to practical self-help guides, that tackle different approaches to easing our minds and breathing through the stress.Read More ›

Bibliotherapy: A Little Self-Help

If the gray days of winter have you feeling blue, try a little self-help reading. Warning! May cause mindfulness, self-awareness, and a better psychic state. Read More ›

Writing for Wellness

There are many takes on how to use writing and creativity to relieve stress, to find peace, or to organize one’s thoughts and increase the output of one’s ideas. Listed here are a few titles to take on the task of helping to find a sense of wellness in life.Read More ›

September Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

If you'd like to understand why more wild animals are venturing into urban environments; to discover how the great impressionist Monet ate; to examine the Polaroid-Kodak patent war; to celebrate the music and poetry of Leonard Cohen; to learn how to beat fatigue; to explore the economic consequences of climate change; to relive a harrowing but heroic moment in Armenian history; to argue against suicide; or learn how to cope with the narcissists in your life, please join us this month!Read More ›

A Little Light Bibliotherapy

We asked our expert NYPL staff members to recommend books that helped them stay sane and navigate life in Gotham.Read More ›

Booktalking "Life is But a Dream" by Brian James

Sabrina hears and sees things that are invisible to other people. These experiences are what drives her parents to admit her to the euphemistically named "Wellness Center." There, nurses fill her body up with pills, and the psychiatrists fill her mind with advice and talk, talk, talk.Read More ›

Booktalking "Smart Boys" by Barbara Kerr

However, gifted males can face social isolation from their peers due to their intellectual differences. They often feel pressured to choose between excellence and normality.Read More ›

Booktalking "Why Smart People Hurt" by Eric Maisel

Natural psychology is a 21st Century invention whose basic tenet is that a sense of meaning and purpose in life provides gratification and well-being. The author discusses one billion, or 15% of the 7 billion people who currently populate earth, as being intellectually bright. Certain challenges face these individuals.Read More ›

Booktalking "Reviving Ophelia" by Mary Pipher

In her practice, the author found adolescent girls falling victim to cultural ideals of thinness and feminine behavior. Read More ›

March Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Drawing as a form of inquiry... groundbreaking graphic designers... The U.S. a safe haven for Nazis... 1,000 years of visualizing the cosmos... a moment-by-moment account of Hurricane Sandy... the era of great American songwriting... the evolution of the painted nail...Read More ›

Substance Abuse: A Resource Guide For Young Adults

Addiction is a difficult disease to live with, no matter how old you are. As a teen, it may be especially hard. If you are looking for reading material about addiction or a place to go for help, the library is here. Read More ›

December Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

The lost tribe of Coney Island... building the Statue of Liberty... a culinary history of America in 100 bites... the sinking of refugee ship The Wilhelm Gustloff during World War II... a close-up of the planet Mars... forgiving, remembering, and forgetting in personal and political contexts... a road trip through presidential libraries... curious New York activities... what online data can tell us about ourselves... reducing inequality in the 21st century... the history of New York's mass transit systems between 1940 and 1968... tales from a world traveler...Read More ›

September Reader's Den: Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely, Part 2

Excerpts, discussion questions and suggestions for further reading based on Predictably Irrational.Read More ›

September Reader's Den: Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely, Part 1

I often find myself amazed by how weird humans are, so I appreciate books that prove we're all nuts. In the interest of sharing these hilarious, intriguing, and helpful case studies, this month I will be leading the Reader's Den in discussing the book Predictably Irrational, by Dan Ariely.Read More ›

The Jefferson Market University: Fall 2014

Come to Jefferson Market this fall to attend one of our courses.Read More ›

July Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Gangsters and true crime, New York City history, financial literacy, MacArthur, FDR, Khrushchev, Lindsay, Main Street, U.S.A., travel, learning and self-discovery, climate change, foreign policy, the collective afterlife, and great pizza are among the wide-ranging topics coming up at our Author @ the Library talks in July 2014! We hope you’ll join us for insightful discussions with the authors of these 

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Booktalking "DSM-5" by American Psychiatric Association

Want to find out what criteria mental health professionals use to diagnose mental disorders? Here are a few conditions and disorders (complete with classification numbers) that are either new in this edition of the DSM, or that I had not heard of prior to perusing this fascinating tome.Read More ›

January Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

A mystical history of NYC below Chambers Street… the link between our financial and environmental crises… the life and photographs of Ansel Adams… our always-on, simultaneous society… the 

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September Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

The centrality of sunshine… the most fascinating New York Times obits of the year… the riddle of the

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