Div. 32 provides reviews on books, films, journals and other media relevant to psychology, particularly the field of humanistic psychology.
- I and Thou: Rank, Rogers, & the Birth of the Cool (PDF, 212KB) by Ed Mendelowitz
Clandestinely, I have always been of the mindset that some of the most astonishing displays of emotional and relational, ultimately devotional, acts of communion are to be found in music especially, perhaps, its improvisational expressions personified by jazz. The best of jazz would se em, regularly, to take things to a whole other level. Life without music, proclaims Nietzsche, is, put mildly, a mistake. It has never been lost upon me that Jung and Freud, their vast differences notwithstanding, seemed conjointly proud for having no feeling for music, neither of them seeming to realize the liabilities attending such glaring insufficiencies along these domains. In this sizable way, even Jung lags far behind the itinerant philologist by whom he, like Freud, was so thoroughly influenced The best of jazz luminaries get far beyond systems and key signatures, predictable archetypes and forms. Although I doubt that Rogers spent much time with, say, avant garde alto saxophonist Jackie McLean or even Miles Davis, he came to realize that, beyond the earthly I Thou dyad, there arose the possibility of listening, reverently, to the music of the spheres.
- Review of Postphenomenological Methodologies: New Ways in Mediating Techno-human Relations by Patrick M. Whitehead, PhD
The methods that are presented in this book each ask the prospective researcher to make a hermeneutic shift with respect to a variety of human-technology interrelationships. This hermeneutic shift allows the postphenomenological researcher to describe the reciprocal interaction between human and technology in its phenomenality. Beyond this hermeneutic shift and the resultant phenomenal descriptions, it remains unclear whether there is a method to postphenomenology at all.
- Review of Existential Medicine: Essays on Health and Illness by Patrick M. Whitehead, PhD
Patrick M. Whitehead, PhD, reviews a book that re-examines the philosophy of Martin Heidegger and the work of Swiss physician Medard Boss and their relevance to health care today.
- Review of Do Parents Matter? by Andrew Bland, PhD
Andrew M. Bland, PhD, discusses a book in which authors Robert A. LeVine and Sarah LeVine contrast parenting practices centered around the promotion of self-reliance within the insularity of the nuclear family structure in the U.S. with indigenous parenting practices in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Pacific.
- Review and author interview of: Drugging Our Children: How Profiteers Are Pushing Antipsychotics on Our Youngest, and What We Can Do to Stop It
Drugging Our Children scrutinizes the problem of overmedication in four ways: 1) The role of the pharmaceutical industry in creating a child market for antipsychotics, 2) the impact of antipsychotics on a child's developing brain and body, 3) the factors that have led the field of child psychiatry to make a devil's bargain with the pharmaceutical industry in its relentless promotion of antipsychotic medication as a first-line treatment and 4) the ways in which American culture undermines children's healthy psychological development and foments the belief that the lion's share of children's behavior and emotional issues are biochemical processes that can be fixed with a pill. But the book does not stop at a diagnosis of the problem; it also examines potential solutions.
- Solaris (Interstellar Space): a film review by Edward Mendelowitz, PhD
Edward Mendelowitz discusses the work of Russian director Andrey Tarkovsky and the implications of his work on our understanding of psychology and humanity.