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Relationships and Human Behavior

Enjoy some of the best new nonfiction, available from the Ferguson Library.


Patrick, Wendy L.
Red Flags: How to Spot Frenemies, Underminers, and Toxic People
302.223 P314r

A district attorney offers her expertise on the minds and methods of users and abusers, advising readers on how to avoid becoming a victim.  The author issues her most urgent warning about the "Dark Triad," consisting of narcissists, Machiavellians, and psychopaths.  Source: Publishers Weekly, Jan 12, 2015


Gottschall, Jonathan
The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight
155.232 G687p

From ancient Rome to modern professional sports,  men cannot help fighting one another and society cannot help watching.  As he explors the sociological context, the author describes his own transition from a “wimpy" adjunct professor to a martial arts fighter.  Source: Library Journal, March 01, 2015


Wehrenberg, Margaret
The 10 Best Anxiety Busters: Take Control of Your Worry
152.46 W414t

Psychologist Wehrenberg illustrates ways to relieve physical symptoms of anxiety, sooth the uneasy mind, and change behaviors. A particularly helpful section lists tips on handling common scenarios that can be a source of strain, like meeting new people or saying no.  Source: Library Journal, Dec 01, 2014


Schafer, Jack
The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Attracting People
158.25 S299l

Author Schafer advocates "speaking the language of friendship," which involves observing, vocalizing, and empathizing.  His approach to observing human nature should prove useful in a variety of situations, from romantic meetings to interviewing criminals.  Source: Publishers Weekly, Oct 27, 2014


Blum, Linda M.
Raising Generation Rx: Mothering Kids With Invisible Disabilities
306.8743 B658r

Recent years have seen an explosion in the number of children diagnosed with "invisible disabilities" such as ADHD and conduct disorders.  Dealing with the daily trials falls almost entirely on mothers, yet few ask how these mothers make sense of their children's troubles.  Source: From the Publisher


Morris, David J.
The Evil Hours: A Biography of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
616.8521 M875e

With an estimated 28 million Americans afflicted including nearly one-third of returning military personnel, PTSD is likely to affect the life of everyone sooner or later. Old as human history, the disorder has only recently been recognized as a mental illness.  Source: Booklist, Jan 01, 2015


Jensen, Frances E.
The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Guide to Raising Adolescents
649.125 J45t

They can't help it, teens are in many ways unable to control impulses, make wise decisions, or understand what they do, says author Jensen.  She explains that today's parents  can use their teens' emotional outbursts and errors of judgment to help them learn.  Source: Library Journal, Jan 01, 2015


Bright, Deborah
The Truth Doesn’t Have to Hurt
658 B855t

While a criticism sandwich is rarely anyone's idea of a tasty snack, it is often a necessity, especially in the workplace.  Like a real meal, disapproval is also more appetizing when nicely served.  The author delves into the practicalities of managing teams and individuals.  Source: Library Journal, Nov 15, 2014


Caspersen, Dana
Changing the Conversation: 17 Principles of Conflict Resolution
303.69 C342c

Conflict mediator Caspersen offers 17 principles of conflict resolution in a highly graphic book that juxtaposes typical reactions and suggested alternatives that will ease tension and lead to resolution. The reader is encouraged to see conflict as an opportunity.  Source: Dec 01, 2014