New Books - Nonfiction
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
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
The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight
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
The 10 Best Anxiety Busters: Take Control of Your Worry
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
The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Attracting People
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
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
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
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
The Truth Doesn’t Have to Hurt
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
Changing the Conversation: 17 Principles of Conflict Resolution
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