Tuesday, March 13, 2018

“Essays on Psychology”,

The book “Essays on Psychology”, by Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D., is written for psychology undergrads and also people who are interested in psychology. As the title states this is a compilation of “essays” on a very heterogeneous spectrum of topics. There are short texts on selected mental disorders like OCD, PTSD, pain, substance abuse, or schizophrenia. There are others on treatments like EMDR, DBT, meditation, or cannabis. There are several texts on psychodynamic therapy. You can find also pathographias of Gogol, Hemingway and others. Finally there are also essays on cultural or philosophical questions.There are many topics one would not find in other psychology books, from nymphomania to matricide. More important is that the essays regularly refer to Asian concepts of mental illness and treatment, which are often unfamiliar to western readers. The book is no textbook but a stimulating book which covers new topics or gives new perspectives on well known topics. It is stimulating and can therefore be recommended if you want to widen your own horizon and if you are happy to read thoughts different from what you may read otherwise.

Prof. Dr. Michael Linden
Charité University Medicine Berlin
Berlin, Germany

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