Archives for July, 2009

Culture and Emotions

Anxiety, depression, and other emotional problems are usually considered to be caused by a combination of genetic, biological, and psychological factors. However, culture may also raise the risk of certain emotional reactions. In our recent book Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies, we discuss the emphasis on individualism, prevalent in most Western cultures as a possible contributor to a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues.

Multiple studies have looked at how increasing people's focus on themselves causes negative feelings and lowers the ability to...
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Self Esteem, Hollow Kids, and a Gift of Gratitude from Us to You

We are nearing the 8th anniversary of the publication of our book, Hollow Kids: Recapturing the Soul of a Generation Lost to the Self-Esteem Myth. We were especially pleased with this book. Although the book briefly received substantial attention from national media such as CNN; events around 9-11, the sale of the publisher, and other miscellaneous happenings quickly closed the door on such attention and sales. We are not bemoaning the book's rapid demise into out of print status. But we do feel good that media such as Parent Magazine, Better Homes & Garden, the New York Post, and the Washington Times continued to write articles about it for several years after it was no longer available. And a colleague of ours recently wrote a review of the book that pleased us even more.

Even though we have a newly released book, Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies, that we would dearly love to attract attention to, we wanted to do something special for the 8th anniversary of Hollow Kids. Does this mean we're going to pitch an expensive copy to you? No. We feel grateful for the following we've had for our Anxiety and OCD Exposed blog and decided that we'd like to offer our readers a free pdf download of Hollow Kids from now until August 31st. It's the complete book, not a condensed online version. No catch; no strings. We just want to express our gratitude for your interest and following. Of course, if you feel like checking out Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies while you're at it, that would be great too!

By the way, this book has been a bit controversial. We look forward to an honest, respectful debate about our ideas. Here's the review by our colleague (presented with permission) recently published in the New Mexico Psychological Association's newsletter. See what you think.

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