I could not believe how flat I found “Flatland”… at least in the beginning. This 19th century satirical novella is a wonderful depiction of the social shortcomings of the Victorian Era and a skilled mathematical introduction into the world of multi-dimensions, but regarding the writing style, I found it rather monotonous.
After reading and reviewing two of Dr. Loretta Breuning’s books – „I, Mammal” and „Meet your Happy Chemicals” – here on Psychology Corner, she invited me to read and review her latest book – „Beyond Cynical” – that has been released in September. After my previous and very enjoyable experience of reading the first two books, I was looking forward to reading „the new one”. Little did I know that this was going to be the best experience so far!
Have you ever thought about why us, humans, are so interested in boosting our social status? What kind of attributes do we relate with the “status” concept and why do we feel so good when we reach certain hierarchical milestones?
Dr. Loretta Graziano Breuning, PhD – Professor Emerita of Management at California State University, East Bay, and a docent at the Oakland Zoo – explains the mammal search for status and happiness in two captivating books – “I, Mammal” and “Meet your Happy Chemicals”.
I believe these two books should be read together, because they complement each other so well and are fit for both professionals and enthusiasts in the fields of animal and human cognition and behavior and neurochemistry.
About a week ago I’ve been invited to read and review a book whose theme caught my attention immediately: “The Psychology of Dexter“, edited by Bella DePaulo (Ph.D.). Although other editors and publishing houses invited me in the past years to review their books, this is the first time I actually accepted and I am really glad I did so.
Here, on Psychology Corner, I’ve covered the “Dexter” subject in the article entitled 10 (Psychological) Reasons why we like Dexter Morgan, and now, when we are getting ready for the show’s 8th and final season, I really welcomed the oportunity of reading new perspectives on this topic and also refreshing my memory regarding key-concepts and dynamics of Dexter’s world.