The Other Side Of Normal: How Biology Is Providing The Clues To Unlock The Secrets Of Normal And…

Paperback | March 5, 2013

byJordan Smoller

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In this enthralling work of popular science, respected Harvard psychiatrist Jordan Smoller addresses one of humankind’s most enduring and perplexing questions: What does it mean to be “normal?” In The Other Side of Normal, Smoller explores the biological component of normalcy, revealing the hidden side of our everyday behaviors—why we love what we love and fear what we fear. Other bestselling works of neurobiology and the mind have focused on mental illness and abnormal behaviors—like the Oliver Sacks classic, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat—but The Other Side of Normal is an eye-opening, thought-provoking, utterly fascinating and totally accessible exploration of the universals of human experience. It will change forever our understanding of who we are and what makes us that way.

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In this enthralling work of popular science, respected Harvard psychiatrist Jordan Smoller addresses one of humankind’s most enduring and perplexing questions: What does it mean to be “normal?” In The Other Side of Normal, Smoller explores the biological component of normalcy, revealing the hidden side of our everyday behaviors—why we ...

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Psychiatry has ignored the normal. The focus on defining abnormal behavior has obscured what turns out to be a more fundamental question—how does the biology of the brain give rise to the mind, which in turn gives rise to everything we care about: thoughts, feelings, desires, and relationships?In The Other Side of Normal, Harvard psych...

Jordan Smoller is associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:March 5, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic, Comprehensive and Easy to Read! What a fantastic novel to read, whether you are studying Psychological Sciences or simply interested in the relationship between the brain and mental illnesses. It is written in such a way that is easy to understand but still very engaging. The author has great use of case studies and it acts as a phenomenal summary and exploration to accompany any Personality Psych course you may be taking. Very impressed with this piece!
Date published: 2015-02-14

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“Are we born crazy, or is crazy thrust upon us? Smoller investigates.”