Tsaoism: A Simple Guide To Understanding Children And Adults by Thomas Tsao MDTsaoism: A Simple Guide To Understanding Children And Adults by Thomas Tsao MD

Tsaoism: A Simple Guide To Understanding Children And Adults

byThomas Tsao MD

Paperback | September 1, 2012

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…a fun read. Serious yet prepared with a light and accessible touch. Highly informative. It covers a substantial range of material in a jargon-free manner while explaining core ideas, a rare trait! The volume will appeal to a broad range of people including patients, parents and many practitioners of different stripes. It is filled with solid, superbly practical advice and wonderful nuggets….radiates interpersonal and emotional honesty which adds to its convincing nature….Rarely will one encounter someone who so thoroughly enjoys working with mildly as well as profoundly troubled and difficult adolescents and their families, and conveys by word and action the respect he has for those individuals and their families…deserves to be, and I hope will be, published by a popular press for a broad audience.”


Dr. Tom Tsao is a Board Certified psychiatrist who still continues to practice in Virginia Beach, Va. at Atlantic Psychiatric Services, a practice he founded in 1982. Over the years he has taught and supervised students, interns and residents from the doctoral program at Regent University and the Eastern Virginia Medical School where h...
Title:Tsaoism: A Simple Guide To Understanding Children And AdultsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:204 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.47 inPublished:September 1, 2012Publisher:Koehler Studios, Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1938467000

ISBN - 13:9781938467004


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One of my major objectives in taking on this literary endeavor was the realization that most people’s lives are like the leaves of trees in the fall. After changing from green to various colors and shades thereof, the leaf falls off the tree and, with the autumn rain, is washed into a stream. The stream grows and flows, eventually emptying into a river downstream, in the process sweeping along the leaf. The river finds its way to the bay and finally into the ocean, where for the leaf and all its kindred souls the journey ends. Similarly, every person’s life follows such a course from beginning to end. We, like the leaves, are swept along by the flow of life; we seldom or never swim against the current, passively being moved steadily toward the end of our solitary journey through life. To put it another way, as a friend recently told me, “Only the dead fish go with the flow.” So, if your heart’s still beating, swim against the current!

Table of Contents

Crazy Baby
Smiling Elmo
Oedipus the King
Drill Instructor
Sense of Nonsense
Addendum 1: Women, Men, and Blue Balls
Addendum 2: ADD/ADHD Medications, the Truth
Addendum 3: Face Theory and the Holy Land
Final Thoughts

Editorial Reviews

“This book is Freud translated for the rest of us in today’s language. Dr. Tsao has taken insights from psychoanalysis and woven them in with other schools of thought and the latest concepts of neurobiology and genetics to present an understanding of human behavior that makes understandable common sense, not a small accomplishment indeed. His narratives about the lives of some of his patients make the book engaging, entertaining and alive. His unique conversational style leaves the impression that this is a discussion between old friends. A really enjoyable and quick read that I would strongly recommend to everyone from layman to the most sophisticated professional”Michael J. Manos, Ph.D.Clinical PsychologistCenter Head, Pediatric Behavioral HealthCleveland Clinic