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The Other Side of Normal: How Biology Is Providing the Clues to Unlock the Secrets of Normal and Abnormal Behavior (Large Print)

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

In The Other Side of Normal, Harvard psychiatrist Jordan Smoller shows us that understanding what the mind was designed to do in the first place allows us to demystify mental illness and build a new foundation for defining psychiatric disorders from autism to depression. Smoller argues there are no bright lines between normal and abnormal and explains where our personalities come from, and how our temperaments as infants actually stay with us into adulthood. Along the way, he tackles an even greater question—what do we mean by "normal"?—as he explores puzzles as wide ranging as the epidemic of multiple personalities and the shocking phobia of shrinking penises.

Based on Smoller's groundbreaking research and own experience treating psychological disorders, The Other Side of Normal changes the way we think about the human condition.

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In this enthralling work of popular science, respected Harvard psychiatrist Jordan Smoller addresses one of humankinds 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.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780062064974
Author:
Smoller, Jordan
Publisher:
HarperLuxe
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Psychology : General
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Personalityy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Large Print
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.28 in 24 oz

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"Synopsis" by , In this enthralling work of popular science, respected Harvard psychiatrist Jordan Smoller addresses one of humankinds 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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