Randy Pausch

"The last lecture"

On September 18th 2007 Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch delivered his last lecture. The story has been published in more than 35 languages. It tells about childhood dreams coming true and other important things the author understood...

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” 
― Randy PauschThe Last Lecture
“Look, I'm going to find a way to be happy, and I'd really love to be happy with you, but if I can't be happy with you, then I'll find a way to be happy without you.” 
― Randy PauschThe Last Lecture
“Luck is where preparation meets opportunity. ” 
― Randy PauschThe Last Lecture
“Find the best in everybody. Just keep waiting no matter how long it takes. No one is all evil. Everybody has a good side, just keep waiting, it will come out.” 
― Randy PauschThe Last Lecture

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Kelly McGonigal

"The willpower instinct"

You've read my article "What is Compulsive overeating and how can you treat it", answered the questions and found out you are a food addict? And you're not going to visit psychologist as you have no time/no money/no need for it! Start with Kelly McGonigal's book called "The willpower instinct". This is a great book. The author goes into a lot of detail and breaks things down into applicable steps instead of just presenting high level theories based on research.



Arnhild Lauveng 

"Tomorrow I was Always a Lion" 

The first book of Norwegian author "Tomorrow I was Always a Lion" was issued in 2005. It's an amazing book of amazing author, who had a diagnosis of schizophrenia for about 10 years. Nowadays Arnhild is healthy, she returned to study and work. Arnhild achieved a degree in psychology and works as at the Kongsvinger Psychiatric Center in Norway, where she can help people with schizophrenia.

I was really impressed. I think "Tomorrow I was Always a Lion" and her second book “As useless as a Rose” may be interesting both to psychologists and other readers.


Arnhild Lauveng

"As useless as a Rose"

I already described the first Arnhild's book  "Tomorrow I was Always a Lion". Clinical psycologist who won schizophrenia continues the theme. "As useless as a rose" as well as the first one is "written by author's blood". I'd recommend to start with the first book before reading this one.          



"Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes

The book is written in 1959 but is still interensting to read. After being mentally disabled for his entire life, a 32 years old --Charlie Gordan undergoes a surgery to boost his IQ. Here are some sayings from the book, mainly they belong to the main character Charlie: 

“I don’t know what’s worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be, and feel alone."

 “Now I understand that one of the important reasons for going to college and getting an education is to learn that the things you've believed in all your life aren't true, and that nothing is what it appears to be."

 “Intelligence is one of the greatest human gifts. But all too often a search for knowledge drives out the search for love. This is something else I've discovered for myself very recently. I present it to you as a hypothesis: Intelligence without the ability to give and receive affection leads to mental and moral breakdown, to neurosis, and possibly even psychosis. And I say that the mind absorbed in and involved in itself as a self-centered end, to the exclusion of human relationships, can only lead to violence and pain.”

 “April 6—Today, I learned, the comma, this is, a, comma (,) a period, with, a tail, Miss Kinnian, says its, importent, because, it makes writing, better, she said, somebody, could lose, a lot, of money, if a comma, isnt in, the right, place, I got, some money, that I, saved from, my job, and what, the foundation, pays me, but not, much and, I dont see how, a comma, keeps, you from, losing it,  But, she says, everybody, use commas, so Ill, use them, too,,,,"

And one of the most touching sayings I fully agree with:

 “There are a lot of people who will give money or materials, but very few who will give time and affection". Enjoy your reading!



Carol Parrish-Harra

"The new age handbook on death and dying"

It's good but while not easy to read. The author takes a lot from books of Swiss-born psychiatrist Doctor Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. I think it's better to start with the groundbreaking book "On Death and Dying" by Kübler-Ross, where there are the same five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.