A View from the Cosmic Mirror
Reflections of the Self in Everyday Life
"Self-help for the wounded soul ... the authors masterfully develop their thesis and thoroughly support it with personal stories of workshop participants, the writings of poets and philosophers, Native American wisdom, Japanese folklore, pop culture and the seminal work of Carl Jung ... A beautifully rendered, well-organized and supremely effective guide, full of insights for the ages."
All of us have hidden parts within us. These are the things about ourselves that we do not see--our haunting darkness and our illuminating light. We often hide from our own flaws. But we also can hide from our own undeveloped talents and vital spirit. Most of us would like to discover a more whole and complete self. To do this, we must clearly see the accurate reflection of ourselves in the people and objects around us. What it takes is to discover our unseen but true reflection in the cosmic mirror.
A View from the Cosmic Mirror is a self-empowerment guide that takes you on an extraordinary journey into the very heart and soul of yourself. Co-authors Gary Gemmill, Ph.D. and George Kraus, Ph.D. soothe readers while raising their level of consciousness and insight into their own and others' behavior. A profound and practical guide, it allows readers to discover the unseen but true reflection of their innermost selves. It demands that each of us look at the elemental causes of who we are as individuals in the grand scheme of things--interrelated and deeply interconnected.
To read Chapter 1
of the book, click here!
To hear Dr. Kraus's radio interview
on AuthorTalk, click below!
Other Endorsements for A View from the Cosmic Mirror ...
"In a word, fascinating. Clearly illustrates the profundity and absurdity of our relationships with others. Takes the reader beyond the polarities of our conflicts with others to a place of renewal and hope for a more unified and peaceful world."
Philip Lichtenberg, Ph.D.
Director of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia and author of Encountering Bigotry: Befriending Projecting Persons in
"A View from the Cosmic Mirror is perceptive, timely and wise. Peppered with clinical vignettes, it encourages us to search our souls, our darkness, and our projections in the quest toward wholeness."
Kate Amatruda, LMFT, author of Sandplay and The Sacred Healing
"I am so on board with what you are saying in A View from the Cosmic Mirror. This book is for every one of us! It explains in plain language some of the most profound mysteries to understanding our deeper self. I learned in new ways how to uncover my own blind spots and become more whole, just by looking more closely at my experiences with others. Thank you for giving me some simple yet profound tools for becoming a more complete person."
Katherine Lewis, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist
"A View from the Cosmic Mirror is a gem of a book! Drs. Gemmill and Kraus have found a way to help us all see what lies behind our own blind spots. In science, we have learned that the act of observation always affects the objects being observed - there is no such thing as a completely objective observation. This, of course, is an even more fundamental dynamic in people's observations, perceptions and misperceptions of each other. A View from the Cosmic Mirror gives us a method for using our own reactions to others to become more aware of those parts of ourselves of which we are least conscious. This deeper understanding of ourselves leads us into greater wholeness, greater integrity, and greater compassion both for ourselves and each other. Congratulations to these thoughtful authors for finding a way to help us all grow in our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Kudos!"
Katherine LeVesconte, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist and Director of Community Services, Oesterlen Services for Youth, Inc.
At Wits End
Plain Talk on Alzheimer's for Families and Clinicians
This powerful book examines the psychological life of the Alzheimer's sufferer. It focuses on the whole person and their social, psychological, emotional, physical, and spiritual life. Part I: What is Alzheimer's? covers the basics of the disorder, how it can be distinguished from normal aging, and how it is similar to and different from other medical conditions that mimic its symptoms. Part II: Ways to Measure Alzheimer's deals with a variety
“Dr. Kraus has written an exceptionally clear and helpful account about Alzheimer’s disease that is accessible for professionals and laymen alike. Need to assess memory and/or behavior change in your older relative or friend? Dr. Kraus provides a plethora of valid tools and clearly explains how to use them. Finally, Dr. Kraus discusses the latest treatments in a concise and helpful manner. The book is illuminating to all who read it.”
Peter Lichtenberg, Ph.D., ABPP––
Director of the Institute of Gerontology
and Professor of Psychology,
Psychiatry, and Behavioral
Neurosciences and Physical Medicine
and Rehabilitation, Wayne State
of assessment methods that are commonly used to gauge the extent and progression of the disease. These include methods of measuring how the disorder affects changes in functional abilities and how the issue of competence to complete tasks of daily living is viewed by the psychiatric and legal communities.
Part III: Disturbances in Mood and Perception covers the impact Alzheimer's has on the array of emotional and behavioral problems frequently encountered in Alzheimer's, such as anxiety and agitation, depression, anger and impatience, inappropriate expressions of sexuality, wandering, and other troubling behavioral conditions. And in Part IV: Psychiatric and Psychological Treatment Approaches, I discuss the variety of traditional and alternative medicines available to treat the disorder, the emotional and intellectual symptoms commonly stemming from the disorder, changes that can be made to the afflicted person's physical surroundings, simple and common-sense ways of enhancing communication, fun learning activities useful in stimulating and maintaining the afflicted person's thinking and emotional stability, and ways of preventing the disease.
To hear Dr. Kraus's radio interview
on WYSO, click below!
Other Endorsements for At Wit's End: Plain Talk on Alzheimer's for Families and Clinicians...
"George Kraus's second edition of At Wit's End is chock-full of information about the etiologies and manifestations of dementia, filling a void with wide-ranging attention to the social, psychological, and functional aspects of the condition. He also explains what can be done for persons with dementia, emphasizing curiosity, pragmatism, and kindness. This book is a treasure trove of helpful tables, illustrations, and explanations written in accessible language. It will be highly useful to persons with dementia and their caregivers––including both family members and professionals."
Jennifer Moye, Ph.D., ABPP––associate director for education and education, New England Geriatric Research Education and
Clinical Center (GRECC), and associate professor of psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
“At Wit’s End is a gentle giant. You can pick this book up knowing absolutely nothing about Alzheimer’s disease, and put it down ready to have a conversation with the best of them. And it’s not just about the condition, it’s also about the person with the disease. Not your typical book on Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Kraus describes the disease in a way that one can understand––including what to expect when going for an evaluation, the diagnosis, living with the disease, changes in mood and perception, treatment, preventive steps, and even better ways to communicate with a person with AD.”
Mark Warner––author of The Complete Guide to Alzheimer’s-Proofing Your Home and In Search of the Alzheimer’s Wanderer.
"This is a great work of empathy, illustrating the experience and the struggles of those diagnosed with Alzheimer's. In the tradition of the scientist-practitioner, Dr. Kraus comprehensively covers the medical and psychiatric features of Alzheimer's and tells us what we can do about it. He empowers us with knowledge and a practical approach. What is distinctive about this work is that he focuses on the psychiatric side of Alzheimer's, this giving families hope again that they can have a positive impact on the quality of life of their loved one."
George Bouklas, Ph.D.––clinical psychologist and author of Psychotherapy with the Elderly: Becoming Methuselah's Echo
Chosen for the 17th Edition of outstanding University Press Books as selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries.
Librarians of the American Association of School Librarians and the Library Committee of the Public Library Association.
"At Wit's End: Plain Talk on Alzheimer's for Families and Clinicians" appears on the list of suggested textbooks by the American Psychological Association–Division 20: Adult Development and Aging for use by educators offering programs and courses on the psychology of older adults.
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