Psychology and Human Development

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The Path to Purpose: How Young People Find Their Calling
Damon W. The Path to Purpose: How Young People Find Their Calling. Free Press; 2008.Abstract

Drawing on the revelatory results of a landmark study, William Damon--one of the country's leading writers on the lives of young eoeple, who book Greater Expecations won hte Parents' Choice Award--brilliantly investigates the most pressing issue in hthe lives of youth today: why so many young people are "failing to launch." Damon offers compelling portraits of young people who are thriving and identifies the nine key factors that have made the difference for them, presenting simple but powerful methods that parents and all adults can and must employ in order to cultivate that energized sense of purpose in young people that will launch them on the path to a deeply satisfying and productive life.

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On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy
Rogers C. On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy. Mariner; 1995.Abstract

From the book jacket:  The late Carl Rogers, founder of the humanistic psychology movement, revolutionized psychotherapy with his concept of "client-centered therapy." His influence has spanned decades, but that influence has become so much a part of mainstream psychology that the ingenious nature of his work has almost been forgotten. A new introduction by Peter Kramer sheds light on the significance of Dr. Rogers's work today. New discoveries in the field of psychopharmacology, especially that of the antidepressant Prozac, have spawned a quick-fix drug revolution that has obscured the psychotherapeutic relationship. As the pendulum slowly swings back toward an appreciation of the therapeutic encounter, Dr. Rogers's "client-centered therapy" becomes particularly timely and important.