Michael A. Rousell

"Sudden Influence: How Spontaneous Events Shape Our Lives"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 73% (19 of 26)
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Top Reviewer Ranking: 433,637 - Total Helpful Votes: 19 of 26
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Gilbert's expose about how we just don't have a clear path to happiness makes sound sense. I found myself happily reading along, stumbling upon funny anecdote after intriguing illustration. He paints a clear picture, humorously approached, on how happiness happens to us rather than resulting from a planned experience. He's right of course: If we really knew what would make us happy, we'd all be much happier. Oddly enough, learning why and how we blindly search for happiness, often sabotaging our own efforts with ill-conceived plans and ideas, brings us closer to enjoying our lives. After reading his delightfully written and soundly researched gem, I now feel closer to making a path to my… Read more
Mind Of Its Own by Cordelia Fine
Mind Of Its Own by Cordelia Fine
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I like an informative book that also entertains with lively and humorous anecdotes. Fine delivers on both accounts. We all know that others are whacky with their self-serving philosophies and explanations, but Fine shows us with a variety of humorous stories how we ourselves participate in our own delusion; that we indeed see the world the way it really is. Fine personalizes many of her accounts by using her family as illustrations. This makes our own delusion-making processes acceptable. She also leads us to a conflicting insight: While we can, with meticulous attention to our own thinking, become aware of our own delusional and self-serving understanding of ourselves and the world, this… Read more
Unlock the Genius Within: Neurobiological Trauma, &hellip by MD, PhD, Daniel S. Janik
5.0 out of 5 stars Bold and Beautiful, April 1 2007
"What we have here is a failure to communicate." Through educational anecdotes and fastidious attention to neurobiological details, Janik exposes the weaknesses in our fundamentally flawed educational system. This isn't just another rant about educational delivery weaknesses, but a bold attempt to illustrate how human organisms actually learn/change at a fundamental level = education. Janik explains that much of the traditional education process and life's lessons themselves are traumatic in nature, forcing itself upon on us against our wills, creating emotionally traumatic experiences that change us through force of exposure or experience. Dr. Janik introduces the concept of transformative… Read more