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Sims' Symptoms in the Mind - An Introduction to Descriptive Psychopathology by Andrew Sims and Femi Oyebode >> Book review

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Rating Green

Genre Medicine, Psychology, Psychiatry

Publisher Elsevier
The Book As the name suggests the book introduces the reader to the various concepts of descriptive psychopathology.

Comments For a book that is 100% content, this is quite easy to read. The theories are explained so well that it is easy for the reader to understand the most arcane of concepts related to psychology presented in the book.

The coverage is also sufficiently comprehensive. Overall, this book is a must read for anyone interested in psychopathology. It has been the favorite of several psychology students and practitioners and deservedly so.

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The Double >> 30 seconds Review and Trailer

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Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) is working as a clerk. He is dedicated and brilliant in what he does and has some big ideas - but his timid and reticent personality makes him invisible to everyone. Even to Hannah (Mia Wasikowska), the girl he secretly loves.

And, then his bosses hire James (Jesse Eisenberg) who is exactly the same physically, but totally the opposite in personality - he is assertive and flamboyant, and does no work. He uses Simon to do everything, takes the credit, takes his girl - basically takes on all the good things in his life.

Rating: Yellow - a well-made art movie. For those who love to watch movies that are different, this is a must-watch. But, if you are looking for a typical commercial movie, this one may not suit your taste.
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Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media >> Book review and free preview

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Rating Green
Genre Non-Fiction, Media, Propaganda, Mass Communications, Politics, Social Psychology
Publisher Pantheon Books
The Book In the book, the authors put forward their 'Propaganda Theory' in which they outline the dangerous possibility of political parties controlling the mass media to move public opinions in their favor being a real scenario. In fact, not a scenario, but an everyday occurrence.

They present numerous data backed examples of how the effect of the media control is visible in the various attributes of communication used by the media. Of how the public opinion has been swayed to align with the goals of the state - to the extent of getting support for acts that no person would willingly, in his/her sane mind, approve of. They discuss how some of the events of the past may be interpreted very differently when looked at in an objective and neutral fact-based manner. (Did US really lose the Vietnam war?)

Comments The book is heavy with lots of facts and figures. …

A Girl Like Her >> 30 seconds Review and Trailer

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South Brookdale High School has just ranked amongst the top schools in the US. Everybody is celebrating. But, 16 year old Jessica Burns (Lexi Ainsworth) has landed up in coma, after a suicide attempt.

Amy Gallagher (Amy S. Weber) had come to make a documentary about what makes this school the best public school. Instead, she ends up trying to resolve the mystery behind Jessica's suicide attempt, and in the process surfacing a dark side of the schooling system - bullying.

Rating: Green - a gripping story makes a well made movie. The movie not only looks at the pain that the bullied undergoes, but also looks at the perspective of the bully and what makes her that. And, this is exactly what makes it a must-watch - no-one is demonised - there is depth in all characters.

If you are the parent of a young child/teenager, or, a teenager yourself, you must watch this movie.
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The Machinist >> 30 seconds Review and Trailer

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Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale) hasn't slept in a year. He thinks that everyone around him is plotting against him. Things get worse when an accident he's involved in leads to one of his colleagues losing an arm. Another incident soon after results in him getting fired. He sets out to find out who is behind his troubles, and, in the process discovers his own dark secret.

Rating: Green - a thriller that will keep you gripped onto the seat right till the end. There's nothing happy about this movie, but there's a lot that makes it a must watch. Great acting by Christian Bale. 
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