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Book Review: 'The Tools: Transform Your Problems into Courage, Confidence and Creativity'

Book Review Title: "The Tools: Transform Your Problems into Courage, Confidence and Creativity" Author: Phil Stutz and Barry Michels Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; 2012; 288 pages; $25 Psychology has become more of a pop cultural phenomenon than any other field of scientific inquiry. People throw around diagnostic terms like any other adjective, deeming their mother-in-law a narcissist, labeling their organized sister obsessive-compulsive, and claiming, albeit jokingly, that "adult ADD" is at the root of their own career ennui. It's not at all bizarre to watch reality shows film the once-confidential confessionals of therapy sessions, and Woody Allen has repeatedly immortalized on film the decades-long therapeutic relationships that are common in certain schools of therapy. People "shrink" themselves and each other, and frequently explain why they have their quirks and personality problems by looking back at their childhoods and the role t...