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The Anti-Christ
The Anti-Christ
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1.0 out of 5 stars Did Nietzsche realy influence the Nazi., March 12, 2014
This review is from: The Anti-Christ (Kindle Edition)
The Antichrist is a robust text and this is a robust translation. But I had the impression that in the introduction already the translator wants us to connect that text to Nazi elitist ideology. I can only hope it is just a personal impression, but it made me too uncomfortable to keep these translations on my machine.
Michael Heller

Body Sense: The Science and Practice of Embodied Self-Awareness (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)
Body Sense: The Science and Practice of Embodied Self-Awareness (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)
by Alan Fogel
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why is it so important and so difficult to know oneself?, September 27, 2013
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In this book, Alan Vogel, an already well known academic developmental and systemic psychologist, uses his knowledge and imagination to theorize on his practice as a body mind therapist (Rosen method). He develops, among other thing, the notion that we have two distinct pathways to explore the world we live in:
1. The well-know pathways that allow us to discover what we can expect from others.
2. The more intriguing pathways that allow us to apprehend the dynamics of our own organism.
He shows that the second pathways uses fuzzier procedures that make it difficult to have an explicit comprehension of ourselves without the help of others. The differences are both psychological and neurological. They are therefore hard-wired and a particularity of the human condition.
It is through our contact of others that we can connect the fuzzier procedures of inner dynamics to explicit conscious perception and thinking. This clarifies difficulties on self-knowledge that have been explored since thousands of years by meditation techniques, psychotherapy and philosophers. A similar model is being explored by Gyorgy Gergely for his studies on mother infant interactions and of psychodynamic treatments. We have here examples of the interesting roads that are being opened by Pluridisciplinary studies carried out by psychologists who are excellent researchers and excellent clinicians.

Michael C. Heller, author of Body Psychotherapy, W. W. Norton, 2012.

The Collected Papers of Otto Fenichel,  First Series
The Collected Papers of Otto Fenichel, First Series
by Otto Fenichel
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the sources of body psychotherapy, June 12, 2013
This first series of papers, written while Otto Fenichel was living in Vienna and Berlin, brilliantly cover basic psychoanalytic themes that were developed in those days. I was particularly interested by articles showing how Fenichel participated in the creation of a form character analysis that is mostly associated to Wilhelm Reich, and texts on integrating body dynamics in psychoanalysis written be fore those of Reich. These texts not only highlight the close links that existed between them, but are also some of the oldest sources of what became body psychotherapy.
Michael C. Heller, author of "Body Psychotherapy: history, concepts & methods". New York: W.W. Norton, 2012.

Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 (1PC/1User) [Download]
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 (1PC/1User) [Download]
Price: $139.00

45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stay with office 2010, February 9, 2013
Passing to windows 8 and or office 2013 is mostly a loss of time. Microsoft try to impose a disagreeable visual environment at Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 (1PC/1User) [Download] at all costs, without allowing to modify it. If Microsoft can survive with such poor thinking, it will be without me. Thank you Microsoft for helping me to stop depending on Outlook, which has become particularly ugly and unpractical: e.g. I cannot get strong contrasts that allow me to see which mails have not yet been red.
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You Must Relax
You Must Relax
by Edmund Jacobson
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reading the old masters is some times more instructive than reading the most recent version of a method, January 14, 2013
This review is from: You Must Relax (Hardcover)
This is one of the bibles of relaxation techniques. He justified every technical point with in depth psycho-physiological analysis. What people seemed to have forgotten is that he could only obtain in depth physiological relaxation (e.g., lowering high blood pressure) by requiring an alternation between a three minute tension of one part of the body and a three minute loosening of that tension. We are far from most professionals who teach that method by encouraging to relax most parts of the body in ten minutes. Physiological relaxation seems to have requirements which are not those of the market. Because this point is clinically important, this book is not out of date. What is our of date are all the more recent books who think that relaxation technique is just an easy market which only aims at producing a soft comfortable relaxation. (Michael C. Heller has published a volume on body psychotherapy, published by w.w. Norton in 2012)

The Theft of History (Canto Classics)
The Theft of History (Canto Classics)
by Jack Goody
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An important subject caricatured, January 9, 2013
Goody seems to forget that Weber and Braudel had extremely powerful ideas, and tries to be more clever than them by pointing details such as the fact that the calender imposed to the world is indeed Christian. Even Braudel defends the topic better than what Goody proposes. This is a pity, because the theft of history is massive. I guess the book was written before it became evident that China is still the most powerful culture in history if we consider the last 30 centuries. Only the title is interesting.
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Pietra Del Paragone-Complete Opera
Pietra Del Paragone-Complete Opera
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of Rossini's best opera: well sung, poorly recorded, December 21, 2012
Rossini's La Pietra del Paragone beguines slowly but has then moments of incomparable pleasure and poetry. Yet there exists no satisfying recording of that work.
The opera itself is probably the best expression of Rossini's mania and depression. This is well represented in Spinosi's DVD version, with the excellent Sonia Prina and François Lis. However the direction is often imprecise, has no finesse, even less poetry and never takes off. The musical magic of this opera is well rendered by Newell Jenkin's version. It is conventional but precise, well sung and is supported by the young José Carreras who is at his best. The singers are not always refined, but the global direction is precise, has shadows and dynamic, lightness, poetry and becomes captivating. However the poor recording dampens the atmosphere. One can hear nearly everything, but the sound is dry and dull... which is exactly what this opera is not.

A Barefoot Doctor's Guide for Women
A Barefoot Doctor's Guide for Women
by Georgette Maria Delvaux
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars How to become an active participant of one's health ?, December 18, 2012
As usual, Georgette is sharp, tactful, clear and constructively critical. Her book is full of information that I find useful for myself and for ma patients. The style is lively, clear, and agreeable to read. I therefore strongly recommend this book for the soundness of the positions it takes and as an introduction for learning how to take care of oneself.

Icon: The Complete Emi Recordings
Icon: The Complete Emi Recordings
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brukner minus the beauty of the sound, December 18, 2012
Here is another victim of computerized copying of LPs. Schuricht's rendering of Bruckner's 8th symphony with the Vienna philharmonic is one of the most beautiful on record. One of its assets was how he exploited the beauty of the sound of the Vienna philharmonic. In this rendition most of that is gone. The previous EMI rendition had kept part of the beautiful sound but took out the sharpness and violence of the interpretation. Clarity was replaced by cotton. In this rendition the sharpness is again intact but the beauty of the sound has gone, it has lost is color and roundness. The sound has even become dry and harsh, and has lost most of its light. It nevertheless remains beautiful music. A wild and soft, anxious and violent Bruckner.

Rudolf Serkin plays Beethoven concertos, sonatas & variations
Rudolf Serkin plays Beethoven concertos, sonatas & variations
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19 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Please do not protect us from the roughness of Serkin's Beethoven !, December 16, 2012
Serkin's Beethoven is one of the roughest, angular and beautiful on record. The main advantage of this new album is that it contains most of the CBS recordings (even the Fantasy recorded at Marlboro). The sound is clear and relatively agreeable, and the balance between orchestra and piano is better than often. At this price it is a good buy. However it seems that the engineers put cotton all around, as if they wanted to protect us from the violence and roughness that is contained in the texture of Beethoven's piano music and Serkin's interpretation. The dynamic, violence, and even the incredible softness that this music can convey has been numbed (e.g., the Appassionata as compared to the same recording reproduced in Sony SM5k87993). The advantages of this volume are thus worthless once one takes the disadvantages into account.
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