David Kessler - Capture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering (Corte Madera)

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 7:00pm

Dr. David A. Kessler has spent the past two decades studying how addictive substances can influence our thoughts and behavior. In Capture, he considers some of the most profound questions we face as human beings: Why do we think and act in ways that are detrimental to our wellbeing? What is the origin of emotional anguish, from everyday unhappiness to mental illness? Is it possible that addiction, depression, anxiety, obsession, bipolar disorder, and even psychosis are somehow manifestations of the same biological mechanism?

Informed by the latest research in psychology and neuroscience, Dr. Kessler examines how our minds become captured, or taken hostage by a physiological process that feels beyond our control. He explores how the phenomenon of capture has been portrayed in literature, philosophy, religion, and art, from Aristotle's belief in the triumph of human virtue to William James' concept of selective attention. Dr. Kessler's theory is brilliantly and compellingly portrayed with stories from a diverse range of afflicted lives: ordinary people, prominent writers such as David Foster Wallace, Franz Kafka, and Anne Sexton, and criminals like Sirhan Sirhan and Ted Kaczynski. On the other side of the spectrum, Dr. Kessler also examines where the mechanism of capture offers the potential for psychological benefit, and may be responsible for experiences of positive change or transcendence.

David A. Kessler, M.D., served as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He is a pediatrician and has been the dean of the medical schools at Yale and the University of California, San Francisco. A graduate of Amherst College, the University of Chicago Law School, and Harvard Medical School, he is a father and a grandfather and lives with his wife in San Francisco, California.

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062388513
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Wave - April 12th, 2016

New York Times Bestseller