Thursday, June 26, 2014

Review: Psych Major Syndrome by Alicia Thompson

Title: Psych Major Syndrome
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Author: 
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: August 11th 2009
Book: Hardcover
Recommended for: anyone who wants an older YA read




GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
          
 

Using the skills you've learned so far in Introduction to Psychology, please write a brief self-assessment describing how things are going in your freshman year.

Presenting Concerns:
The Patient, Leigh Nolan (that would be me), has just started her first year at Stiles College. She has decided to major in psychology (even though her parents would rather she study Tarot cards, not Rorschach blots).
Patient has always been very good at helping her friends with their problems, but when it comes to solving her own...not so much.
Patient has a tendency to overanalyze things, particularly when the opposite sex is involved. Like why doesn't Andrew, her boyfriend of over a year, ever invite her to spend the night? Or why can't she commit to taking the next step in their relationship? And why does his roommate Nathan dislike her so much? More importantly, why did Nathan have a starring role in a much-more-than-friendly dream?
Aggravating factors include hyper-competitive fellow psych majors, a professor who’s badly in need of her own psychoanalysis, and mentoring a middle-school-aged girl who thinks Patient is, in a word, naive.


Diagnosis: Psych Major Syndrome


This book -- though classified as young adult -- is set college! The main character is Leigh and she is on her freshman year as a Psychology student. The book is light on plot. Basically, the story is about Leigh over analyzing the things about her life, love, and school.

I liked this book not because of the plot or some major twist, but because of the witty dialogue. The  characters are the book's strongest suit especially Leigh. Alicia created a very relatable , opinionated  character. (Well, for one, I can relate to her ability to overanalyze things.) Leigh also shows her oddities. In this dinner she had with her boyfriend, she talked about fears and being afraid of clowns. Then, ended up talking about serial killers! HAHAHA.

Another fascinating thing about the book is that in every chapter you will be introduced to terms in Psychology like:
Cognitive Dissonance. An inconsistency between what a person believes to be true and what a person knows to be true.
Hawthorne Effect. The tendency of people to behave differently if they know they are being observed.
Confirmation Bias. The tendency to seek evidence to support one's hypothesis rather than to look for evidence that will undermine the hypothesis.
Rationalization. The process of developing a socially acceptable explanation for inappropriate behavior or thoughts.
Mere Exposure Hypothesis. A theory that repeated exposure to a stimulus leads to an enhanced liking for it.
Lastly, the book talks about sex without it being preachy and it was a realistic take on the subject. And Leigh, being opinionated, shared: "Sex is not a competition." p. 161 I found myself rooting for her as she walks the path of self-discovery.

Other quotes I liked:
"Just go enjoy yourself for once without overanalyzing it." p. 16

"All I can sasy is that, if a dream means two people are destined for each other, then, why am I not with Jake Gyllenhaal by now?" p. 220


RATING:


4 hearts!
 PSYCH MAJOR SYNDROME taught me to live a little and to stop overanalyzing even the little things in life. A light read yet gives a realistic take on certain things. Give this a try! :)




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