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Critical acclaim for Dr. Archer's new book:
Library Journal: In this extraordinary book, Archer challenges conventional thinking…
He examines a range of fundamental human personality traits, showing how such traits are not simply present or absent but are instead manifested along a continuum…

Booklist Online: Archer contends that many personality types and symptoms are now receiving excessive evaluations, overdiagnosis, and overtreatment. The central message is clear: "Good mental health comes from embracing who you are in every area of your life.” Now that’s a psychiatric pep talk guaranteed to rev up any reader...

Kirkus Review:Frustrated with today’s "overdiagnosed, overmedicated, and undertreated society,” Archer attempts to destigmatize eight common psychological ailments by quantifying the dominance level of their inherent traits...
Archer’s creative redressing of these pathologically considered conditions is compelling and will definitely capture the attention of readers...
Optimistic and creatively inspired assessments...
 
Publisher's Weekly: With his fresh approach and some interesting ideas, Archer normalizes personality characteristics too often seen as pathological.

In Better Than Normal, Dr. Archer offers an empowering framework for redefining what constitutes mental health. Drawing on his twenty years of clinical experience, he describes eight traits of human behavior—heretofore known only as psychiatric diagnoses.
 
Each of these occurs along a continuum rather than as a simple on-off switch (where "off” means we’re fine, and "on” means we’ve got a problem). These are the aspects of our personality that we worry about the most, but these are also the very things that make us distinctive and different.
 
According to Dr. Archer, each of us has a unique personality that emerges from our hardwired genetics and individual life experiences. With Better Than Normal, you can map your individual characteristics by taking the eight trait self-assessment quiz and see how what makes you different can indeed make you exceptional.
 
Filled with engaging anecdotes and practical tools to help you capitalize on your unique characteristics, Better Than Normal offers a new and liberating way to look at ourselves and others.

   

 

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