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Addicted to Unhappiness: Free Yourself from Moods and Behaviors that Undermine Relationships, Work, and the Life You Want
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Addicted to Unhappiness: Free Yourself from Moods and Behaviors that
Undermine Relationships, Work, and the Life You Want

by Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D. and William J. Pieper, M.D. (McGraw-Hill, 2002, 2004).

Everyone is born with the potential to live fulfilled lives, but many find it difficult to realize that
potential. Using real-life examples, the authors of this self-help book provide insights and effective
strategies that will help anyone choose and maintain the happiness he or she deserves.

“ Your birthright and the birthright of every child is a kind of nurture that makes permanent your inborn conviction of being loveable and loved. The result is a lifelong ability to take good care of yourself and your body, the knack of choosing and keeping loyal friends and partners, the capacity to work to your potential and enjoy it, the resilience to recover from setbacks and bad luck, and the ability to give your own children the gift of inner happiness. This is not a utopian view. Everyone has the potential for this kind of adulthood. And, as we are going to show you, the good news is that it is never too late. Even if you missed this type of happiness the first time around, we will show you how to create it for yourself from this moment forward.”

Martha Heineman Pieper & William J. Pieper
Addicted to Unhappiness (p.16)

Smart Love: The Compassionate Alternative to Discipline that will Make You a Better Parent and your Child a Better Person
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Smart Love: The Compassionate Alternative to Discipline that Will
Make You a Better Parent and your Child a Better Person

by Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D. and William J. Pieper, M.D.
(Harvard Common Press, 1999).

This remarkable book is enlightening parents everywhere about the Smart Love approach
to parenting. A recorded books edition of Smart Love can be found at

“ Martha and William Pieper focus on every parent’s desire: the happiness of their children. They recognize that the best thing parents can do to achieve that goal is to provide love and attention in ways their children can understand and use. They encourage the long-term view of development that speaks to children’s deep feelings of worthiness rather than to the here-and-now of how the child is behaving. The Piepers’ approach to parenting makes the process easier and more pleasurable for both children and parents. This book is a great overview as well as a resource for solving problems.”

Barbara T. Bowman, former Executive Director,
Erikson Institute for Early Childhood Education

“ Smart Love is a terrific book of practical tips, psychological insights, and wise childrearing philosophy. Everyone who is smart enough to read Smart Love will have a much better idea of why babies to adolescents do what they do and of how to steer a peaceful and loving course through the daily and sometimes perplexing challenges of parenting.”

Joan Ganz Cooney, co-founder of Childrens’
Television Workshop and originator of “Sesame Street”

“ At last! A parenting book that tells dads and moms it’s OK to follow their healthiest instincts. This definitely isn’t tough love, but it isn’t permissiveness either. Over decades of experience, the Piepers have developed and tested a positive approach that is successful with all kinds of kids. Whether you’re a parent or a professional, you will welcome the good news in Smart Love. You can enjoy a relationship with children that’s based on mutual respect. You don’t have to get tough-you can get smart!”

David S. Liederman, former Executive Director,
Child Welfare League of America

“ Excellent suggestions on how to be nurturing and compassionate, so that you can help your child become well-adjusted and happy.”

Ann Landers, former syndicated columnist

Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream!
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Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream!

by Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D. (Smart Love Press, 2012)

This endearing children’s story helps children and parents alike make sense of the nearly universal experience of having a bad dream. Winner of the bronze award from the Independent Publisher (IPPY) in the National Category of Children’s Books and the Mom's Choice Awards Highest Honor: Gold Seal of Excellence, this story tells of Joey, a happy bouncy kangaroo, who has a series of bad dreams and how his parents lovingly help him understand them. “Dreams are stories we tell ourselves for a reason,” says Joey’s father. Children will be fascinated and enlightened as Joey learns to put himself back to sleep feeling comforted and in charge.

“5 Stars... I wish I would have Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! when I worked with kids. The story is engaging and visually appealing. This is not a message book. Joey is not dealing with anything right or wrong. The story helps parents and kids deal with a terrifying experience—nightmares. The story offers kids empathy through the parents. How wonderful is it that Daddy is handling things, helping his son understand what is happening? Your child will adore the many characters in the illustrations. If your child experiences nightmares, he or she will adore Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! for the easy to learn technique that will have them once again peacefully sleeping all night. If a bad dream should occur, your child will have the steps needed to figure out why such a dream disrupted their sleep. Knowledge is power. Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! can give your child the power to calmly deal with bad dreams, through Joey’s story.”

Sue Morris
Kid Lit Reviews

Intraspychic Humanism: An Introduction to a Comprehensive Psychology and Philosophy of Mind
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Intrapsychic Humanism: An Introduction to a Comprehensive
Psychology and Philosophy of Mind

by Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D., and William J. Pieper, M.D. (Falcon II Press, 1990)

This groundbreaking book provides readers with a unified and inclusive theory of paradigmatic human experience, psychopathology, and psychological treatment. Intrapsychic Humanism presents a uniquely positive view of human nature.

“ Intrapsychic Humanism is the first presentation of a trailblazing, original psychology of the human condition. It advances a revolutionary developmental psychology, which generates a unified and inclusive theory of paradigmatic human experience, psychopathology, and psychological treatment. This exciting book has something for everyone: student, lay person, professional, parent, and anyone who has been reaching for psychological truth. It brims with thoughtprovoking insights which have immediate applicability to everyday personal and clinical experience.”

Antonia Bercovici
Past President, California State Psychological Association;
Department of Psychology, University of California at Berkeley

“ The authors’ task, to present a new ontology of consciousness, its accompanying epistemology, and the implications for psychological treatment, is monumental in its scope and complexity… A stimulating and thought-provoking treatise.”

Jacob Kraemer Tebes
Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology,
Yale University

“ This is a groundbreaking new approach to personality development and the etiology, nature, and treatment of psychopathology. It is also conceptually innovative in that it breaks in several respects with features of the philosophical tradition. Most notably, it rejects the solipsism and rigid 1st person-3rd person (subjective-objective, inner self-outer world) dichotomy that has been both the dogma and the scandal of philosophy since Descartes.

In this theory, the paradigmatic (or ideal) development of the child is founded on the establishment of a fundamental care-giving relationship between parent and child which, in development, yields a robust sense of self as agent, appropriate boundaries and relationships between that self and other persons and inanimate objects in the external world, and transforms the self into a competent care-giver. The causal and generative immediacy of this relationship bridges and voids the traditional gap between 1st and 3rd person, and places embodied, interacting, socialized selves in the world in a way that eliminates many traditional epistemological and ontological problems concerning the self.

Perhaps more importantly, Intrapsychic Humanism provides an optimistic view of human nature, a new way of understanding our psychopathologies, and outlines a form of therapeutic practice for their treatment… it presents a challenging and important new perspective on our nature, our problems, and how we should deal with them.”

William C. Wimsatt
Department of Philosophy, Committee on Evolutionary Biology,
Committee on Conceptual Foundations of Science,
the University of Chicago