By Mary C. Lamia, PhD
Magination Press, $9.95, 112 pages

Kids can use all of the help that they can get when it comes to understanding their emotions. Understanding Myself looks at the emotions most kids go through, albeit in broad strokes. There a number of spotlights on how some emotions have been studied and what those studies reveal about people in general, as well as quizzes to determine how strong that emotion is with the kid in question. This can be a useful tool, especially for kids that are entering the emotional maelstrom of puberty.

This is actually a fairly decent book; it groups emotions into useful groups, gives kids a chance to see where they lie on the emotional spectrum, and helps them find out if they are dealing with situations in a healthy way. Although the book may be a little simplistic in most areas and sometimes veers into assuming that the same situations are the same for everyone, it is basically a good stepping stone for kids and parents to start discussions on how they feel. For kids that are getting their first adult emotions, this book can be very helpful in dealing with them.

Reviewed by Jamais Jochim