Psychology has long been known as an important and widely studied subject that enlightens individuals about their own personality as well as social interactions. So far millions of books in the subject of psychology have been written and published over the course of years. Certainly, every reader has his own list of favorites to choose from, but if you want to add some spice into your collection, here is what we have carefully selected for you–a short collection of some popular and classic psychology books.
5 Classic Psychology Books
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
Author Oliver Sacks has smartly described the pattern and explanation behind the neurological theories in this book to create an interest in psychology students as well as casual readers with no background in psychology or neurology. The neurologist Oliver Sacks wrote his book based on the stories of patients who suffer from various neurological disorders. His words enrich the readers with the vision of how neurological disorders affect personal mental state.
Pioneers of Psychology
Raymond E. Fancher described the history of psychology in such a delicate and interesting way that no one can say that history is a boring subject. He started the history from scratch and landed up in the present day. The book is a beautiful and artistic blend of the events that lead to the development of this subject and it also discusses the contribution of great psychologists who contributed tremendously in the process. Not a name has been skipped and not a word or effort has been ignored by Fancher. Contributions of great think tanks like Locke, Freud, Skinner, Darwin and Descartes are all well-discussed.
The Interpretation of Dreams
No one can deny the role of Freud in the world of psychology. It won’t be wrong if saying that Freud’s work gave psychology its real meaning. Freud with his extraordinary intelligence, his genius mind and endless efforts are explained in this book. Since it is not easy to understand the theories and mindwork of Freud, an avergae reader may have to try a little harder to understand this book. The aim of the author is to retrain the thought process of the readers and let them learn the process of psychoanalysis in order to identify the development of id, ego and superego.
On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy
Carl Rogers, a name that requires no formal introduction, created this wonder book. We are all aware of the great achievements of Carl in the revolutionary psychology and his role in introducing psychotherapy. His concept of “client-centered therapy” is still a main focus in practical applications. His hard work and ideas gave a pathway to the new comers to understand the basis of psychology. You will be definitely amused if you are interested in learning more about Carl Rogers or humanistic psychology.
Psychology and Life
Psychology and Life offers a great deal of activities and researches to help individuals to learn and explore the meaning of life in detail. It gives student the insight and motivation to master the art and skillset to achieve desired goals in their professional life. The master-piece "Psychology and Life" offers a wide horizon from which the reader can select, they can choose from best of the research material to know the 'why and 'how' of the author's theories. More than 200 researches have been discussed in this book with their psychological aspects and variations.
5 Popular Psychology Books
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Don't we all want to learn and understand people around us? Knowing how individuals think and how they react to things can definitely help you be the "people's man." It’s complicated, but all these aspects are clearly stated in this book. The author, a noble prize winner in the field of Economics, Daniel Kahneman, did a great job at explaning the matters to the readers. But here is a little warning: this book is definitely not an easy read and requires you to focus on the words in the true context.
Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life
Ph.D Chad LeJeune, best known as a specialist in the management of anxiety, regarded this book as a challenge to the readers, whom were encouraged to do something worthwhile for their own good. It specially talks about how we can tackle the hardships of life without hurting ourselves. Ph.D Ari Tuckman, who also recommended the book, said that the book tells us that limiting our scope and avoiding the unwanted situations affects our learning and achievements. We can do a lot more by experiencing and facing the unexpected circumstances.
The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking
This marvelous book is a masterpiece of Oliver Burkeman. He gave this book a very unique style by involving many characters: experts of terrorism, psychologist, philosophers, spiritual teachers, businessman and Buddhists. All these characters think of life in a similar fashion. They believe that thinking positively and having an optimistic opinion all the time can often cause troubles in life. They believe that problem is a component of solution making process. This book is unique since author tried explaining that embracing the negative way can also bring success and happiness. These negative thoughts include insecurity, defeatism and humiliating failure. Although no one really like these negative thoughts, if you truly embrace these, you will become a more successful and strong person.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
This book is based on the life events and experiences that govern our life. Each and every person is somehow addicted to something and at the end it is difficult to shake off the addiction without effort. This book explains how the brain processes the information and how things work. The author also explains how to tackle the addictions and how to maintain compliance on the long term.
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts
There are many ways to express your love to someone. For example, most of us show our care and love by spending time, sending gifts, sharing kind words of affection, physical touch, staying loyal, etc. But we all prefer one way of care/love more to the other. This is called love language. If someone is not speaking your love language, it may feel that person is not in love with you. However, the reason could be a difference in the love language. Reading and understanding this book will help you develop a strong love relationship with your partner.