7 Essential Psychology Books

7 Essential Psychology Books

New to psychology? These 7 easy to read books will help you understand the basics.

#7: The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
#6: Phantoms in the Brain by V. S. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee
#5: Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney
#4: Remembering Satan: A Tragic Case of Recovered Memory by Lawrence Wright
#3: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
#2: Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
#1: The Story of Psychology by Morton Hunt

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May 19, 2017 / 23 Comments / by / in
  • What are your favorite psychology books?

  • Great recommendations. I really like
    Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life by Mark Goulston
    Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
    The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

    Love your channel. Keep up the good work.

  • What are some good therapy books that you recommend? By the way, I love your videos.

  • I really like Growth Mindset by Carol Dweck.

  • Great! I haven't read any of these, but I'm going to get them all. ^_^

    I like Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf. It's a good look at how we read things. It's way more complex than you'd think.

  • Awesome. Always love finding out about new psychology books. Thanks for this episode! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I would highly recommend Thinking: Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman! It's a great book about human irrationality – about the unconscious errors in our thinking (the so called cognitive biases) that we all make all the time. It's a "must read" for everyone who wants to have a better understanding of how the mind works ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I really needed this ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you

  • As a grad student on summer break, many thanks for these recommendations! Going to try and read these in between working on my dissertation and internship essays! Adding to the conversation – this is a bit more of an 'already in the field but good to read' book – Yalom's The Gift of Therapy. Super helpful to read as a prac student this year.

  • Dan Gilbert's "Stumbling on Happiness" is a fantastic read. I would also highly recommend Richard Smith's book about schadenfreude called "The Joy of Pain." (Disclaimer: Richard was my graduate adviser.)

  • Can you recommend heavier reads.

  • Phantoms in the Brain has been one of my favorites since I read it during my cognitive neuroscience course a few years ago! A book that I would recommend that is not in the video is Coercion and Its Fallout by Murray Sidman. It discusses the destructive effects (i.e., the fallout) of coercion (i.e., punishments and threats of punishment). It was recommended to me by one of my professors while we were discussing the Skinnerian ideal of behavior modification through positive reinforcement methods.

  • Thanks…. good list for book lovers!

  • Emotional Intelligence by Dr. Daniel Goleman and The Doctor and the Soul by Viktor Frankl really moved me. I think Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology is great for someone ready to go in this direction.

  • is there any book for me? first time reader i am mildly interested in psychology (human behaviour/my own personality… introverts), also could you recommend it me so its a story instead of being just straight up fact, thanks.

  • A brilliant video! As a counselling psychologist in training, I would have to put anything from Irvin Yalom. Especially Loves Executioner. Has to be my favourite.

  • Which order is recomended to read these in?

  • Great video only read the Righteous Mind. Thinking about Switch as a new read haven't touched psychology in about a month.

  • Guys I think if you are interested in this stuff you might find my blog interesting http://psychologybooksreview.blogspot.com

  • Maps of meaning

  • Which one simple English to read…

  • "Mostly white male psychology" tee hee. Silly.

  • Perhaps a little late to the party, but Iโ€™m 26 pages into The Invisible Gorilla: How our Intuitions Deceive Us, and Iโ€™m loving it

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