Greatest Psychology Books

Top 10 Greatest Psychology Books : Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Man and His Symbols, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, Modern Man in Search of a Soul, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, The Interpretation of Dreams, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
AuthorSusan Cain
At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many...
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
AuthorMalcolm Gladwell
An alternate cover edition exists here.

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion...
Man and His Symbols
AuthorC.G. Jung
My university professors never introduced me to Carl Jung. I understand why, I guess, but it's a shame that I didn't read Jung's work until now. Jungian psychology is amazing. It addresses the unconscious and the "self"/"psyche" in a unique and enlightening way. And, unlike most other psychologists,...
The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious
AuthorC.G. Jung
Except his book on flying saucers, read in childhood, this was the first book I ever read by C.G. Jung. The experience led to a programme of study which occupied the next eight years, leading me to change college majors (history to religious studies) and to proceed to seminary upon graduation.

Modern Man in Search of a Soul
AuthorC.G. Jung
A provocative and enlightening look at spiritual unease and its contribution to the void in modern civilization

Considered by many to be one of the most important books in the field of psychology, Modern Man in Search of a Soul is a comprehensive introduction to the thought of Carl Gustav Jung....
Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
AuthorDaniel Goleman
Everyone knows that high IQ is no guarantee of success, happiness, or virtue, but until Emotional Intelligence, we could only guess why. Daniel Goleman's brilliant report from the frontiers of psychology and neuroscience offers startling new insight into our "two minds"—the rational and the...
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales
AuthorOliver Sacks
If a man has lost a leg or an eye, he knows he has lost a leg or an eye; but if he has lost a self—himself—he cannot know it, because he is no longer there to know it. Dr. Oliver Sacks recounts the stories of patients struggling to adapt to often bizarre worlds of neurological disorder. Here are people who...
Memories, Dreams, Reflections
AuthorC.G. Jung
In the spring of 1957, when he was eighty-one years old, C. G. Jung undertook the telling of his life story. At regular intervals he had conversations with his colleague and friend Aniela Jaffé, and collaborated with her in the preparation of the text based on these talks. On occasion, he was moved to...
The Interpretation of Dreams
AuthorSigmund Freud
Die Traumdeutung = The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud
The Interpretation of Dreams (German: Die Traumdeutung) is an 1899 book by the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, in which the author introduces his theory of the unconscious with respect to dream interpretation, and discusses what...
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
AuthorJon Ronson
In this madcap journey, a bestselling journalist investigates psychopaths and the industry of doctors, scientists, and everyone else who studies them.

The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played...
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
AuthorSteven D. Levitt
The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics was a worldwide sensation, selling over four million copies in thirty-five languages and changing the way we look at the world. Now, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner return with SuperFreakonomics, and fans and newcomers alike will find that the freakquel...
Man's Search for Meaning
AuthorViktor E. Frankl
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with...
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
AuthorSteven Pinker
“In a work of outstanding clarity and sheer brilliance Steven Pinker banishes forever fears that a biological understanding of human nature threatens humane values.”
—Helena Cronin, author of The Ant and The Peacock

“A mind blowing, mind openingexpos. Pinker's profoundly...
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less
AuthorBarry Schwartz
About the Book: The Paradox of Choice. In the spirit of Alvin Tofflers Future Shock, a social critique of our obsession with choice, and how it contributes to anxiety, dissatisfaction and regret. Whether we're buying a pair of jeans, ordering a cup of coffee, selecting a long-distance carrier, applying...
Please Understand Me: Character and Temperament Types
AuthorDavid Keirsey
I have been using the 16 types as an analytical social tool for over a decade, as taught by my Jungian-influenced father. The authors here do credit Jung at moments, but they tend to ignore, underestimate, or occasionally outright reject many Jungian principles in favour of other theories. These newer...
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
AuthorChip Heath
Why is change so difficult and frightening? How do you create change when you have few resources and no title or authority to back you up? Chip and Dan Heath, the best-selling authors of Made to Stick, are back with a ground-breaking book that addresses one of the greatest challenges of our personal and...
Civilization and Its Discontents
AuthorSigmund Freud
It stands as a brilliant summary of the views on culture from a psychoanalytic perspective that he had been developing since the turn of the century. It is both witness and tribute to the late theory of mind—the so-called structural theory, with its stress on aggression, indeed the death drive, as...
Girl, Interrupted
AuthorSusanna Kaysen
In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years on the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele--Sylvia Plath, Robert...
The Sociopath Next Door
AuthorMartha Stout
Who is the devil you know?

Is it your lying, cheating ex-husband?
Your sadistic high school gym teacher?
Your boss who loves to humiliate people in meetings?
The colleague who stole your idea and passed it off as her own?

In the pages of The Sociopath Next Door, you will...
Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life
AuthorMartin E.P. Seligman
Known as the father of the new science of positive psychology, Martin E.P. Seligman draws on more than twenty years of clinical research to demonstrate how optimism enchances the quality of life, and how anyone can learn to practice it. Offering many simple techniques, Dr. Seligman explains how to...
Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind
AuthorV.S. Ramachandran
Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran is internationally renowned for uncovering answers to the deep and quirky questions of human nature that few scientists have dared to address. His bold insights about the brain are matched only by the stunning simplicity of his experiments -- using such low-tech...
The Art of Loving
AuthorErich Fromm
The fiftieth Anniversary Edition of the groundbreaking international bestseller that has shown millions of readers how to achieve rich, productive lives by developing their hidden capacities for love

Most people are unable to love on the only level that truly matters: love that is compounded...
Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament
AuthorKay Redfield Jamison
The definitive work on the profound and surprising links between manic-depression and creativity, from the bestselling psychologist of bipolar disorders who wrote An Unquiet Mind.

One of the foremost psychologists in America, “Kay Jamison is plainly among the few who have a profound...
Escape from Freedom
AuthorErich Fromm
If humanity cannot live with the dangers and responsibilities inherent in freedom, it will probably turn to authoritarianism. This is the central idea of Escape from Freedom, a landmark work by one of the most distinguished thinkers of our time, and a book that is as timely now as when first published...
AuthorDeborah Tannen
From the author of New York Times bestseller You're Wearing That? this bestselling classic work draws upon groundbreaking research by an acclaimed sociolinguist to show that women and men live in different worlds, made of different words.

Women and men live in different worlds...made...
Personality: What Makes You the Way You Are
AuthorDaniel Nettle
It is one of the great mysteries of human nature. Why are some people worriers, and others wanderers? Why are some people so easy-going and laid-back, while others are always looking for a fight?

Written by Daniel Nettle--author of the popular book Happiness--this brief volume takes the reader...
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
AuthorDavid D. Burns
The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other "black holes" of depression can be cured without drugs. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately...
Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis
AuthorSigmund Freud
Στα τέλη του 19ου και στις αρχές του 20ού αιώνα, ο Αυστριακός Σίγκμουντ Φρόυντ, φυσιολόγος και ψυχίατρος, έθεσε με τις μελέτες του τις βάσεις της ψυχανάλυσης...
The Varieties of Religious Experience
AuthorWilliam James
"I am neither a theologian, nor a scholar learned in the history of religions, nor an anthropologist. Psychology is the only branch of learning in which I am particularly versed. To the psychologist the religious propensities of man must be at least as interesting as any other of the facts pertaining...
I'm OK - You're OK
AuthorThomas A. Harris
An enormously popular (7-million copies sold) and insightful classic of popular psychology based on Eric Berne’s theory of Transactional Analysis that has helped millions of people who never before felt OK about themselves find the freedom to change, to liberate their ADULT effectiveness, and...
Science and Human Behavior
AuthorB.F. Skinner
The psychology classic—a detailed study of scientific theories of human nature and the possible ways in which human behavior can be predicted and controlled—from one of the most influential behaviorists of the twentieth century and the author of Walden Two.“This is an important book, exceptionally...
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
AuthorKay Redfield Jamison
i was reading some reviews of the book written by people that disliked this.

i just want to say, that for a person suffering from mental illness, the fact that you know jamieson's full CV and her academic struggles is important. it's more of a - look, she was wildly successful, and dealing with...
The Mismeasure of Man
AuthorStephen Jay Gould
The definitive refutation to the argument of The Bell Curve.

How smart are you? If that question doesn't spark a dozen more questions in your mind (like "What do you mean by 'smart,'" "How do I measure it" and "Who's asking?"), then The Mismeasure of Man, Stephen Jay Gould's masterful demolition...
The Principles of Psychology, Vol 1
AuthorWilliam James
This is the first inexpensive edition of the complete Long Course in Principles of Psychology, one of the great classics of modern Western literature and science and the source of the ripest thoughts of America’s most important philosopher. As such, it should not be confused with the many abridgements...
The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness
AuthorR.D. Laing
In The Divided Self (1960), Laing contrasted the experience of the "ontologically secure" person with that of a person who "cannot take the realness, aliveness, autonomy and identity of himself and others for granted" and who consequently contrives strategies to avoid "losing his self". Laing explains...
AuthorKaren Horney
Originally published the 1940s, this is one of the founding texts in the self-analysis movement. It still has much practical advice to offer to today's audience. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive....
Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
AuthorJohn E. Douglas
He has hunted some of the most notorious and sadistic criminals of our time: The Trailside Killer in San Francisco, the Atlanta Child murderer. He has confronted, interviewed and researched dozens of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy, and James...
The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology
AuthorRobert Wright
Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office...
The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
AuthorNorman Doidge
An astonishing new science called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Norman Doidge, M.D., traveled the country to meet both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives...
Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain
AuthorDavid Eagleman
Let me start with the easy stuff. On a literary note, this book is entertaining. However, it reads more like a series of interesting essays on neuroscience rather than a book.

Let me move on to the more interesting stuff. This book is deceptive. Eagleman uses a "slight of hand" writing style....
For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence
AuthorAlice Miller
For Your Own Good, the contemporary classic exploring the serious if not gravely dangerous consequences parental cruelty can bring to bear on children everywhere, is one of the central works by Alice Miller, the celebrated Swiss psychoanalyst.With her typically lucid, strong, and poetic language,...
Dibs in Search of Self
AuthorVirginia M. Axline
this book seems to cause strong reactions, so let me first say what i think it is not:

* it is not a book that predicts how a generic child will improve when treated the way virginia axline treats dibs (how does she treat dibs? she mostly describes dibs’ behavior, not hers).

* it is not...
The Dysfunctional Relationship Manual: A Checklist and Workbook
AuthorStanley M. Giannet
The Dysfunctional Relationship Manual provides a penetrating opportunity for you to thoughtfully reflect on your relationship and identify issues that might be inhibiting your relationship growth and individual satisfaction with the relationship. This book will serve as the catalyst for meaningful...
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