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Although having said that, although I find psychology interesting, I haven't read any psychology books recently.
So what would people recommend as a good popular psychology book, recent or classic?
My personal favorite is probably Influence by Robert Cialdini.
For "assertiveness", I'd recommend two that I have, myself,
"Your Perfect Right" by Alberti and Emmons
"When I Say No, I Feel Guilty" by Manuel Smith
If you're interested in touching on REBT, you could try, "Learned Optimism" by Martin Seligman (I have a copy of this one, too).
It's a shame that pop psych books have such cheesy titles; I've found quite a bit that was practically useful in certain ones, like the ones I've cited. Of course, many of the ones with cheesy titles deserve the titles they have, but. . .
I hope this helps. : )
You might also want to look into CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Aaron Beck is the guy who pioneered it and it's very similar to REBT but I find it to be more comprehensive.
Let me know if you'd like some recommendations. : )
The book engaged my intellect and offered hope but no shortcuts. Probing insights were to be found in close succession. Some concepts that have been especially important to me include: 1) Love is not as a feeling but is reflected in activity requiring the exercise of the will to extend one's self for one's own or another's spiritual growth 2) Mental health results from dedication to the truth at all costs and 3) that living a life in accordance with the principle of delaying gratification "...is the only decent way to live."
I do wish this group would perk up a bit...
From Trancendental Psychology, I liked What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America by Tony Schwartz.
I will also read/buy anything about the Enneagram. The Enneagram is an interesting way of defining personality. It is different from Myers Briggs in that there are only nine personality types, but I, personally, found it more accurate.
So I started a new group:
If you are interested in psychology, this may be an interesting group to join!