"Pop" psychology books


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"Pop" psychology books

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Nov 23, 2007, 1:31pm

It's strange how dead this group has been - there must be loads of people on LT interested in psychology.

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.

Dez 7, 2007, 10:26am

Hmmm, it depends, I think, on what psychological topic you're interested in exploring.

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. : )

Dez 7, 2007, 11:41am

Thanks for that. Learned Optimism sounds interesting, and I'd never heard of REBT before. I've just looked it up on Wikipedia, where it says Albert Ellis was inspired by the writings of classical philosophers. I see you have quite a few classical books, and three books by Albert Ellis. Is there a connection, or am I jumping to conclusions?

Dez 7, 2007, 12:19pm

You're not really jumping very far. : ) I was into classics before I'd ever heard of REBT, but when I discovered it, it really resonated with me.

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. : )

Editado: Dez 13, 2007, 12:55pm

I read The Road Less Traveled over Christmas break my senior year in college. At the time I was struggling to cope with the emotional turbulance I was experiencing with a girlfriend. Having no deadlines, I became engrossed in M. Scott Peck's "spontaneous act of generosity" and discovered grounding ideas which continue to influence the way I look at "love and work." I wish that my selection were some obscure book rather than the greatest selling personal growth book of all time. I will go with the masses on this one.

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."

Maio 6, 2008, 12:22pm

Some books that I liked and own Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert Saplosky about stress, How Babies Talk by Roberta Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsch-Pasek about language development, and Emotions Revealed by Paul Ekman about facial expression. I am also currently reading Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. The some of the other suggestions up there are quite good also.

I do wish this group would perk up a bit...

Maio 6, 2008, 12:49pm

My degree is in Psychology and although I don't read textbooks for fun, I really enjoyed On Becoming a Person by Carl Rogers. I think his information is useful for everyone.
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.

Out 25, 2008, 2:53am

Concerning psychology books, I read mostly about the enneagram.
So I started a new group:
If you are interested in psychology, this may be an interesting group to join!

Jan 12, 2010, 12:41pm

Hi - I'm new to this. My name's Scott - and I've just written a pop psychology book, which came out a few days ago in the UK. It's called You Need This Book (to get what you want) published by Simon & Schuster. Apart from recommending my own book (which has been on TV and radio over the past few days and is doing pretty well already) - I also like Influence by Cialdini. 'Blink' by Malcolm Gladwell is excellent - and so is 'Outliers' by the same author. 'Feel the Fear' is a classic and everyone should read it. 'The Secret' is good for making you feel really confident and optimistic too ... if a little devoid of practical techniques. Go for it - enjoy:)