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"Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do" by Tom Butler-Bowdon
50 Psychology Classics: Insight and Inspiration from 50 Key Books
Nicholas Brealey Publishing | 2007 | ISBN: 1857883862 | 312 pages | PDF | 5 Mb
An excellent guide to sources that can help us to "make a real difference" in our lives. Psychology overview for non-psychologists. Author provides concise summaries and commentaries on fifty of the most influential works on the human mind and behavior, along with special features to provide additional context.
As the sub-title says, psychology is all about who we are, how we think, what we do. In other words, what it means to be human. Topics covered include the unconscious mind, happiness and mental health, the study of personality, motivation, love, creativity and relationships.
With key "in a nutshell" comments, the author cuts to the essential message of each writer, while addressing more complex subtleties in the accompanying text. As with Tom's other books, there is a very wide range of carefully chosen authors. I had come across several here in an academic context, but in general the emphasis is on popular psychology, "Psychology for nonpsychologists" as the jacket puts it. The range includes RD Laing, Oliver Sacks, Fritz Perls, Ivan Pavlov, Eric Berne, to pick a few random names. The founding fathers such as William James and Sigmund Freud are covered, alongside over a century's worth of contributions right up to Malcolm Gladwell with his 2005 bestseller on the importance of first impressions and split-second judgment.
There is a huge amount of psychological and self-development literature available these days. It can be difficult to know where to begin but each volume in the "50 Classics" is an excellent starting point.
Other "50 ... Classics" books:
"Spiritual : Timeless Wisdom from 50 Great Books on Inner Discovery, Enlightenment and Purpose" 2005
"Success: Winning Wisdom for Life and Work from 50 Landmark Books" 2004
"Self-Help: 50 Inspirational Books to Transform Your Life, From Timeless Sages to Contemporary Gurus" 2003