The Psychology Book

The Psychology Book

The Psychology Book

Clearly explaining more than 100 groundbreaking ideas in the field, The Psychology Book uses accessible text and easy-to-follow graphics and illustrations to explain the complex theoretical and experimental foundations of psychology.

From its philosophical roots through behaviorism, psychotherapy, and developmental psychology, The Psychology Book looks at all the greats from Pavlov and Skinner to Freud and Jung, and is an essential reference for students and anyone with an interest in how the mind works.

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  1. Bill Gallagher said,

    Wrote on August 3, 2012 @ 3:05 am

    24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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    Combination Textbook/Coffee Table Book is Surpisingly Engaging & Helpful, January 20, 2012

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    Somewhere between a textbook and a coffee table book, The Psychology Book is a surprisingly valuable read. Initially drawn to the fun cover and positive reviews of The Philosophy Book, I decided to give this a shot and ordered a copy. After cracking the cover, my initial reaction was one of disappointment, the book seemed a bit too textbooky. But as I read and skimmed further (it’s a book that I suspect few will read cover to cover, and you can still get plenty out of it without taking an A-Z approach), I started to appreciate the helpful effectiveness of what the DK editors have done, allowing one to get important, core ideas quickly.

    After presenting the philosophical roots of psychology (think the intersection of philosophy and phsyiology), the book is organized according to different psychological approaches or schools of thought such as behaviorism, psychotherapy, cognitive psychology, and social psychology. There is a timeline and brief history for each school followed by an encapsulated entries of key thinkers in that discipline. Here is where the design and editorial approach shines, as you can peruse the pages and find psychological thinkers who you may no little or nothing about and get the essence of what they focused on quickly. Each states with a quote which makes it easy to know whether you want to explore further.

    Some quotes/outtakes I liked:
    >”The good life is a process, not a state of being” –Carl Rogers (p.130)
    >”Suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds meaning.” –Viktor Frankl (p. 140)
    >”Compulsive behavior rituals are attempts to control intrusive thoughts.” –Paul Salkovskis (p.212)

    I especially like this last one, as it’s interesting to think of our obsessive thoughts (even if we don’t engage in compulsive behavior) as attempts to control or prevent uncomfortable thoughts or emotions instead of just trying to experience them directly, as they are.

    There are many nuggets like that in the recommended book.

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