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Joni E. Johnston, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist in Del Mar, California, and CEO of WorkRelationships, which helps companies build healthy work relationships. She writes a monthly column for LexisNexis and is a noted public speaker.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; 4 Original edition (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592578918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592578917
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas R.W. Henning on May 17, 2010
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This book is excellent as a detailed introduction to psychology, and a must read for any person considering this field of study in the future, or for any person who has an interest in learning more about psychology.

I found that the book balanced basic and technical details well. One point that stuck with me was acknowledging that people who suffer from the blues for a few days often consider themselves depressed, and this is why there is an over diagnosis of depression.

It concerns me that it is legal to advertise anti-depressant medication on television in some countries around the world, e.g. "Are you tired, feeling anxious, and have trouble sleeping...then you need anti-depressant medication!" Over medicating is a big issue in today's society, and this book provides valuable insights into CBT and various forms of counselling. These two forms of treatment need to be prescribed more, as addressing the issues and source of problems is key to healing, and medication can help too, but the two together (therapy and medication) are a real solution to mental health issues.

You'll be glad that you read this book!

Nicholas R.W. Henning - Australian Author
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SDD on April 23, 2011
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In The Complete Idiot's guide to Psychology is, of course, not just for idiots (I hope!). It is full of up to date information on the latest scientific psychological research and provides a quick view of the philosophies of contemporary and classical psychologists. It has good examples of psychology in everyday life. It is basically well written, and provides an elemental guide to some major psychological issues, such as nature vs. nurture and classical conditioning. It devotes a good amount of time to psychology in general and to mental and psychological issues, both of which I find fascinating and informative. It could go a little more in depth on some complex subjects, but overall I find that it is a good introductory guide to the fascinating field of psychology.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By jack23011 on March 29, 2010
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I am a senior psych major. I got this book to use as a very cursory overview of common topics in psychology. This is by no means a textbook. I find it helpful to read a very layman-oriented explanation of a particular topic before reading textbooks. It explains the more common topics in mainstream psychology in an easy to read manner. While definitely not a textbook it can be used as an intro into some topics casual students may find daunting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason Albon on March 7, 2011
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Amazing and simple way to get you he information you need and want to know without the mumbo jumbo that are in half of the other books you read. Everything is straight to the point and put in ways for easy understanding! I would recommend this for anyone!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Zimmerman on August 20, 2010
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This book was a gift for my daughter, she is enjoying it and learning from it. The book is in the simple Idiots format and other than being a little slow to start it does get interesting.
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By Jeanne Mitchell on May 22, 2014
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I am student and this book helps in small amounts on how a person thinks. It is a good foundation book.
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By Cuneyt Bodur on September 5, 2014
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I am a lawyer and wanted to read psychology so that i bought this book for beginners but didnt like it just because it is not clear enough for beginners. I would prefer dummies series.
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it seems like no one in the world or maybe 75 percent of the people are dumb to helping themselves everybody should have this book because it is everythingin it
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