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Ten Interesting Things About Human Behavior [Kindle Edition]

Suzanne Davis
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Book Description

Ten Interesting Things About Human Behavior is a short, lighthearted look at 10 things human beings do, why we do them, and their significance in our everyday lives. How do we resolve psychological conflict that occurs when our behavior violates our attitudes? Why are we so quick to blame others for their behavior while offering excuses for our own? What should we make of the talking heads on cable TV who argue about the cause of TV violence on children's behavior - whose explanation is correct? Why are reality TV shows, some of which portray contestants as pathetic and dysfunctional, so popular?

Questions like these usually provoke different answers from different people, each of whom may attribute his or her answers to "common sense." One person argues that "of course children mimic violence they see on TV - my kids do" while another attributes it to "poor parenting - because my kids don't." Which is it, and why?

Research psychologists try to answer these questions as best we can. This book is a brief look at the answers to 10 aspects of human behavior - answers derived from controlled behavioral research that is designed to test various theories about behavior. Certainly, there is more to human behavior than the 10 things I chose for this short book. And there are hundreds of primary sources and research reports that describe the research findings in more depth. They're out there if you'd like to read more.

But for those who are new to the field of Experimental Psychology, 10 Things may pique your interest in learning more about the subject. And for those "armchair psychologists" out there who'd like a quick read about the most fascinating creatures on the planet - human beings - I think you'll like it, too.

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About the Author

Suzanne L. Davis, Ph.D., is a research psychologist, consultant, author, and blogger. She loves the idea of combining psychological and experimental fiction and thought. Her novels are largely character-driven and focus on the psychology of her characters. No paranormal or fantasy here. Just stories about the most amazing creatures - human beings - and how they think and behave in everyday life. Suzanne believes there is brilliance in the ordinary.

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  • File Size: 198 KB
  • Print Length: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Mindgame Books; 3rd edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting quick read February 18, 2012
By Mei
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This book has only 405 locations, so it takes no more than half an hour or so to read. There are 10 chapters in this book, all chapters are about human behouviour. There are examples of behaviour in each chapter that you will recognise from your own life, making this book more appealing than a book with just the theory.

A few examples of the subjects:
-chapter 1 explains how changing your behaviour can change your attitude. This chapter explaines that when your behaviour and your believes don't match, your brain finds a solution, namely: changing your attitude.
-chapter 2 clarifies that it's normal for people to be inconsistent
-chapter 5 makes clear how tabloids and reality shows can make us feel better about ourselves
-chapter 8 shows us how we use double-standards when we judge ourselves relative to others
-chapter 9 explains how why airtravel brings out weird and rude behaviour.

There are 10 chapters in total in this book, so there are more subjects in this book than the ones I mentioned above. There is a extensive list of references at the end of the book. This book explains some human behaviour in a understandable and lively way. This book is very short though, and I would have liked it to be much longer. This book is a easy and fun read that will entertain and teach you about human behaviour at the same time. Recommended for everyone.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So that is why... March 29, 2012
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Suzanne Davis has created a small book of interesting facts about human behavior. You don't need to be a psychologist to understand this book. It is very simple and explains various behaviors that are common in life. Some of the things discussed include: cognitive dissonance, false dilemmas, body language, downward social comparison and the actor-observer effect. After reading this book you will understand why people act so terribly at airports or why we feel a smug happiness when we see famous people failing in life. If you have thirty minutes this is well worth your time.

~The Rebecca Review
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars May be basic info but to a layman it was interesting February 21, 2013
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I'm a writer so I got this to better understand what drives people and did find some interesting info. It's a short read which for me was a good thing. I hate books that go on and on about info you don't really need and pepper in here and there what you do need. This book got straight to the point with no fluff. I really enjoyed chapter 2 Human beings can be inconsistent and I may use that idea in a future story.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For Entertainment Only February 17, 2014
By Joseph
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Davis has offered more theory and personal opinion in this book than actual scientific research based evidence. I am very disappointed that anyone would put together a book about Human Behavior without knowledge of, education on, or performing extensive research in the field on this subject. Davis claims in this book that people can't be read; however, we read people everywhere everyday. Why does the guy on the corner make you feel uneasy, without ever speaking a word? How do you know your friend is sad just by the way the look? How are you able to tell you are being lied to by someone you know? It's not coincidence, it's body language we as humans learn to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good , honest truth April 25, 2014
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This book tells it like it is . I would recommend this book to anyone who wants the honest truth about body language
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing April 16, 2013
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Lovely insight of bodily language which one would think it to be an everyday event be free to communicate and let not it fester in your life. You only live once!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Consistently informative and... interesting! March 19, 2013
Chapter 2 really appealed to me: 'humans can be inconsistent' it read, and yet this short but informative ebook was anything but. In this reader's opinion, it's consistently insightful whilst not overloaded with complicated jargon or psycho babble. The ebook, which I gratefully downloaded for free, offered psychological perspectives that it clarified and relayed to everyday scenarios. I've always thought the mark of a true expert, in any field, is to make complex thought approachable and readable for all levels. I imagine this would appeal to the expert, layman and just anyone who is interested in how we behave.

Reward yourself by checking it out, and whilst you're at it, read chapter 6: rewards and punishment!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 Easy to Understand Answers May 3, 2012
By McKayla
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I enjoyed this book immensely! Many of the 10 answers were to questions I've long had about puzzling human quirks- and everything was explained clearly enough for the average Joe. Only one chapter/subject left me slightly unsatified... that inconsistancies in human arguments are natural and OK. I allow that inconsistancy is a natural human failing, but believe that it should be corrected whenever this fault noticed raher than accepted. Also, as a passionate pro-lifer, I regret the example used in the chapter which protrays a rather non-sensical and ill-informed debate on the topic (although it does prove the overall point and such inconsistant arguments are common).

The chapter on why we sleep was especially mind-blowing to me. Perhaps I'll sleep on it... ;)

All in all, I'm very much hoping for another installment, Dr Davis!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting! I like the way the author explained scientific terms...
For the "average Joe". Simple but very interesting. Great examples to help the reader understand the terms. I enjoyed immensely.
Published 2 days ago by Heather Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good simple book
Published 4 days ago by Carine U Henderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
The material is interesting. The questions at the end intrigued me. Will look for other material from this author. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jacqueline
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good insights
If you ever have wondered why some people do things, this little book will help you understand their behaviour a little b hi t more..
Published 7 days ago by Brian Hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Davis hits a home run
This is an excellent book on fascinating and important principles of social psychology that everybody, from the president to the plumber, can use. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Dr. Michael A. Borders
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick and interesting read
Short but informative, I wish it went more into depth on topics. Suzanne cited her sources which was very nice if you are like me and choose to research certain things further... Read more
Published 1 month ago by crystal miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good book!
Published 1 month ago by Chris Glaze
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting short read.
interesting short read. Didn't go too much in detail but was good enough for me to finish in a couple of days.
Published 1 month ago by jorge
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Interesting thoughts that could be resumed in a slideshare presentation.
Published 2 months ago by Diego Junca
5.0 out of 5 stars just what it claims to be
When I picked this up I was a little skeptical but I was pleasantly surprised when all these facts were both interesting and described in a clear and often humorous manner. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Willie D
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Suzanne L. Davis is a Social Psychologist, consultant, and author who studies the most fascinating creatures on the planet: human beings. Suzanne writes about how people think and behave in everyday life, because sometimes there is brilliance in the ordinary. She is the author of "Ten Interesting Things About Human Behavior" and "Me or Whatever," a work of experimental psychological fiction about a Gen-Xer who barely survives the 90s.

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