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Ten Interesting Things About Human Behavior [Kindle Edition]

Suzanne Davis
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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: 173 KB
  • Print Length: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Mindgame Books; 3rd edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006RDFHCK
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44 of 46 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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15 of 16 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.

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8 of 8 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 Easy to Understand Answers May 3, 2012
By McKayla
Format:Kindle Edition
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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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful observations of Psychological Science June 23, 2013
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Ten Interesting Things about Human Behavior
By Suzanne L. Davis, PHD
A book review by Ginger Dawn Harman

Ten Interesting Things about Human Behavior by Suzanne L. Davis, offers a straightforward approach to discover various beneficial facts about human behavior. With insight, humor, and an honest approach Dr. Davis specifically focuses on social interaction. This free e-book provided a quick leisurely read without a lot of overboard answers to change behavior. I found this enriching and it gives the reader an opportunity to choose one's own outcome.

The book begins with how one's attitude is determined by changing behavior. Aspects of cognitive dissonance are intertwined with gun ownership and covers subjects as diverse as dieting. How our behavior can be at odds with our beliefs, and how it is that behavior can cause a change in our attitude is examined by Dr. Davis. The author goes into further detail that we can learn to like or become more comfortable with an action or task by just performing the task.

I also like how Dr. Davis refers to social psychology as "psychological Science." I agree with the author that there is so much more to the field of psychology than treating mental illness. With psychological science or research as a main theme, the author conveys the importance of observations and influences of our everyday behavior. For example, when the author was a psychology professor her research involved assessing reactions to child witnesses. This outcome revealed that participants rate their own ability to be better than average but rated other people's ability at or below average. We attribute this behavior to internal and external factors along with the "actor-observer effect.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A Few Interesting Ideas
Reads like a magazine or blog article. One thing I didn't like was the abrupt way the author ended the book. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by pthaloblue
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a need to read!
Everything she said is oh so true and it was written for the reader to understand. Plus, it is downright comical! I LMAO reading this. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Rebecca Cohen
4.0 out of 5 stars A little GEM!
This book however short possess some interesting little GEMS of human psychology that any and all will find entertaining. Pick it up, Let go, and enjoy the ride.
Published 5 days ago by reginald francis
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining/interesting read
I look forward to reading ten more things or even a hundred! I do think this lacked anything that really just blew my mind though. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Daniel Bryan Cummings
4.0 out of 5 stars 30 min read
Short & sweet. If you want depth don't go with this book, if you're looking for the perfect quick read for Psych Class, then this is your book.
Published 8 days ago by Ana Andrade
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting
Published 9 days ago by Jan Odvar Grindheim
3.0 out of 5 stars common sense
common sense
Published 11 days ago by jackithepi
5.0 out of 5 stars Normal again!
Just before reading these interesting things, I was questioning so many things about why I reacted or behaved a certain way. Read more
Published 16 days ago by jennette mendez
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
good,crisp,writing. useful little book to be at your bedside.no jargon.easy to understand.liked it.worth recommending to others.good buy.not an expensive book
Published 16 days ago by Kandasami
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Insightful and thought provoking
Published 17 days ago by Wes
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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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