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Ten Interesting Things About Human Behavior

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Mindgame Books (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578094460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578094465
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (443 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,467,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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By Emzet on February 20, 2016
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I'll start positive, the book is written in a simple every day language with no scientific terms so it is easy to understand for your average Joe.

Davis lists 10 odd human behaviors and provides an explanation for them as well as a moral that you can apply to your everyday life.
The arguments that she presents however are just a summary of the studies and research that has been conducted.
She only provides the conclusion without the details of the specific example or the reasoning behind the conclusion.
I think the book would be a lot more interesting and convincing if that was included as well.
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For a quick read, this is a highly informative book that serves as a conduit between your perception of someone's behavior and that person's reasoning behind it. Understanding why people behave the way they do is always an uphill battle, but the 10 chapters here help in painting a better portrait of the various idiosyncrasies we encounter on a daily basis. I for one found the chapter on people's rude behavior during airline travel to be fascinating.
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It was really interesting and very informative. The good thing about this book is that she is like super smart and explains her references as in where she got the information she is writting in her book but she knows how to do a balance between the information and it still keeps us entertained. In other words I loved it. I love learning new things so I hope to read more books from Suzanne Davis.
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This book will get you thinking about your behavior and the way you thinking about the behavior of others. It makes you stop and think as well as collect facts when needed before you judge someone. It gave me some strong points to think about with my own behavior as well as those around me.
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Ten Interesting Things about Human Behavior
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 a honest approach Dr. Davis specifically focuses on social interaction. This free ebook 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.”

My favorite chapter was about airline travel and how it brings out the worst of human behavior.
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