- Series: Very Short Introductions
- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (March 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199670420
- ISBN-13: 978-0199670420
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 4.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Psychology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) 2nd Edition
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About the Author
Gillian Butler is a clinician, teacher, researcher, and writer at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre. She is the author of the popular psychology book Manage Your Mind (2007, 2nd edition).
Freda McManus is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Oxford's Department of Psychiatry. She is currently Director of the OCTC/University of Oxford's Diploma in Cognitive Therapy.
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Agree with another reviewer that they did not mention many famous or influential psychologists, but only realized this in hindsight.
A few grammar errors that I noticed, didn't detract from the content, but did jar my reading just a little bit.
I did take AP Psych in high school, and this book did mention a lot of material we covered in class - I was actually pretty excited to see all the things I remembered.
All in all, a pretty good introduction to (mainstream) psychology. Personally, it seemed very clinical/medical/practical, and not very theoretical. Coming to it as someone who's been interested in psych for years, I know that everything this book details is not all this discipline has to offer. However, I fear someone with no background in psychology who is trying to determine their level of interest might be missing out on all the wonderful things psychology has to offer that this book did not mention.
The authors go for breadth rather than depth and manage to cover a surprising array of topics, and do so in a reliable and authoritative manner. They do slip up a couple of times, for example when mentioning linguistic relativity and reiterating the old myth about the plethora of Eskimo words for 'snow'. They wisely stay well away from the philosophical dimensions of the subject, such as the nature of consciousness. They simply use 'consciousness', 'awareness' and 'mindfulness' as if their meanings were transparent, which is fair enough in a book of this nature.
In these Very Short Introductions, space is at a premium and the few illustrations should be carefully chosen. Here we have a picture of a happy couple standing atop a hill, supposedly to illustrate the difficulty of distinguishing drives from goals. Would I be right in assuming it is actually a picture of one of the authors with a friend? A touch of irritating self-indulgence.
So, not the best entry in this series, but if you are looking for a current introduction to mainstream psychology and psychiatry, readable and informative, this is an excellent choice.
I'd buy this book immediately, but apparently, there are more borders on the internet than in the real world.