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The Rough Guide to Psychology: An Introduction to Human Behaviour and the Mind (Rough Guides) Paperback – March 21, 2011
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As a retired psychology professor I highly recommend this book. It is not "pop psych" as you find in some popular books and magazines, but research based, evidence based psychology. This is solid information presented in an easily understood and interesting format.
One of the best things about this book to me is how diverse it is, in that I mean how many ways it can be put to use. For one, it is a great intro text to those thinking about going into psychology, or those who are just interested in the subject. Two, this is the first book that truly explains "why people think and behave the way they do". This is such an enormous question, but the author answers it by covering every topic imaginable to take it on. Lastly, in an odd sort of way, in my opinion this book can be a "self-help" book, but not in the traditional sense that comes to mind. I mean in the sense of enhancing one's meta-cognition. Meta-cognition is "cognition about cognition" or "knowing about knowing". Essentially, it refers to a level of thinking that involves active control over the process of thinking that is used in learning situations. Once you are aware of the vast inner workings of your mind, you become better equipped and prepared to self-regulate when there is a need to. It is said to play an important role in many issues.Read more ›
I use psychological evidence and research in my writing on communication, and I have done so for well over thirty-five years. I subscribe to the magazine PSYCHOLOGY TODAY, and I read it closely every month. It is for these same reasons that I chose to read The Rough Guide to Psychology -- a truly interesting book.
One thing you will note from the title and the spelling of the word "behaviour," is that the book was written by an Englishman -- the editor of the British Psychological Society's Research Digest. Jarrett has a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Manchester's Institute of Science and Technology. This is important for two reasons: 1) It adds credibility to the book and what's written in it. 2) It reveals that the material is likely to be well researched, based on studies, and the evidence (studies) clearly stated. Both are true.
Jarrett states on page vi: "This book contains frequent references to experiments and case studies, and, wherever possible, names and dates are provided to help you track down the original research online." Not only does this reveal an educator's concern about his readers, but, too, it gives a hint about the nature of the book itself.
I took psychology courses in college, and this is not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill textbook. And, at the same time, it is not a book of psychobabble. It is, however, a book designed for the above-average, well-educated, intelligent, and inquisitive adult reader. With the exception of the part on "Resources," there are six: "Welcome to you," "You and me," "Same difference," "All of us, "Psychology at large," and "Psychological problems.Read more ›
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Obviously, a subject as complex as psychology isn't something you can learn from one book. This is a good get started source, and especially useful for those who work with people... Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by Bob Graham