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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Psychology

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  170 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Covering such hot topics in psychology as the mind-body connection, drugs and new therapy treatments, new information on the role of genetics in personality development, and the impact of 9/11 on individual mental health, this is the new edition of the popular introduction to psychology-with expanded information on such great thinkers as Carl Jung, Erik Erikson, and B.F. S ...more
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 464 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by Alpha (first published November 1st 1999)
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Ed
Jan 10, 2011 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Informative and entertaining. My only issue is that it did not say anything about the mental health of someone who would buy a book that identifies him/her as a "complete idiot."
Kylie Young
Feb 18, 2017 Kylie Young rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was more banter than educational substance. I found it basic even for a beginner.

A much better book for a beginner is "A Rough Guide To Psychology" by Christian Jarrett.
rabbitprincess
Nov 12, 2009 rabbitprincess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: newcomers to psychology
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A fairly substantial introduction to psychology, or at least as substantial as a book that tries to cover all the bases can be. It is certainly much more informative on the various types of psychological disorders: mood, anxiety, personality and so on. The chapter on stress management was also very useful. In addition, the book is sprinkled with various psychological terms and interesting anecdotes that spice up the work. Here's an example: apparently in Japan, there is a cultural taboo
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Piret
Feb 03, 2016 Piret rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book is pretty informative and covers the basics of psychology without actually going deep into it. It has slightly a text book feel to it but if you've never read anything about psychology before then it's a good start.
What I didn't like was how the author constantly tried to give her opinion about things and with many I didn't agree with it. It's one thing to have an opinion, but it's another to push your opinion on others and act like it's the only right way. I don't support an author wh
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Austin
Jul 04, 2014 Austin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great. As with most 'complete idiots' guides, this book uses cliches and pop culture references constantly to grab your attention or drive home a particular point. I thought the author made this work well and found myself entertained while learning a lot. Definitely recommend for anyone interested in getting a pretty thorough introduction that will not put you to sleep.
Jalaj Jha
Jun 28, 2016 Jalaj Jha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the same suggests, it is a good book to start learning on the subject - Psychology. For those who are already acquainted with the subject (not the Pros) this book provides one-stop solution to fill all the gaps in their learning.
Matthew LaFave
Feb 07, 2013 Matthew LaFave rated it really liked it
Better than most textbooks. This one was a Christmas present, and I found quite a bit of interesting facts in this book. For whatever reason, it seems that I run into the Complete Idiot's Guide on occasion, and I always enjoy looking through them.
Stephanie Kurisunkal
This was an awesome book to read before taking the college class! I learned alot!
Connie
Feb 18, 2009 Connie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
hard to understand at times, but over all a great book with lots of insight
Agony
Aug 28, 2013 Agony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It is highly informitive and well written. I also like how the author managed to implement her opinions while still remaining profesional.
Emily
An informative guide to a certain extent. Would be better if there's more depth on the left and right brain and information on personality styles.
Niki
Nov 04, 2015 Niki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting intro to the subject.
Jessi
Feb 22, 2008 Jessi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It doesnt go into detail so if you are looking for a book with alot of detail on how the mind works, look elsewhere. This is just the basics of psychology.
Demo
Mar 04, 2011 Demo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So far it's good.
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