Dr. Philip George Zimbardo is an American psychologist and a professor emeritus at Stanford University. He is president of the Heroic Imagination Project. He is known for his Stanford prison study, and authorship of various introductory psychology books and textbooks for college students, including The Lucifer Effect and The Time Paradox.
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Enjoyable for a Textbook September 21, 2008
This book was used in my son's "General Psychology" course at the University of West Florida (PSY2012). He brought it home at the end of the year, so I read it. Surprisingly, it was fairly enjoyable. The sum total of my psychological knowledge comes from this book, so I can't speak to its accuracy. But, I found it to be well-written, comprehensive, and easily-read. It is targeted right at early college students and reads like a survey course to all of Psychology (covering a person’s entire life). My only real complaint about the book is that it is very PC. But, given its source (psychologists) and its target environment (academia and academics), that's probably unavoidable. For the most part, the PC material is actually interesting (if not humorous). Only near the end does it begin to get irritating. I have to say, though, that the authors have done a remarkable job of meeting their audience's needs and done it in an enjoyable manner. Thus, I rate it at a Very Good four stars out of five.
If the objective of the book it to have the reader know himself and the humans around him better, then it have achieved its purpose. An educational book of a kind.
It laying down the psychological issues in a respected scientific way. The book is a heavy book full of research summaries, theories and models, with more than 750 pages that takes big time to read, but it worth every minute spend on it.
Warning; one time reading will not allow the reader to digest all the content, so a second reading would be required.
Again, a respectful book that changed my view to the world.