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Psych 101: Psychology Facts, Basics, Statistics, Tests, and More!

(Adams 101)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,655 ratings  ·  142 reviews
A hands-on approach to exploring the human mind

Too often, textbooks turn the noteworthy theories, principles, and experiments of psychology into tedious discourse that even Freud would want to repress. Psych 101 cuts out the boring details and statistics, and instead, gives you a lesson in psychology that keeps you engaged - and your synapses firing.

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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Adams Media (first published August 1st 2012)
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Jessica Blankenship
Psychology has always been something I devoured! When I was in high school, I have always been intrigued by the brain, behavior, and how it all plays out. I don’t mind reading the textbook versions of psychology, but it would help if they made it more interesting for the students/readers.

That’s what Psych101: A Crash Course in the Science of the Mind does. It breaks down all the Psychologists that have made the theories and/or tests that have proven and made Psychology what it is today.

Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
As someone that doesn’t know anything about psychology, I can’t say if the given information is good, but it looks like a good start if you are into learning more about it. I haven’t read the whole book, just some parts that interested me, which may explain why I didn’t find it very interesting.
Ammar Om
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Psychology made simple!
Reading it was more like a journey into the depth of our existence as humans to explore the mysteries of the human psyche, it helps you understand yourself as well as others around you in a very unique way. In some chapters the book teaches you more about the greatest psychologists of all time, who shaped our understanding of ourselves, the book presents these scientists with a very simplified brief of their work and their contributions to the world of psychology in a scie
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology, ebook, science
This was interesting but not what I expected. I thought I was getting an introductory text like you might expect if you enrolled in a college level course on Psychology. What you actually get are a bunch of bio's on famous psychologists and a few chapters dealing with interesting tests, experiments and psychological problems.
Aug 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book was awful. Like a step above old wet newspaper, this book is closer to trash than informative psychological literature. There were grammatical errors and typos, 'facts' that have been disproven before this book was published, and almost every bio on famous psychologists ended like a middle schooler's essay. Many of the famous psychologists were on about crazy theories, yet had bios that ended with a statement akin to 'but they are still very influential to psychology today'. Further, t ...more
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was given this as a gift because of my interest in psychology and now I'm hooked! Although some things were straightforward, I learned a lot about the predecessors of psychology and their contributions to the field, also the psychologists who will later study and develop varied theories of their work.
I really enjoyed this book and anyone who is interested in psychology, this is a great start!
Owen Herbst
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Psych 101: Psychology Facts, Basics, Statistics, Tests, and More! by Paul Kleinman is a very educational read, and is extremely informative, which is all one can truly ask from a psychology book, but Kleinman helps relate the theories and ideas from dozens of experiments to the real world. And it is easy to understand! Kleinman’s strength in this book is making the findings of psychologists, contemporary and from before, fun to read and easy to understand. You can even find evidence of these pr ...more
Kyle Craig
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Psych 101 is not a book for everyone. It is a textbook that is informative with no plot as one might expect. For a boring topic, it makes the topic interesting and enjoyable to read about as it relates
The book was published in 2012 by Paul Kleinman. Paul has published other works such as Philosophy 101. Paul stays with the realm of the human mind and its interacts. As all informational books, there is no plot or characters but rather focuses only on people and their scientific contributions to
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It gives very short biographies of famous psychologists and their theories.
This is the first book I've read about psychology. I wish I had read before.
It reminded me to evaluate people and myself from a more distant point of view.
As I am newly acquainted with this area, I can't specifically recommend this book to anyone who likes to have brief knowledge about psychology. All I can say that I found most of the things that we all hear about psychology from here and there. It is not boring at all
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
dry and not exactly what I was hoping for. The facts were good but they were over-run by biographical facts of famous psychology figures instead of focusing on the psychology itself - more of what I was hoping for. Overall a very decent introduction book, but I was bored by the background and where these people grew up, I skimmed until I got to more facts.
Vasyl Pasternak
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Worth reading. Concentrated knowledge about psychology studies and diseases in engaging form
Bilal Ashrafov
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t say that it’s a advisable book for introduction to science of behavior and mind – psychology. Rather, it can be recommended to get acquainted with psychology at an introductory level. Expression language is also quite understandable. Psychology-related version of popular science books, but the information inside is quite valuable, both for those who are interested in psychology seriously, and for those who just want to learn something. A book which needs to be read to get information abo ...more
Erika Schoeps
Nov 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Educational and still entertaining. I read this book as I was taking a college Intro to Psych class, and this book is the perfect companion. We covered the same topics, and looked at all the same studies and scientists that this book showcases and explains. The repetition itself helped me get an A in my Psychology class, but this book is also entertaining. It explains everything briefly and concisely, so that everyone can understand the important knowledge this book contains. I also enjoyed the ...more
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone. Anyone can find something interesting or useful in knowing about your mind/behaviours.
It was interesting to learn about some of the basics of psychology. In addition it was also very helpful because it assisted me in recognising a few negative behaviours that I can reconfigure to improve my mental health.

Mental health is such an important aspect of a person - in fact we should treat it as importantly as we do physical health.

Reading this also made me realise that my feelings are not singular and enigmatic. People have and do experience mental health issues from time to time and
Marcin Milkowski
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
Unfortunately, the book is just a dictionary of famous psychologists interspersed with some small snippets about basic concepts and fields of inquiry (such as cognitive psychology). Instead of critical evidence-based evaluation, bland opinions of the author are offered. Worse still, some definitions defy the rules for defining terms (they are grammatically incorrect, such as "mental disorder is when a person..."). It reads like a extract from a shallow version of Wikipedia.
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
A great introduction to a psychology for the layperson (like me!). Easily digestible, and covers a fairly wide range of psychologists and concepts. At times a little too "high school essay", in particular with the psychologists, but overall an easy and enjoyable read.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Psychology is my favorite scholastic subject, and if I am being honest, it is the only one that has ever greatly engrossed me. I read this book due to the fact that psychology and the studies it entails are fascinating to me and I am very interested in the subject. Thus, as psychology is a common course in many schools, I expected this book to be wordy and quite similar to a textbook. Another reason that I chose to read this book was because I would like to major in psychology when attending col ...more
Sasha Vaniev
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: educators, psychotherapists-to-be
Recommended to Sasha by: Kseniya Zavatskaya
This book is what it promises to be – Psychology 101 or basics of Psychology

Even though I have taken a class on Psychology of Adult Learning a couple of years ago, I was very pleased to refresh my knowledge on this subject in a more general way, broadly speaking.

This book allows you to discover the most fundamental aspects and understand the underpinnings of many famous (sometimes not very ethical) experiments in psychology which led to a spectrum of scientific discoveries and better understand
Zacki Kino
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i loved this book
one would expect that only the last chapters would be interesting
but that is not the case at all
it kept my attention all the way through
i believe more expansion on some topics would have been great but i cant complain :D
totally recommend this to any one who has an interest in this field
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Like the title says; the basics and truly 101 of what to need to know to start that 1% of psychology. A little drab and very punctual so that has more sense as a study material. Not so much entertaining, it feels like someone very good wrote all his/hers notes at school in a more representative way.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was super interesting getting to learn all about different experiments and theories from psychologists over the past 150 years it can give you different perspectives on why people act the way they do and shares insight on how different scientists and psychologists used each others experiments to make their own theories
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very easy read and a good introduction into psychology. Chapters are only about 3-8 pages and the language is simple enough for anyone to read and comprehend. Only problem was I wished it both went in sequential of ideas and psychologists and, that there were bigger chapters that grouped the smaller ones together. For example: Psycholoanalysis would have the chapters on Freud, Jung, Adler, etc.
Steven Siswandhi
Decent introduction to the topic, I recommend this series over the other introductory books. It briefly introduces the psychologist's life that led to the theory (which helps a lot because we all tend to memorize well when there's an association in the form of stories), and concise summary of the main theories. There's little wasted space. Some depth is sacrificed but that's hard to avoid.
Ardhi Listyar
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
Very nice. Passages are easy to follow and more importantly, they are intended for a quick study, just as the title suggests. Suitable for those who would embark on a psychology study but find no time or money to participate in paid classes. For an in-depth, critical study though, this isn't what you're looking for.
Sasha Ruggiero
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A perfect overview of the major foundational topics in psychology. The explanation is detailed yet concise and clear- a fantastic revision tool, or a well rounded introduction into the world of psychology.
Michael Cottle
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A good introduction to psychology. It was more introductory than I thought it would be. Several of the examples I was already familiar with, but it served as a good review.

If you're truly looking for an introduction to psychology, this should suffice I think.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book, I strongly recommend.
Every concept is explained in simple words, and the length is not too short or too long, just right.
I absorbed about 10 percent (much lower than other books), but that 10 percent I absorbed is several times more than the things I knew about psychology.
Mau Supan
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have to say that I love this because I love Psychology ever since even if I studied a different field. I did learn a lot and even if the psychologists life were there they are well summarized. I didn't get bored one bit.
Khadeejah Alaslani

This is a book to keep. It is a book to always go back to. I have learned a lot about the field and about myself in the first place.
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