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

(Adams 101)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,195 ratings  ·  98 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.

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: ebook, science, psychology
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!
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013

Table of Contents


Ivan Pavlov
B. F. Skinner
Sigmund Freud
Anna Freud
Lawrence Kohlberg
Stanley Milgram
Alfred Adler

Basic Theories on Groups
Philip Zimbardo
Solomon Asch
John B. Watson
Hermann Rorschach

Visual Perception
Gestalt Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive Dissonance Theory
Drive Reduction Theory

Harry Harlow
Jean Piaget
Albert Bandura
Carl Rogers
Abraham Maslow

Theories of Intelligence
Kurt Lewin
Carl Jung
Henry Murray

Left and Right Brain
Karen Horney
John Bowlby
Lizbeth Román
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Psychology made easy! Este libro hace todo fácil de entender, informaciones puntuales y precisas y mucho conocimiento bien concentrado. Siempre supe que me encantaba la psicología pero ahora estoy enamorada.
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
Tatiana Kim
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
коротко о главном: люди, события, понятия. Интересно, особенно, если хочешь в будущем изучить вопрос.
Сначала было не очень, но я не люблю читать про Павлова (Павлов кстати был душкой среди всех психологов). Я ошиблась, еще десяток страниц, и я дошла до психологии групп и мне стало интересно. Вы знали про эффект свидетеля? Про Стэнфордский эксперимент я раньше читала. А еще меня впечатлили и не всегда приятно:
Теория сновидений Домхоффа - никакие сонники не нужны.
Эксперимент Розенхана - о том что
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
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.
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
Vasyl Pasternak
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Worth reading. Concentrated knowledge about psychology studies and diseases in engaging form
Oksana Osterberg
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: тим, хто любить покопирсатися у собі
Блін, крута!
Загалом, це таке собі "вибране" з психології, факти, яких соромно не знати і справді цікаві невідомі-маловідомі експерименти. Написана дуже доступно і може бути чудовим інструментом для того, аби підібрати собі наступні ґрунтовніші конкретні матеріали з психології.
Гадаю, цікаво буде всім.
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
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
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.
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
very very helpful!
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
I would give Psych 101 two-and-a-half stars if I could.

This book read like an entry-level psychology textbook. The content wasn't especially complex, and I barely finished reading it. I was so bored!

When I saw "tests" on the cover, I thought reading Psych 101 would be fun. You know, read about how the mind works, take some personality tests, maybe learn something about myself - but no. There were no tests and plenty of opportunities. Instead of showing me the inkblots of the Rorschach test as an
Alexander Isayenko
Книга напоминает конспект, в котором сжато и сухо описаны главные идеи психологии и краткие заметки о некоторых выдающихся личностях, эти идеи развивших. Это своего рода содержание, которое направляет на дальнейшее самостоятельное изучение заинтересовавшего материала.
«Психология 101» вряд ли будет интересна специалистам, но люди плохо знакомые с темой наверняка смогут найти в книге интересную и полезную информацию.
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.
Александр Шушпанов
Неплохой краткий справочник об основных постулатах, концепциях, экспериментах (в основном, неэтичных) психологии - словом, всё то, что позволяет с некоторой натяжкой этому куску философии претендовать на гордое имя «наука».

Я не помню, где я взял эту книгу. Занёс с какого-то очередного «Нонфикшена». Определённо, она долго лежала без дела. А тут что-то взял, и за пару вечеров прочитал.
Jan Oberstar
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.
Zack Reda
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
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: knowledge
Great for beginners!!
Faris Primayudha
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Have a decent explanation about psychology although not too detailed. Good for people who dont have psychology background
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.
Martin Hernandez
Good introduction to Psychology

Would recommend this to whoever wants to learn the basics of psychology, it's authors, concepts and theories. Fast and easy reading
Sonny Recio
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A good introduction to Psychology and how our brain works. Definitely helped me to understand how human beings work like me.
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Paul Kleinman grew up in White Plains, New York, and currently resides in New York City. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2009 with degrees in Art and Communication Arts: Radio, Television and Film. Out of fear that his author bio is painfully boring, he began making things up. He is an astronaut. He trains cobras. He is very tall and in no way sickly pale. He is also a humor write ...more

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