50 Psychology Classics: Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do: Insight and Inspiration from 50 Key Books
With 50 Psychology Classics: Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do-Insight and Inspiration, Tom Butler-Bowdon introduces readers to the great works that explore the very essence of what makes us who we are. Spanning fifty books and hundreds of ideas, 50 Psychology Classics examines some of the most intriguing questions regarding cognitive development and behavioral motivati...more
But I’ve found myself becoming increasingly fascinated by the consistent and logically surprising errors we humans are all too prone to. It seems there is more to psychology than either wanting to have sex with ...more
It is particularly valuable for anyone whose education in these matters ended before the massive flow of insights since the early 1980s on sexual difference, techniques of persuasion, emotional intelligence and the actual rather than theoretical workings of the unconscious.
A quiet revolution has taken place since the Generation of '68 ...more
I couldn't figure out what the purpose of this book was, yet I managed to add several titles for further readings.
Amongst these 50 titles I already have consumed 8 of them and the presentations provided in the book by no means were crafted in a worthy manner.
So, I would not recommend this book since it neither provides you with any coher ...more
To cover the natural sciences I simply read "A short history of nearly everything"; for history a read "The story of man", "The Mental Floss History of the World" and "Fifty Things You Need to Know about World History"; I covered genetics and biology in one with Richard Dawkins "The selfish gene"; Philosophy was more difficult and I might have made the wrong move with "The ...more
However, after reading 50 Prosperity Classics: Attract It, Create It, Manage It, Share It and 50 Success Classics: Winning Wisdom for Life and Work from 50 Landmark Books, I've got to give Butler-Bowdon credit for mastering such a large body of knowledge.
He focuses on the clear, the practical, the " ...more
Nicholas Brealey Publishing
In the Introduction, Butler-Bowdon provides an overview on the development of modern psychology as a field of study, once “early titans” (e.g. Williams James, Sigmund Freud, Jung, and Adler) had written books that the general public could understand. Within the Introduction, he also suggests seven themes that offer different perspectives on “who we ...more
Read this if you want a brief intro and lots of recommendations for future lectures.
The author does his best to summarize the main ideas of each author and their most well known works and often will add other achievements at the end. He also does a short bio of the authors at the end of each chapter.
I thought that the complicated psychological ideas were explained in a way that just about anyone could understand while keeping enough quotations to get t ...more
This was the science-literary equivalent of a "NOW! This is what I call Psychology!" album, playing all of the "hits" from the past 175ish years.
I did not get the impression that the author/editor themselves knew much about psychology and hadn't worked in the field, but was just reporting their research on others' research. Seeing that the author has also produced similar books but pertaining to philosophy, religion, economics, and so forth, I suppose that makes sense. And ...more
If you're even slightly interested in psychology then buy this book (I actually found it in the 2 for £5 offer at Fopp). It does what it says on the tin, and it can be used to dip into for reference (I particularly like the similar topic suggestions with each chapter) or read cover to cover, which I did.
In doing so, I've bookmarked about 20 of the featured books that I'd like to read more on, or acquire the book itself, ...more
Freud, Jung, Pavlov, Skinner and many many other psychologists from a variety of fields of endeavor are featured. I will def ...more
I just want to say I felt that this book really needs another 200-250 pages as so of the books need explaining more.
I did love this book I know have a reading list of about 15 books of which I give thanks to. The layout of this book was just perfect with Consistency in the sections. This lead to an ease in reading as I could read a few sections at a time.
This allowed me to absorb the information easier.
I'm looking forward ...more
For me, it all started when a friend pointed out that I am delusional, I thought what if she is right and maybe I am psychologically sick, so I will treat myself with the help of the books. Making a genuine inquiry, ...more