Not looking for pop psychology, but for fundamental texts that are unmissable. Work covering specific topics/subtopics (e.g., "this is the best book about borderline personality disorder") is fine too. I'm not going to be able to pursue another graduate degree for a while, so I'd like to start background and introductory reading for pleasure now (but I'd eventually like to work in the field). I have university library privileges!
I've seen this ask
, but it's a few years old and answers were rather thin. Go!
posted by sevensnowflakes
on Jun 23, 2013 -
My wife and I have been reading and enjoying Ariely's books, but we're a little skeptical. Many of his study results seem a bit too spectacular. Some studies produce dramatic surprises. All of which, of course, makes for great entertainment. Can you tell me whether, in general, others have duplicated his study results? What kind of reputation does he have among behavioral researchers?
posted by markcmyers
on May 29, 2013 -
I'm almost finished reading The Now Habit
by Neil Fiore. Can you recommend any books that are similar in approach but deal with a wider focus, that is, setting medium- and long-term goals? [more inside]
posted by Busoni
on Aug 2, 2011 -
Hi there Marxists, or psychologists, or Jungians, or what have you.
My book club recently voted to read The Undiscovered Self
by Carl Jung. One member quit, insisting that she couldn't read Jung because she was a Marxist.
Why? [more inside]
posted by kensington314
on Jun 7, 2011 -
Best books about manipulating people - e.g. via game theory, behavioural economics, inaccurate cognitive algorithms and so on? [more inside]
posted by kid A
on May 13, 2011 -
Is Norman Dixon's On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence
still considered to be an accurate portrayal of organisational psychology? [more inside]
posted by Jakob
on Apr 26, 2011 -
Last week, I've picked up a book "Introduction to Personality" by Jerry Phares, and now looking for similar books. What can you recommend me Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by caelumluna
on Apr 2, 2011 -
I'm looking for some good, meaty non-fiction to read over Christmas break while I'm home from grad school. Something with difficult ideas, yet readable and contemporary, and taking a fairly "big picture" view of a particular field. Any suggestions? Examples below. [more inside]
posted by decoherence
on Dec 12, 2010 -
I was relieved to hear that they found the Chilean miners alive, and amazed that they will be trapped for four months until rescue.
It also reminded me that I like reading books about people who are isolated somewhere for a long time. (I hope this doesn't sound morbid.)
I'm not so much interested in tragedy and death; I'm more interested in the psychology and group dynamics of people who are forced to live closely together.
Space station? Submarine? Post-apocalyptic abandoned museum? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects
on Aug 23, 2010 -
Anyone know of any good blogs that focus on books about mental health, addictions, neuroscience, psychology? NOT looking for blogs about those subjects in general, but seek only blogs about new and interesting books that cover these topics. Blogs about health books in general are also of interest. Thank you, Hive Mind!!!
posted by Maias
on Aug 16, 2010 -
What are some interesting pop-psychology or pop-sociology books that I could read this summer? [more inside]
posted by kylej
on Jul 6, 2010 -
I'm interested in suggestions for books on psychology, particularly deviant psychology. I'm not taking a degree, and I don't have access to an academic library, but I am looking for fairly academic works.
posted by stinkycheese
on Dec 11, 2009 -
I'm looking for some relatively modern fiction that is mostly about how people think, or see the world, or become who they are. [more inside]
posted by salvia
on Jan 12, 2009 -
Books that blend Psychology, the human mind, and Artificial Intelligence theory? [more inside]
posted by tybeet
on Aug 1, 2008 -
I'm looking for novels that are pageturners (genres preferred: science fiction/fantasy, magic realism, mystery/suspense/thriller) but also have psychologically acute character development. Any recs?
posted by Malad
on Dec 20, 2007 -
How can I read this scary book without going crazy? This may sound silly, but I swear it's serious.... [more inside]
posted by lunasol
on Sep 7, 2007 -
I want to learn about psychoanalysis/psychotherapy/etc. -- what are the best books? [more inside]
posted by shivohum
on Jul 18, 2006 -