I remember reading about this book maybe 3-4 years ago that collected the genuinely smart things said by terrible people, with an emphasis on hypocrites. Some examples were a popular preacher on marriage, who was later revealed to be an adulterer, and advice on financial prudence from con-men. [more inside]
What are good layman-level books and articles on how the brain interprets narratives (books, television, or any other form of story)? [more inside]
For an abnormal psych class I have to read a novel with a main character that has a DSM-5 diagnosable disorder and then diagnose them based on the book. One problem: all the good ones are probably already claimed. [more inside]
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!
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?
I'm looking for some of the best books/articles/podcasts/videos about positive psychology. Self-help books are fine, as long as they are well-founded in research. [more inside]
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]
Developmental psychology books for new parents? [more inside]
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]
Best books about manipulating people - e.g. via game theory, behavioural economics, inaccurate cognitive algorithms and so on? [more inside]
Is Norman Dixon's On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence still considered to be an accurate portrayal of organisational psychology? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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!!!
What are some interesting pop-psychology or pop-sociology books that I could read this summer? [more inside]
I'm looking for a good, generalist (and preferably concise) account of the history of modern neuroscience. [more inside]
Book about "wanting to fail" ? [more inside]
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.
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]
Books that blend Psychology, the human mind, and Artificial Intelligence theory? [more inside]
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?
How can I read this scary book without going crazy? This may sound silly, but I swear it's serious.... [more inside]
I want to learn about psychoanalysis/psychotherapy/etc. -- what are the best books? [more inside]