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Psychology For Dummies, Portable Edition

Psychology For Dummies, Portable Edition

Adam Cash

ISBN: 978-1-119-94557-4

Dec 2011

270 pages

Select type: Paperback

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Learn about:

  • The evolution of modern psychology
  • The major schools of thought and how they differ
  • The ways in which humans think, learn and feel
  • The application of psychology in everyday life

From Freud to forensics, take a fascinating journey of discovery through the science of psychology

What made you pick up this book? Was it curiosity about the subject matter? Or did you want to get a better look at that attractive sales clerk? If it was curiosity, what parts of your brain lit up when you spotted the title? Do you find these questions: a) disturbing, b) embarrassing, c) intriguing, d) scary, or e) mildly amusing? Why? Psychologists have been asking questions like these for over a century now. In this book Dr Adam Cash cuts through the scientific jargon and, using plenty of everyday examples, explains what psychology is all about and what it can tell us about ourselves.

  • Do what you're doing, only better – find out why we're all amateur psychologists and how the application of the scientific method has revolutionised our understanding of human behavior
  • Meet the machine – explore the biological side of psychology, including a tour of the nervous system and brain, and the faculties that keep us connected to the world around us
  • Be aware of being aware – learn about the key concepts of conscious awareness and awareness of self, and the complex interplay of emotion, thought and motivation

Open the book and find:

  • The role of the body, the mind, relationships and culture in human psychology
  • Explanations of consciousness, awareness and consciousness of self
  • Clear definitions of instincts, feelings and emotions and where they come from
  • Developmental psychology and how people learn
  • The role of gender in psychology
Introduction 1

Part I: Behaving Yourself 7

Chapter 1: Why Do People Do What They Do? 9

Chapter 2: Making Theories out of Chaos 19

Part II: Picking Your Brain 25

Chapter 3: Hardware, Software and Wetware 27

Chapter 4: Conscious Beings 37

Part III: Thinking and Feeling 45

Chapter 5: Watching Yourself Think 47

Chapter 6: How Does That Make You Feel? 67

Part IV: Barking Up the Right Learning Tree 83

Chapter 7: Pavlov's Dogs 85

Chapter 8: Thorndike’s Cats and Skinner’s Rats 95

Part V: Getting Personal with Social Psychology 109

Chapter 9: Knowing Thyself and Knowing Others 111

Chapter 10: Conforming Like a Contortionist: Social Psychology 125

Part VI: Knowing Whether You're a Nut 143

Chapter 11: Modern Abnormal Psychology 145

Chapter 12: Figuring Out the Criminals with Forensic Psychology 165

Part VII: Helping You Heal 189

Chapter 13: Changing Behaviour, Changing Thinking 191

Chapter 14: Coping with Stress and Illness 211

Part VIII: The Part of Tens 225

Chapter 15: Ten Tips for Maintaining Psychological Health 227

Chapter 16: Ten Great Psychological Films 235

Index 243