The human brain is a very complex entity. It is the center of our existence. And therefore, it is important to know our brain and its workings.
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and its behavior. Through Psychology, we can also train our minds and our psyche.
There are a few certified methods by which we can train the human brain to function in a better way and reading tops this list.
When we read something, we aren’t just consuming knowledge. We are unlocking new avenues for our brains to comprehend. We are also opening a whole new world inside our minds.
There are a few books about psychology that one should read to understand the workings of the human mind in a better way.
Listed below are the top 5 psychology books of 2022.
1. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt
Synopsis: In this book, Haidt takes up several “great ideas” about happiness from brilliant thinkers of their times, namely Plato, Buddha, and Jesus.
He then examines these thoughts from a psychological perspective. And determines whether these thoughts are still applicable in the present times or not.
The concepts are virtue, happiness, fulfillment, and meaning of life, and this forms the basis of this book.
This book has 11 chapters on the different factors of life and each is dealt with in detail.
2. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (New and Expanded) by Ph.D. Robert B. Cialdini
If you are someone who gets influenced by other people very easily, then this book is for you.
Synopsis: In this book, Dr. Cialdini explores the psychological patterns of why a person says ‘yes’ and how this can be prevented.
The book focuses on six fundamental reasons why a person gets persuaded and how can one shield themselves from this. The book also talks about how we can persuade other people.
3. Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me) Third Edition: Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris
In this book, Tavris deals with cognitive dissonance, confirmation bias, and other cognitive biases.
She uses these psychological concepts to exemplify how the perpetrators (and victims) of malicious acts justify and rationalize their attitudes.
It also tells us about the action and self-deception by which slight differences between people’s attitudes become polarized.
This book would be a great read in terms of knowing what goes on inside the minds of perpetrators and how they justify their acts.
4. Upstream: How to Solve Problems Before They Happen by Dan Heath
Synopsis: When a problem arises in our lives, we focus all our attention on solving that. Slowly, this becomes a habit and we get stuck in this cycle forever.
Despite being stuck in this loop, we never complain because we never realize that we are in a loop. We think of it as something completely natural.
But it is natural. It is just our brain getting tricked into believing that. This is downstream and if not identified in time, we will keep swimming here only.
With the help of this book, you can not only identify this situation but you can also pull yourself out of this. You can go upstream. That is, to the root of your problems.
5. The School of Life: An Emotional Education by Alain de Botton
We learn many things in school. Academics, Sports, and Extracurricular activities, but what we hardly learn, is how to deal with real-life problems.
This book teaches us the emotional intelligence we need to survive our daily lives. It provides us with all the information and tools we need to battle the problems we encounter in our daily lives.
Alain de Button founded the school of Life ten years ago. And he has combined all that experience in writing this book.
This is not just any book. This is a book everyone should have with them all the time.
Some of the other important psychological books, apart from these, that everyone must read are listed below:
- Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgement by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, and Cass R. Sunstein
- The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil by Philip G. Zimbardo
- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson
- Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships by Eric Berne
- The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain, and Body in the Transformation of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk
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