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30-Second Psychology: The 50 Most Thought-provoking Psychology Theories, Each Explained in Half a Minute [Hardcover]

Christian Jarrett
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21 Jun 2011 30-Second
The key ideas in Psychology explained, with colour illustrations, in half a minute. Pavlov's Dogs, Psychoanalysis, Milgram's Obedience Study, and Beck's Cognitive Therapy? Sure, you know what they all mean. That is, you've certainly heard of them. But do you know enough about these psychology theories to join a dinner party debate or dazzle the bar with your knowledge? 30-Second Psychology takes the top 50 strands of thinking in this fascinating field, and explains them to the general reader in half a minute, using nothing more than two pages, 300 words, and one picture. The inner workings of the human mind will suddenly seem a lot more fun, and along the way we meet many of the luminaries in the field, including William James, Aaron Beck, and (of course) Sigmund Freud. From Behaviorism to Cognitivism, what better way to get a handle on your inner demons?

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd (21 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184831261X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848312616
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Christian Jarrett is a psychologist turned writer, specialising in all things mind, brain and behaviour. He's founding editor of the British Psychological Society's award-winning Research Digest blog; he writes the Brain Watch blog for WIRED; and a regular column for 99U, the New York-based creativity think tank. He's author of The Rough Guide To Psychology and his next book Great Myths of the Brain, is due to be published by Wiley-Blackwell in October. He was editor and lead author of 30-Second Psychology; co-author of This Book Has Issues, Adventures in Popular Psychology; and he contributed to 30-Second Brain, 30-Second Theories and Mind Hacks. Christian's writing has also appeared in The Times, The Guardian, New Scientist, BBC Focus, Psychologies, Wired UK, Outdoor Fitness, and many other outlets.

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About the Author

Editor Christian Jarrett is an award-winning journalist for The Psychologist magazine, and he edits and writes the Society's internationally renowned Research Digest blog.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Bite Sized Information 16 Feb 2014
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Don't expect ant real depth but the blurb is correct when it states it will give an overview. Probably more use as a springboard for further study on the pieces that catch your eye
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I've been studying Psychology for 7 years and I was still drawn towards this book. Suitable for beginners to Psychology or for experts in their own field (by the time you start to specialize in an area you may have forgotten about some of the key thinkers and studies you learned about at the beginning- well I did anyway!)

I plan to buy the other books in the "30 second" series. It has a really aesthetic cover and the graphics inside are great- maybe I can finally get my partner interested in Psychology??

Would make a good gift.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I have always enjoyed psychology, and most of these theories are familiar, but without studying it formally I didn't have an opportunity to understand the roots of some theories I hear about. This book is so digestible, which is incredible considering its deep subject matter. A few theories just before dozing off is a lovely end to the day. In addition, the book is lovely, hard back, well illustrated and a joy to handle
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 8 July 2013
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This book, whilst not a manuscript for the inner functions of the mind and the way we behave, introduces the armchair observer to the world of Psychology. If you have ever thought that you may be interested in reading further into the human mind then this book introduces you lightly to many ground-breaking theories.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Basic introduction 14 April 2013
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Gives a very basic introduction to many different areas. A little dull and doesn't exactly get you hooked. If basic knowledge of subject is what you want then this is okay.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I have a much greater interest in philosophy than psychology but found this book an interesting, concise, summary of a variety of psychological theories
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book to start on. 28 Feb 2013
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Excellent introduction to the subject and not complicated at all. Would recommend to anyone interested in psychology but not sure where to start.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book 29 Jan 2013
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If like me you are just getting interested in psychology this is a good little book. It gives you a brief idea of the many different avenues to explore without getting heavy and I would say it is an interesting read and gives you ideas to explore in more detail.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong book delivered
I ordered this book as it was the daily deal for Kindle but 30 second theories -pschycology downloaded instead. Read more
Published 1 month ago by avidreader
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong book!
Anyone else noticed? This book is listed as 30-second Theories: The 50 Most Thought-provoking Theories in Science, but I got 30-second psychology....
Published 2 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars great quick summary
If u r lookin for a quick read, that doesn't require brain power and u want to know a bit more detail abt a certain topics in psychology then this is the book for u! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Layla Tedis Zainabid Akber
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading if you are human
A good synopsis of the most popular theories. What kind of psychology does amazon employ when I am requested to submit a further 12 words, perhaps they need to read this book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. A. Coode
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 Second Psychology
Very complex & difficult to understand if your not an expert in this field. But extremely resourceful. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amanda Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Informative
An overview of psychological theories for the lay person, this book is well-presented and interesting. Read more
Published 7 months ago by GeordieReader
4.0 out of 5 stars A taster in psychology
I saw this at my therapist's waiting room and I had to have it
It's a real gem
For anyone who s interested in the subject of psychology
This is a great taster of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Gregorio
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for general knowledge
I had actually no knowledge of psychology at all, only some basics of basics from school, and this was a great book for me. Read more
Published 15 months ago by janci
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it sounds
It isn't as informative or snappy as the title suggests.
Not a particularly good self help book, and certainly not for reference.
Published 15 months ago by Mr
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting revision...
This book ok skip through quite a lot of stuff, a lot of which anyone interested in the subject will have come across before. Read more
Published 15 months ago by clemi
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