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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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Product details

  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,366 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; staff writer on their house magazine The Psychologist; he writes a monthly blog for Psychology Today; and a monthly column for 99U, the New York-based creativity think tank. He's author of The Rough Guide To Psychology and currently writing Great Myths of the Brain, to be published by Wiley-Blackwell. 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 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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8 of 8 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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13 of 14 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast way to become an expert 7 Jan 2013
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I bought this book on the strength of other excellent reviews, and was not disappointed. It's very comprehensive, well set out, and tells you what you need to know about all the different theories and ideas in psychology to fill in the blanks in your knowledge and to enable you to talk knowledgeable to others. Recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Concise 27 Mar 2013
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Having obtained a psychology degree in 1971 as a break from studying medicine, I was attracted to this as a refresher and amazed at the breadth and depth of information it contains. The contents are logically organised into sections with a welcome glossary of terms preceding each with illustrations. This should appeal to anyone with an interest in the understanding of behaviour on older theoretical but, more importantly, scientific grounds.

Subjects such as child development, social interaction, nature versus nurture, abnormal (disturbed) mental states and therapies whether analytical or cognitive are abundant in the media and conversation. It seems a greater grasp of these would be enlightening. My old books are long gone. The most noticeable development in emphasis has been the 'cognitive revolution'. Useful index and further reading advice. Excellent. Pick up and read at leisure. A bargain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A taster in psychology 15 Jun 2013
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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 the various theories
Easy to read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 30-second psychology 5 April 2012
By marie
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A good quick guide to some very useful studies. However this book would be of little help to those studying at AS level. As there are only two, possibly three relevant studies in this book. A good book for those who wish for a quick guide to some well known studies.
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3 of 4 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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5.0 out of 5 stars great quick summary 29 Mar 2014
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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! Will not be useful to those who need to study for exams.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Bite Sized Information
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
Published 2 months ago by Raymond Sullivan
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 3 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 3 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 4 months ago by GeordieReader
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
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. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Wesley Williams
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 11 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 12 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 12 months ago by clemi
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic introduction
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.
Published 12 months ago by GSC
2.0 out of 5 stars Short but too short
I suppose it does what the title promises. But I would have liked more information. Each topic does have a 3 minute review but a lot of these are shorter than the 30 second... Read more
Published 12 months ago by David
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