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Psychology for Dummies [Paperback]

Adam Cash
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18 Jun 2002 For dummies
What do psychologists do? Why do they do it? Does it take some sort of special aptitude to become a psychologist? How do you think psychologists feel about us asking all these questions about them? A psychologist friend of yours tells you that he is unhappy all the time and thinks it might have something to do with how he makes a living—how would you help? Now substitute the word “people” for psychologist and you have some idea of the kinds of questions the science of psychology tries to answer—questions about behavior, motive, aptitude, feeling, perception, and therapy. And while psychology may not provide definitive answers, it does offer powerful insights that can help you better understand who you are and why you feel and act the way you do. Psychology For Dummies is a fun, user–friendly guide to the basics of human behavior and mental processes. In plain English and using lots of everyday examples, psychologist Dr. Adam Cash cuts through the jargon to explain what psychology is all about and what it tells us about why we do the things we do. With this book as your guide, you’ll: Gain profound insights into human nature Understand yourself better Make sense of individual and group behaviors Explore different approaches in psychology Recognize problems in yourself and others Make informed choices when seeking psychological counseling From Freud to forensics, anorexia to xenophobia, Psychology For Dummies takes you on a fascinating journey of discovery. Topics covered include: Major schools of thought and how they differ The role of the body, the mind, relationships and culture in human psychology What is consciousness, awareness, and consciousness of self? Instinct, feeling and emotion and where they come from Developmental psychology and how people learn The role of gender in psychology Abnormal and forensic psychology Emotional and psychological problems and psychotherapy Human behavior is an endlessly fascinating subject. Get Psychology For Dummies and find out what the science of human behavior has to say about why we do the things we do.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (18 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764554344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764554346
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 19 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"…an interesting introduction with a light and readable style…the sheer range and depth of the topic." ( Psychologies , October 2006)

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Get comfy on the couch with tips for great mental health Discover why you are who you are – and why you act the way you do Ever wonder exactly what psychologists do? Are you curious about how you learn, think, and feel? This user–friendly guide takes you from Freud to forensics to family matters as you explore the wonders of human behavior and discover how to know yourself and others better than ever before. The Dummies Way Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear–out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun

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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful
This is a very good book if you are curious about what psychology is all about and don't want to spend a lot of time reading a lot of books on the subject. It's very basic, aproachable, fun to read, full of examples, and very up-to-date. If you think psychology is about somebody sitting on a chair listening to your problems, then read this book. You'll be surprised how many aplications psychology has, and how it can help you and others in many areas of your life.

Great for the curious.
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Usual Dummies Standard 7 Dec 2003
This welcome addition to the Dummies series provides a beginner's insight into the complex and sometimes controversial world of psychology. All major topics are adequately covered, and, in categorical terms at least, there's little you would be able to find in a "proper" psychology textbook which isn't at least mentioned in this volume.
Why, then, the lower-than-perfect rating? Because, unlike many of its computing-related counterparts, Psychology for Dummies is almost entirely geared towards the absolute beginner. It brushes the surface without ever delving deep into the wider ranges of this very large field. And I can't blame it, really. However, because of the very nature of the subject, such a book is most suited, and very aptly so in this case, to the abovementioned absolute beginner.
As a book in general, and a "dummies" book in particular, a good buy as a started into the wide world of Psychology.
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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good introductory book!!!!!! 6 April 2003
I have read other dummies books before and they are good books to introduce you into certain subjects. I bought this book because I wanted to get into psychology but I wanted to learn it from the beginning and the book just done that by slowly letting you into all the fundementals of psychology and how to implement it and conduct experiements, it also helps you to learn more about your self and many other things. Its a great introductory book for anyone wanting to learn psychology.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very big dissapointment 3 Dec 2010
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I have a few "dummies" books and have previously found them to be a very good introduction to many subjects.
Sadly this book was anything but.

The authors rambling style left me at the end of many chapters wondering what on earth it had all been about. I spent a lot of my effort trying to figure out what on earth he was trying to convey so that very little effort was left for thinking about it. I tried a couple of times to restart reading the book but it just wasn't going in.

Note, I'm not an actual "dummy" I have 2 degrees, one in science and one in engineering.

In the end I gave up and ended up buying this instead :
Understand Psychology: Teach Yourself

I found this book infinitely better as rather than trying to figure out what is being said I got to think about what is being said.

The other problem with the dummies book is it's date of publication is 2002. The Understand psychology book is 2010. Many things have happened in the field in the last 8 years which meant that I was also trying to find out if the opinions expressed (when I could figure out what they were) were out of date.

In summary if you intend to read this book when you are at your peak of alertness during the day then it may be OK. If, like me, you read it in the evening just before going to bed, get the Understand Psychology book instead. It's far easier.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overview 14 Dec 2010
By Amy
The book is ok - I bought it because I had never studied psychology before and wanted to gain an insight to the subject before I started university. It helped me to familiarise myself with the terminology etc but would never have used it in an assignment. I suppose it's good if you have an interest in psychology; it's easy to read and well structured, but is by no means extensive and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who is about to study psychology at university - get a proper academic introductory psychology book.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but good! 2 Jan 2008
I found this book really useful to help me fully understand psychodynamic theroy. I am on a counselling course (counselling studies) and I found the simple laungage used in this book was great for revision and for quoting in essays.

Its not a British edition and it does refer greatly to various American organisations but as the USA is the leader in all things psychological its not a bad thing. Unlike American cookery books which can make me cry with frustration! What is all purpose flour and why can't we have fat free cheese too?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychology for dummies 3 May 2010
Great book, great price.... what it says on the box by seller!
Bought this for my daughter to help with her A level... she's very pleased, easy to understand language.

Came through post earlier than expected too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey all! 29 Nov 2013
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If you don't get it. Get this. This has helped with my mocks. Teachers very impressed. Yeh! Enjoying every minute
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I love the way psychology for dummies is set out. This and other For Dummies books I have used are really great way of starting to learn a new subject. Read more
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Five because its deserved, would recommend book to any one interested, liked everything about the book. you can learn everything you need to know
Published 14 months ago by cpv12
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Skims the surface of what you need to know to get by. Well organised to help you digest enough of the subject without being swamped with information
Published 16 months ago by david pereira
5.0 out of 5 stars A great overview
Just starting a psychology course I bought this to give me a basic understanding, which it has. There isn't alot of depth to any of the subject areas but it has given me enough... Read more
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