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Taking the Proverbial: The Psychology of Proverbs and Sayings Paperback – 26 Oct 2007


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chambers (26 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055010335X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0550103352
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,040,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'An intriguing and original look at more than 60 sayings that will be essential reading' (The Guardian)

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A fascinating look at the psychology of more than 50 well-known proverbs and sayings

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John B on 2 Nov. 2007
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Bought this for my Dad for Christmas but started reading it when it arrived and it's very clever and a brilliant idea for a book. Basically the author examines whether any of the old proverbs that we use everyday are true psychologically speaking. So for instance: is beauty in the eye of the beholder? Do first impressions count? Do birds of a feather flock together? Will flattery get you everywhere? There are 60 plus such proverbs answered and each chapter is a delight. Really interesting and makes you smile and think at the same time. I find this quite rare in books nowadays. I'm buying a copy for all my relatives now this christmas - christmas presents sorted- it's not too academic but not too simply writen either. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jessica J on 4 Nov. 2007
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I really enjoyed this. I've done psychology at A'level and recognised quite a lot of the studies and theories but what I really liked is the way this book shows how they fit in to our every day lives and the things we say and do. Really easy to read - you can impress your friends with your knowledge and understanding of human nature after reading this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ken Tone on 13 Dec. 2007
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Don't judge a book by its cover; there are remarkably few giraffes in this book!

What is in it is a clever and witty discussion of well-known proverbs, and how they relate to human behaviour. Well worth a read, and an ideal present.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D Morland on 19 Dec. 2007
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I bought this book on the reccomendation of a friend with a psychology background. Without being either patronising or too technical this was a great introduction for a layperson to the way people think and respond to eachother. A well balanced and amusingly written book. I'll be looking out for more by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Middle Sister on 18 Nov. 2007
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Brilliant idea, intelligently written, relating well-known proverbs to everyday situations (we don't all feel the same about football, however!). Just goes to show you can't live your life by a set of rules.
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