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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; 5 edition (29 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444100904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444100907
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hello

I am Nicky Hayes - a psychologist who has had a varied career teaching, learning, researching and communicating psychology. I am now semi-retired and living in the far North of Scotland, but previously I lived in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and before that the City of Leeds. I have written a variety of books about psychology, and edited or contributed to one or two more. My interests have spanned quite a range over the decades, and have changed as I have grown older; but include animal behaviour, the psychology of interactive design, small business management, social identification and social representations, and the application of psychology to effective everyday practice. On the recreational front, I particularly enjoy reading science fiction, some biographies, and of course the great Terry Pratchett. I don't have a facebook account, so if you find one on there pretending to be me it isn't. (although I think the imposter is gone, now).

Hope you enjoy the books.

love, Nicky

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"A great book for beginners with plenty of information to open doors to further study . . . . a superb way to get into a deep subject without being overwhelmed." (Amazon reviewer)

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With life sales of over 85,000 copies, Dr Nicky Hayes' Understand Psychology is the definitive introduction to the subject.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By K. Mcdougall VINE VOICE on 25 July 2006
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I have a avid interest in psychology and have many books on the subject most of which have some real insights and learnings I refer back to. With Applied Psychology I find myself constantly referring back to the book, and alomost every section, in my professional life as a management trainer.

I don't have a formal education in pyschology and I think this book would be way to basic for anyone with that background, however if you are someone looking to gain some insights in psychology or you want to know more on the huge subject that is psychology this book could be a great starting point.

It does leave you wanting more, but it also leaves you knowing which area of the discipline you want to know more about too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip Girelli on 29 April 2014
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This book is for the people who have absolutely zero experiece and knowledge with psychology - which is made clear with the title of the book.

It explains basic principles and ideas on a child like level - which is not a bad thing.

There are some chapters which I found intresting but for the most part, I got the impression of this just being a collection of simple tabloid knowledge (information you could read in a magazine/article).

So if you have never had any experience with psychology I guess this will give you an idea but instead just go online and search for an introduction to psychology - you will be better of because of the saved money.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By monica on 10 Feb. 2011
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I bought this book to teach myself and it is so great that I never wanted to finih it. It explains, evaluates and describes... I even recommend this book for people who do A level Psychology....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scorpion on 1 Nov. 2012
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This is a lively book written in a clear relaxed style. As someone who studied the subject many years ago, the material presented in this volume served to show just how far the field has developed over the last decade or so. This book should appeal to students and the general reader alike and is ideal for those who are looking for a serious but not too technical introduction to the many facets of psychology.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Backspace on 29 Aug. 2010
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Great book, very well written and great price. It is an intro to intermediate level and covers alot of content. I do quite like the "Teach yourself" series. Highly recommended!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By emma.yaffe@btcellnet.net on 12 Oct. 2001
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This book has proved to be very useful and excellent value for money. As a GCSE psychology student, the book has provided me with a clear understanding of the basics of psychology and more in depth information where required.
I would recommend this book to anyone studying at this level and possibly as an aid at A Level.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Austin on 3 Feb. 2011
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It's very tempting to argue that you CAN'T teach yourself Applied Psychology - to learn AND apply psychology you have to interact (in a discipline-specified way) with people as well as with a book. After all, the author actually points out that it takes eight years to become a fully qualified (clinical) psychologist. So, having read this book, and made notes on it, I can honestly say that I have NOT taught myself psychology, applied or otherwise. But I have definitely learnt a lot.

This is indeed a very worthwhile introduction to various strands of psychology, and I personally found the chapters on Clinical Psychology and Counselling Psychology especially informative. All the traditional bases are covered (e.g. the psychoanalytic, behavioural, humanistic, cognitive approaches, etc.) along with (as the title would suggest) the practical applications.

Like other reviewers, I have found this book to be a useful support to academic study, and I have no hesitation in recommending it. It really deserves five stars, but I have given it only four as I'm being pedantic about the title, and I take very seriously the author's warning about it being 'all too easy for people with only a limited amount of psychological knowledge to mislead the public, or to put that psychological knowledge into practice in a way which is manipulative and deceptive.'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frankee1214 on 13 Dec. 2011
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Bought this item as a gift idea for xmas. I have studied psychology myself and is a good book to get you going if you have no previous knowledge of the subject. Would recommend.
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