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Ben Ambridge is a qualified psychologist who states that it is a scientific study of human behaviour, not a tag that anyone can apply to themselves. He judges his audience to perfection. Amongst the factual psychological data, he introduces tests. We all enjoy assessing our profiles with interactive scores that may tell us, for example, whether we're nice people or psychopaths. These are handled without criticism but at the same time may be revealing. This is not only educational but also bundles of fun. How we score is addictive. From The Rorschach test (ink-blot analysis that is amusing), Ambridge take us through more than 100 tests, mostly tick-the-box, with often revealing conclusions. Others are more complicated. He illustrates the book with experiments performed in the past along with how we form opinions. These are fascinating insights into how our behavioural make-up has been framed.

This is a Kindle review. I agree that filling in questionnaires require pencil and paper, but passing on a book to members of the family and friends with answers erased with a rubber is a dead giveaway to our hidden selves. This is an excellent insight into our 'Psyche', unstressful, until the realisation of our make-up may tell us more than we wanted to know. This is educational in the gentlest sense but also great entertainment and a minefield for discussion amongst friends and whomsoever.
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on 15 November 2015
This book is really "Pinker lite". Interesting but really just a taster - if you want more detail read "The Blank Slate" or almost anything else by Steven Pinker. Also, I didn't realise it was full of quizzes which you can't fill in on your Kindle, which is really annoying.
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on 6 December 2015
Pop psychology at its worst. Among other risible assertions is that Fascists like their circles really round but if you are OK with a slight bump in the circle you are a liberal. Nonsense.
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on 5 August 2014
This is brilliant fun - a guide to psychology through dozens of bite-size quizzes, puzzles, jokes and some really eye-opening debunkings of famous experiments. The author is genuinely knowledgeable and has a wicked sense of humour. It's serious psychology but serious fun too. Every page has a new treat!
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on 6 October 2014
Very good book, good bit of humour and very interesting snippets factoids interweaved into the chapters. Great exercises and good precis of well know psychology studies and interesting personal views on them. Would recommend to any psychology student or someone with an interest in psychology. Also good references and suggestions of where to get papers etc. A lot of my colleagues want a copy of it.
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VINE VOICEon 27 December 2014
Very easy-to-read - the short sections keep things interesting, and you never get bogged down in anything. Despite being thick, it's actually quite a quick read: I got through it in a day, and I'm not a particularly fast reader. Would be even better if there was an index - I tried to go back and find a particular concept and it took me ages to find it!
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This is a brilliant book. I absolutely love it. It is incredibly interesting yet great fun to read and do. It is packed full of exercises and they are serious psychology tests but they are presented in a fun way with an easy to understand explanation and evaluation. The writer adds jokes and real fun stuff. He is clearly very academic but he presents his material in a very accessible, informative way
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on 21 August 2015
A Interesting Subject especially if you are going to university and reading psychology. Not heaving going really well written to hold the interest of the reader. Give it a try.
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on 15 September 2014
Really good book - science written in accessible language, lots of puzzles and written in a humorous style. I learnt a lot and enjoyed doing so.
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on 26 November 2014
Bought it for my 16 year old daughter and she had it read in 3 days. Very informative and addictive once you start reading.
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