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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides (1 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848364601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848364608
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...this book is disarmingly appealing to the deep desire to know ourselves ... [It] presents psychology today `in a nutshell', and it is almost frighteningly up-to-date ... --Prof Uta Frith, Psychologies Magazine

The Rough Guide to Psychology ... is really very good --Oliver Burkeman, Guardian Columnist

This wonderful treatise on the subject lifts the lid on all of the taboos and explains the science of psychology in a language anyone can understand... Superb --Books Monthly

"...this book is disarmingly appealing to the deep desire to know ourselves ... [It] presents psychology today `in a nutshell', and it is almost frighteningly up-to-date ..." --Uta Frith, The Psychologist Magazine

"The Rough Guide to Psychology ... is really very good." --Oliver Burkeman, Guardian Columnist

"This wonderful treatise on the subject lifts the lid on all of the taboos and explains the science of psychology in a language anyone can understand... Superb" --Books Monthly

About the Author

Christian Jarrett is an award-winning journalist for The Psychologist journal, the flagship publication of the British Psychological Society. He has also written for New Scientist magazine and is currently a finalist in the inaugural Research Blogging Awards for Best Psychology Blog and Best Research Twitterer.


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I enjoyed this book immensely. Dr Jarrett has managed to condense an enormous amount of information into an engaging volume which serves as a brilliant introduction to the subject. True to the Rough Guide ethic, there is absolutely no waffle or jargon - just plain, incisive writing telling you exactly what you need to know.

This is as comprehensive a book on psychology as you could ever hope to fit into your coat pocket. All the expected bases are touched, from the history of Psychology to the famous names and essential experiments which shaped the field. Milgram, check. Freud, check. Intelligence. Social Psychology. The Dimensions of Personality. Mental Health. Brain Structure. There are definitions and illustrations galore, and also many box-outs with enlightening facts, useful psychological tips for everyday life, and even the odd amusing anecdote. Nice also to find welcome asides on the self-correcting principles of scientific study, the ethics of research and the potential minefields which psychologists must negotiate. As Dr Jarrett is at pains to point out, there's no such thing as a perfect science.

But what makes this book especially exciting for me is its cutting-edge take on the subject. The Rough Guide To Psychology reveals what psychology is like NOW, this very moment. The book is littered with modern research, new explanations for old conundrums, potential directions and discoveries that could hit the headlines tomorrow. Reading this book makes you want to dive in and participate. We know so much about the astounding way our minds work, but there is so much more to discover.

In short, I'm sure that anyone with a passing interest in the subject will find the Rough Guide To Psychology a stimulating and enjoyable read.
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I am currently doing my undergrad in psychology and have found that this book covers a lot if the topics I've been studying, perhaps in less depth, but with a more applied focus, relating the theories to everyday life. It's super for my short commute in the morning as it is easy to dip in and out of.

There's plenty of pictures and diagrams, the language is clear and easy to understand. Would be super for someone in secondary school wondering if they want to do psychology or not and what it involves.
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For a few years I've had a casual interest in psychology and the mind, but I never wanted to devote the necessary time to formal, academic study of the discipline, since it's never been a particularly strong interest of mine. So, I bought this book hoping that it would provide a brief introduction to the subject without being too in-depth and textbook-like, like some of the other books available on the market.

I wasn't disappointed. Dr. Christian Jarrett presents (what I'm guessing are) most of the main branches of contemporary psychology in easy to read, bite-size chunks. He doesn't go into too much detail, nor does he gloss over the topic with merely a few sentences, leaving the reader bewildered and confused. He gets the balance just right. Jarrett presents the key theories in each discipline, and occasional boxes are to be found on pages that give a bit more detail, should the reader want it.

Importantly, I feel, Jarrett also presents the criticisms of each theory, and the phrase "XYZ is not without it's critics..." appears several times throughout the book, giving it a well balanced, impartial feel. This is important since several competing theories about psychological phenomena exist at once, and only giving page space to a particular one can skew the perceptions of potential readers.

Overall, this book provided an interesting, engaging, well rounded introduction to the main arguments in psychology, and after having read it, I would feel more confident about reading more advanced material. I would thoroughly recommend it to any psychological novice; more advanced readers may find some of the book a little basic, but on the whole I feel that everyone can learn something from the book.
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As the founding editor of the British Psychological Society's Research Digest, Christian Jarrett is certainly well placed to offer a comprehensive and bang up-to-date introduction to Psychology. In fact, Jarrett has perhaps produced the best introduction to the subject I have seen during my many years of either studying or teaching psychology.This is a must for anybody interested in how the human brain and mind interact to produce complex and often unpredictable results. It should also become a pre-requisite for all A-level and Undergraduate Psychology students.
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May I just say what a relief it is to read a beginner's book on psychology that doesn't divide the subject into boring 'perspectives' and 'approaches' as happens in University and college texts. This book simply explains what psychologists are trying to achieve with their research, and brings every subject it covers bang up-to-date. I'm so impressed that I am recommending this as a textbook both for my A2 students and my groups of International Foundation students. I'm sure the latter in particular will appreciate its use of simple, direct language and lack of unnecessary jargon.(Other textbook writers beware!)
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