The Rough Guide to Psychology (Rough Guides) Paperback – 1 Apr 2011
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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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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.
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.
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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Fascinating overview packed with up to date references to current research. More please.Published 11 months ago by C. Morris
We chose this book to use with a U3A psychology group. We are enjoying it and finding it clear and interestingPublished on 5 Mar. 2013 by Judy
I bought this book as an introduction to psychology and it didn't disappoint. It covers a wide range of topics in enough depth to give you an understanding,but with out going into... Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2013 by Phil S
This is a very comprehensive a book on psychology touching all the aspects of this subject as it is in this very moment: Social Psychology, Mental Health, Brain Structure and etc. Read morePublished on 24 May 2011 by Jevgenija Andrejeva
Christian has the knack of making the complex ridiculously simple (in a good way) and the boring incredibly interesting. His writing is both well-informed and very accessible. Read morePublished on 12 May 2011 by Professor Karen Pine