Psychology Books Tour!12:27 PM
Books are in order of what they appear in the interactive tour.
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson - Looking at the psychopath checklist and how reliable it is, Jon Ronson meets psychopaths along the way and learns the art of spotting a psychopath. I also watched the TED talk her gave which you can see here if you are interested.
The Men who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson - This book is so strange, it was mentioned in one of my psychology lectures and I can't believe this was an actual thing. This is about a secret unit of the US army in 1979, who believed that a soldier could adopt a cloak of invisibility, walk through walls and kill goats by staring at them, hence the name of the book.
Lost at Sea by Jon Ronson - Another book by Jon Ronson, I seem a bit obsessed but he always writes about interesting topics! This book is a collection of his adventures and the weird and wonderful people that he meets from a UFO convention to investigating a high school mass murder plot.
Out of the Ordinary by Jon Ronson - Another collection of his weird and wonderful adventures, he is fascinated with madness and strange behaviour just like me, definitely a interesting read!
The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks - Probably his most famous book, this is all about neurological disorders that are incredibly interesting to read about and yes, there is a disorder in which a man thinks that his wife is a hat, you need to read the book to understand it but it's definitely a must read for any Psychology student.
Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks - Another book that is quite famous by him, This is all about how hallucinations don't just belong to the mentally ill, we have all heard noises that haven't been there, or thought someone had called our name when they haven't, an incredibly interesting read.
The Minds Eye by Oliver Sacks - Yes, I am obsessed with Oliver Sacks slightly, this is about how the brain interprets the world and delivers this image to the brain, as well as what happens when this process is disrupted
Oaxaca Journal by Oliver Sacks - This is an account of Oliver Sacks trip to Oaxaca, mexico, where oliver looks at plants and how they adapt and survive in different climates (yes this is a bit less psychology and a bit more science but I thought I'd include this anyway)
Elephants on Acid by Alex Boese - This book was actually recommended by one of the lecturers in my university. It is a collection of weird and bizarre experiments that have been conducted throughout history, I read the odd one in this now and then and I'm more than half way through and let me tell you, it's incredibly interesting!
Electrified Sheep by Alex Boese - Another book by the same author that I found and don't know much about but am assuming this is a continuation from Elephants on Acid with a lot more bizarre experiments!
The Definitive Book of Body Language by Allan and Barbara Pease - A book I got fairly recently for christmas and keep flicking through because it is so incredibly interesting as well as being related to psychology, i'm not sure how objective this is but it's definitely an interesting read so I would recommend this!
Why Men don't listen and Women can't read maps by Allan and Barbara Pease - This is the book I found that made me fall in love with Allan and Barbara Pease writing style, they're so incredibly quirky and make me laugh, this book looks at the differences between males and females and why these differences may occur, definitely an interesting one!
Men are from Mars Women are from Venus by John Gray - A cult classic, I think a lot of women will have this on their shelf or will have heard of this, it was meant to be the literal bible for women on how to understand men and what to do when they behave a certain way and reassuring us that it's not always our fault. It is interesting and there are a lot of things in it which you may recognise in men but it's not very scientific so be aware of that.
Henry's Demons by Patrick and Henry Cockburn - This is the story of a father and son, the son has schizophrenia and it is them telling the story of how they found out and how to deal with it as well as how it has effected them, really interesting.
Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber - This is the book that was made into a film, it's about a woman with dissociative identity disorder (or more commonly known as multiple personality disorder) and it is how she comes to terms with it and how she realises something is wrong, I haven't read the book yet and I've seen half of the film because wow that is a long film! There is a lot of controversy surrounding this book, people thinking that it's all a big hoax and sybil didn't actually have this disorder but i'm sure it'll still be an interesting read.
The Domesticated Brain by Bruce Hood - I have actually read and reviewed this book here and it basically looks at the brain and how it works and effects us, it's really interesting and I really enjoyed it.
Rough Guide to The Brain - A good little guide to the basics of the brain and is incredibly helpful for psychology, I didn't go into the brain very much at a-level and you go into it a lot in the degree so it is definitely helpful to have a sort of "pocket guide" which is helpful whenever I do coursework or exams. It's also really easy to understand which is a bonus!
Daily Rituals by Mason Curry - A book that I think everyone needs to own, maybe I'm just being bias because I adore stuff like this. This book talks about the daily rituals of famous people such as Jane Austen, Sigmund Freud, Sylvia Plath, Albert Einstein and so much more! It's so interesting and I love reading things like this, I can't explain it but you need it!
You Say Potato by Ben and David Crystal - I picked this up from ASDA when I went with my mum recently, if you didn't know one of my areas of interest in psychology is accents. Yes, it's weird, but I always wondered why people speak differently in the same country and how this happens and why it happens as well as what the differences are and this book does just that! Do you say scone or scohne?
Batman and Psychology by Travis Langley - Had this for a very long time, it's the psychology of the characters in batman, quite an interesting one but I haven't looked properly at this yet *the shame*
Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche - I've wanted to delve into Nietzsche for a very long time, ever since he was mentioned in my R.E. class in high school and I finally got this which I am excited about, I can actually get into philosophy now!
The Symposium by Plato - I know what you're probably thinking... this is philosophy what are you doing. Well, psychology actually came from philosophy so they tie in together quite a lot, so knowing philosophy will definitely help you in psychology (I wish i'd done it at a level!) and I was told that the symposium is a classic.
Descartes in 90 minutes - Descarte keeps popping up in my lectures (most famous for saying "I think, therefore I am") and I found this in my local bookshop for £1 so I just thought it made sense for me to have a look at this.
Philosophy in minutes - This sums up all the major parts of philosophy in a tiny pocket book! I got this from the works for really cheap (seriously look at the works the majority of the books here can be found really cheap!) and thought it would be really helpful, I really need to actually look at this!
Law: A Very Short Introduction by Raymond Wicks - I got this because the area I am most interested in is crime, and I thought it would make sense if I had some knowledge of law, I love these books, there are so many introductions, i'd definitely check these out if theres anything you want to know the basics of, they're so small and give you so much information!
Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction by David Canter - David Canter is my god. No but seriously, he's a really prominent figure in forensic psychology, and as soon as I saw that he wrote the introduction on it I figured i'd be killing two birds with one stone. Next year, I am chosing my option modules and I want to do forensic psychology so i'm going to delv into this during the summer!
DSM IV by American Psychiatric Association - The DSM is the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, it is huge i'm sure you don't realise how many disorders there is, the version that I own is from 1994, and they recently did the DSM V which I'm sure is bigger. This is essentially a manual of all the symptoms of every known mental disorder, i've had to use it in a few assignments and have really enjoyed just looking through it.
50 key thinkers in Psychology by Noel Sheehy - Was on my recommended reading for first year of university, definitely a must have for anyone thinking of doing a psychology degree, sums up all of the famous psychologists and their most well known works.
50 Psychology Ideas you Really need to know by Adrian Furnham - Similar to the book previous but is much more colourful and inventive, if you prefer a lot of reading and just text go for the other book, if you like interaction and keeping yourself interested then go for this one (this can also be found at the works!)
The Psychology book - A book that can be extremely helpful. especially if i'm in a lecture and they briefly mention a study that I have never heard of before, I always go to this book, it's again really interactive and colourful with pictures, doesn't make you feel like you're studying because of how nice it is (this is also in the works!)
The Essentials of Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud - I know, I know, I always say how I don't need to know Sigmund Freud and I don't! But he is such a whacko and such a pioneer in psychology that I find his ideas so interesting and so strange (did you know he wrote a book on the benefits of cocaine?) and this is a big huge book on the basics of psychoanalysis. Pretty difficult to understand so maybe don't use this if you know nothing about it.
On murder, mourning and melancholia by Sigmund Freud - Part of the penguin classics for Sigmund Freud, I decided to get this one first because it sounds like the one I would enjoy the most, I do eventually want all of his books though (i'm obsessed)
The Wisdom of Psychopaths by Kevin Dutton - Kevin Dutton has such an interesting look on psychopaths, he looks more at the good in psychopaths and usefulness of being one rather than the ever so popular view that psychopaths are going to kill everyone (which is just not the case). I'm halfway through this and am finding it really eyeopening.
Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E.Thomas - This is a book written by a Sociopath (similar to a psychopath but some differences) and was so excited to get this, have yet to read it but think it's going to be really interesting.
The Psychopath Whisperer by Kent Kiehl - This is all about the science and behaviour of a psychopath, It looks at nature vs nurture which is something I am incredibly interested in so can't wait to read this!
The good Psychopaths Guide to Success by Kevin Dutton and Andy McNab - Another book by Kevin Dutton, but he wrote this with Andy McNab who you may have heard of. Andy McNab is actually a psychopath and we all know that he is not a criminal, so is definitely a interesting read.
Talking with Serial Killers by Christopher Berry Dee - This is basically interviews with serial killers, that's all I can really say about this book, probably don't read it if you're easily disturbed.
The Full Story of Fred and Rose West and The Gloucester House of Horrors by Howard Sounes - Fred and Rose West are the serial killer couple that I am most interested in due to the fact that they did things together and also killed/abused/tortured their own, there are just so many questions and when I saw this in a charity shop I nearly jumped up and down in delight, definitely something I won't be reading at night time!
The Jigsaw Man by Paul Britton - You may have heard of Paul Britton as the founding father of criminal profiling, I was incredibly interested to read this book, even though he has been discredited recently for helping to imprison the wrong man for a case, this book is still really interesting as it talks about all the cases he has worked on.
Infamous Murderers - Got this from a book clearance shop, I have to be honest I was just sucked in because it was about murderers.
I hope you enjoyed this! I worked incredibly hard on this and I do have a few more books since I created this but I hope you got some recommendations anyway, if you have any for me, please let me know!