Psychology for Dummies 2nd edition

Author(s): Adam Cash

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Learn about:

  • The evolution of modern psychology

  • The major schools of thought and how they differ

  • The ways in which humans think, learn and feel

  • The application of psychology in everyday life

From Freud to forensics, take a fascinating journey of discovery through the science of psychology

What made you pick up this book? Was it curiosity about the subject matter? Or did you want to get a better look at that attractive sales clerk? If it was curiosity, what parts of your brain lit up when you spotted the title? Do you find these questions: a) disturbing, b) embarrassing, c) intriguing, d) scary, or e) mildly amusing? Why? Psychologists have been asking questions like these for over a century now. In this book Dr Adam Cash cuts through the scientific jargon and, using plenty of everyday examples, explains what psychology is all about and what it can tell us about ourselves.

  • Do what you're doing, only better - find out why we're all amateur psychologists and how the application of the scientific method has revolutionised our understanding of human behavior

  • Meet the machine - explore the biological side of psychology, including a tour of the nervous system and brain, and the faculties that keep us connected to the world around us

  • Be aware of being aware - learn about the key concepts of conscious awareness and awareness of self, and the complex interplay of emotion, thought and motivation

Open the book and find:

  • The role of the body, the mind, relationships and culture in human psychology

  • Explanations of consciousness, awareness and consciousness of self

  • Clear definitions of instincts, feelings and emotions and where they come from

  • Developmental psychology and how people learn

  • The role of gender in psychology


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Adam Cash, PsyD, is Clinical Director of Specialized Psychology Solutions, a child psychology clinic specializing in behavior, learning, development, and autism spectrum disorders. He has taught at the community college and university levels and also worked as a forensic psychologist.

Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Psychology 5 Chapter 1: Seeing the Purpose of Psychology 7 Chapter 2: Making Sense of What People Do: Psychology Essentials 13 Part II: Picking Your Brain (And Body) 31 Chapter 3: Hardware, Software, and Wetware 33 Chapter 4: Conscious Beings 51 Chapter 5: Getting Sensitive 61 Part III: Thinking and Feeling and Acting 75 Chapter 6: Thinking and Speaking 77 Chapter 7: How Does That Make You Feel? 103 Chapter 8: Barking up the Learning Tree: Dogs, Cats, and Rats 123 Part IV: Me, You, and Everything in Between 143 Chapter 9: Developing an Award-Winning Personality 145 Chapter 10: Catching the First Boat off Isolation Island 173 Chapter 11: Conforming Like a Contortionist: Social Psychology 199 Chapter 12: Growing Up with Psychology 221 Chapter 13: Modern Abnormal Psychology 241 Part V: Building a Better You 263 Chapter 14: Assessing the Problem and Testing the Psyche 265 Chapter 15: Getting Comfy on the Couch 279 Chapter 16: Changing Behavior, Changing Thinking 291 Chapter 17: Being a Person Is Tough: Client-Centered and Existential Therapies 311 Chapter 18: Stress, Illness, Growth, and Strength 325 Part VI: The Part of Tens 343 Chapter 19: Ten Tips for Maintaining Psychological Health 345 Chapter 20: Ten Great Psychological Movies 351 Index 357

General Fields

  • : 9781118603598
  • : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
  • : For Dummies
  • : July 2013
  • : 250mm X 150mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Adam Cash
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd Revised edition
  • : English
  • : 384