For the next top 10 best books we would like to present the must-read psychology books from our English Book Hall.
There are few things in the world more fascinating than the human mind. In fact, apart from the depths of space, it is probably one of the least understood objects in the universe. According to dictionary definition psychology is the science of the mind or of mental states and processes and the science of human and animal behavior. The „De Anima” (On the Soul) of Aristotle is considered the first monument of psychology as such, centered around the belief that the heart was the basis for mental activity, that`s why someone said that to be successfull you gotta have heart. So we here at Central Library have compiled a list of the top 10 greatest psychology books which can change your life. Lets see how many you have read!
1. Akhtar, Miriam. Positive psychology for overcoming depression : self-help strategies for happiness, inner strength and well-being / Miriam Akhtar. – London : Watkins Publishing, 2012. – 248 p.
The stresses of modern life have led to an unprecedented rise in depression. But there is new hope, as psychologist Miriam Akhtar explains in this reassuring self-help manual extolling the benefits of Positive Psychology. Drawing upon inspiring real-life case studies, Akhtar shows how Positive Psychology can teach us how to savor positive events, express gratitude for everyday experiences we may take for granted, develop optimism, and cultivate resilience in the face of difficulties.
2. Covey, Stephen. The seven habits of highly effective people : Restoring the character ethic / Stephen R. Covey. – New York : A Fireside Book, 1990. – 360 p.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change was a groundbreaker when it was first published in 1990, and it continues to be a business bestseller with more than 10 million copies sold. Stephen Covey, an internationally respected leadership authority, realizes that true success encompasses a balance of personal and professional effectiveness, so this book is a manual for performing better in both arenas. His anecdotes are as frequently from family situations as from business challenges. Before you can adopt the seven habits, you’ll need to accomplish what Covey calls a „paradigm shift”–a change in perception and interpretation of how the world works. Covey takes you through this change, which affects how you perceive and act regarding productivity, time management, positive thinking, developing your „proactive muscles” (acting with initiative rather than reacting), and much more.
3. Gottman, John. The heart of parenting : How to raise an emotionally intelligent child / John Gottman. – London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 1997. – 240 p.
Every parent knows the importance of equipping children with the intellectual skills they need to succeed in school and life. But children also need to master their emotions. The heart of parenting is a guide to teaching children to understand and regulate their emotional world. And as acclaimed psychologist and researcher John Gottman shows, once they master this important life skill, emotionally intelligent children will enjoy increased self-confidence, greater physical health, better performance in school, and healthier social relationships.Written for parents of children of all ages, The heart of parenting will enrich the bonds between parent and child and contribute immeasurably to the development of a generation of emotionally healthy adults.
4. Greenspan, Stanley. Engaging autism / Stanley I. Greenspan. – Philadelphia : Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2006. – 434 p.
Grateful parents and professionals worldwide have welcomed this essential guide to the highly recommended Floortime approach for treating children with any of the autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Now available in paperback, Engaging Autism includes new, exciting information on neuroscience research into the effects of this approach, plus guidance for parents navigating the controversies surrounding the treatment of autism. Unlike approaches that focus on changing specific behavior, Greenspan’s program promotes the building blocks of healthy emotional and behavioral development. He shows that, remarkably, children with ASD do not have a fixed, limited potential, and may often join their peers to lead full, psychologically healthy lives. The Floortime approach can also be applied at any age—including early infancy, when the first signs of risk for ASD may appear—so that preventing the full development of autism becomes a real possibility.
5. Kouzes, James M. Encouraging the Heart : A Leader’s Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing other / James M. Kouzes. – San Francisco : Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999. – 201 p.
All too often, simple acts of human kindness are often overlooked and under utilized by people in leadership roles. Advising mutual respect and recognition of accomplishments, Encouraging the Heart shows us how true leaders encourage and motivate those they work with by helping them find their voice and making them feel like heroes. Recognized experts in the field of leadership, authors James Kouzes and Barry Posner show us that, through love, leaders can encourage, and indeed allow those around them to be their very best. Both practical and inspirational, Encouraging the Heart gives readers a thoughtful approach to motivating individuals within an organizational structure.
6. Lippa, Richard A. Gender, Nature, and Nurture / Richard A. Lippa. – Mahwah : Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc., 2002. – 286 p.
Written by one of the foremost authorities in the field, this engaging text presents the latest scientific findings on gender differences, similarities, and variations–in sexuality, cognitive abilities, occupational preferences, personality, and social behaviors, such as aggression. The impact of nature and nurture on gender is examined from the perspectives of genetics, molecular biology, evolutionary theory, neuroanatomy, anthropology, sociology, and psychology. The result is a balanced, fair-minded synthesis of diverse points of view. Dr. Lippa’s text sympathetically summarizes each side of the nature-nurture debate, and in a witty imagined conversation between a personified „nature” and „nurture,” he identifies weaknesses in the arguments offered by both sides. His kaleidoscopic review defines gender, summarizes research on gender differences, examines the nature of masculinity and femininity, describes theories of gender, and presents a „cascade model,” which argues that nature and nurture constitute the inseparable threads that weave together to form the complex tapestry known as gender.
7. Peck, M. Scott. The Road Less Traveled : A new psychology of love, traditional values and spiritual growth / M. Scott Peck. – New York : A Touchstone Book, 1978. – 318 p.
Written in a voice that is timeless in its message of understanding, The Road Less Traveled continues to help us explore the very nature of loving relationships and leads us toward a new serenity and fullness of life. It helps us learn how to distinguish dependency from love; how to become a more sensitive parent; and ultimately how to become one’s own true self. Recognizing that, as in the famous opening line of his book, “Life is difficult” and that the journey to spiritual growth is a long one, Dr. Peck never bullies his readers, but rather guides them gently through the hard and often painful process of change toward a higher level of self-understanding.
8. Seligman, Martin E. P. Authentic happiness : using the new positive psychology to realize your potential for lasting fulfillment / Martin E. P. Seligman- New York : Free Press, 2002. – 319 p.
According to esteemed psychologist and bestselling author Martin Seligman, happiness is not the result of good genes or luck. Real, lasting happiness comes from focusing on one’s personal strengths rather than weaknesses—and working with them to improve all aspects of one’s life. Using practical exercises, brief tests, and a dynamic website program, Seligman shows readers how to identify their highest virtues and use them in ways they haven’t yet considered.
9. Seligman, Martin E. P. Flourish : a visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being / Martin E. P. Seligman. – New York : Free Press, 2011. – 350 p.
Flourish builds on Dr. Seligman’s game-changing work on optimism, motivation, and character to show how to get the most out of life, unveiling an electrifying new theory of what makes a good life—for individuals, for communities, and for nations. In a fascinating evolution of thought and practice, Flourish refines what Positive Psychology is all about.
While certainly a part of well-being, happiness alone doesn’t give life meaning. Seligman now asks, What is it that enables you to cultivate your talents, to build deep, lasting relationships with others, to feel pleasure, and to contribute meaningfully to the world? In a word, what is it that allows you to flourish? “Well-being” takes the stage front and center, and Happiness (or Positive Emotion) becomes one of the five pillars of Positive Psychology, along with Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment—or PERMA, the permanent building blocks for a life of profound fulfillment.
10. Walton, Stuart. Humanity : a emotional history / Stuart Walton. – London : Atlantic books, 2004. – 410 p.
This is an idiosyncratic examination of human feelings – and the way in which we display them. It challenges the notion that our emotional reactions are pretty much constant, unchanged over centuries and instead looks at how emotional responses have changed throughout history. From eighteenth-century suicide cults to the childhood fears that created last centuries despotic military leaders, Stuart Walton traces how and why we really behave when were hurt, afraid and angry, and demonstrates the global consequences of those private and personal feelings.