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The Handy Psychology Answer Book
     

The Handy Psychology Answer Book

by Lisa J Cohen
 

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Once upon a time, famous psychologists such as Freud, Jung, Adler, and Erickson were known to almost everyone, and basic psychological concepts permeated the popular culture. Today, psychology has become either "pop psychology" that seeks to entertain and inspire, or academic-science read by few outside the mental health community. The Handy Psychology Answer Book

Overview

Once upon a time, famous psychologists such as Freud, Jung, Adler, and Erickson were known to almost everyone, and basic psychological concepts permeated the popular culture. Today, psychology has become either "pop psychology" that seeks to entertain and inspire, or academic-science read by few outside the mental health community. The Handy Psychology Answer Book bridges the gap by taking you on a journey through the history and science of psychology and showing how psychology affects us all.

Featuring more than 1,000 answers to questions concerning how the human mind and the science of psychology really work, this fascinating guide delivers the real facts of modern psychology and its history, along with offbeat factoids and thought-provoking insights into what motivates human behavior.

The Handy Psychology Book covers the fundamentals and history of psychology, plus the practical psychology behind how people deal with money, sex, morality, family, children, aging, addiction, work, and other everyday issues. This intriguing exploration provides insights into the current science of the mind by answering questions such as:

What makes a marriage last?

How does the brain change as we age?

How have views on morality changed across history?

What do we know about celebrity worship?

Why do people vote?

How would we diagnose the behavior of Vincent Van Gogh?

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
As part of the "Handy Answer Book" series, this title intends to provide a rigorous scientific look at psychology that is practical, accessible, and engaging to general readers. Editor Cohen (clinical psychiatry, Beth Israel Medical Ctr./Albert Einstein Coll. of Medicine) is a prolific author in the field. After an introduction, the book continues with background information on basic terms and topics in the field. The next chapter presents major movements in psychology; subsequent coverage is devoted to the brain and behavior, psychology across the lifespan, the psychology of everyday life, group dynamics, abnormal psychology, the psychology of trauma, and forensic psychology. The book concludes with a glossary, bibliography, and index. As with all books in the series, chapters are made up of paragraphs answering over 1000 general questions about basic concepts, terms, people, and events in an easy-to-understand and entertaining manner. Questions range from "Who was Abraham Maslow?" to "Why do battered women stay?" The book aims to bridge the gap between academic and popular psychology and does a good job overall, although its Q&A format could be strengthened with suggestions for further readings within the chapters. BOTTOM LINE A solid, affordable supplement to introductory psychology texts for readers with a general interest in psychology.—Samantha Schmehl Hines, Univ. of Montana Lib., Missoula
From the Publisher

"Any novice in the study of the human mind would be hard pressed to find a more thorough assortment of succinct questions and answers."  —psychcentral.com

"A field guide to psychology! Move over Dr. Phil and Dr. Laura and make way for the 'serious science' of psychology. This book brings a scientific perspective to psychology but at the same time presents the life questions and our responses to them in a way that is understandable." —National Science Teachers Association

"Aiming this compendium at a broad audience, from general readers to individuals requiring a supplemental course book, Cohen offers an overview of psychology." —BookNews (April 2011)

"This title intends to provide a rigorous scientific look at psychology that is practical, accessible, and engaging to general readers. Solid, affordable . . . for readers with a general interest in psychology." —Library Journal (March 1, 2011)

"Bridges the divide between the pop psychology discussed on television talk shows and in magazines, which is often driven more by the entertainment value of the topics than the science behind them, and academic research that is published in journals, in language that is inaccessible to the average person. Highly recommended." —Choice (July 1, 2011)

"The book excels in explaining human behavior. Whether it be the beginner student with an interest in psychology or the well-experienced psychiatrist, anyone is sure to find something intriguing. Dr. Cohen succeeds in her mission of advancing the accessibility of psychology." —The Residents' Journal, a publication of The American Psychiatric Association (July 1, 2011)

"If you are looking for a comprehensive guide to the world of psychology, look no further. The author provides more than one thousand answers to questions regarding the psychology of relationships, economics, group dynamics, criminal behavior, and more." —Voice of Youth Advocates (July 1, 2011)

"By introducing fun facts with history of psychology, as well as answering questions on how psychology applies to everyday issues, Dr. Cohen delivers a fascinating guide to a general audience. Recommended." —Christian Library Journal (November 1, 2011)

VOYA - Heather Christensen
If you are looking for a comprehensive guide to the world of psychology, look no further than this newest volume in the Your Smart Reference series. Cohen begins with the basics of psychology, including short biographical entries on some of the key figures in the science's history. The topics progress in complexity, and somewhat chronologically, examining the psychological aspects of nearly every facet of modern society. The author provides more than one thousand answers to questions regarding the psychology of relationships, economics, group dynamics, criminal behavior, and more. Cohen describes different movements and theories, and shows how an understanding of the basic physiology of the brain contributes to these different academic and clinical approaches. The question-and-answer format helps break up the various topics into manageable bite-sized pieces. Up-to-date information, such as a quote from former presidential candidate John Edwards—used to illustrate the common narcissistic attitudes of many politicians—provides currency and relevance to the study of psychology. While only the most dedicated psychology student is likely to read this book from cover-to-cover, many students will enjoy browsing it, or using it to find answers to specific questions. A detailed index and table of contents make this a useful book for research, as does the extensive bibliography. Intended for an adult audience, the book's advanced vocabulary may alienate some teens. Fortunately, a generous glossary should alleviate this problem for most readers. Reviewer: Heather Christensen
VOYA, June 2016 (Vol. 39, No. 2) - Courtney Krieger-Munday
The Handy Psychology Answer Book, 2nd Ed. serves as a comprehensive guide to the science of psychology. The text opens with an introduction to the basics of psychology that outlines its history and function within society. It organizes chapters based on categories that discuss the logical progression of information included throughout its pages: major movements, brain anatomy and development, psychological development across life span, group dynamics, mental health and illness, trauma, and forensic psychology. Chapter contents provide answers to frequently asked questions, as well as models, charts, and images. A “Further Reading” section contains an extensive bibliography of titles relating to psychology. The index provides a quick and convenient reference tool. This book provides a user-friendly guide to the psychology of human behavior. The author meticulously explains definitions of terms, as well as walks readers through the natural progression of psychological processes. Although she grounds her findings in scientific research, she summarizes information in such a way that it appeals to newcomers, as well as veteran students of psychology. Responses to each question prove informative and succinct, making the book a quick and easy reference tool. However, the plethora of information within the text simply serves as an overview; individuals seeking more depth in specific topics will not find it here. This title would be a useful resource to educators, librarians, and readers interested in learning about the brain and its impact on human behavior. Reviewer: Courtney Krieger-Munday; Ages 11 to Adult.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578592234
Publisher:
Visible Ink Press
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Series:
The Handy Answer Book Series
Pages:
450
Product dimensions:
7.64(w) x 11.70(h) x 1.02(d)

Meet the Author

Lisa J. Cohen is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the Director of Research for Psychiatry and Psychology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Dr. Cohen divides her time between clinical work, teaching and scientific research.

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