The Handy Psychology Answer Bookby Lisa J Cohen
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
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?
"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)
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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