This is a Psychological Double Header. Get both "Pop Psychology: The Psychology of Pop Culture and Every Day Life" and "Psychology from all Angles" for one price.
From the mind of Bakari Akil, who blogs for Psychology Today and is an Assistant Professor in Communication when he's not writing, researching or conducting off the wall studies.
Pop Psychology explores topics such as:
How our environment affect us in ways we can’t imagine
Why some people go nuts if you touch their groceries in a checkout line
Using persuasion to scam a professor
How some military recruiters play mind games with potential recruits
Why jumping off the elevator when a stranger enters is sometimes warranted
Why Mike Tyson’s biting off part of the ear of Ivander Holyfield may have been the right thing to do…
The hot liquid courage that Andre Agassi drank before every match
How sleep can give competitors an edge when all things are equal
Why being the absolute best often does not matter one bit
How an audience can increase your performance but also make you worse
Why you should never accept a free hand massage in a mall corridor
Why the person who picks on you in grade school often becomes your best friend
How songs like “Blame it on the Rain,” “I’m too sexy” and “Superman” become top selling songs
Why people often side with the Paparazzi and not the celebrity when things go wrong
Pop Psychology covers 20+ psychology and mass media theories and includes a heavy dose of pop culture, storytelling and humor to keep you entertained throughout. At the same time, I hope it inspires, motivates and educates. In these passages I’ve attempted to bring these theories to life. By demonstrating how these theories can be applied in real life settings I hope that you can use them to your advantage as well. Or if you are just looking for a fun, yet intellectually entertaining read this book can serve that purpose as well.
"Psychology from all Angles” covers 20 psychological and communication theories in an entertaining and humorous way. It is written for all audiences and is relevant to everyday life.
-How a win at all cost attitude is sometimes the best approach and sometimes the worst
-The science behind confidence
-How trying to be an all around player in sports (or life) often leads to being quite average
-Why the new guy MUST be picked on
-Why what people get out of knowing you is more important than what you get from knowing them
-Why we sometimes snap with very little warning
-Why your Sugar Daddy may kill you.. (Not you.)
-Who is setting your agenda
-What the Law of Diminishing Returns is all about
-Why public speaking courses should be like Boot Camp
-Why gaining the ability to recognize when you’ve won can save you a lot of grief
Bakari Akil II holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Florida State University. He is currently an Assistant Professor and has taught and counseled hundreds of people over the years in areas related to graduate education, mass media and how to be more effective communicators.
He also writes for Psychology Today and his blog, Communication Central.