Dr. Samantha Rodman, founder of DrPsychMom.com and author of How to Talk To Your Kids About Your Divorce and 52 Emails To Transform Your Marriage.
Rare is the book that successfully distills centuries of psychological experiment and theory into a form so educational, accessible and enjoyable. In tracing the history of psychology through the seminal contributions of its great masters, Bonior skillfully imparts why their work matters to us both as students of psychology and, more broadly, as human beings.
Matthew N. Goldenberg, M.D., MSc, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine
Dr. Bonior applies her scholarly eye and trademark wit to the daunting task of boiling down hundreds of years of research and theorizing on human behavior into concise, readable summaries of key concepts and influential experiments. The reader will come away with a clear understanding of the major figures in psychology and the essentials of their work. Better still, the applicability of these ideas to current events and our own daily lives emerges in each chapter.
Dave Haaga, Ph.D., Department Chair and Professor of Psychology, American University
Clinicians and students will find this book well written and well organized, both as a quick refresher and reliable reference. Lay readers interested in human behavior will come away with a better understanding of the applications of these seminal theories to their everyday lives and relationships.
Irene S. Levine, Ph.D., psychologist, author and clinical professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine
"Much of my work is steeped in psychology and this book is to soon have dog-eared pages in my library! Understanding the big ideas of profound thinkers is made fun and easy. This will be a resource I recommend to others as I continue to seek out ways of helping people better understand themselves and each other."
Shasta Nelson, author of Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness
"This book is an easy-to-digest, visually appealing, and witty resource that has carved out its own little place on my bookshelf. My favorite aspect of this resource is that it is unifying, tying seemingly disparate schools of thought together in a concise, well-organized manner."
—Marni Amsellem, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, writer, and consultant
"Written in crisp prose and peppered with pop cultural references, Psychology: Essential Thinkers, Classic Theories, and How They Inform Your World achieves impressive breadth without ever sacrificing depth or clarity; eye-catching graphics and a snappy layout lend color and immediacy to an already compelling read. A thoroughly entertaining journey through the history of our attempts to answer the question: what makes people tick?"
—Dr. Craig Malkin, Lecturer, Harvard Medical School and author of the internationally acclaimed, Rethinking Narcissism
At NYU in 1970, there were no courses in journalism, but I ran the daily newspaper, which was a full time job, meaning I had to choose a major where you could get A's without attending classes or doing a lot of work. It turns out that was psychology. So I was a psychology major. I learned nothing about psychology, and because of that, I have always secretly considered myself a fraud. Then I read Andrea Bonior's book. I am a psychologist now, and a completed man.
—Gene Weingarten, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and nationally syndicated humor columnist