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Best Psychology Books for Undergraduates

Instructor: Cara Rogers
If you are searching for a list of psychology books that introduce a wide variety of concepts, look no further. Students at the undergraduate level can find popularly recommended psychology books through this reading list and supportive companion lessons below.

Undergraduate Psychology Recommended Reading List

The Principles of Psychology by William James

Published in 1890, The Principles of Psychology introduces students to the wide spectrum of psychological states and forms of study. James takes into account the biological and environmental factors that can affect the human psyche. For more information, take a look at this detailed lesson about William James and his psychological theories, where you'll learn some background details about this psychologist and important principles that shaped his theories and concepts.

The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience by Kent A. Kiehl

One of the most compelling aspects of psychology includes the study of those without a conscience. The Psychopath Whisperer explores the inner workings of individuals who are deemed as psychopaths. Kiehl's book will take you on an exciting journey as it's discovered that it's not just environmental factors that influence the development of psychopathy, but also parts of the brain. Psychopathy, personality disorders, and other topics are discussed in our abnormal psychology course and can work as a helpful supplemental learning tool while reading books like this.

The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud

Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams introduces the idea that dreams represent our unconscious desires beginning from infancy. These ideas are illustrated throughout this lesson on Freud's dream psychology and analysis. Although modern psychologists don't always agree with everything that Freud believed, his findings have nonetheless been invaluable assets to psychoanalytical research.

The Upside of Your Dark Side by Todd Kashdan & Robert Biswas-Diener

The Upside of Your Dark Side acts as a perfect example that learning about your own psyche can be beneficial for your own happiness. Our course in positive psychology introduces topics like emotions, stress, and motivation while The Upside of Your Dark Side explores how each of these concepts can be used to contribute to contentment.

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