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Best Psychology Books for Beginners

Instructor: Cara Rogers
Introduce yourself to a few of the many different fields of psychology with this list of diverse psychology books. You'll also find several resources that can help you get a better understanding of the content in each book.

Thought Provoking Beginner Psychology Books

The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal

First published in 2011, McGonigal's The Willpower Instinct discusses the relationship between self-control, physical biology, emotions, and how they affect our happiness. You can learn about these topics and more through our course in positive psychology. This book offers a fascinating introduction into the influential power that a single method of thinking may have upon a variety of psychological attributes.

Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) by Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson

Tavris and Aronson, two renowned social psychologists, partner together to make one powerhouse duo creating this striking book about taking responsibility and repelling blame. The authors cover the reasons behind this protective way of thinking as well as how to confront the truth. If your interest is piqued by this type of psychology, take a look at our social psychology course to learn more!

On Becoming a Person by Carl R. Rogers

As the father of humanistic psychology, Rogers's On Becoming a Person, written in 1961, explores the relationship between the psychologist and the patient. To help you through this read, take a look at lessons 1, 2, and 3 under this chapter of coursework in humanism in psychology. Here, you can learn about what humanistic psychology is and the impact that Rogers had on psychotherapy.

The Emotional Brain by Joseph E. LeDoux

LeDoux's The Emotional Brain discusses where emotions come from, how they affect us, and if other creatures also have them. He takes a look at human biology and behavior to search for clues that might reveal a hint towards the emotional inner workings of the mind. Before or after you read, check out this series of video lessons on motivation and emotion to learn more about theories on these topics in psychology.

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