7 Best Psychology Books to Expand Your Mind

Psychology is a fascinating topic. If you're curious about how your mind really works, want to know how to improve your thought patterns or you are just fascinated by the theories of the world's most influential thinkers, then you'll know this branch of science is truly gripping. However, sometimes understanding psychological concepts can be overwhelming, so we've put together a list of the best psychology books that simplify the most complicated ideas and will certainly expand your mind...

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1. The Psychology Book

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Whether you've studied the subject or not, this book is a fascinating guide to all things related to psychology. All the key approaches and theories are included, and they come with quotes from the major psychologists so you can discover their ideas in their own words. Then, you can read the simplified version to check your understanding. With over 100 ideas and topics all in this one book, you'll have all your psychology questions answered.

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2. Blink

Malcolm Gladwell

This unusual psychology book is all about the power of intuition. Although intuition may seem like some magical phenomenon, Malcolm Gladwell explains how it is actually a product of intelligent design. In his fascinating book he teaches you how you can hone your intuition so you can always know the best choices in your life. Discover how Malcolm's revolutionary research can change your life in this unique psychology book.

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3. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Avy Joseph

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been helping people manage their thoughts and feeling for years and now, in, Avy Joseph's brilliant book on the subject, you can learn to use CBT in everyday life. Avy is a professional CBT practitioner and she believes that with her techniques you can change your mood and behaviour by recognising and working on your negative thoughts. Read the book and find out what CBT can do for you.

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4. Introducing Child Psychology

Dr Kairen Cullen

Packed with case studies and ideas from experts in the field, this introduction to Child Psychology can give you insights into all your questions about children's behaviour. Recommended by parenting experts, this handy book is not only an interesting introduction to psychology, but also a useful tool for parents seeking to get a better grasp on how their child's mind works.

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5. Teach Yourself Achieve Your Potential with Positive Psychology

Tim LeBon

Gaining an understanding of positive psychology can really help you find true happiness and succeed in life. Tim LeBon, a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, introduces positive psychology to you, from its scientific origins to its real-world applications. To help improve your life through real psychological theory, check out this unique book.

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6. Introducing Psychology: A Graphic Guide

Nigel Benson

This great introduction breaks down the most complicated theories and ideas in psychology into easily understandable pieces in this useful graphic guide. All the key schools of psychology, including Psychoanalysis, Social Psychology and Behaviourism are covered. Plus, key theorists, such as Freud, Skinner, Piaget and Pavlov are introduced. Check out this engaging guide to learn the basics, and to get your head around some of the trickier points as well.

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7. Un-Train Your Brain

Mike Weeks

The way you think greatly influences your life in ways you don't even realise. Mike Weeks has created Un-Train your Brain to help you change your thought patterns to help you make better choices in the future. Freeing you from the neurological pathways that stop you from achieving your full potential, this clever book could really change your life.

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If you're interested in learning more on the topic or want more guides to changing your own thought patterns, check out our fascinating collection of psychology books.

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    What is psychology? When did it begin? Where did it come from? How does psychology compare with related subjects such as psychiatry and psychotherapy? To what extent is it scientific? Nigel Benson's Introducing Psychology answers all these questions and more, explaining what the subject has been in the past and what it is now. The main schools of thought and the sections within psychology are described, including Introspection, Biopsychology, Psychoanalysis, Behaviourism, Comparative (Animal) Psychology, Cognitive Approaches (including the Gestalt movement), Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Humanism. The key figures covered include: Freud, Pavlov, Skinner, Bandura, Piaget, Bowlby, Maslow and Rogers, as well as many lesser-known but important psychologists.

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    Find out how to use CBT techniques in everyday life for emotionally healthy living What happens to you in life matters less than the way you feel about life; that's the message of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). If you've ever tried to change something about yourself your mood, your weight, your behaviour you'll have noticed that change often hurts, so you stop trying. CBT can help you when change starts to hurt. In the revised and updated edition of this bestselling title, professional CBT practitioner Avy Joseph shows you how to challenge negative thoughts and unhealthy beliefs to improve your outlook in your personal and professional life. * Contains new scenarios and exercises for the reader to practice using CBT techniques in a variety of situations * New introduction and conclusion from the author discussing the CBT technique and recent developments in the field * Addresses key topics such as anxiety, change, resilience and self-belief * Written by an expert in the field, Avy Joseph is widely-recognised as one of the UK's leading practitioners on the topic
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    Right now, be it great or dire, your life is the sum total of your thoughts, choices, actions and habits; everything in your life can be traced to the way you think and how this influences what you do. But all too often our thoughts and feelings seem to have a mind of their own, with negative beliefs and emotions running amok in our nervous system, making it difficult, if not impossible, to make positive changes in our lives. Until now. Un-train Your Brain is an adventurous guide to freedom from the neurons that hold you back. It will enable you to choose how you feel and experience each moment, transforming your daily patterns and habits into actions that lead you to being your very best.
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    Intuition is not some magical property that arises unbidden from the depths of our mind. It is a product of long hours and intelligent design, of meaningful work environments and particular rules and principles. This book shows us how we can hone our instinctive ability to know in an instant, helping us to bring out the best in our thinking and become better decision-makers in our homes, offices and in everyday life. Just as he did with his revolutionary theory of the tipping point, Gladwell reveals how the power of blink' could fundamentally transform our relationships, the way we consume, create and communicate, how we run our businesses and even our societies.You'll never think about thinking in the same way again.
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    "Child Psychology: A Practical Guide" by Dr Kairen Cullen takes insights from experts in children's development and explains how they can benefit your family. It's full of case studies and activities to help you guide your child through life's challenges. You can understand your child and respond better to their needs, grasp the theory and put it into practice straight away, try out new approaches as recommended by parenting experts, and enjoy your children and learn to love the ups and downs of parenting!
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    All the big ideas, simply explained - an innovative and accessible guide to the study of human nature "The Psychology Book" clearly explains more than 100 groundbreaking ideas in this fascinating field of science. How does the brain remember faces? What makes us choose one decision over another? Where does language come from? With the use of powerful and easy-to-follow images, quotations from all the major thinkers, and explanations that are easily understandable, this book demystifies hard-to-grasp concepts and shows how these have shaped our knowledge of the human mind. All the schools of psychology are covered from cognitive to behavioural psychology making this ideal for students or for anyone with a general interest in this popular area. If you're fascinated by the human mind then "The Psychology Book" will get you thinking.
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    Positive psychology has helped millions of people around the world to reach their potential and find happiness and fulfilment. In recent years, however, it has been appropriated by self-help gurus to such an extent that it has started to receive a bad name among serious psychologists. Now, qualified counsellor, university lecturer and NHS psychotherapist Tim LeBon shows how positive psychology has a firm grounding in science, and really can transform and improve all areas of your life. Learn how to: *flourish *maintain and sustain positive relationships *value, and find, meaning and accomplishment - and discover the real benefits that a genuine understanding of positive psychology can bring to.