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Psychology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 24. Februar 2000


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Psychology is part of everyone's experience: it influences the way we think about everything from education and intelligence, to relationships and emotions, advertising and criminality. People readily behave as amateur psychologists, offering explanations for what people think, feel, and do. But what exactly are psychologists trying to do? What scientific grounding do they have for their approach? This book provides an understanding of some of psychology's leading ideas and their practical relevance, making it a stimulating introduction for anyone interested in understanding the human mind

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About the Authors Dr. Gillian Butler is a clinical psychologist and co -author of the highly successful mental health guide Managing Your Mind. Dr. Freda McManus is a psychiatrist at the Warneford Hospital in Oxford. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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In 1890 William James, the American philosopher and physician and one of the founders of modern psychology, defined psychology as 'the science of mental life' and this definition provides a good starting point for our understanding even today. Lesen Sie die erste Seite
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A broad scope and a straightforward approach 27. Juni 2005
Von Peter Reeve - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
A sleeves-rolled-up, business-like, straightforward survey of the field. Psychoanalysis is given short shrift. Freud gets a brief mention, but Jung, Adler and Reich get none at all. Not surprisingly, parapsychology, hypnotherapy and other fringe theories and therapies are also totally ignored. This is mainstream, orthodox psychology as taught at undergraduate level, the tradition that began with William James and is current in the profession.

The authors go for breadth rather than depth and manage to cover a surprising array of topics, and do so in a reliable and authoritative manner. They do slip up a couple of times, for example when mentioning linguistic relativity and reiterating the old myth about the plethora of Eskimo words for 'snow'. They wisely stay well away from the philosophical dimensions of the subject, such as the nature of consciousness. They simply use 'consciousness', 'awareness' and 'mindfulness' as if their meanings were transparent, which is fair enough in a book of this nature.

In these Very Short Introductions, space is at a premium and the few illustrations should be carefully chosen. Here we have a picture of a happy couple standing atop a hill, supposedly to illustrate the difficulty of distinguishing drives from goals. Would I be right in assuming it is actually a picture of one of the authors with a friend? A touch of irritating self-indulgence.

So, not the best entry in this series, but if you are looking for a current introduction to mainstream psychology and psychiatry, readable and informative, this is an excellent choice.
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A Great Refresher 24. Juli 2008
Von Well Read Post Grad - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The other reviews of this book mention its benefits for those looking to fulfill their curiosity of the subject, but this small book is also a great refresher for people who have previously studied Psychology. As a teacher, I just found out I will be teaching Psychology as an elective course. I couldn't be more excited, but it has been a few years since I took courses, both at the high school and college level. This was a great, quick overview of the field that got my mind back in focus. I would highly recommend this to others.
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ok intro, but not for those encountering psychology for the first time 6. Juli 2011
Von Ivan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I found this book OK since I am familiar with the fundamentals of psychology. If you, however, are not familiar with the subject and are studying it for the first time, then I suggest that you buy a book that is both more pedagogical in terms of layout and examples provided and accessible in terms of writing style and explanations. The writing is dull and dry which unfortunately makes the subject boring.
A very short introduction 19. Oktober 2012
Von anon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is too brief and lacking in depth to be useful for college psychology but for those who are just curious about psychology it's useful.
Introduction to Mainstream Psychology 7. Mai 2012
Von J. Z. Powell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I skimmed through another review to help get my thoughts in order, and he hit on exactly how I felt about this book - it is very mainstream. Lists very practical uses of psychology, and seems very interested in establishing it as a scientific discipline - understandable, because in my experience psychology is not taken very seriously as a science. I would have liked to see more mention of fringe psychology and other exciting and not-as-mainstream psychological disciplines. Spent absolutely no time talking about the unconscious mind, which I would think is pretty important in talking about the science of mental life.

Agree with another reviewer that they did not mention many famous or influential psychologists, but only realized this in hindsight.

A few grammar errors that I noticed, didn't detract from the content, but did jar my reading just a little bit.

I did take AP Psych in high school, and this book did mention a lot of material we covered in class - I was actually pretty excited to see all the things I remembered.

All in all, a pretty good introduction to (mainstream) psychology. Personally, it seemed very clinical/medical/practical, and not very theoretical. Coming to it as someone who's been interested in psych for years, I know that everything this book details is not all this discipline has to offer. However, I fear someone with no background in psychology who is trying to determine their level of interest might be missing out on all the wonderful things psychology has to offer that this book did not mention.
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