In the last 50 years, medical science has made huge progress, allowing us to better understand how our bodies work. However, we still don’t know how the mind works, and it still confuses and baffles us to this day. While scientists are still trying to figure out why we dream, what consciousness is, and how intelligence can be measured, there have been a lot of great books written about the human mind. These books reveal many of the mind’s previously unknown secrets. In order to help you figure out what happened, we’ve put together a list of 7 great psychology books that will help you better understand this amazing thing that happened in the world.
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
IQ or intelligence quotient is a number that shows how well a person thinks and solves problems. It is widely thought of as a measure of a person’s intelligence. However, Emotional Intelligence, or EQ, is another important part of intelligence that isn’t talked about enough. It shows how well someone can understand and manage their own emotions in a positive way to relieve stress and communicate effectively as well as empathize with others and avoid fights. He says that emotional literacy is important for living a happy and healthy life, and that it can be even more important than having a high IQ.
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
In his book Blink, Malcolm Gladwell presents a view on decision making that isn’t what you’d expect. How our brains make quick decisions without even thinking about them is something Gladwell talks about in his book. He says that these quick decisions aren’t as simple as it seems on the surface, and that they show us how we’re really like inside. This is a great book for anyone who wants to improve their decision-making and better understand how we make decisions. It will change the way you think about thinking.
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
This book by Israeli-American psychologist Daniel Kahneman was written in 2011. It talks about two systems that control how we think and act. They are two different systems. One of them is quick and intuitive, and the other is slower and more thoughtful and logical. This book talks about both. It tells us when to trust our instincts and when to make more rational decisions. It’s a book that will give you a new look at the mind and help you understand yourself, your flaws, and how the mind can be so powerful.
Games People Play by Eric Berne
This is an eye-opening book that helps us understand simple social interactions and shows that a lot of what we see around us can be best thought of as different types of games. Berne takes us on a journey into the minds of everyday people to show us how to decipher complicated human relationships and how life without games can give us the chance to build more real relationships. You can buy more than five million copies of this book, which was first published in 1964. It’s still a great book about how the mind works today.
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
In this book, Daniel H. Pink says that most people aren’t motivated by money alone. Pink’s book is based on four decades of research into human motivation. He shows that intrinsic reasons like autonomy, mastery, and purpose are the real motivators that can help us do better and live happier lives at home, school, or work. The book also shows us how to use this new knowledge to keep us going every day. It shows us how to use simple techniques and advice from the ground up to do this. Even though this book is mostly for people in the business world, we can all learn something from it.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
When you live in a world where people are always looking for ways to be social, teamwork, connect with each other, or collaborate, this book is for you. People who are introverts are people who like to listen more than talk, people who like to be alone, people who are creative but not self-aware, and people who prefer to work alone rather than in groups. In her book, Quiet, Susan Cain says that introverts like Einstein, Darwin, and Abraham Lincoln made a big difference in the world, and that we should never undervalue them as people. To understand introverts better, this book talks about what they can do well. It changes how we think about introverts and how they think about themselves.
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
In his book, Flow, a Hungarian-American psychologist says that true happiness can be found by achieving a state of mind he calls “flow.” The author talks about how this highly focused state is good for both work and happiness. Flow experiences, like meditation, can help people grow and be happier, he says. They can also be used in one’s life, education, or work. In Flow, a book that is both interesting and enlightening, we get a plan for a happier, more productive, and more satisfied life.
“Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges” by Amy Cuddy
Amy Cuddy, a Harvard psychologist, is known for her popular TED talk on power posing. In “Presence,” she says that our actions can affect our thoughts.
Our boss or spouse might want us to be more present in the room, so we should look for ways to make ourselves bigger and even stand like Wonder Woman for a while.
“The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg
Charles Duhigg says that instead of relying on our fickle willpower to reach our goals, we should use the science of habit formation instead.
It’s up to us to decide how and when our habits are formed, but our habits are what make us who we are. He gives examples from the NFL, Procter & Gamble boardrooms, and the civil rights movement to show this point.