Tom Butler-Bowdon – 50 Psychology Classics: Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do; Insight and Inspir

 

Tom Butler-Bowdon – 50 Psychology Classics: Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do; Insight and Inspiration from 50 Key Books – 2007

Butler-Bowden provides concise summaries and commentaries on fifty of the most influential works on the human mind and behavior, along with special features to provide additional context.

The 50 Classics concept is based on a belief that every subject or genre will contain at least 50 books that encapsulate its knowledge and wisdom. By creating a list of those landmark or representative titles, then providing commentaries that note the key points and assess the importance of each work, awareness of these key writings is spread to readers who may not otherwise have known of their existence.

Each summary also includes a brief biography of the author.

The books covered are listed below:

  1. Alfred Adler Understanding Human Nature (1927)
  2. Gavin de Becker The Gift of Fear (1997)
  3. Eric Berne Games People Play (1964)
    1. Edward de Bono Lateral Thinking (1970)
    2. Robert Bolton People Skills (1979)
    3. Nathaniel Branden The Psychology of Self-Esteem (1969)
    4. Isabel Briggs-Myers Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type (1980)
    5. Louann Brizendine The Female Brain (2006)
    6. David D Burns Feeling Good: the New Mood Therapy (1980)
    7. Robert Cialdini Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (1984)
    8. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Creativity (1997)
    9. Albert Ellis & Robert Harper A Guide To Rational Living (1961)
    10. Milton Erickson My Voice Will Go With You (1982) by Sidney Rosen
    11. Erik Erikson Young Man Luther (1958)
    12. Hans Eysenck Dimensions of Personality (1947)
    13. Susan Forward Emotional Blackmail (1997)
    14. Viktor Frankl The Will to Meaning (1969)
    15. Anna Freud The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defense (1936)
    16. Sigmund Freud The Interpretation of Dreams (1902)
    17. Howard Gardner Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences (1983)
    18. Daniel Gilbert Stumbling on Happiness (2006)
    19. Malcolm Gladwell Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005)
    20. Daniel Goleman Emotional Intelligence at Work (1998)
    21. John M Gottman The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work (1999)
    22. Harry Harlow The Nature of Love (1958)
    23. Thomas A Harris I'm OK – You're OK (1967)
    24. Eric Hoffer The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (1951)
    25. Karen Horney Our Inner Conflicts (1945)
    26. William James Principles of Psychology (1890)
    27. Carl Jung The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (1953)
    28. Alfred Kinsey Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953)
    29. Melanie Klein Envy and Gratitude (1975)
    30. RD Laing The Divided Self (1959)
    31. Abraham Maslow The Farther Reaches of Human Nature (1970)
    32. Stanley Milgram Obedience To Authority (1974)
    33. Anne Moir & David Jessel Brainsex: The Real Difference Between Men and Women (1989)
    34. IP Pavlov: Conditioned Reflexes (1927)
    35. Fritz Perls Gestalt Therapy: Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality (1951)
    36. Jean Piaget The Language and Thought of the Child (1966)
    37. Steven Pinker The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature (2002)
    38. VS Ramachandran Phantoms in the Brain (1998)
    39. Carl Rogers On Becoming a Person (1961)
    40. Oliver Sacks The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1970)
    41. Barry Schwartz The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less (2004)
    42. Martin Seligman Authentic Happiness (2002)
    43. Gail Sheehy Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life (1974)
    44. BF Skinner Beyond Freedom & Dignity (1953)
    45. Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton & Sheila Heen Difficult Conversations (2000)
    46. William Styron Darkness Visible (1990)
    47. Robert E Thayer The Origin of Everyday Moods (1996)
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