Nonfiction Psychology Books
On this page, I provide a brief description of some
nonfiction books that can be viewed as psychology books.
On another page entitled, Psychology Fiction, I provide
information on fiction books that involve psychological
The nonfiction books on this page involve topics about
mental processes and human behavior. I may add
information on more books at a later time.
Frankl, V. E. (1992). Man's Search for Meaning: An
Introduction to Logotherapy (4th ed.). Boston: Beacon Press.
Frankl's (1992) Man's Search for Meaning: An introduction to
Logotheraphy involves Frankl's description of his experience
in the concentration camp. A basic idea in the book is the view
that the search for meaning is a primary motivation. Also, the
fourth edition has information on tragic optimism, which
involve being optimistic despite there being what Frankl
referred to as the tragic triad.
Cialdini, R. B. (1993). Influence: Science and practice(3rd.
ed.) New York, NY: HarperCollins College Publishers.
Robert Cialdini (1993), in his book, Influence: Science and
Practice, provides information on six possible principles of
influence. These include reciprocation, commitment and
consistency, social proof, liking, authority, and scarcity. The
book has a number of important features. These include
detailed information and examples, a summary at the end of
a chapter, and study questions.
Nisbett, R., & Ross, L. (1980). Human inference: Strategies
and shortcomings of social judgment. Englewood Cliffs,NJ:
Nisbett and Ross (1980) wrote a book about social judgment,
and this includes possible weaknesses of social judgment.
The book covers a number of important topics. Some of the
topics include heuristics in judgment, vividness, covariation
judgment, causal analysis, and prediction.
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