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Psychology, the study of the human mind and behavior, offers profound insights into our thoughts, emotions, and actions. Whether you’re a student, a psychology enthusiast, or simply someone seeking personal growth, these carefully curated books will take you on a captivating journey through the fascinating realms of the human psyche. 

Prepare to expand your horizons and gain a deeper understanding of the intricacies of the human mind through these thought-provoking reads.

Top 15 Psychology Books to Deepen Your Understanding and Expand Your Horizons

Top 15 Psychology Books to Deepen Your Understanding and Expand Your Horizons

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– Viktor Frankl

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The 15 most mind expanding books on Psychology we've discovered!

Ten fantastic ideas from antiquity are broken down to their basics and explored in the modern world. What is happiness?

Why are we so obsessed with the pursuit of it? It’s strange to think that despite the lack of technology in the ancient world, that intelligence was on the same level as it is now.

This means that despite the benefit of the entire collective knowledge we have available through the internet today, our forefathers were able to understand the human condition just as deeply as our top scientists today, sometimes deeper when you consider

Bad decisions, hurtful acts, harmful beliefs – Hope you are ready for a little personal accountability as we take a dive into our personal struggle with responsibility. Carol Tarvis has a fantastic time highlighting to us how we justify and validate our behavior through the potentially toxic values and beliefs we all love to hold so dear.

This is an essential book for those looking to catch themselves out in the act of self-justification and overcome it!

When it comes to making decisions in our lives, we think we’re making smart, rational choices. But are we?

The human condition is one of unpredictability, we are torn between mindfulness and living in the moment and forgetting about it completely as we start thinking of our future and dreams.

This is another fantastic book if you are looking to identify negative and positive patterns in your life and would like to escape the trap of self-justification for bad decisions

The science of persuasion is one of the most interesting books in our entire library and an international bestseller.

It is one of those foundational books that will exponentially grow your understanding of human interaction and one every person who deals in sales, marketing or communication should read.

Cialdini takes us through the governing principles of persuasion: Reciprocation, commitment, consistency, social proof, linking authority, scarcity, and finally unity. Basically, the structure that modern-day marketing theory is based on!

This is a book that will help you understand what emotional intelligence is. Modern-day understanding has long evolved past the belief that IQ is the only ranking factor for intelligence.

Understanding what is at the core of the emotions that drive us, allows us to master ourselves and read other people.

This definition of personal values allows you to remain calm and in control and opens the door to influencing others, without coming off like a manipulative prick, which can be applied as a tool for building lasting and meaningful relationships.

Now we get into the science of the mind. What does it mean to be human? How do we connect and relate to other organisms within our reality?

Evolutionary psychology explores the collective decisions made over the ages in order to adapt to circumstances. It does not have all the answers, however, it is one of the pillars of the field and has some very interesting answers to the motivation and drive of existence. This is one of the books that will create a set of tools by which to gauge interaction and form your own conclusions on life.

After all, we need to know where we come from to know where we are going!

Published in the 1960s yet still incredibly relevant in today’s world, Maltz delves into the world of success and achievement through the portal of self-image. He shows us how we first need to define purpose in order to be able to focus our minds on it.

While a defined goal is a wonderful thing to have, the path to reaching a set goal is not something cast in stone. Psyco-Cybernetics takes us through the mental steps needed continuously to readjust and refocus our perspective and drive in order to attain them.

How do the best of us turn into the worst? When good people go bad, there are some questions that need to be asked and answered. Luckily we have Philip Zimbardo to help shine some light on the subject.

Looking into controversial studies like the Stanford Prison ExperimentZimbardo comes to the conclusion that it is often not the individual that is bad, but the circumstances and power dynamics of a situation that cause them to become evil. This notion of a “Bad Barrel” as opposed to a “Bad apple” is just one of the incredible insights waiting for you behind the covers!

.The second part of the book title, why less is more, explains exactly the dilemma faced by so many of us today.

The world we live in is filled to the brim with options, from which device to use, which person to swipe on, where to eat and what to believe in! Schwartz discussed the impact this overwhelming abundance of comparison has on us, the positives, but more importantly the effects and results we achieve when we are continuously unsure of what the best route for us is going to be.

A really interesting read!

In “Rapport: The Four Ways to Read People,” Laurence Alison takes readers on an enlightening journey into the intricacies of human interaction.

This captivating book unveils the four essential strategies for decoding nonverbal cues and understanding others on a profound level. Alison’s expertise shines through as he provides practical insights and real-life examples, empowering readers to build authentic connections in various contexts.

Whether you’re in sales, leadership, or simply aiming to improve your interpersonal relationships, this book is a game-changer. Unlock the secrets of rapport and watch your communication skills soar to new heights.

Carol S. Dweck revolutionizes our understanding of achievement and personal growth. Through her extensive research and insightful anecdotes, Dweck unveils the power of mindset in determining success.

She introduces the concept of a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset, showing how embracing a growth mindset can transform our abilities and achievements.

With practical strategies and inspiring examples, Dweck empowers readers to view challenges as opportunities for growth, persevere in the face of setbacks, and unlock their true potential.

This book is a game-changer for anyone seeking to cultivate resilience, motivation, and a lifelong love for learning. Embrace the power of mindset and embark on a journey to unlock your fullest potential.

Learn how to overcome shame, cultivate resilience, and foster authentic connections.

This book will inspire you to step into the arena, embrace courage, and live a life filled with meaning and fulfillment.

Brown challenges the societal notion that vulnerability is a weakness and reveals it as a profound strength. Through personal anecdotes, research, and practical guidance, she invites readers to shed the armor of perfectionism and embrace their true selves.

If I was being completely honest, I could easily fill up the remainder of this list with just Robert Greene books and not affect its quality in the slightest. The examples he uses and comparisons he draws cut straight to the motivating principles that govern us and there is a reason he is in the top position on more than one of our category lists!

The Laws of human nature is a book that can replace 50% of this list when we consider the content shared and insights covered, and you will not be the same after reading or listening to it.

Get yourself a copy of this, as soon as possible! In fact, if you are serious about communication and psychology, get all of his books, it’s something you won’t regret.

If I was being completely honest, I could easily fill up most of this list with just Robert Greene books and not affect its quality in the slightest. The examples he uses and comparisons he draws cut straight to the motivating principles that govern us and there is a reason he is in the top position on more than one of our category lists!

The Laws of human nature is a book that can replace 50% of this list when we consider the content shared and insights covered, and you will not be the same after reading or listening to it.

Get yourself a copy of this, as soon as possible! In fact, if you are serious about communication and psychology, get all of his books, it’s something you won’t regret.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi takes readers on a captivating journey into the realm of optimal experience. Through extensive research and real-life examples, Csikszentmihalyi explores the concept of flow – a state of complete immersion and focus in an activity.

By providing practical strategies for cultivating flow, he empowers readers to unlock their full potential and experience a deeper sense of satisfaction. This book is a transformative read for individuals seeking to live a more engaged, purposeful, and joyful existence.

Through Flow, Csikszentmihalyi invites us to discover the optimal state where time seems to disappear, self-consciousness fades away, and we are fully absorbed in the present moment. Get ready to immerse yourself in this thought-provoking and inspiring book, and learn how to harness the power of flow to create a more meaningful and satisfying life.

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Psychology is one of the most interesting fields out there, and can be used to ponder one of the most interesting questions out there: “Why do we do what we do?”

The most interesting books I’ve read on Psychology

Our collection of the Top 15 Psychology Books will help you study the mind and our behavior. The more you expose yourself to it, the more you will understand yourself and others.

Let’s explore:

Out Top 15 Psychology Books to Deepen Your Understanding and Expand Your Horizons

15. The Happiness Hypothesis by Johnathan Haidt

Ten fantastic ideas from antiquity are broken down to their basics and explored in the modern world. What is happiness?

Why are we so obsessed with the pursuit of it? It’s strange to think that despite the lack of technology in the ancient world, that intelligence was on the same level as it is now.

This means that despite the benefit of the entire collective knowledge we have available through the internet today, our forefathers were able to understand the human condition just as deeply as our top scientists today, sometimes deeper when you consider

14. Mistakes Were Made – But not by Me by Carol Tavris

Bad decisions, hurtful acts, harmful beliefs – Hope you are ready for a little personal accountability as we take a dive into our personal struggle with responsibility. Carol Tarvis has a fantastic time highlighting to us how we justify and validate our behavior through the potentially toxic values and beliefs we all love to hold so dear.

This is an essential book for those looking to catch themselves out in the act of self-justification and overcome it!

13. Predictably irrational by Dan Ariely

When it comes to making decisions in our lives, we think we’re making smart, rational choices. But are we?

The human condition is one of unpredictability, we are torn between mindfulness and living in the moment and forgetting about it completely as we start thinking of our future and dreams.

This is another fantastic book if you are looking to identify negative and positive patterns in your life and would like to escape the trap of self-justification for bad decisions

12. Influence by Robert Cialdini

The science of persuasion is one of the most interesting books in our entire library and an international bestseller.

It is one of those foundational books that will exponentially grow your understanding of human interaction and one every person who deals in sales, marketing or communication should read.

Cialdini takes us through the governing principles of persuasion: Reciprocation, commitment, consistency, social proof, linking authority, scarcity, and finally unity. Basically, the structure that modern-day marketing theory is based on!

11. Emotional intelligence by Dan Goleman

This is a book that will help you understand what emotional intelligence is. Modern-day understanding has long evolved past the belief that IQ is the only ranking factor for intelligence.

Understanding what is at the core of the emotions that drive us, allows us to master ourselves and read other people.

This definition of personal values allows you to remain calm and in control and opens the door to influencing others, without coming off like a manipulative prick, which can be applied as a tool for building lasting and meaningful relationships.

10. Evolutionary Psychology by David Buss

Now we get into the science of the mind. What does it mean to be human? How do we connect and relate to other organisms within our reality?

Evolutionary psychology explores the collective decisions made over the ages in order to adapt to circumstances. It does not have all the answers, however, it is one of the pillars of the field and has some very interesting answers to the motivation and drive of existence. This is one of the books that will create a set of tools by which to gauge interaction and form your own conclusions on life.

After all, we need to know where we come from to know where we are going!

9. Psycho – Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

Published in the 1960s yet still incredibly relevant in today’s world, Maltz delves into the world of success and achievement through the portal of self-image. He shows us how we first need to define purpose in order to be able to focus our minds on it.

While a defined goal is a wonderful thing to have, the path to reaching a set goal is not something cast in stone. Psyco-Cybernetics takes us through the mental steps needed continuously to readjust and refocus our perspective and drive in order to attain them.

8. The Lucifer effect by Philip Zimbardo

How do the best of us turn into the worst? When good people go bad, there are some questions that need to be asked and answered. Luckily we have Philip Zimbardo to help shine some light on the subject.

Looking into controversial studies like the Stanford Prison Experiment, Zimbardo comes to the conclusion that it is often not the individual that is bad, but the circumstances and power dynamics of a situation that cause them to become evil. This notion of a “Bad Barrel” as opposed to a “Bad apple” is just one of the incredible insights waiting for you behind the covers!

7. The paradox of choice: Why more is less by Barry Schwartz

.The second part of the book title, why less is more, explains exactly the dilemma faced by so many of us today.

The world we live in is filled to the brim with options, from which device to use, which person to swipe on, where to eat and what to believe in! Schwartz discussed the impact this overwhelming abundance of comparison has on us, the positives, but more importantly the effects and results we achieve when we are continuously unsure of what the best route for us is going to be.

A really interesting read!

5. Rapport: The four ways to read people by Laurence Alison

In “Rapport: The Four Ways to Read People,” Laurence Alison takes readers on an enlightening journey into the intricacies of human interaction.

This captivating book unveils the four essential strategies for decoding nonverbal cues and understanding others on a profound level. Alison’s expertise shines through as he provides practical insights and real-life examples, empowering readers to build authentic connections in various contexts.

Whether you’re in sales, leadership, or simply aiming to improve your interpersonal relationships, this book is a game-changer. Unlock the secrets of rapport and watch your communication skills soar to new heights.

5. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

Carol S. Dweck revolutionizes our understanding of achievement and personal growth. Through her extensive research and insightful anecdotes, Dweck unveils the power of mindset in determining success.

She introduces the concept of a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset, showing how embracing a growth mindset can transform our abilities and achievements.

With practical strategies and inspiring examples, Dweck empowers readers to view challenges as opportunities for growth, persevere in the face of setbacks, and unlock their true potential.

This book is a game-changer for anyone seeking to cultivate resilience, motivation, and a lifelong love for learning. Embrace the power of mindset and embark on a journey to unlock your fullest potential.

4. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown 

Learn how to overcome shame, cultivate resilience, and foster authentic connections.

This book will inspire you to step into the arena, embrace courage, and live a life filled with meaning and fulfillment.

Brown challenges the societal notion that vulnerability is a weakness and reveals it as a profound strength. Through personal anecdotes, research, and practical guidance, she invites readers to shed the armor of perfectionism and embrace their true selves.

3. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk

Discover the groundbreaking book the Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, as it unravels the intricate connection between trauma and the mind-body system.

With extensive research and compelling case studies, van der Kolk sheds light on the intricate ways in which trauma shapes our lives. From exploring the neuroscience of trauma to unveiling innovative therapeutic approaches, this book offers a comprehensive understanding of trauma’s far-reaching effects.

It is a groundbreaking resource that unveils the significance of integrating the mind, body, and brain in the healing process. It offers a beacon of understanding and hope for those affected by trauma. Prepare to be enlightened, inspired, and equipped with tools to embark on a transformative journey toward healing and well-being.

2. The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene

If I was being completely honest, I could easily fill up the remainder of this list with just Robert Greene books and not affect its quality in the slightest. The examples he uses and comparisons he draws cut straight to the motivating principles that govern us and there is a reason he is in the top position on more than one of our category lists!

The Laws of human nature is a book that can replace 50% of this list when we consider the content shared and insights covered, and you will not be the same after reading or listening to it.

Get yourself a copy of this, as soon as possible! In fact, if you are serious about communication and psychology, get all of his books, it’s something you won’t regret.

1. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi takes readers on a captivating journey into the realm of optimal experience. Through extensive research and real-life examples, Csikszentmihalyi explores the concept of flow – a state of complete immersion and focus in an activity.

By providing practical strategies for cultivating flow, he empowers readers to unlock their full potential and experience a deeper sense of satisfaction. This book is a transformative read for individuals seeking to live a more engaged, purposeful, and joyful existence.

Through Flow, Csikszentmihalyi invites us to discover the optimal state where time seems to disappear, self-consciousness fades away, and we are fully absorbed in the present moment. Get ready to immerse yourself in this thought-provoking and inspiring book, and learn how to harness the power of flow to create a more meaningful and satisfying life.

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When you become the master of your mind, you are master of everything

– Swami Satchidananda

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