Psychology Book Summaries

Why Him? Why Her?

Why Him? Why Her? provides insightful understanding into the fundamental ways we are and explores how our individual nature can be used to discover and keep 'the one'. The book is based on academic studies of romantic attraction, attachment, and personality, and the author shares secrets about romance and provides advice from nature on finding 'the one'.

Menschen lesen

'Menschen lesen' von Joe Navarro ist ein umfassender Leitfaden zum Verständnis nonverbaler Kommunikation. Es entschlüsselt die verschlüsselte Sprache des Körpers, um ein tieferes Verständnis der Mitmenschen zu vermitteln, das in einer Vielzahl von sozialen Situationen angewendet werden kann.

The Science of Learning

The Science of Learning is a resource that translates significant studies on learning into accessible overviews, aiming to help teachers improve their students' learning efficiency and effectiveness. The book covers key concepts such as memory, mindset, motivation, resilience, self-regulation, metacognition, student and teacher behaviors, parental impact, and thinking biases, providing practical advice for classroom application.

Outsiders

"Outsiders" is a sociological analysis of deviant behavior, exploring how society defines and responds to deviance. It includes empirical studies on marijuana users and dance musicians, examining their cultures and the societal reactions they provoke.

Die Therapie

"Die Therapie" ist ein Psychothriller von Sebastian Fitzek, in dem der Psychiater Viktor Larenz eine mysteriöse Patientin behandelt, die behauptet, ihre Romanfiguren würden im wirklichen Leben auftauchen. Im Laufe der Geschichte wird Viktor in ein verwirrendes Spiel aus Wahn und Realität verwickelt.

Der Sandmann

"Der Sandmann" ist eine Erzählung von E.T.A. Hoffmann, die die Geschichte von Nathanael erzählt, einem jungen Mann, der von traumatischen Kindheitserinnerungen an einen unheimlichen Mann namens Coppelius, den er mit dem Sandmann aus den Kindermärchen verbindet, verfolgt wird. Die Geschichte untersucht Themen wie Wahnsinn, Realität und Fantasie, und die Auswirkungen von Kindheitstraumata auf das Erwachsenenleben.

Besser fühlen

"Besser fühlen" ist ein Buch des Psychologen Leon Windscheid, das sich auf eine bewegende Reise durch unser Innenleben begibt, um zu zeigen, wie starke Emotionen wie Trauer und Wut uns als Menschen helfen können. Es verbindet überraschende wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse mit Einsichten aus Tausenden von Jahren Menschheitsgeschichte und bietet neue Wege zu mehr Gelassenheit.

Woyzeck

"Woyzeck" ist eine unvollendete Dramenfragmente von Georg Büchner, das die tragische Geschichte von Franz Woyzeck erzählt, einem einfachen Soldaten, der durch gesellschaftlichen Druck und psychische Probleme in den Wahnsinn getrieben wird.

Maps of Meaning

"Maps of Meaning" is a book by Jordan Peterson that explores the relationship between belief systems, mythology, and the human perception of the world, aiming to explain how our minds form meaning from chaos.

The Experience Machine

The Experience Machine is a book that explores the concept of the human brain as a prediction machine, examining how our minds predict and shape our reality. It delves into the impact of these predictions on our experiences, emotions, and actions, and discusses potential ways to manipulate or "hack" our predictive minds.

Schachnovelle

"Schachnovelle" ist eine Geschichte von Stefan Zweig über einen Mann, der während seiner Gefangenschaft im Zweiten Weltkrieg Schach spielt, um seinen Verstand zu bewahren.

Positive Psychologie und organisationale Resilienz

"Positive Psychologie und organisationale Resilienz" ist ein Buch, das sich mit der Anwendung der positiven Psychologie in Organisationen beschäftigt, um deren Widerstandsfähigkeit und Anpassungsfähigkeit in schwierigen Zeiten zu stärken.

Schnelles Denken, langsames Denken

"Denken, schnell und langsam" ist eine psychologische Erforschung der beiden Systeme, die unsere Denkprozesse antreiben - ein intuitives, schnell handelndes System und ein überlegtes, langsamer handelndes. Das Buch taucht ein in die Art und Weise, wie diese Systeme unsere Urteile und Entscheidungsfindungen formen.

Homecoming

"Homecoming" is a a guide about reconnecting with your true self after a disconnection e.g. as a trauma response happaned.

How To Do The Work

"How To Do The Work" is a guide to holistic psychology, providing tools and techniques to break negative patterns, heal from past traumas, and create a conscious self. It emphasizes the interconnectedness of mind, body, and soul, and encourages readers to take active participation in their own healing process.

Das Versprechen

"Das Versprechen" ist ein Kriminalroman von Friedrich Dürrenmatt, der die Geschichte eines Detektivs erzählt, der verspricht, den Mord an einem kleinen Mädchen aufzuklären.

Pre-Suasion

"Pre-Suasion" is a psychological exploration of how certain actions and environments can predispose individuals to be more receptive to messages, thereby increasing the effectiveness of persuasion.

The Laws of Human Nature

The Laws of Human Nature is a guide to understanding human behavior and its root causes, aiming to transform the reader into a more strategic observer of people and their actions. It also seeks to help the reader understand their own nature, and how to transform basic human forces into something more positive and productive.

Über die Psychologie des Geldes

"Die Psychologie des Geldes" ist ein Buch, das die emotionalen und psychologischen Aspekte des Geldmanagements untersucht und betont, dass erfolgreiches Investieren nicht auf Wissen, sondern auf Verhalten basiert.

Football-A Matter of Mind

"Football-A Matter of Mind" is a book that explores the psychological aspects of football, delving into how mental strength, strategy, and mindset can impact performance on the field.

Kopfsache Fußball

"Kopfsache Fußball" ist ein Buch, das die psychologischen Aspekte des Fußballs untersucht. Es geht darum, wie mentale Stärke, Strategie und Denkweise die Leistung auf dem Spielfeld beeinflussen können.

The Art of Seduction

"The Art of Seduction" is a guidebook by Robert Greene that explores the tactics, strategies, and skills involved in seduction, both in personal relationships and in broader social contexts.

Trading for a Living

"Trading for a Living" is a comprehensive guide on how to succeed in the stock market by understanding market indicators and psychology, and developing a disciplined approach to trading.

The Psychology of Money

"The Psychology of Money" is a book that explores the emotional and psychological aspects of money management, emphasizing that successful investing is not about knowledge but behavior.

Mindsight

"Mindsight" is a book by Dr. Daniel Siegel that explores the concept of 'mindsight' or the ability to perceive one's own and others' minds, and how this skill can be developed to improve emotional and social intelligence.

Psychopath Free

"Psychopath Free" is a self-help guide that provides insights into identifying, understanding, and protecting oneself from manipulative and emotionally abusive relationships often caused by individuals with psychopathic tendencies.

Brief Counseling That Works

"Brief Counseling That Works" is a guidebook that provides strategies and techniques for effective short-term counseling within the school system, focusing on practical methods to help students overcome challenges and improve their academic and personal lives.

Molecule of More

"Molecule of More" is a book that explores how dopamine influences human desires, behaviors, and experiences, and how it shapes our lives and society.

Psychologie der Menschenführung

"Psychologie der Menschenführung" ist ein umfassender Leitfaden zur Führung aus psychologischer Perspektive und erforscht die Phänomene der Führung, die Entwicklung von Führungsfähigkeiten und die ethischen Implikationen der Ausübung von Macht. Es richtet sich an Führungskräfte und angehende Führungskräfte, die ihr Verständnis für diese Themen über oberflächliche Ratschläge hinaus vertiefen möchten und bietet Einblicke in Charisma, die kulturelle Auswirkung großer Führungskräfte und die psychologischen Vorteile der Folge eines Anführers.

Psychology of Leadership

"Psychology of Leadership" is a comprehensive guide to leadership from a psychological perspective, exploring the phenomena of leadership, the development of leadership abilities, and the ethical implications of wielding power. It is intended for leaders and aspiring leaders who wish to deepen their understanding of these topics beyond surface-level advice, offering insights into charisma, the cultural impact of great leaders, and the psychological benefits of following a leader.

Delusion and Mass Delusion

"Delusion and Mass Delusion" explores the psychological dynamics of individual and collective thinking, focusing on how instinctive drives and intellectual components interact, leading to various forms of delusion. It discusses the impact of mass psychology on society, the role of fear and suggestion in shaping public opinion, and the potential for both constructive and destructive outcomes from collective action.

The Courage to Be Disliked

"The Courage to Be Disliked" explores the concept of freedom in interpersonal relationships, emphasizing that real freedom comes with the cost of potentially being disliked by others. It also discusses the importance of having the courage to accept oneself as normal, rather than striving to be special or fearing to be inferior.

Psycho-Cybernetics

Psycho-Cybernetics is a self-help guide that explores the concept of self-image as the key to achieving success and happiness. It provides techniques and principles for improving one's self-image and utilizing the power of positive thinking and visualization.

The Psychology of Selling

"The Psychology of Selling" provides strategies and techniques for effective selling, emphasizing the importance of understanding customer needs, creating emotional mental pictures for customers, and continuously improving sales skills. It also highlights the significance of setting goals, understanding why customers buy, and the power of suggestion in sales.

Nudge

"Nudge" explores the concept of 'libertarian paternalism' and how it can be used to influence people's decisions in a way that will make their lives better, without removing their freedom of choice. It discusses how small changes in the way choices are presented can significantly impact our decisions in areas like healthcare, finance, and environmental protection.

The Resilience Factor

"The Resilience Factor" provides insights into the concept of resilience, its importance in overcoming life's challenges, and how to enhance it. It offers a set of seven skills, developed through extensive research, to help individuals increase their resilience, improve their problem-solving abilities, and lead a more fulfilling life.

Vielleicht solltest Du mit jemandem sprechen

Vielleicht solltest Du mit jemandem sprechen ist eine Autobiographie, die den therapeutischen Prozess durch die Erfahrungen einer Therapeutin, ihres Therapeuten und ihrer miteinander verflochtenen Leben erforscht und Einblicke in menschliches Wachstum, Heilung und die Kraft der Verbindung offenbart.

Gegen Empathie

Gegen Empathie argumentiert, dass Empathie, obwohl sie oft als treibende Kraft für das Gute wahrgenommen wird, zu irrationalen Entscheidungen, Vorurteilen und sogar Gewalt führen kann. Das Buch schlägt vor, dass wir uns mehr auf Vernunft und Mitgefühl, anstatt auf Empathie, verlassen sollten, um moralische Entscheidungen zu treffen.

Der Leitfaden für hochsensible Personen zum Umgang mit toxischen Menschen

Der Leitfaden für hochsensible Personen im Umgang mit toxischen Menschen bietet eine umfassende Anleitung, um hochsensible Individuen zu verstehen, zu navigieren und sich vor toxischen und manipulativen Menschen zu schützen. Er bietet praktische Strategien zur Grenzsetzung, zum Verständnis der Taktiken psychologischen Missbrauchs und zur Nutzung der Sensibilität als Stärke zur Förderung gesünderer Beziehungen.

Der Größte Bluff

"Der größte Bluff" ist eine Reise der Selbstentdeckung und des Wachstums, bei der die Autorin, Maria Konnikova, das Pokerspiel als Werkzeug verwendet, um das Gleichgewicht zwischen Geschick und Glück bei Entscheidungen zu verstehen und das Spektrum von Kontrolle und Zufall im Leben zu navigieren. Es ist die Geschichte, wie sie von einer Anfängerin zu einer weltklasse Pokerspielerin wurde und dabei über menschliche Natur, Spieltheorie, Entscheidungsfindung und Widerstandsfähigkeit lernte.

Fluss

Flow ist ein Buch, das das Konzept der optimalen Erfahrung erforscht, ein Zustand tiefer Beteiligung und Freude an einer Aktivität. Es stellt allgemeine Prinzipien und Beispiele vor, wie Menschen diese Prinzipien genutzt haben, um ihr Leben zu verändern und größeres Glück und Erfüllung zu erreichen.

Guten Morgen, Monster

Guten Morgen, Monster teilt die Geschichten von fünf Patienten, die eine Therapie durchlaufen, und hebt ihre emotionale Erholung und Widerstandsfähigkeit hervor, während sie sich ihren vergangenen Traumata stellen und an ihrer Heilung arbeiten.

Weiße Zerbrechlichkeit

White Fragility untersucht das Konzept der weißen Fragilität, ein Zustand, in dem selbst ein geringes Maß an rassistischem Stress für weiße Menschen unerträglich wird und zu Abwehrreaktionen führt, die die rassistische Ungleichheit aufrechterhalten. Das Buch zielt darauf ab, dieses Phänomen sichtbar zu machen, seine Entwicklung zu erörtern und Wege zu seiner Bewältigung aufzuzeigen.

Was jeder KÖRPER sagt

In What Every BODY Is Saying geht es darum, nonverbale Kommunikation, insbesondere Körpersprache, zu verstehen und zu interpretieren, um Einblicke in die Gedanken, Gefühle und Absichten von Menschen zu gewinnen.

Ein Molekül vor dem Wahnsinn

A Molecule Away From Madness (Ein Molekül vor dem Wahnsinn) erforscht die Auswirkungen molekularer Bösewichte wie DNA-Mutanten, rebellische Proteine und kleine Moleküle auf das menschliche Gehirn und wie sie dessen Funktion beeinträchtigen und zu verschiedenen kognitiven Störungen und Persönlichkeitsveränderungen führen können. Das Buch erzählt Geschichten von Patienten, Wissenschaftlern und Ärzten, die daran arbeiten, die Geheimnisse dieser Moleküle und ihr Potenzial für künftige Behandlungen zu lüften.

12 Rules for Life

"12 Rules for Life" is a self-help book by Jordan Peterson that provides life advice through essays on abstract ethical principles, psychology, religion, and personal anecdotes.

The Art of Taking It Easy

The Art of Taking It Easy is about managing stress and developing resilience in life, offering practical advice and techniques to cope with various stressors and maintain a more relaxed, happy state of mind.

Against Empathy

Against Empathy argues that while empathy is often perceived as a driving force for good, it can lead to irrational decisions, bias, and even violence. The book suggests that we should rely more on reason and compassion, rather than empathy, to make moral decisions.

The Highly Sensitive Person's Guide to Dealing with Toxic People

The Highly Sensitive Person's Guide to Dealing with Toxic People provides a comprehensive guide for highly sensitive individuals to understand, navigate, and protect themselves from toxic and manipulative people. It offers practical strategies for setting boundaries, understanding the tactics of psychological abuse, and using sensitivity as a strength to foster healthier relationships.

The Biggest Bluff

"The Biggest Bluff" is a journey of self-discovery and growth, where the author, Maria Konnikova, uses the game of poker as a tool to understand the balance between skill and luck in decision-making, and to navigate the spectrum of control and chance in life. It's a story of how she went from being a novice to a world-class poker player, learning about human nature, game theory, decision-making, and resilience along the way.

How We Learn

How We Learn explores the science of learning, uncovering the unexpected relationships between remembering, forgetting, and learning, and providing practical techniques to improve learning efficiency and comprehension.

Mastermind

Mastermind is about learning and applying Sherlock Holmes's methodology to engage mindfully with oneself and the world, ultimately improving one's habits of thought and decision-making.

High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out

High Conflict explores the phenomenon of extreme, self-perpetuating conflicts that paralyze people and places, and offers insights on how to escape or prevent them by shifting from high conflict to healthy conflict.

Flow

Flow is a book that explores the concept of optimal experience, which is a state of deep engagement and enjoyment in an activity. It presents general principles and examples of how people have used these principles to transform their lives and achieve greater happiness and fulfillment.

White Fragility

White Fragility explores the concept of white fragility, a state where even a small amount of racial stress becomes intolerable for white individuals, leading to defensive responses that maintain racial inequality. The book aims to make this phenomenon visible, discuss its development, and suggest ways to address it.

What Every BODY Is Saying

What Every BODY Is Saying is about understanding and interpreting nonverbal communication, specifically body language, to gain insights into people's thoughts, feelings, and intentions.

Everybody Lies

Everybody Lies explores the idea that people often lie to themselves, others, and surveys, but their online behavior, particularly on platforms like Google, can reveal their true thoughts, beliefs, and desires, providing valuable insights into human behavior.

A Molecule Away From Madness

A Molecule Away From Madness explores the impact of molecular villains, such as DNA mutants, rebellious proteins, and small molecules, on the human brain and how they can hijack its function, leading to various cognitive disorders and personality changes. The book shares stories of patients, scientists, and doctors working to uncover the secrets of these molecules and their potential for future treatments.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is a memoir that explores the therapeutic process through the experiences of a therapist, her therapist, and their intertwined lives, revealing insights about human growth, healing, and the power of connection.

Good Morning, Monster

Good Morning, Monster shares the stories of five patients undergoing therapy, highlighting their emotional recovery and resilience as they confront their past traumas and work towards healing.

Noise

Noise explores the concept of unwanted variability in human judgments, highlighting its prevalence and impact across various domains, and offers strategies to reduce noise and improve decision-making.

Fooled by Randomness

The book Fooled by Randomness (2001) is about the hidden role of luck and chance in our lives, and how we often mistake it for skill or ability. Nassim Nicholas Taleb argues that we are too quick to attribute success to our own abilities and too slow to acknowledge the impact of randomness, leading to dangerous misconceptions and flawed decision-making.

The Emperor's New Mind

The book The Emperor's New Mind (1989) is about the fascinating inquiry into the possibility of a computer that can think like a human being. Roger Penrose, a prominent mathematician, takes us on a journey through the intricacies of the human mind and its relationship with mathematics and artificial intelligence.

The Design of Everyday Things

The book The Design of Everyday Things (1988) is about how good design can make our lives easier and more enjoyable. Don Norman shows how to create products that are intuitive to use and how to avoid frustration and confusion caused by bad design.

Bad Science

The book Bad Science (2008) is about the rampant misuse and abuse of science in the media, government, and healthcare industry. Ben Goldacre exposes the dangerous consequences of this phenomenon and teaches readers how to spot bad science and demand evidence-based reporting and decision-making.

The Upside of Irrationality

The book The Upside of Irrationality (2010) is about the power of irrationality in our lives and how it can actually benefit us in unexpected ways. Dan Ariely explores fascinating experiments and real-life examples to show that our flawed thinking can lead to better decision-making, improved creativity, and stronger relationships.

Influence

The book Influence (1984) is about the secrets of persuasion and how to defend yourself against them. It reveals the six universal principles of influence and how to use them to your advantage in everyday life.

The 5 Second Rule

The book The 5 Second Rule (2017) is about a simple but powerful technique that can change your life in just five seconds. Mel Robbins shows you how to use the rule to overcome self-doubt, procrastination, and fear, and to take action towards achieving your goals and dreams.

The Paradox of Choice

The book The Paradox of Choice (2004) is about how more choices do not always lead to more happiness. In fact, having too many options can be overwhelming and cause us to second-guess our decisions, ultimately leaving us feeling less satisfied with our choices.

The Gifts of Imperfection

The book The Gifts of Imperfection (2010) is about embracing our imperfect selves and living a wholehearted life. Brené Brown teaches us how to cultivate self-compassion, let go of perfectionism and embrace vulnerability to find true happiness and fulfillment.

The Gene

The book The Gene (2016) is about the incredible history of genetics, from its discovery to its current state of research, including the ethical debates surrounding gene editing and the possibilities and dangers of genetic engineering. Mukherjee's writing is both accessible and fascinating, making this book a must-read for anyone interested in the science of life.

Predictably Irrational

The book Predictably Irrational (2008) is about the fascinating and often illogical ways in which human beings make decisions. Dan Ariely delves into the realm of behavioral economics to reveal the hidden forces that drive our choices, showing how we can use this knowledge to make better decisions in all areas of our lives.

The Better Angels of Our Nature

The book The Better Angels of Our Nature (2011) is about the decline of violence in human history. Steven Pinker provides evidence that despite the current state of the world, violence has drastically decreased over centuries, and there is hope for a more peaceful future.

The Whole-Brain Child

The book The Whole-Brain Child (2011) is about unlocking the potential of your child's brain by understanding the way it develops and functions. With practical tips and strategies, the book shows how parents can help their children develop emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and resilience by nurturing their whole brain.

The Power of Habit

The book The Power of Habit (2012) is about the science behind our habits and how we can change them to transform our lives. Through engaging stories and research, author Charles Duhigg shows us how habits work and how we can harness their power to achieve success in various aspects of our lives.

The Body Keeps the Score

The book The Body Keeps the Score (2014) is about the fascinating connection between our brain and body, and how traumatic experiences can affect us long-term. Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. explores innovative treatments that can help us heal from the past and move towards a brighter future.

The Righteous Mind

The book The Righteous Mind (2012) is about understanding the moral psychology of different cultures and political ideologies. Jonathan Haidt argues that our moral judgments are based on intuition and emotion rather than conscious reasoning, and that exploring this can help us bridge political divides and find common ground.

Blink

The book Blink (2005) is about the power of our intuition and how it can sometimes be more accurate than our rational thinking. Malcolm Gladwell explores how our snap judgments and first impressions can often lead to better decision-making than long-winded analysis.

Mindset

The book Mindset (2006) is about unlocking the power of our mindset to achieve success in all areas of life. Carol S. Dweck shows us how having a growth mindset can change the way we approach challenges and help us reach our full potential.

The Tipping Point

The book The Tipping Point (2000) is about how little things can make a big difference. Malcolm Gladwell explores the idea that trends, behaviors and ideas can spread like viruses and how a small change can lead to a tipping point causing a major shift.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World...

The book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World... (2012) is about the power and potential of introverts in a world that celebrates extroversion. Susan Cain's groundbreaking research shows that introverts are often more creative, empathetic, and successful than their extroverted counterparts, and provides practical tips for how introverts can thrive in a society that often undervalues their unique strengths.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (2016) is about embracing life's struggles, letting go of unimportant things and focusing on what truly matters. Mark Manson's witty, no-nonsense approach encourages readers to live a more authentic and fulfilling life by accepting their limitations and taking responsibility for their own happiness.

Outliers: The Story of Success

The book Outliers: The Story of Success (2008) is about the secrets of successful people that goes beyond talent and hard work, and instead focuses on cultural, societal, and circumstantial factors that contribute to their achievements. Malcolm Gladwell delves into the stories of outliers and provides insight into how we can all reach our full potential by understanding the hidden factors that shape success.

Thinking, Fast and Slow

The book Thinking, Fast and Slow (2011) is about the two systems that govern our thinking: the fast and intuitive one, and the slow and analytical one. By understanding how these systems work and interact, we can make better decisions, avoid biases and ultimately lead a more fulfilling life.

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