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Nine accessible psychology books (and a bonus) to get to know each other better

You may feel some interest in psychology, based on the interest in getting to know yourself and the people that interest us better. However, you may not have the time or desire to complete the four-year career. Fortunately, There is a series of classic psychology books that we can go to whenever we want and the doors of psychology and our self-knowledge will open a little.

The man who confused his wife with a hatby Oliver Sacks

Is about one of the great classics of psychology, besides being one of the best known books about it. Written by Oliver Sacks in 1985, The man who confused his wife with a hat It tells the medical history of 20 patients suffering from neurological failures.

Its pages explain how these people, who had lost their memory, who had alterations in perception, lived their lives with this disease. Some of them were not able to recognize their relatives or were unable to name habitual objects. However, they could show other capabilities. It is an easily understandable book for everyone, that we allows us to get into the way our mind works.

The social animalby Elliot Aronson

For those of us who are interested in the mysteries of social psychology and how others influence us and vice versa, The social animal It is a great introduction easily understandable for all those readers who enter their pages.

Elliot Aronson takes a tour of the history and science of social psychology using examples, illustrations and social experiments. Thanks to that, manages to explain some of the behaviors that cause us the most questions such as romantic and sexual attraction, racism or aggressiveness. This book will offer us answers to several of the questions about our behavior that we had always asked ourselves.

The art of bitter lifeby Paul Watzlawick

The author of this book is Paul Watzlawick, Austrian theorist and psychologist. In this work, written in 1983, Watzlawick performs, in The art of bitter life, A parody of all self-help manuals that we can find in the market and those we go to try to fix our problems.

Despite being written more than 30 years ago, this idea remains equally valid for today. Making use of the finest irony, the author It shows how each of us strives every day to make life bitter, be unhappy and drown in a glass of water. This book was recommended to me in college while I was studying, it quickly became one of my favorites and I recommend it whenever I have a chance.

Love anatomyby Helen Fisher

Written by Helen Fisher, anthropologist and biologist, Love anatomy he explains to us through neuroscience the elements that influence love, why some people attract us and others do not or if there is any genetic mechanism that influences infidelities.

The author analyze love relationships and mating in different species and cultures, but also at different times. Thanks to this, Fisher theorizes about the mechanisms that fall and control the balances of power between men and women and vice versa.

From having to beingby Erich Fromm

Through this book, Erich Fromm tries to explain how to obtain the wisdom of life by accepting that it requires effort or suffering. Between the pages of From having to being Fromm argues that the way to get it is get away from consumerism and try to recover our physical and psychic strength trying to get away from the irresistible desire to have. Erich Fromm focuses on the relevance of love, reason and productive activity.

Psychologically speakingby Adrián Triglia, Bertrand Regarder and Jonathan García-Allen

For those interested in several different aspects of psychology, you will find numerous answers in Psychologically speaking. The authors use simple and entertaining language to bring psychology closer to all audiences. With this book we can begin in a fun, clear and enjoyable way in the world of psychology and its mysteries.

The process of becoming a personby Carl R. Rogers

The process of becoming a person It is also one of the first books that I was recommended during the psychology career. Carl R. Rogers is one of the best known psychologists and, in this book, he introduces us a different way of facing therapy. In it, the therapist must understand the other, becoming the mirror of his client.

Rogers exposes us to a therapy in which the therapist focuses on the patient instead of trying to guide him. In this way, both begin a process of searching for themselves and they start the way to become people.

The invisible gorilla: How our intuitions deceive usby Christopher Chabris and David Simons

More than once we will have heard that our brain deceives us. In The invisible gorilla, the authors introduce us to the investigation of some of the tricks that our brain uses. Both use a pleasant language at the same time as rigorous to assault this issue and offer answers to our doubts about perception. What do we really see? What does our brain hide from us?

The invisible gorilla tells us about cognition, about how our perception works, and of the illusions that can affect the functioning of our brain. In this way, it helps us to understand how sometimes we can fail in what we see, we assure we have not seen something that was in front of us or it is hard for us to think clearly.

Why do zebras have no ulcer?by Robert M. Sapolsky

In recent years, cases of stress, anxiety, or depression have increased. Part of how we live our lives influences the amount of stressors around us. These diseases, in addition to psychological distress, they can cause us physical symptoms that turn into diseases in themselves, as is the case of ulcers caused by stress or high levels of anxiety.

In Why do zebras have no ulcer? We learn how we respond to the stressful agents around us and how our nervous system influences. In addition, noffers you guidelines that can help us overcome these episodes and learn to handle them in a way that allows us to control the stressful agents we face.

Bonus: Man's Search for Meaningby Viktor Frankl

Despite being written by a psychiatrist, Man's Search for Meaning It is not strictly a book about psychology. However, we wanted to include it given the wonderful story of the writer's life. In it, Viktor Frankl tells us how does it get to affect someone's mind to be locked in a concentration camp. For this, the author is based on his own experiences, which manages to excite the reader and make him empathize with the situation.

Reading this book we witness the horror, despair and shock, fear, sadness and apathy that some of these prisoners lived. But it also tells us how, Even in those moments, people are able to show a sense of humor or curiosity, to show love and hold on to it.

Thanks to this experience, Frankl developed logotherapy, a method that he later used in consultation and that focuses on the search by each of us, of what gives meaning to our lives. Despite the hardness of the story, what we have left is a hopeful feeling about the human being and teaches us that there is always something to cling to.

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