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Best Psychology Books

Looking for good psychology books to read? Below you’ll find a curated list of the best psychology books on human behavior that simply explain why humans do what they do.

Whether you’re a psychology student or someone who is curious about human behavior, you’ll enjoy this list of the best psychology books of all-time.

The 10 Best Psychology Books

1. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

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Synopsis: In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical.


2. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

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Synopsis: In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture.

3. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

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Synopsis: Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.

4. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

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Synopsis: Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant – in the blink of an eye – that actually aren’t as simple as they seem.

5. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

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Synopsis: In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

6. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks

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Synopsis: If a man has lost a leg or an eye, he knows he has lost a leg or an eye; but if he has lost a self—himself—he cannot know it, because he is no longer there to know it. Dr. Oliver Sacks recounts the stories of patients struggling to adapt to often bizarre worlds of neurological disorder.

7. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini

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Synopsis: Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say “yes”—and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His thirty-five years of rigorous, evidence-based research along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior has resulted in this highly acclaimed book.

8. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely

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Synopsis: From drinking coffee to losing weight, from buying a car to choosing a romantic partner, Ariely explains how to break through these systematic patterns of thought to make better decisions. “Predictably Irrational” will change the way we interact with the world–one small decision at a time.

9. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

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Synopsis: In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

10. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

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Synopsis: The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate.

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