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Understand Psychology

How Your Mind Works and Why You Do the Things You Do

By Nicky Hayes

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Format: Paperback, 416 pages, 5th edition Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 29 January 2010
A FASCINATING INSIGHT INTO WHAT MAKES US TICKThe bestselling Understand Psychology explains basic psychological processes and how they influence us in all aspects of everyday life. It explores why we are the way we are, how we came to be that way, and what we might do to change seemingly fundamental traits. The book puts psychology in context, using non-technical language to analyze everyday situations. It is a comprehensive introduction that shows how human experience can be understood on many levels.Understand Psychology takes you through every aspect of the subject, from child development and social influences to the role of memories and emotions. You will discover how we interact with each other, why we dream, what motivates us, why children need to play and whether watching TV is bad for you.Now fully revised and updated, this 6th edition of the bestselling guide includes brand new material on mindfulness, social living, focusing in particular on shyness and loneliness and social media, coping with stress, decision making and forensic psychology, addiction and modern drugs, cognitive neuropsychology, and the psychology of learning, including teaching, exams and exam stress.The clear structure, packed full of practical examples, makes it easy to learn the essentials you really need to know.ABOUT THE SERIESPeople have been learning with Teach Yourself since 1938. With a vast range of practical, how-to guides covering language learning, lifestyle, hobbies, business, psychology and self-help, there's a Teach Yourself book for whatever you want to do. Join more than 60 million people who have reached their goals with Teach Yourself, and never stop learning.

Table of Contents

introducing psychology understanding the mind levels of explanation areas of psychology self and others the first relationships the self-concept cultural and social influences understanding other people co-operation and compliance social representations obedience emotions negative emotions stress and coping positive psychology states of mind biological rhythms consciousness and the brain sleep and dreaming motivation physical and behavioural motives cognitive motives social motivation cognition thinking perception memory genetics, evolution and learning evolution genetic mechanisms levels of learning learning and intelligence infant learning forms of learning intelligence childhood and adolescence childhood adolescence adulthood, retirement and ageing adulthood ageing working life why do people work? human resource management organisational culture leisure watching television computer games sport psychology education and health the psychology of teaching and learning counselling and therapy health psychology living in the world proxemics and privacy sources of environmental stress disasters and accidents developing psychological understanding what do psychologists do? developing psychological knowledge index

Promotional Information

With life sales of over 85,000 copies, Dr Nicky Hayes' Understand Psychology is the definitive introduction to the subject.

Promotional Information

With life sales of over 85,000 copies, Dr Nicky Hayes' Understand Psychology is the definitive introduction to the subject.

About the Author

Dr Nicky Hayes is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Psychologist and an Honorary Life Member of the Association for the Teaching of Psychology. She has written widely and is a prominent media figure, thanks to her her ability to apply psychology to everyday life and her experience working with business and the public sector as well as in universities and colleges.

Reviews

"A great book for beginners with plenty of information to open doors to further study . . . . a superb way to get into a deep subject without being overwhelmed." * Amazon reviewer *

EAN: 9781444100907
ISBN: 1444100904
Publisher: Teach Yourself Books
Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.1 x 2.7 centimetres (0.40 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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