5 Psychology Books to Change the Way You View the World

Psychology books are a great way to learn about human behavior, personality, and the functioning of the mind and brain. These five books make essential reading for anyone who wants to understand more about human nature and why we do what we do! If you’re interested in learning more about psychology, then be sure to check out these five books on psychology!

1) Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely

Have you ever considered that maybe there’s a reason why your favorite candy bar tastes so good? It could be because of how you respond to deliciousness. Before Dan Ariely, behavioral economics was a relatively niche topic. But after Predictably Irrational, it’s something most people know about. Ariely uses his own research (and plenty of other psychologists') to highlight all sorts of irrational behaviors: from using an ineffective electric toothbrush and highly trained person as a door greeter for businesses who only want an image; and offers specific steps for responding effectively in these situations.

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

Cain’s book is a wonderful look at how we perceive extroverts, and how that perception fails those who are more introverted. While it might seem like an odd choice for a psychology-related list, Cain has written an incredibly insightful look at what introversion means in today’s world, and how to relate better with people who are not like us. It’s an important read for everyone—not just psychologists. I think it will especially help readers realize why introverts may seem different than they really are. And that’s important because there is so much misunderstanding about what being an introvert really means. This book should clear up some of those misconceptions and help you be a better friend to your fellow introverts. After all, if you’re friends with one, you should know something about them already! The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us by Christopher Chabris & Daniel Simons: This book uses studies and examples from our everyday lives to show how easy it is for our intuitions to fool us into thinking things that aren't true.

3) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

A psychology book that examines our growth mindset—that is, how we approach challenges and opportunities. She presents compelling arguments for why having a growth mindset is important and how it can be adopted. For example, if you believe your abilities are innate (fixed), then you’ll feel discouraged when they’re not easily developed, but if you have a growth mindset, then you’ll treat setbacks as learning experiences, which will help strengthen them. A fascinating look at self-perception, personal development and human potential.

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

Malcolm Gladwell introduces readers to thin-slicing, or our ability to make important decisions in a matter of seconds. In Blink, Gladwell argues that rapid cognition is just as effective—if not more so—than painstaking analysis, and that snap judgments based on limited information can be surprisingly accurate. Whether you're meeting someone for the first time, negotiating your salary, or simply choosing where to eat dinner, thin-slicing can help you make better choices and live a richer life. Before you know it you'll be thin-slicing everywhere!

5) Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

This book will show you how to use science to create effective business strategies and boost employee performance. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles: This book explains simple, but effective ways for people who are new in business or for anyone who wishes to understand more about money, what it is and how you can use it wisely. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini: This book explains exactly how humans behave when they’re trying to make decisions on products or services and why those around us have a strong influence on our decision-making processes.


One particularly thought-provoking book is Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach. The main idea of the book is that we have a tendency to judge ourselves harshly when things don’t go according to plan. This belief causes us a lot of suffering and can lead to psychological problems, including anxiety and depression. However, if we accept our world for what it is and focus on creating change in a positive way rather than trying to escape from reality through things like substance abuse or overeating, we can achieve peace even in times of stress or pain.

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