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Marin County, CA

  • 3 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 56 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • The Great Ideas of Psychology

    • ORIGINAL (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Daniel N. Robinson

    If you’ve ever wanted to delve more deeply into the mysteries of human emotion, perception, and cognition, and of why we do what we do, these 48 lectures offer a superb place to start. With them, you’ll see the entire history of psychology unfold. In the hands of Professor Robinson, these lectures encompass ideas, speculations, and point-blank moral questions that might just dismantle and rebuild everything you once thought you knew about psychology.

    Gare&Sophia says: "The Oxford level of examination of psychology"
    "Misleading Title!! Try History of Philosophy"
    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Daniel N. Robinson?

    I don't think so -- I believe this is a very misleading title -- and while the professor's credentials are impeccable -- I was four lectures (2 hours) into this series and got so upset I was yelling at the speakers! How is this the Great Ideas of Psychology? Try the History of Philosophy -- starting at the very beginning... Groan!!

    I was really expecting to have a well-thought out, well-defined list of the Great Ideas of Psychology and after listening about Plato and Socrates and the Salem Witchhunts, although entertaining, and spoken with erudition, I FELT CHEATED!!

    The title is misleading. If you can make it past the first two hours with virtually no discernible Psychology, I think at some point he does get into Psychology. However, on principle, I couldn't and wouldn't wade through more of what I didn't want hoping someday this course would fulfill it's promise.

    What was most disappointing about The Great Courses’s story?

    See above

    What does Professor Daniel N. Robinson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Don't know

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and disappointment

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    14 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • Psychology of the Unconscious

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Carl Jung
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune

    Originally published in German as Wandlungen und Symbole der Libido, this is the book that set Carl Jung on his independent path as a psychoanalytic theorist and explorer of the mysterious world of the unconscious mind of the individual and the mythological mind of humanity. He bases his work on an exploration of Miss Frank Miller's Quelques Faits d'Imagination Creatrice, demonstrating complex connections between Miller's self-portrait of her own dreams and fantasies and the world of myth, symbol, and religion.

    Fred Baucom says: "Performer inadequate"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    As a student of Depth Psychology with a commute, I was looking forward to getting to dive into additional works of Jung. Jung's writing is complex and a bit obtuse to begin with (at least his early works, IMHO). In this course, they have a male who sounds like a victorian butler whose performance makes this course almost entirely UN-LISTENABLE. LOVE JUNG -- but had to return this book -- AWFUL!!

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    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Theories of Human Development

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Malcolm W. Watson

    In these 24 lectures, probe the field of "human development"; the science that studies how we learn and develop psychologically, from birth to the end of life. This very young science not only enables us to understand children and help them develop optimally, but also gives us profound insights into who we are as adults. Professor Watson introduces you to the six theories that have had perhaps the greatest influence on this field

    A says: "A basic first year course in human development"
    "Exceptional; Entertaining; Comprehensive"
    What did you love best about Theories of Human Development?

    As a student of Psychology with a long commute, I was looking for a good review of Developmental Psy. WOW!! I've taken Developmental Psychology in two different classroom formats (at the University level) but the material has never been presented so clearly, or so well.

    The author also reads with enthusiasm (not over the top, but like a real human begin engaged in the topic rather than a robot reading a script which I find REALLY off-putting). I often find myself saying "I really like this guy" while I'm listening -- and would love to take a course from him in person! I just wish he had more courses listed here!

    SUPERB -- suitable for students of Psychology and laypersons alike. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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