Psychology in Plain English is an accessible, somewhat folksy book describing principles of psychology and how they relate to real life. Dr. Richards uses anecdotes, personal examples, wicked humor, and explanations honed through more than 30 years and more than 700 psychology classes to covers some of his most popular classroom topics.
How do we learn fears and phobias, and how can they be removed? Why is punishment not the best learning technique, or even second best? How does psychology differ from common sense? Is it true we only use 10% of our brains? Why do averages often tell us very little? Why does the English language, the language of science, business, and air traffic control, suck big time?
Topics run the gamut from the origins of sexuality, practical uses and limitations of punishments and rewards, the origins of fears and phobias, factors that make things funny, keys to human happiness, common human errors in decision making, functions of different parts of the brain, and even what makes psychology psychology to start with. The overall result is a scientifically-supported yet easily understandable description of some of the more cutting-edge research in psychology.
©2012 Dean Richards (P)2013 Dean Richards
I really enjoy listening to this quirky author. If you have studied psychology/social work it is not new, but it it a good refresher written in a quirky, down to earth style. I have Listened to it twice, and enjoyed it both times.
His sense of humor.
No, I enjoy listening to this as I drive.
Recommend this to anyone who wants a brief refresher course in psychology who does not want to be bored. His humor is not for everyone, but I found it fun.
The language was simple, sometimes too simple.
He overused the attempts at humor to try to lighten heavy topics instead of diving right in and conquering the topic.
Overall good book as an intro to very basic psychological topics.
You can almost imagine being in one of his lectures it's just what I was looking for, He keeps the book moving keeps you interested throughout, He gives answers to questions one ponders about why people do the non logical things they often do.
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