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.
What made the experience of listening to Psychology in Plain English the most enjoyable?
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.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Psychology in Plain English?
His sense of humor.
Which scene was your favorite?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, I enjoy listening to this as I drive.
Any additional comments?
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.
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Good if that's what you're looking for. But was misleading. Not about psychology but more about the study of psychology.
What did you like best about Psychology in Plain English? What did you like least?
The language was simple, sometimes too simple.
What aspect of Dr. Dean Richards’s performance would you have changed?
He overused the attempts at humor to try to lighten heavy topics instead of diving right in and conquering the topic.
Could you see Psychology in Plain English being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
Any additional comments?
Overall good book as an intro to very basic psychological topics.
A layman's guide inside of a broad subject. Focused mainly on discipline and the summary of A&P.
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.