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The Cult of Personality: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselves

by Annie Murphy Paul

Millions of Americans take personality tests each year: to get a job, to pursue an education, to settle a legal dispute, to better understand themselves and others. But where did these tests come from, and what...


Ha!: The Science of When We Laugh and Why

by Scott Weems

An entertaining tour of the science of humor and laughter

Humor, like pornography, is famously difficult to define. We know it when we see it, but is there any way to figure out what we really find funny? In...


Social and Behavioral Research for Homeland Security

by John G. Voeller

Social and Behavioral Research for Homeland Security features articles from the Wiley Handbook of Science and Technology for Homeland Security covering social and psychological aspects of terrorism and counterterrorism...


The Copycat Effect: How the Media and Popular Culture Trigger the Mayhem in Tomorrow's Headlines

by Loren Coleman

VIOLENCE BEGETS VIOLENCE BEGETS VIOLENCE...

A disturbed student shoots up his classroom -- and suddenly a wave of mass murder is sweeping through our nation's schools. A young child is taken from her home --...


The Thoughtful Dresser: The Art of Adornment, the Pleasures of Shopping, and Why Clothes Matter

by Linda Grant

“You can’t have depths without surfaces,” says Linda Grant in her lively and provocative new book, The thoughtful Dresser, a thinking woman’s guide to what we wear. For centuries, an interest in clothes...


The Cult of Personality Testing: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselves

by Annie Murphy Paul

Award-winning psychology writer Annie Paul delivers a scathing exposé on the history and effects of personality tests.

Millions of people worldwide take personality tests each year to direct their education,...


Demon Camp: A Soldier's Exorcism

by Jennifer Percy

In 2005 a Chinook helicopter carrying sixteen Special Ops soldiers crashed during a rescue mission in a remote part of Afghanistan, killing everyone on board.

In that instant, machine gunner Caleb Daniels lost...


Men in Therapy: New Approaches for Effective Treatment

by David B. Wexler

How to do better, more effective therapy with men. Cultural norms and assumptions color the male experience of psychotherapy, and the traditional notions of masculinity to which many men still cling are, in...


Rock My Soul: Black People and Self-Esteem

by bell hooks

World-renowned scholar and visionary bell hooks takes an in-depth look at one of the most critical issues of our time, the impact of low self-esteem on the lives of black people.

Without self-esteem everyone...


Zebratown: The True Story of a Black Ex-Con and a White Single Mother in Small-Town America

by Greg Donaldson

Eight years in the making, this edgy, in-depth account follows a black felon’s attempt to find a new life for himself with a white woman in a small-town neighborhood where—as the book’s title implies—such...


Yes!

by Noah J. Goldstein, Steve J. Martin & Robert B. Cialdini

Small changes can make a big difference in your powers of persuasion

What one word can you start using today to increase your persuasiveness by more than fifty percent?

Which item of stationery can dramatically...


Affect and Cognition in Criminal Decision Making

by Jean-Louis van Gelder, Henk Elffers & Danielle Reynald

Research and theorizing on criminal decision making has not kept pace with recent developments in other fields of human decision making. Whereas criminal decision making theory is still largely dominated by...


How We Know What Isn't So

by Thomas Gilovich

Thomas Gilovich offers a wise and readable guide to the fallacy of the obvious in everyday life.

When can we trust what we believe—that "teams and players have winning streaks," that "flattery works," or that...


Future Babble: Why Pundits Are Hedgehogs and Foxes Know Best

by Dan Gardner

"Genuinely arresting . . . required reading for journalists, politicians, academics, and anyone who listens to them."

-Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works

We are awash in predictions. In newspapers,...


Historical Tales and National Identity: An introduction to narrative social psychology

by János László

Historical Tales and National Identity outlines a theory and a methodology which provide tools for better understanding the relation between the present psychological condition of a society and representations...


Understanding Group Behavior: Volume 1: Consensual Action By Small Groups; Volume 2: Small Group Processes and Interpersonal Relations

Understanding Group Behavior: Volume 1: Consensual Action by Small Groups; Volume 2: Small Group Processes and Interpersonal Relations

Worlds in Harmony: Compassionate Action for a Better World

by The Dalai Lama & Daniel Goleman

One of the Dalai Lama’s most striking qualities is his genuine interest in Western scientific and social thought. He firmly believes that if Buddhism is to have relevance today, it must be flexible and dynamic,...


Toward a New Psychology of Gender: A Reader

by Mary M. Gergen & Sara N. Davis

Drawn from a brilliant array of voices primarily from psychology, but also from other social sciences and humanities, this unique reader of creative and intellectually provocative essays investigates the social...


Attribution: An Introduction to Theories, Research and Applications

by Friedrich Försterling

This significant text combines comprehensive coverage of the fundamental theoretical ideas and most influential research with an overview of more recent developments.