What's more fascinating than the human mind? With 50 Psychology Classics: Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do - Insight and Inspiration, Tom Butler-Bowdon introduces readers to the great works that explore the very essence of what makes us who we are.
Spanning fifty books and hundreds of ideas, 50 Psychology Classics examines some of the most intriguing questions regarding cognitive development and behavioral motivations, summarizing the myriad theories that psychologists have put forth to make sense of the human experience. Butler-Bowdon covers everything from humanism to psychoanalysis to the fundamental principles where theorists disagree, like nature versus nurture and the existence of free will.
In this single book, you will find Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, Alfred Kinsey and the most significant contributors to modern psychological thought. From the author of the bestselling 50 Self-Help Classics, 50 Success Classics and 50 Spiritual Classics, 50 Psychology Classics will enrich your understanding of the human condition.
A graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Sydney, Tom was working as a political advisor in Australia when, at 25, he read his first personal development book: Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Captivated by that and by titles by the likes of Anthony Robbins and M. Scott Peck, he came to the view that this was an underrated field of writing. At 30, he left his first career to write the bestselling 50 Self-Help Classics, the first guide to personal development literature and winner of the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award. This book was followed by 50 Success Classics (2004), 50 Spiritual Classics (2005), 50 Psychology Classics (2007) and 50 Prosperity Classics (2008), all published in the U.S. and UK by Nicholas Brealey.
With its commentaries on over 250 books in the self-development field, the series has been published in 21 languages and is sold in over 30 countries. Tom has been described by USA Today as "a true scholar of this type of literature." The BBC's Imagine (2007) drew on his knowledge for its program on the personal development industry, and his work is serialized in Psychologies (Hachette) and in the Citywire group's financial publications.
Tom is an experienced media guest, having made numerous radio appearances in the UK, the U.S. and Australia. He has given talks to a variety of groups and organizations and also leads discussion groups near his home in Oxford that analyze the major writings and ideas in personal development. Tom's website, Butler-Bowdon.com, with its wealth of free self-development content, has had over a million visits since its launch in 2001.
"Butler-Bowdon writes with infectious enthusiasm. He is a true scholar of this type of literature."
- USA Today
"This delightful book provides thoughtful and entertaining summaries of 50 of the most influential books in psychology. It is a 'must read' for students contemplating a career in psychology."
- V.S. Ramachandran M.D. Ph.D., Professor and Director, Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego
"A unique opportunity to almost overnight become acquainted with a dazzling array of the key works in psychological literature. At long last a chance for those outside the profession to discover that there is so much more to psychology than just Freud and Jung."
- Dr Raj Persaud, Consultant Psychiatrist at The Maudsley Hospital in London, and Gresham Professor for Public Understanding of Psychiatry