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A hands-on approach to exploring the human mind Too often, textbooks turn the noteworthy theories, principles, and experiments of psychology into tedious discourse that even Freud would want to repress. Psych 101 cuts out the boring details and statistics, and instead, gives you a lesson in psychology that keeps you engaged - and your synapses firing. From personality quizze A hands-on approach to exploring the human mind Too often, textbooks turn the noteworthy theories, principles, and experiments of psychology into tedious discourse that even Freud would want to repress. Psych 101 cuts out the boring details and statistics, and instead, gives you a lesson in psychology that keeps you engaged - and your synapses firing. From personality quizzes and the Rorschach Blot Test to B.F. Skinner and the stages of development, this primer for human behavior is packed with hundreds of entertaining psychology basics and quizzes you can't get anywhere else. So whether you're looking to unravel the intricacies of the mind, or just want to find out what makes your friends tick, Psych 101 has all the answers - even the ones you didn't know you were looking for.


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A hands-on approach to exploring the human mind Too often, textbooks turn the noteworthy theories, principles, and experiments of psychology into tedious discourse that even Freud would want to repress. Psych 101 cuts out the boring details and statistics, and instead, gives you a lesson in psychology that keeps you engaged - and your synapses firing. From personality quizze A hands-on approach to exploring the human mind Too often, textbooks turn the noteworthy theories, principles, and experiments of psychology into tedious discourse that even Freud would want to repress. Psych 101 cuts out the boring details and statistics, and instead, gives you a lesson in psychology that keeps you engaged - and your synapses firing. From personality quizzes and the Rorschach Blot Test to B.F. Skinner and the stages of development, this primer for human behavior is packed with hundreds of entertaining psychology basics and quizzes you can't get anywhere else. So whether you're looking to unravel the intricacies of the mind, or just want to find out what makes your friends tick, Psych 101 has all the answers - even the ones you didn't know you were looking for.

30 review for Psych 101: Psychology Facts, Basics, Statistics, Tests, and More!

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Blankenship

    Psychology has always been something I devoured! When I was in high school, I have always been intrigued by the brain, behavior, and how it all plays out. I don’t mind reading the textbook versions of psychology, but it would help if they made it more interesting for the students/readers. That’s what Psych101: A Crash Course in the Science of the Mind does. It breaks down all the Psychologists that have made the theories and/or tests that have proven and made Psychology what it is today. Although Psychology has always been something I devoured! When I was in high school, I have always been intrigued by the brain, behavior, and how it all plays out. I don’t mind reading the textbook versions of psychology, but it would help if they made it more interesting for the students/readers. That’s what Psych101: A Crash Course in the Science of the Mind does. It breaks down all the Psychologists that have made the theories and/or tests that have proven and made Psychology what it is today. Although Sigmund Freud is probably the most well known psychologist to date, there are tons more. Without these people we wouldn’t know about dreams, reactions, or mental illnesses. I have written extensive notes on all of these psychologists- yet never comprehended as much as I did just reading this book. As humans, we tend to learn more when it’s in the form of entertainment or lightly written. Textbooks have very small letters, which make it hard to concentrate and read more than a few chapters at a time. They are hard to curl up with and get cozy. This book is very small, fits in my hands and is an amazing read. It’s more an interesting “here’s this and this is how and why it came along.” He gets straight to the point. I think for most people the reason textbook writing is so hard to comprehend is because they beat around the bush. They make the chapters with less detail, yet more “factual” which is harder to understand for normal readers. It doesn’t start from the discovery and Psychology and go from there. It jumps around without any significant reason, but that’s what makes it interesting and so fun to read. It doesn’t overwhelm you with just the facts. It feels like talking to a friend in a way. It’s put in a “perspective” that if someone were telling you firsthand about the tests, psychologists, and hypothesis of behavior. If you’re interested in why people do the things they do, you’ll love this book! Excerpt from the book: Oral Stage (birth-18 months) "In this stage, a child focuses on oral pleasure like sucking because they create a sense of comfort and trust. If there is too little or too much gratification in this stage, the child will develop an oral personality or oral fixation and become preoccupied with oral behaviors. According to Freud, people with this type of personality are more likely to bite their nails, smoke, drink, or overeat, and will be gullible, depend on other people, and will always be followers” Facts like this interest me, so naturally I love the entire book. There is cool facts like this throughout the entire book. There is a wide range of topics, and I’m sure that even someone who wouldn’t otherwise be interested—would love this book. Here are some random topics that the book covers: Dreams Hypnosis Leadership theories Theories of Intelligence Memory Bystander effect Conformity Left and Right Brained The book is completely thorough on it’s biographies of the Psychologists. I love learning about the history of people and what drove them into their chosen careers.

  2. 4 out of 5

    mina

    As someone that doesn’t know anything about psychology, I can’t say if the given information is good, but it looks like a good start if you are into learning more about it. I haven’t read the whole book, just some parts that interested me, which may explain why I didn’t find it very interesting.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ammar Om

    Psychology made simple! Reading it was more like a journey into the depth of our existence as humans to explore the mysteries of the human psyche, it helps you understand yourself as well as others around you in a very unique way. In some chapters the book teaches you more about the greatest psychologists of all time, who shaped our understanding of ourselves, the book presents these scientists with a very simplified brief of their work and their contributions to the world of psychology in a scie Psychology made simple! Reading it was more like a journey into the depth of our existence as humans to explore the mysteries of the human psyche, it helps you understand yourself as well as others around you in a very unique way. In some chapters the book teaches you more about the greatest psychologists of all time, who shaped our understanding of ourselves, the book presents these scientists with a very simplified brief of their work and their contributions to the world of psychology in a scientific, yet understandable language. In other chapters the book sheds light on some fundamental experiments and theories that led to some major discoveries and findings which helped create a deeper comprehension of psychology, physiology, sociology, anthropology and biology. The rest of the chapters address some issues in psychology which would make it easier for you to understand what's psychologically wrong with you, and with others around you, issues such as dreams, personality, stress, various types of disorders and so on. The book also explains some psychological concepts regarding the way we view life, others, and our own. Such a great book, i recommend it to those who are keen to widen their circle of knowledge.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    This was interesting but not what I expected. I thought I was getting an introductory text like you might expect if you enrolled in a college level course on Psychology. What you actually get are a bunch of bio's on famous psychologists and a few chapters dealing with interesting tests, experiments and psychological problems.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mariah

    This book was awful. Like a step above old wet newspaper, this book is closer to trash than informative psychological literature. There were grammatical errors and typos, 'facts' that have been disproven before this book was published, and almost every bio on famous psychologists ended like a middle schooler's essay. Many of the famous psychologists were on about crazy theories, yet had bios that ended with a statement akin to 'but they are still very influential to psychology today'. Further, t This book was awful. Like a step above old wet newspaper, this book is closer to trash than informative psychological literature. There were grammatical errors and typos, 'facts' that have been disproven before this book was published, and almost every bio on famous psychologists ended like a middle schooler's essay. Many of the famous psychologists were on about crazy theories, yet had bios that ended with a statement akin to 'but they are still very influential to psychology today'. Further, this book as an introduction but no conclusion. Will never read ever again. Such a waste of time. Painful even.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Farlene

    I was given this as a gift because of my interest in psychology and now I'm hooked! Although some things were straightforward, I learned a lot about the predecessors of psychology and their contributions to the field, also the psychologists who will later study and develop varied theories of their work. I really enjoyed this book and anyone who is interested in psychology, this is a great start!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Owen Herbst

    Psych 101: Psychology Facts, Basics, Statistics, Tests, and More! by Paul Kleinman is a very educational read, and is extremely informative, which is all one can truly ask from a psychology book, but Kleinman helps relate the theories and ideas from dozens of experiments to the real world. And it is easy to understand! Kleinman’s strength in this book is making the findings of psychologists, contemporary and from before, fun to read and easy to understand. You can even find evidence of these pr Psych 101: Psychology Facts, Basics, Statistics, Tests, and More! by Paul Kleinman is a very educational read, and is extremely informative, which is all one can truly ask from a psychology book, but Kleinman helps relate the theories and ideas from dozens of experiments to the real world. And it is easy to understand! Kleinman’s strength in this book is making the findings of psychologists, contemporary and from before, fun to read and easy to understand. You can even find evidence of these principals in your own life and behavior, I did, myself, while reading. Personally, though, I believe he should have made the explanations a bit more in depth while doing this. Some of these principals actually became a little bit vague and unsupported as a result of his failure to do so. Another thing I found a problem with is that Kleinman also includes background information about the psychologists. This is very useful and insightful in cases like John Bowlby. Bowlby did not have a lot of time to spend with his mother, and spent most of his time in a nursery, until he was sent to boarding school. He, for example, believed he suffered many setbacks in his development into adulthood because of his separation from his mother and father. This caused Bowlby to study infants and their attachment to their parents, and what sort of deficits a human would face when they were deprived of this relationship. Kleinman should include this information if useful, but most of the time I found myself reading a lot of information on the psychologist for almost no apparent reason, other than to find out when they lived and what qualifications they had. I think these snippets of information could have been cut down on, unless necessary, and the focus on the experiments could have been more precisely directed. Other than that, I found this book to be quite intriguing, and I found myself analyzing my own present behavior and childhood behavior/development, while reading. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone interested in psychology. It is a great introductory book for a quick explanation about experiments and principles regarding psychology. Although it is useful in other scenarios, I do not think it is AP worthy. It will satisfy the mind of an AP reader, but its lack of plot makes it difficult to use in a language class. Psych 101 by Paul Kleinman is a good read and anyone seeking to learn more about the complex system, which is the human mind, should open it up and read!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Craig

    Psych 101 is not a book for everyone. It is a textbook that is informative with no plot as one might expect. For a boring topic, it makes the topic interesting and enjoyable to read about as it relates The book was published in 2012 by Paul Kleinman. Paul has published other works such as Philosophy 101. Paul stays with the realm of the human mind and its interacts. As all informational books, there is no plot or characters but rather focuses only on people and their scientific contributions to Psych 101 is not a book for everyone. It is a textbook that is informative with no plot as one might expect. For a boring topic, it makes the topic interesting and enjoyable to read about as it relates The book was published in 2012 by Paul Kleinman. Paul has published other works such as Philosophy 101. Paul stays with the realm of the human mind and its interacts. As all informational books, there is no plot or characters but rather focuses only on people and their scientific contributions to the psychology field. The flow of the book is not linear as it deals with one topic then skips to another; only to be revisited fifty pages later. The book, however, starts with the familiar topic while slowly becoming more advanced, but still ties in simply topics to keep the reader interested. One of the first topics is classical conditioning, which is common in training pets by associating treats with tricks that the animal performs. This book is not similar to anything I have read before. I personally enjoyed it more than other books that I have read with an actual plot to them. The book is not controversial however some of the experiments that were performed, now are no longer acceptable, are depicted. This book does not have a theme or moral but instead teaches about different forms or morality and where they stem from. This book is not for everyone as I disclosed before. It is meant for people interested in the world of psychology. Kids will not enjoy this nor will some adults. I would recommend this to science-loving students that want to explore the different fields of science for it provides a great stepping stone.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cagatay

    It gives very short biographies of famous psychologists and their theories. This is the first book I've read about psychology. I wish I had read before. It reminded me to evaluate people and myself from a more distant point of view. As I am newly acquainted with this area, I can't specifically recommend this book to anyone who likes to have brief knowledge about psychology. All I can say that I found most of the things that we all hear about psychology from here and there. It is not boring at all It gives very short biographies of famous psychologists and their theories. This is the first book I've read about psychology. I wish I had read before. It reminded me to evaluate people and myself from a more distant point of view. As I am newly acquainted with this area, I can't specifically recommend this book to anyone who likes to have brief knowledge about psychology. All I can say that I found most of the things that we all hear about psychology from here and there. It is not boring at all. I believe that this book is like an entrance hall to psychology where you can see other doors easily that can lead you to details. It is not like some beginners' books which leave you under a pile of unnecessary information.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    dry and not exactly what I was hoping for. The facts were good but they were over-run by biographical facts of famous psychology figures instead of focusing on the psychology itself - more of what I was hoping for. Overall a very decent introduction book, but I was bored by the background and where these people grew up, I skimmed until I got to more facts.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vasyl Pasternak

    Worth reading. Concentrated knowledge about psychology studies and diseases in engaging form

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bilal Ashrafov

    I can’t say that it’s a advisable book for introduction to science of behavior and mind – psychology. Rather, it can be recommended to get acquainted with psychology at an introductory level. Expression language is also quite understandable. Psychology-related version of popular science books, but the information inside is quite valuable, both for those who are interested in psychology seriously, and for those who just want to learn something. A book which needs to be read to get information abo I can’t say that it’s a advisable book for introduction to science of behavior and mind – psychology. Rather, it can be recommended to get acquainted with psychology at an introductory level. Expression language is also quite understandable. Psychology-related version of popular science books, but the information inside is quite valuable, both for those who are interested in psychology seriously, and for those who just want to learn something. A book which needs to be read to get information about psychology world (psychologists, psychiatrists, psychological theories and so on) in general.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Erika Schoeps

    Educational and still entertaining. I read this book as I was taking a college Intro to Psych class, and this book is the perfect companion. We covered the same topics, and looked at all the same studies and scientists that this book showcases and explains. The repetition itself helped me get an A in my Psychology class, but this book is also entertaining. It explains everything briefly and concisely, so that everyone can understand the important knowledge this book contains. I also enjoyed the Educational and still entertaining. I read this book as I was taking a college Intro to Psych class, and this book is the perfect companion. We covered the same topics, and looked at all the same studies and scientists that this book showcases and explains. The repetition itself helped me get an A in my Psychology class, but this book is also entertaining. It explains everything briefly and concisely, so that everyone can understand the important knowledge this book contains. I also enjoyed the advanced biographical information on the scientists outlined in this book. We learned their names and theories in class, but this book delved into their background and lent an important human aspect to their work.

  14. 5 out of 5

    DonutKnow

    It was interesting to learn about some of the basics of psychology. In addition it was also very helpful because it assisted me in recognising a few negative behaviours that I can reconfigure to improve my mental health. Mental health is such an important aspect of a person - in fact we should treat it as importantly as we do physical health. Reading this also made me realise that my feelings are not singular and enigmatic. People have and do experience mental health issues from time to time and It was interesting to learn about some of the basics of psychology. In addition it was also very helpful because it assisted me in recognising a few negative behaviours that I can reconfigure to improve my mental health. Mental health is such an important aspect of a person - in fact we should treat it as importantly as we do physical health. Reading this also made me realise that my feelings are not singular and enigmatic. People have and do experience mental health issues from time to time and that learning more about these feelings is the answer- not ignoring them. I am very grateful to this insightful book for opening my eyes to the concerns of mental health.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marcin Milkowski

    Unfortunately, the book is just a dictionary of famous psychologists interspersed with some small snippets about basic concepts and fields of inquiry (such as cognitive psychology). Instead of critical evidence-based evaluation, bland opinions of the author are offered. Worse still, some definitions defy the rules for defining terms (they are grammatically incorrect, such as "mental disorder is when a person..."). It reads like a extract from a shallow version of Wikipedia.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    A great introduction to a psychology for the layperson (like me!). Easily digestible, and covers a fairly wide range of psychologists and concepts. At times a little too "high school essay", in particular with the psychologists, but overall an easy and enjoyable read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Jieyi Zhao

    We all vaguely know what Freud, Jung, Rorschach, etc stand for. But could you truly explain what? This book was very illuminating, there's so much I didn't know, and from each chapter, I could then make a better decision - OK, this sounds like something I want to read in depth about. . Before I bore you with examples from the book, if there are any psychology books, or theories that you truly are fascinated by, please recommend to me! . For example: - Pavlov's dogs and conditioned behavior, specifica We all vaguely know what Freud, Jung, Rorschach, etc stand for. But could you truly explain what? This book was very illuminating, there's so much I didn't know, and from each chapter, I could then make a better decision - OK, this sounds like something I want to read in depth about. . Before I bore you with examples from the book, if there are any psychology books, or theories that you truly are fascinated by, please recommend to me! . For example: - Pavlov's dogs and conditioned behavior, specifically behavior modifications (there's an episode in BBT that's hilarious) - I don't like Freud after all, as in I actually find his theories repulsive once I understood them. - I like Jung alot, did not know he fell out with Freud eventually. Rather than sex as a primary motivation, I believe more in Jung's approach - symbols, dreams and self analysis. - Horney's theory of neuroses and psychology of women got me most excited. I will definitely read up on her and Jung. - Miligram's obedience study might be cruel but I find it very relevant in terms of Nazi war criminals, and particularly now - what society allows. When you're giving control over dosing out pain to another human being, at what point do you stop, even when you are told very firmly by an authoritative figure to continue. I am interested in my own limits. - Zimbardo's prison experiment is just fascinating. 24 participants were separated into 12 guards and 12 prisoners randomly. The cruelty of the guards, and the rioting of the prisoners, and even how none of the prisoners wanted to quit early even when given the option. How easy is it to be institutionalized, and the hierarchy of a prison environment - fascinating because ships is a similar environment. - Rorschach's inkblot tests are amazingly revealing and I am most definitely collecting more books on this. I tested this on someone else I understand very well and it was shockingly consistent. That person had no clue at all what they were getting into, whereas I had some guidance as I was reading and learning with each card what they were looking for. He gave all 10 answers spontaneously and instinctively, without any explanation, so it was a true result that wasn't influenced at all. - I finally learnt what cognitive psychology means, and I have to say it's not very appealing to me. Which surprised me, because I understood more about myself based on what topics I'm motivated to read up on, and which ones bore the heck out of me after I realized what they truly meant.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Psychology is my favorite scholastic subject, and if I am being honest, it is the only one that has ever greatly engrossed me. I read this book due to the fact that psychology and the studies it entails are fascinating to me and I am very interested in the subject. Thus, as psychology is a common course in many schools, I expected this book to be wordy and quite similar to a textbook. Another reason that I chose to read this book was because I would like to major in psychology when attending col Psychology is my favorite scholastic subject, and if I am being honest, it is the only one that has ever greatly engrossed me. I read this book due to the fact that psychology and the studies it entails are fascinating to me and I am very interested in the subject. Thus, as psychology is a common course in many schools, I expected this book to be wordy and quite similar to a textbook. Another reason that I chose to read this book was because I would like to major in psychology when attending college, so I figured that this book would assist me in learning the basics of the subject. I was definitely correct. Partially due to the various images and visual examples provided, it proved to cater to exactly what I was looking for, as I am a visual learner and usually need to see something to understand it. In terms of personal connections, I cannot really make any. This is because nobody in my family (as far as I know) has studied psychology in the past. Although, I am sure that many of them have experienced psychological tests before, such as the Rorschach test. This is a text crafted for educational purposes, but could also appeal to anyone who wishes to learn more about the human mind. For anyone who plans to study psychology or take a psychology course in the future, this book is a perfect read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sasha Vaniev

    This book is what it promises to be – Psychology 101 or basics of Psychology Even though I have taken a class on Psychology of Adult Learning a couple of years ago, I was very pleased to refresh my knowledge on this subject in a more general way, broadly speaking. This book allows you to discover the most fundamental aspects and understand the underpinnings of many famous (sometimes not very ethical) experiments in psychology which led to a spectrum of scientific discoveries and better understand This book is what it promises to be – Psychology 101 or basics of Psychology Even though I have taken a class on Psychology of Adult Learning a couple of years ago, I was very pleased to refresh my knowledge on this subject in a more general way, broadly speaking. This book allows you to discover the most fundamental aspects and understand the underpinnings of many famous (sometimes not very ethical) experiments in psychology which led to a spectrum of scientific discoveries and better understandings of how the human mind works. As an educator and an amateur scientist, I was mostly looking for key figures and experiments in psychology that affected greatly the field. Of course, this book lacks more modern advancements in psychology but again, it would be already not 101, so I am cool with that. Again, as an educator, what I mostly was bored with was the last section of the book dedicated to neurotic and psychological disorders - but maybe this section would be a cool overview for future psychotherapists and psychologists.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Zacki Kino

    i loved this book one would expect that only the last chapters would be interesting but that is not the case at all it kept my attention all the way through i believe more expansion on some topics would have been great but i cant complain :D totally recommend this to any one who has an interest in this field

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Like the title says; the basics and truly 101 of what to need to know to start that 1% of psychology. A little drab and very punctual so that has more sense as a study material. Not so much entertaining, it feels like someone very good wrote all his/hers notes at school in a more representative way.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gerald

    This book was super interesting getting to learn all about different experiments and theories from psychologists over the past 150 years it can give you different perspectives on why people act the way they do and shares insight on how different scientists and psychologists used each others experiments to make their own theories

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nighthawk

    Very easy read and a good introduction into psychology. Chapters are only about 3-8 pages and the language is simple enough for anyone to read and comprehend. Only problem was I wished it both went in sequential of ideas and psychologists and, that there were bigger chapters that grouped the smaller ones together. For example: Psycholoanalysis would have the chapters on Freud, Jung, Adler, etc.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Steven Siswandhi

    Decent introduction to the topic, I recommend this series over the other introductory books. It briefly introduces the psychologist's life that led to the theory (which helps a lot because we all tend to memorize well when there's an association in the form of stories), and concise summary of the main theories. There's little wasted space. Some depth is sacrificed but that's hard to avoid.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ardhi Listyar

    Very nice. Passages are easy to follow and more importantly, they are intended for a quick study, just as the title suggests. Suitable for those who would embark on a psychology study but find no time or money to participate in paid classes. For an in-depth, critical study though, this isn't what you're looking for.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andy Katz

    As a psychology enthusiast without a formal background, I looked for a book like for a long time, an overview of Psychology research and key findings. One of the main ways it helped me is by introducing me to specific new topics I would like to explore and research further, like Anna Freud's defense mechanisms and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sasha Ruggiero

    A perfect overview of the major foundational topics in psychology. The explanation is detailed yet concise and clear- a fantastic revision tool, or a well rounded introduction into the world of psychology.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anh

    I think The Complete Idiot's Guide to Psychology: CIG to Psychology does a better job. I think The Complete Idiot's Guide to Psychology: CIG to Psychology does a better job.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michael Cottle

    A good introduction to psychology. It was more introductory than I thought it would be. Several of the examples I was already familiar with, but it served as a good review. If you're truly looking for an introduction to psychology, this should suffice I think.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mejhul

    Great book, I strongly recommend. Every concept is explained in simple words, and the length is not too short or too long, just right. I absorbed about 10 percent (much lower than other books), but that 10 percent I absorbed is several times more than the things I knew about psychology.

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