7 books for the first acquaintance with psychology. Choosing Dmitry Leontyev
We asked our experts to draw up the lists so that they were presented books on self-development, for child and / or family psychology, on social relations and relationship issues in tandem. Surprisingly, it matches almost was not.
1. "Finding yourself personality and its identity." Igor Kon
Igor Kon (1928-2011) - an outstanding Russian scientist, a man deep erudition. Was a sociologist, philosopher, anthropologist, historian, has written many books on sexology, psychology of development, cultural relations. But the central research project Cohn many years was the theory of personality. "Finding yourself" - and his first major book on the subject. It is written in accessible language and provides a broad interdisciplinary picture of the development of ideas about identity in human culture and civilization. It covers both the history of the emergence of this phenomenon, and the formation of personality in the course of individual development. None of the subsequent work of self-consciousness that a book has not yet surpassed. (Politizdat, 1984)
2 "From birth to school: the first book thinking parent." Catherine Patyaeva
Prohibit or punish, let the situation take its course, or to have his own - these and many other situations the choice of parents face on a daily basis. Psychologist Catherine Patyaeva convinced that finding the right approach to business will help, firstly, understanding the laws of development of the child (the description of which is largely devoted to this book), and secondly, the willingness to stick to this type of education, which will allow the child to become an independent person. The author tells about the features of each age stage and advise what specific steps parents need to take in a given situation. Book dignity - a combination of in-depth scientific knowledge of the author with a wealth of practical experience. (Meaning 2014)
3. "Grandmaster of communication: an illustrated tutorial of psychological skills". Sergey thrush, Witold Yasvin
All major laws of interpersonal relationships are presented in pictures and witty illustrations Mihajlo Pupin. Book social psychologists, doctors of psychological sciences Sergey thrush and Witold Yasvin will help to better understand the interlocutor and to learn very useful communication skills. For example, the ability to express their critical opinion so that it does not hurt the other person. Or formulate their request so as not to be denied. One chapter is devoted to the art of listening to the interlocutor, as the best storyteller, as you know - it's a good listener. The book went through several editions and has not lost relevance. (Sense, 1996)
4. "Person and the Situation: Perspectives of Social Psychology." Lee Ross, Richard Nisbett
The best book that influences our actions, in addition to our intentions and decisions. Its authors - Richard Nisbett, a social psychologist, professor emeritus at the University of Michigan (USA), and Lee Ross, a professor of psychology at Stanford University, USA, one of the founders of the Stanford Center for the Study of Conflict and Negotiation. They debunk the myth that our actions are determined by forces within us, and reveal the influence of the situation on our actions. Furthermore, we are convinced that it is difficult, and often impossible, to predict a person's behavior in a specific new situation on the basis of observations of his actions in other situations, or on the basis of knowledge of its terms. And this their position defies common sense, customary beliefs inherent in all of us as intuitive psychologists. The book is well written and is based on the rich results of psychological studies of personality of the last decades. (Aspect-Press, 1999)
5. "13 conversations about psychology." Elena Sokolova
Elena Sokolova psychologist writes about the problems that has had and continues to deal scientific psychology. In an accessible popular form it unfolds a story of psychological science as the history of the main ideas of the human psyche, from antiquity to the present day. Among those considered by the author, - the problem of empirical psychology of consciousness, "objective" and the activity approach, the meaning of life issues, psycho-physiological problem and ways to solve it ... a form of dialogue, which sets out the material, it helps to show different points of view on the decision of the same Problems. (Meaning 2013)
6. "To say life 'Yes!': Psychologist in a concentration camp." Viktor Frankl
Autobiographical book with a special history. Austrian philosopher and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl finished the book in 1945 in his homeland, where he returned after four years of Nazi concentration camps. Even before the war, he completed the development of his theory of the desire for meaning as the main driving force of behavior and personality development. And in a concentration camp, this theory has been an unprecedented test of life and confirmation - the greatest chance of survival, according to Frankl observed, were not among those who differed good health, and those who differed strong spirit and motivation. The book was published in millions of copies, translated into 30 languages, the greatest thinkers of the XX century called it one of the most important documents of the human spirit. (Alpina non-fiction, 2013)
7. "have" or "to be". Erich Fromm
One of the most famous books of the outstanding thinker of the twentieth century, in which he diagnoses Western society: the desire to acquire it replaced the desire for being. Owning and being seen as two alternative (but not equivalent) Life Strategy. The very question "to have or to be" for Fromm rhetorical: it clearly shows the desire to possess main content dilutes multicolor process of human life and deaden a person. (Neoclassic, 2015) But in general, I would recommend to read all the books by Erich Fromm. He understood better than anyone else all human dilemmas and alternatives sandwiched between biological programs, social pressures and the possibility of self-determination.
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Dmitry Leontyev - Doctor of Psychology, Head of the International Laboratory for positive psychology of personality and motivation NRU "Higher School of Economics."