What are the best books for every psychology student?

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    #1Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival.Man's Search for Meaning is among the ten most influential books in America.

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    Marina Olvera
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book is a bit too spiritual to be truly useful to every psychology student. Yet it contains a lot of charm and is certainly a great read for anyone."
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    #2Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

    Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

    Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is written by American Psychiatric Association. Already on its 4th edition, this psychology book is published in 2000 by American Psychiatric Publishing.

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    Amy Burton
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is, of course, one of the best books for every psychology student to have. It's a great quick reference book and covers disorders and updated changes quite thoroughly. My bookshelf is never without a copy."
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    #3The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar is a book by Sylvia Plath that tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a young woman living in New York, and her descent into madness while trapped in the suffocating "bell jar" that is depression. 

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    Michael Patel
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "The Bell Jar was a fantastic and maybe the best book for me as a psychology student. it helped me understand more and psychology."
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    #4Love's Executioner & Other Tales of Psychotherapy

    Love's Executioner & Other Tales of Psychotherapy
    Love's Executioner & Other Tales of Psychotherapy is written by Irvin D. Yalom which features the psychiatrist's encounter with his patients. With over 300 pages, this book is published by Harper Perennial Modern Classics in 2000.
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    Craig Kim
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "This was a fascinating read and would be very beneficial for a psychology student. This book is great for students and/or any person interested in psychotherapy. "
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    #5Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud

    Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud
    Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud: Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety is written by Scott Stevens. This psychology book has been 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist and 2013 USA Best Books Awards Finalist.
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    Agustín Navarro
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "meets topic with good reviews but not many"
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    #6The Gift of Therapy

    The Gift of Therapy

    The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients is written by Irvin D. Yalom and designed by Nicola Ferguson. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2003 by Harper Perennial.

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    Teresa Richardson
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "We have always heard that therapy can do wonders, and yes it does. And so does life. This book is a magical description through life of patients that need to reccover and those who are the real Healers, the therapists. It is a very good book."
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    #7The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

    The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat
    The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales is Oliver Sacks. This book is a collection of psychological encounters with patients. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 1998 by Touchstone.
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    Dylan Harvey
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "If you are currently a psychology student or just someone like me who loves psychological stories, this is the number one selling book you can find on the subject. The book is a collection of some of the best real life psychological encounters with patients you will ever find. It's a fascinating page turner that I couldn't put down."
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    #8One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    This is one of the most imports novels of the 60's and from American history. The unforgettable story of a mental ward and the people living there and the tyrannical Nurse Ratched and McMurphy.
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    Arthur Guerrero
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "One of the greatest of all times written by the guy who went out and drove around the country taking LSD and what not. Well he got there eventually. This novel and the subsequent film are absolute classics. A psychoanalytical masterpiece."
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    #9Prozac Nation

    Prozac Nation

    Prozac Nation is an autobiography written by Elizabeth Wurtzel wherein she tells her journey from suffering depression, suicide attempts, drug therapy and getting back to living. 

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    Marilyn Hunter
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Prozac Nation is a required book that must be read in our psychology class. This is a must read for all psychology classes. "
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    #10Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted is written by Susanna Kaysen. With over 100 pages, this book is first published in 1994 by Vintage. In 2000, this book became a bestseller because of a movie based on this book.

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    Song Zhao
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I found Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen to be thought-provoking and fascinating. It really delves into the human mind."
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    #11A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer)

    A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer)

    A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive is the first book in the Dave Pelzer series which is a collection of books where he shares his own story of the brutal and severe abuse he suffered as a child by his own mother. 

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    Anna Collins
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "A Child Called It is a definite must read for every psychology student. It follows the real life case of the most sever child abuse in California's history. It is a hard read but delves into human darkness and how a child will try to preserve even when the abuse is done by family. "
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    #12Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    Quiet is a book by Susan Cain that tells a story about how introverts can change the world in this extroverted society that we are in. 

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    Marilyn Parker
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Amazing book for every psychology student! I am a psychology teacher, and I would highly recommend this book. It focuses on introversion, but is also a good read for all extroverts to help them understand others."
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    #13The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2003 mystery novel by Mark Haddon which tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy with autism trying to figure out who killed the neighbor's dog.
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    Austin George
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "A murder mystery by Mark Haddon, 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' is an amazing read. Told from the perspective of an autistic boy, this story delves into his life and struggle to understand human emotions. written in the first-person, this fantastic book it sure to grab your attention and offer you a ray of hope."
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    #14An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

    An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

    An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness is a non-fiction psychology book written by Kay Redfield Jamison. This memoir was originally published in 1995.

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    Daniel Monroy
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is a good book about bipolar disorder. I've read it and found it to be interesting. But I think it's not the best recommendation for a psych student. It's one person's account of living as a bipolar person."
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    #15Modern Man in Search of a Soul

    Modern Man in Search of a Soul

    This book, regarded as one of the bests in the field of psychology, is an introduction to Carl Gustav Jung's thoughts, in which he examines many crucial areas of analytical psychology, including a provocative yet insightful exploration of the relationship between religion and psychology. 





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    Gregory Boyd
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This book is nested between the two world wars. I found this book to provide a newfound confidence in my journey towards pursuing God and a revivified my desire to live a life that travels along the Narrow Path. Though dense and lofty, Jung’s thoughts regarding modern man’s battle with religion and Divinity could not be more timely for today."
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    #16Gut Feelings

    Gut Feelings
    Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious is a nonfiction psychological neuroscience book written by Gerd Gigerenzer. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2007 by Viking Books.
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    Nancy Ray
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "One of the major unexplained gaps in the science of economics is the assumption that consumers are rational. Based on the assumption of rationality economics papers are littered with differential equations and other forbidding mathematics which describe how consumers make choices. But in the real world consumers don't solve differential equations in order to decide whether or not to buy a cup of coffee. This is a sticky problem. The standard rebuttal is to point out that the flight of a baseball can also be described with all sorts of forbidding differential equations. The fact that baseball players don't solve the differential equations which describe the flight of the ball doesn't mean that they can't catch! Baseball players must subconsciously approximate this mathematical process."
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    #17The Enneagram Made Easy

    The Enneagram Made Easy

    The Enneagram Made Easy: Discover the 9 Types of People is written by Renee Baron and Elizabeth Wagele. This psychology book is a guide to the Enneagram on how to understand various personalities.

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    Sandra Ramos
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I read The Enneagram Made Easy. I suggest that every reader out there put up this book. I feel this book is a great insight into individualism. I can see why The Enneagram Made Easy is the best book for every psychology student."
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    #18Discovering Your Personality Type

    Discovering Your Personality Type
    Discovering Your Personality Type: The Essential Introduction to the Enneagram, Revised and Expanded is written by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson. This psychology book aims to expound on multi-dimensional Enneagram.
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    Barbara Davidson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Discovering Your Personality Type is a must-read book for every student of psychology, it devels deeper into the Ennegram and gives a lot of insight into personality types and archetypes. It really helped me understand various personalities and gave me huge insight into what makes people tick."
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    #19Talent is Overrated

    Talent is Overrated

    Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else is a nonfiction psychological business book written by Geoff Colvin. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2008 by Portfolio.

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    Roger Reid
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "One of my favorite motivational books is Talent is Overrated. While the premise is probably wrong, in that without talent no one will be able to compete at an elite level, the idea that putting in the work is more important than the inborn gift is an important message."
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    #20Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite

    Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite
    Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite is a book by Robert Kurzban. This is a psychological book that explains how our minds explain hypocrisy. It includes the study of impatience, impulsiveness, and other attitudes.


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    Brenda Ruiz
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "ithink a psychology student would enjoy this"
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    #21Please Understand Me

    Please Understand Me

    Please Understand Me is a book by David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates. It helps readers understand the temperaments of other people. With this book as a guide, readers will understand how other people behave and act towards something. 

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    Amit Nair
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "My nephew was thinking of majoring in psychology, and I gave him the book Please Understand Me. It's all about the temperaments of other people. He seemed to like it, it's kind of a modern classic in the field of psychology. "
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    #22The Dyslexic Advantage

    The Dyslexic Advantage

    The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain is a book written by Brock L. Eide and Fernette Eide, neuro-learning experts. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2011 by Hudson Street Press.

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    Tyler Peterson
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Great for a new psychology student, lots of good info."
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    #23The Mating Mind

    The Mating Mind

    The Mating Mind is a book written by Geoffrey Miller. The Mating Mind was published on April 17, 2001 by Anchor Books. The book is mentioned and/or recommended by David Deangelo during his programs.

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    Juan Hudson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I picked up this book because I wanted something related to my psychology studies that provided theories we didn't have time for in class. It was a very interesting look into how and why the human mind evolved. I thought the material was fun to read but also thorough and well supported. It was a nice supplement to the monotony of my textbooks. "
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    #24Overcoming Dyslexia

    Overcoming Dyslexia

    Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level is written by Sally E. Shaywitz. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2005 by Vintage.

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    Willie Brown
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This book is an excellent resource for parents with dyslexia or teachers of dyslexic students. However, it is not of much use for psychology students looking to find in-depth studies and research behind the disease. It is more of "how-to" guide for laymen rather than a scientific discussion of the disorder."
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    #25Contagious: Why Things Catch On

    Contagious: Why Things Catch On

    Contagious: Why Things Catch On is a nonfiction psychological business science book written by Jonah Berger. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2013 by Simon Schuster.

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    Christian Allen
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Contagious gave a good insight as to why products catch on or not. It was well researched and very informative. I learned quite a bit of new information about marketing. Berger provides plenty of ideas and most are easy to implement."
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    #26Exuberance: The Passion for Life

    Exuberance: The Passion for Life

    Exuberance: The Passion for Life is a nonfiction book written by Kay Redfield Jamison. Exuberance: The Passion for Life was published by Vintage. The book is mentioned and/or recommended by David Deangelo during his programs.

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    Ai Dai
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This book will give great insight into how the human mind works, and the struggles that we all experience within ourselves."
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    #27Dyslexia

    Dyslexia
    Dyslexia: Time For Talent: The Ultimate Guide for Parents and Children is written by Carolina Frohlich. This book received multiple 5-star ratings from Readers Favorite. Published in 2014 by Frohlich Publishing Ltd.

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    Frank Jenkins
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I think that this is a decent enough solution. It is definitely about the subject, psychology, and probably would be useful and interesting to a psychology student. The only problem is that it probably wouldn't be useful for every psychology student, an important factor in the topic."
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    #28Motivation and Personality

    Motivation and Personality

    Motivation and Personality is a book by Abraham Maslow. This book will help us analyze the personality of a person through data and self-actualization. It also incorporates psychotherapy and general psychology.  

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    Jordan Webb
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Maslow is one of the most well known figures in psychology. So it's no surprise to find that his book Motivation and Personality is as good as it is. I think it's one of those books that is useful for every student studying psychology to read through."

Summary

Best What are the best books for every psychology student
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Man's Search for MeaningBooks 36 Paid
2Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental DisordersBooks 30 Paid
3The Bell JarBooks 28 Paid
4Love's Executioner & Other Tales of PsychotherapyBooks 28 Paid
5Every Silver Lining Has a CloudBooks 25 Paid
6The Gift of TherapyBooks 24 Paid
7The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A HatBooks 23 Paid
8One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestBooks 22 Paid
9Prozac NationBooks 17 Paid
10Girl, InterruptedBooks 17 Paid
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