What are the best psychology books for adults?

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    #1Please 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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    Song Zhao
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This book really help me improve myself as a person. Every time I read the book I would try to execute its teachings in social interactions. I was able to understand why I build attachments towards certain people and even material possessions. After I finished reading the fifth chapter at home I was able to understand what the book main message was and I took it to heart. This is definitely a psychology book adults can enjoy and learn from."
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    #2Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking is a book by Malcolm Gladwell containing experts' views on how people think when they are making decisions and how it affects their everyday lives.

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    Peter Webb
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Have you ever thought in why you make certain decisions better than some people but other time you don't. Blink is one of those books that give me a reason why I make those decisions but at the same time open my mind and make me aware of the way I make those decisions and figure out how to make good decision instead of bad. I would have to say this is a pretty good book on social psychology that everyone should pick up."
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    #3The Blank Slate

    The Blank Slate
    The Blank Slate is a book by Steven Pinker. This book explains how the social influence makes us believe in a certain definition. It proposes that the mind is a blank slate that acquires its belief depending on the societal belief. 
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    Juan Hudson
    Written on April 18, 2018
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    #4Made to Stick

    Made to Stick

    Made to Stick is a book by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. In this book, the authors analyze how some stories stick to peoples mind and how it affects them. With their degree in psychosocial, they identified how it happens.

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    Shreya Shah
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Great title for a great book. It makes you look at why we believe what we see or hear and why these things stick with you. I would read this book to get a glimpse into my own belief system."
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    #5The Psychopath Test

    The Psychopath Test

    The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry is a psychological book written by writer and documentary filmmaker Jon Ronson published in 2011 by Riverhead Books. 

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    Sandra Carter
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I am definitely someone who is fascinated by psychopathy and the limits of human sanity. This book was such an up close and personal look at the field and I found it breathtaking. A good read for all adults interested in psychology."
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    #6Motivation 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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    Teresa Murray
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is an older book. However, it is a very good book. I do not read psychology books as a rule. However, I found this in a book store and was bored enough to start. I am glad I read this 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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    #8Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

    Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

    Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience is a non-fiction book written by a psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. In this book, the author highlights how experience satisfies a person. This book was published in 1990.

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    Elvira Aguilera
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience is one of the best psychology books for adults looking to grow their career or passion in life, it really demonstrates the state necessary to acheive the almost mythiical state of flow to improve the effort you put in to things and the results we get out of them. "
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    #9Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

    Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

    Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini is a self-help book generally dealing with the art of making an influence and mastering persuasion. This book is perfect for every professional who wants something as a driving force to success.

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    Angela Chavez
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "As an author of books on selling, I keep an eye out for the best books on sales and sales psychology. This book is a game changer. In reply to the few one star reviews...It has been stated in the uncharitable reviews, that the entire content of the book could have been written in a few pages. I agree, at first look, this would seem true. The Harvard Business Review article "Harnessing the Science of Persuasion" by Cialdini, from their October 2001 issue....is a good example. You can even get the Six Principles from the books Table Of Contents...save yourself some time. But sales ideas have to not just be listed....not just explained...they have to be sold. Examples have to be given, Principles have to be explained...we need proof. And you need the entire book to do that. The people who read a short article by the author, maybe read the ideas...but nothing else happens. Salespeople are changed by the content of this book, like with all great sales books. For salespeople to benefit from a sales book, the ideas have to be explained, understood, proven, accepted, and made real. This book does that. I own perhaps 2,000 books on the subject of selling. This is certainly in the top 5."
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    #10Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention

    Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention
    What is Creativity, the one with a capital C? What do we need to do for achieve it? Everyone can be Creative or this gift is only for special people? Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of the well-known Flow, will provide you are the answers that you seek, and much more.
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    Harry Lewis
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Very interesting and detailed book. Helps explain the true reality and complexity of creativity - that it is a system of multiple environmental, technology and human personality elements which in combination and interaction bring about new products and processes."
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    #11Dream Psychology Psychoanalysis for Beginners

    Dream Psychology Psychoanalysis for Beginners

    Dream Psychology Psychoanalysis for Beginners is a book by This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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    Zheng Hao
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "There are lots of books like this out there but this one is pretty decent. I don't think that it is the best of its type but it is decent."
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    #12Consciousness Lost and Found: A Neuropsychological Exploration

    Consciousness Lost and Found: A Neuropsychological Exploration

    Consciousness Lost and Found: A Neuropsychological Exploration is a Philosophical, Psychological Neuroscience reference book written by Lawrence Weiskrantz. It was published June 26, 1997 by Oxford University Press. 

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    Tomás Olivares
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Consciousness is measured by one's awareness of self, time, and the physical world. This book measures what happens when one loses their consciousness, written by a neuropsychologist with thirty years in the field. This book shows that individuals retain their internal senses in "covert" processing, even those individuals who have suffered brain damage. Capabilities are shown to be preserved. It is also debated if animals also have these innate abilities. It is a good introduction to one side of psychology for adults."
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    #13The 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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    Emma Black
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "You ever wanted to know what your significant other is thinking or anyone else this book is great for psychology and learning about the human mind"
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    #14Matter of Mind: A Neurologist's View of Brain-behavior Relationships

    Matter of Mind: A Neurologist's View of Brain-behavior Relationships
    Matter of Mind: A Neurologist's View of Brain-behavior Relationships is a Philosophical, Psychological Neuroscience reference book written by Kenneth M. Heilman. It was published January 15, 2002 by Oxford University Press.
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    Megan Guerrero
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Psychology has always been a fascinating subject to me. The desire to learn about people's behavior and reasoning behind that behavior makes this field in science all the more appealing. This book definitely nurtures my curiosity by providing wonderful examples and patient vignettes from the author's professional life as well as scientific data. Although this book was a difficult read and would be a challenging book for someone that do not have a science or medical background, I think it is worth the effort to read it."
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    #15Impossible to Ignore

    Impossible to Ignore

    Impossible to Ignore: Creating Memorable Content to Influence Decisions by Carmen Simon is a nonfiction psychology book originally published in May 2016. This novel discusses human's memories backed up with the latest brain studies.

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    Tyler Black
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I wanted to find a good psychology book for adults and came across Impossible to Ignore. This is a really interesting book about making decisions. The writing was very good and it really helped me move along. I highly recommend this book. "
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    #16A Neurocomputational Perspective

    A Neurocomputational Perspective

    A Neurocomputational Perspective: The Nature of Mind and the Structure of Science is a Philosophical, Psychological Neuroscience reference book written by Paul M. Churchland. It was published April 22, 1992.

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    Christian Wallace
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "A great novel to dig deep into. Get ready for a mind trip !"
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    #17Discovering 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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    #18Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain

    Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain

    Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain is a Philosophical, Psychological Neuroscience reference book written by Patricia S. Churchland. It was published July 22, 2013 by W.W. Norton & Company.

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    Sean Hughes
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Having just started college and majoring in psychology I was given this book by my professor. I learned so much reading this. Really mind-blowing stuff."
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    #19The State Boys Rebellion

    The State Boys Rebellion

    The State Boys Rebellion is a non-fiction book written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael D'Antonio. It was first published in 2004 by Simon & Schuster under ISBN 074324513X.

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    Patricia Ramirez
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The practice of criticism involves making finer and finer distinctions among like things, but it is also a way to ask fundamental questions about art and life. The MFA program in Art Writing is designed to give students a grounding in the philosophical and historical bases of criticism, to improve both their writing and their seeing, and to provide sources that they can draw on for the rest of their lives."
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    #20Expert Political Judgment

    Expert Political Judgment

    Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know? is a non-fiction psychology book written by Philip E. Tetlock. It is published in 2006 by Princeton University Press. 

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    Brittany Perry
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I don't think I need a book to tell me what good judgement is. I had parents to help me figure that out. Maybe if you're lost and seeking some psychological help to help you figure out what's going on in the world and how it affects you, then you might find some help in this book. But it seemed pretty much like common sense to me everything I read about."
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    #21Why 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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    Beverly West
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This was a really interesting psychology book! It was easy to follow and kept my interest. I normally enjoy fiction but someone recommended this to me so I decided to give it a try. "
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    #22The Accidental Tourist

    The Accidental Tourist
    The Accidental Tourist is a psychological fiction novel written by award-winning author, Anne Tyler. This book was originally published in 1985 by Knopf. It won the Ambassador Book Award for Fiction in the following year.
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    Nick Ma
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a great novel - a true classic. If you have only seen the film, it's absolutely worth it to read the novel. It's so much more interesting and detailed than the movie, and the writing jumps off the page."
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    #23Psychology of Intelligence Analysis

    Psychology of Intelligence Analysis

    Psychology of Intelligence Analysis is a non-fiction book written by Richards J. Heuer Jr. This psychological book is published in 2005 by Novinka Books. 

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    Joseph Richardson
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This book was a great supplementary tool for my class material, it covers the art of analysis in a professional setting. Considering the author's experience having worked for the CIA for quite some time, his ideas on our implicit and explicit biases show real-life examples of how to best analyze the points others."
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    #24The Psychopathology of Everyday Life

    The Psychopathology of Everyday Life

    The Psychopathology of Everyday Life is a non-fiction book written by Sigmund Freud wherein he examines the psychological basis for the forgetting of names and words and other errors. 

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    Amanda Snyder
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The Psychopathology of Everyday Life is a book from Freud. It explores the unconsciousness and how it betrays itself. It's definitely an interesting read, but keep an open mind."
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    #25Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis

    Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis
    Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis is a non-fiction book written by Sigmund Freud which includes essays by him wherein he explains the core psychoanalytic concepts. 

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    Jessica Kim
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is a very good book that talks about the basics of psychoanalysis and Freud's theories. I was very interested in much of the book. Some parts were a bit dry and technical for my taste, but overall a good book."
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    #26Straight To Hell: 20th Century Suicides

    Straight To Hell: 20th Century Suicides

    Straight To Hell: 20th Century Suicides is a Death, Psychology, History, Crime and Non-fiction book written by Namida King et al. It was published August 15, 2003 by Creation Books.

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    Albert Romero
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Straight to Hell is a terrifying book. As such, I refused to take a look at it."
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    #27Killing for Culture: Death Film from Mondo to Snuff

    Killing for Culture: Death Film from Mondo to Snuff
    Killing for Culture: Death Film from Mondo to Snuff (Creation Cinema Collection) is a Culture, Psychology, Horror, Media Tie in Non-fiction book written by David Kerekes and David Slater.
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    Carlos Padilla
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Killing for Culture: Death Film from Mondo to Snuff is a book written by David Kerekes and David Slater. The book covers investigation into controversial and inflammatory urban myths of snuff movies."
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    #28The 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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    Emily Duan
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Dyslexic Advantage written by Brock L. Eide and Fernette Eide is truly a revealing book. These experts really help you understand dylsexia in an entirely new way. Very innovative."
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    #29Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality

    Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality

    Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality is a non-fiction book written by Sigmund Freud wherein he discusses three topics such as Sexual Abberations, Infantile Sexuality, and Transformations of Puberty. 

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    Gloria Harris
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality is a must read if you are into psychology. All of Freud's works really should be read but this one is very interesting in particular in regards to Sexuality. It's one of the best I've ever read and definitely gives you plenty of food for thought."
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    #30Overcoming 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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    Louis Bradley
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "There are so many adult topics concerning behavior issues. Overcoming Dyslexia is a great book for those suffering from seeing words backwards. Reading is of course fundamental and addressing it is so important "
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    #31Dyslexia

    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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    Sun Zhou
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Dyslexia: Time For Talent is one of the best psychology books for adults. It really helped me understand my dyslexia. If you know someone that is dyslexic or you yourself is dyslexic, this is a great book to get. You will not regret it, it is good for parents too."
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    #32Doing Sport Psychology

    Doing Sport Psychology

    Doing Sport Psychology is a non-fiction book written by Mark B. Andersen. This was originally published in 2000. In this book, the author highlights the art of sports psychology and how it is helpful to people.

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    Janet Oliver
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Anyone who ever played a sport or declares themselves a die-hard fan of their favorite sports team should read this book. It gives great insight into the mind of an athlete. It's a reminder that there's a person behind each athlete, not someone just there for our entertainment. "
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    #33The King Within: Accessing the King in the Male Psyche

    The King Within: Accessing the King in the Male Psyche

    The King Within: Accessing the King in the Male Psyche by Robert L. Moore and Douglas Gilette is a psychological and philosophical book originally published in 1992 by the Exploration Press. This book explores the concept of masculinity.

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    Russell Robinson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I had a new perspective on things after reading this. Only time will tell if the things I learned will stick. AT the moment, I really like the book. Made me think in new ways."
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    #34The Mechanical Mind

    The Mechanical Mind

    The Mechanical Mind: A Philosophical Introduction to Minds, Machines and Mental Representation is a Philosophical, Psychological Neuroscience reference book written by Tim Crane.

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    Teresa Flores
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This edition has been fully revised and updated, and includes a new chapter on consciousness and a new section on modularity. There are also guides for further reading, and a new glossary of terms such as mentalese, connectionism, and the homunculus fallacy."
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    #35Help for Hair Pullers: Understanding and Coping with Trichotillomania

    Help for Hair Pullers: Understanding and Coping with Trichotillomania
    Help for Hair Pullers: Understanding and Coping with Trichotillomania is a book about compulsive disorders by Nancy Keuthen and Dan Stein. Published in 2001, it provides the latest medications and treatments for controlling hair-pulling.
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    James Weaver
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "My high-stress job at a law firm was getting to me, so I decided to pick up "Help for Hair Pullers" and see if I could gleam some advice from it. The book ended being much more specific than I could relate to, and did not help me understand my own brain any better. Its not that the information was not interesting, its just that it didn't satisfy my needs."

Summary

Best What are the best psychology books for adults
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Please Understand MeBooks 38 Paid
2Blink: The Power of Thinking Without ThinkingBooks 34 Paid
3The Blank SlateBooks 33 Paid
4Made to StickBooks 30 Paid
5The Psychopath TestBooks 24 Paid
6Motivation and PersonalityBooks 21 Paid
7The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A HatBooks 14 Paid
8Flow: The Psychology of Optimal ExperienceBooks 11 Paid
9Influence: The Psychology of PersuasionBooks 7 Paid
10Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and InventionBooks 3 Paid
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