Psychology – If You Like Malcolm Gladwell Try… Entertaining and Enlightening Pop-Psychology

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman 153.42 K

A Nobel Prize-winning psychologist draws on years of research to reveal the faults and capabilities of intuitive versus logical thinking, providing insights into such topics as optimism, the unpredictability of happiness and the psychological pitfalls of risk-taking.

Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer 153.14 F

Having achieved the seemingly unachievable– becoming a U.S. Memory Champion– Foer shows how anyone with enough training and determination can achieve mastery of their memory.

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help that Actually Works- A True Story by Dan Harris  158.12 H

The anchor, who had a nationally televised panic attack, takes readers on a ride through the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news during which he discovered a way to get happier that is truly achievable.

Outliers: the Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell 302 G

Identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family, and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires and why the Beatles earned their fame.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell    155.24G

Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

The Honest Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone, Especially Ourselves by Dan Ariely 177.3 A

Explores the question of dishonesty from Washington to Wall Street, and the classroom to the workplace, to examine why cheating is so prevalent and what can be done to prevent it.

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely   330 A

Explores the reasons why irrational thought often overcomes level-headed practices, explaining the structural patterns that cause people to make the same mistakes repeatedly.

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Leavitt and Stephen J. Dubner 330 L

Takes an unconventional look at how the economy really works, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, offering a very different view on what really matters and what really drives the economy.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg   158.1 D

Identifies the neurological processes behind behaviors, explains how self-control and success are largely driven by habits, and shares scientifically-based guidelines for achieving personal goals and overall well-being by adjusting specific habits.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Gregg McKeown 153.83 M

Discusses a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so you can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.

Nerve : Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool by Taylor Clark 152.46 C

Draws on a variety of case studies to explain why some people thrive under pressure while others fail miserably, and explains how to build confidence and steady shaky nerves.

Happier at Home : Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life by Gretchen Rubin 158 R

In the spirit of her blockbuster #1 “New York Times” bestseller “The Happiness Project, ” Gretchen Rubin embarks on a new project to make home a happier place–and goes deeper on factors that matter for home, such as possessions, marriage, time, and parenthood.

Drive : The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink PB NF P

Pink argues that the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg 658.4092 S

Facebook COO and one of “Fortune” magazine’s most powerful women in business looks at what women can do to help themselves and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.

The Life- Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo 648 K

Presents a guide to cleaning and organizing a living space, discussing best methods for decluttering and the impact that an organized home can have on mood and physical and mental health.

I Wear the Black Hat : Grappling with Villians (Real and Imagined) by Chuck Klosterman 306.4 K

The cultural critic questions how modern people understand the concept of villainy, describing how his youthful idealism gave way to an adult sympathy with notorious cultural figures to offer insight into the appeal of anti-heroes.

The Marshmallow Test : Mastering Self-Control by Walter Mischel 155.25 M

A psychologist known for a famous delayed-gratification test discusses whether willpower can be taught and offers tips and strategies for improving and mastering self-control and applying it to everyday challenges like losing weight, quitting smoking and overcoming heartbreak.


List Created 3/12/15 – Laurie Adler


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