Psychology Books

Psychology of The Unconscious
Carl Gustav Jung

In Psychology of the Unconscious, Jung seeks a symbolic meaning and purpose behind a given set of symptoms, placing them within the larger context of the psyche. The 1912 text examines the fantasies of a patient whose poetic and vivid mental images helped Jung redefine libido as psychic energy, arising from the unconscious and manifesting itself consciously in symbolic form. Jung’s commentary on his patient’s fantasies offers a complex study of symbolic psychiatry and foreshadows his development of the theory of collective unconscious and its constituents, the archetypes.

The author’s role in the development of analytical psychology, a therapeutic process that promotes creativity and psychological development, makes this landmark in psychoanalytic methodology required reading for students and others interested in the practice and process of psychology.

The Principles of Psychology
William James

The Principles of Psychology is a two-volume introduction to the study of the human mind. Based on his classroom lessons and first published in 1890, James has gathered together what he feels to be the most interesting and most accessible information for the beginning student.

Psychology, according to James, deals with thoughts and feelings as its facts and does not attempt to determine where such things come from. This would be the realm of metaphysics, and he is careful to avoid crossing over from science into philosophy. This first volume contains discussions of the brain, methods for analyzing behavior, thought, consciousness, attention, association, time, and memory.

Anyone wanting a thorough introduction to psychology will find this work useful and engaging. American psychologist and philosopher William James (1842-1910), brother of novelist Henry James, was a groundbreaking researcher at Harvard University and one of the most popular thinkers of the 19th century. Among his many works are Human Immortality (1898) and The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature (1902).

The Interpretation of Dreams
Sigmund Freud

What are the most common dreams and why do we have them? What does a dream about death mean? What do dreams of swimming, failing, or flying symbolize?

Sigmund Freud’s groundbreaking book, The Interpretation of Dreams, explores why we dream and why dreams matter in our psychological lives.

Delving into theories of manifest and latent dream content, the special language of dreams, dreams as wish fulfillments, the significance of childhood experiences, and much more, Freud offers an incisive and enduringly relevant examination of dream psychology.
Encompassing dozens of case histories and detailed analyses of actual dreams, this landmark work grants us unique insight into our sleeping experiences.

The Principles of Psychology
William James

Appearing in 1890, The Principles of Psychology was a landmark text which established psychology as a serious scientific discipline.

William James’ compiled a convincing, lengthy and broad thesis, devoting detail and vigorous analysis in every chapter.

The text’s comprehensiveness and superb presentation played a pivotal role in bringing the science of mental health closer toward the scholarly mainstream.

Although the science of psychology has progressed enormously since William James published this book, The Principles of Psychology remains a supplementary text in many psychology courses in universities around the world.

Concepts which James established, and his personal work on the spiritual element of human psychology, have and continue to inspire new books and theses by professionals and scholars in the field.

The Psychology Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained
DK

The Psychology Book is your visual guide to the complex and fascinating world of human behavior. Discover how we learn, become emotionally bonded with others, and develop coping mechanisms to deal with adversity, or conform in a group.

Get to know key thinkers, from Freud and Jung to Elizabeth Loftus and Melanie Klein, and follow charts and timelines to make sense of it all and see how one theory influenced another.

With concise explanations of different schools of psychology including psychotherapy, cognitive psychology and behaviorism, this is an ideal reference whether you’re a student, or a general reader.

It’s your authoritative guide to over 100 key ideas, theories and conditions, including the collective unconscious, the “selfish” gene, false memory, psychiatric disorders, and autism.

If you’re fascinated by the human mind, The Psychology Book is both an invaluable reference and illuminating read.

Man and His Symbols
Carl G. Jung

Man and His Symbols owes its existence to one of Jung’s own dreams.

The great psychologist dreamed that his work was understood by a wide public, rather than just by psychiatrists, and therefore he agreed to write and edit this fascinating book.

Here, Jung examines the full world of the unconscious, whose language he believed to be the symbols constantly revealed in dreams.

Convinced that dreams offer practical advice, sent from the unconscious to the conscious self, Jung felt that self-understanding would lead to a full and productive life.

Thus, the reader will gain new insights into himself from this thoughtful volume, which also illustrates symbols throughout history.

Inner Gold: Understanding Psychological Projection
Robert A. Johnson

Robert A. Johnson shares a lifetime of insights and experiences in this easy-to-listen-to explanation of psychological projection – seeing traits in others that are, in fact, our own.

He masterfully reveals how each of us gives up our inner gold to those whom we idealize or are attracted to.

Each one of us must learn the arduous task of “taking back” this gold as we move through life’s journey.

Drawing on early Christianity, medieval alchemy, depth psychology, and the myths of the Flying Dutchman and the Once and Future King, he also explores the subjects of loneliness, fundamentalist religion, and the spiritual dimensions of psychology.

One of the most influential and visionary analysts of his generation, Johnson follows the tradition of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell among those whose ideas have shaped our deepest metaphors of self and psyche.

His books are known worldwide for presenting Jung’s complex theories with the simplicity and grace.

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