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16 Psychology Books To Expand Your Mind This Christmas 2018

Whether you’re a beginner just dabbling in the world of psychology or an expert, here are the 16 psychology books you should read this Christmas.

#1 You Are Not Crazy: Letters from Your Therapist

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This book helps people realize that they are not alone in their experiences in life. It provides support and encouragement through letters from the therapist to his patients. 

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Contributor: David Klow from Skylight Counseling Center

#2 Nudge by Richard H. Thaler

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Nudge discusses the various choices that we make every day, in areas such as our health, our finances, and our relationships. Through dozens of examples from research in the fields of psychology and behavioral economics, this book demonstrates that we often make the wrong kind of choices, due to the imperfect way that our cognitive system works. 

Then, the book explains why we make this kind of choices, and how we can make better ones, by using nudges, which are small modifications to our decision-making environment. Overall, this book provides illuminating insights into our decision-making process, and equips the reader with practical tools that they can use in order to make better decisions. 

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Contributor: Itamar Shatz from Effectiviology 

#3 Psychology: A Very Short Introduction 2/e

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Every subject should start with a Very Short Introduction. VSIs are some of the most popular books produced by Oxford University Press and for good reason. Written by world-experts, this book gives a brief, but engaging introduction to the key concepts of psychology. After reading it, you'll feel like an expert yourself. If you like this one, there's also VSIs available on Madness, Freud and the Brain, which are really worth a read. 

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Contributor: Tamsin Nicholson from Dr Felix

#4 NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman

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One of the few bestselling books about autism spectrum disorder. Steve Silberman, gives an overview of autism and it's place in history. But he also makes us think about how we perceive disability, and if after all, we're better off preserving neurodiversity, than medicating it away.

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Contributor: Tamsin Nicholson from Dr Felix

#5 30-Second Brain by Anil Seth

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If you want a crash-course in the human brain, this is the book for you. Exploring 50 of the most ground breaking ideas in neuroscience and psychology, this book gives you a great introduction that will leave you wanting to learn more. 

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Contributor: Tamsin Nicholson from Dr Felix

#6 Madness in Civilization by Andrew Scull

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This book, maybe a chunky addition to your book shelf, but it's worth it. Andrew Scull paints a vivid picture of the perception of madness throughout history. You will see how far we've come and how far we've yet to go on the road to progress. A must read for anyone with a serious interest in psychology, the mind and mental health.

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Contributor: Tamsin Nicholson from Dr Felix

#7 Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

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This book is undoubtedly a classic. Through telling the stories of his patients, Oliver Sacks shows you what happens when our psychology breaks down. It's both tragic and heart warming. This book is a classic for a reason. 

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Contributor: Tamsin Nicholson from Dr Felix

#8 Freud – The Key Ideas by Ruth Snowden

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A little gem by Teach Yourself. This book explains in simple terms the key concepts underlying Freud's approach to psychology and psychoanalysis. Taking examples from Freud's own cases, this book provides an authentic view of the world of psychoanalysis. Perfect for any budding psychologist. 

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Contributor: Tamsin Nicholson from Dr Felix

#9 Stress in the City: Playing my Way out of Depression

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This book talks about some fun ways to cope with depression and burnout, using stuffed toy bears and a dose of playfulness. I suggest this as this is a true account and opening up of what depression and suicide attempt are really about, and also shows what good can come out of a challenge and adversity.

It gives encouragement and inspiration in the festive season, and some ways to get in touch with our playfulness as adults, plus nudging us all for some introspection as the New Year approaches again.

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Contributor: Enoch Li from Bearapy 

#10 The True Heart of a Man by Hanalei Vierra

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This book helps men better understand the nature of their mental and emotional challenges in everyday life. It gives men a 7-step roadmap of how to deal with the stress and pain of their lives as a way to create a closer emotional connection with their intimate partner. 

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Contributor: Hanalei Vierra from HanaleiVierra

#11 The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

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By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, author and spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization. 

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Contributor: Hanalei Vierra from HanaleiVierra

#12 NO ONE Gets There ALONE

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This book was focused on how a better us makes a better you. I LOVED IT. From a psychology point of view, it discusses how to get outisde of our own head by focusing on others. The stories are fantastic. 

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Contributor: Dr. Rob Bell from DRB & Associates

#13 Color, Draw, Collage: Create Your Way to a Less Stressful Life!

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An expressive art therapy workbook to help cope with everyday stressors in a fun and enjoyable way.  

Self-help, stress management, and coloring all come together to create an interactive and therapeutic journal. This book offers practical skills in a fun-to-follow format. Readers will enjoy creating relaxing pieces of art while learning the knowledge necessary to change their reaction to stress. While creating art, readers will be looking at situations in their life with a new approach. They will be creating tangible images to help clarify their thoughts and emotions. 

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Contributor: Jill Howell from Skyhorse Publishing

#14 Thinking, Fast and Slow

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This book teaches its readers to trust their inhibitions. When people think slowly, they make better decisions. It also explains how to protect against mental glitches that cause problems. 

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#15 Un-train Your Brain by Mike Weeks

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This book was written to help change the way people think to help them make better choices. It’s supposed to help you reach your full potential by freeing you from the neurological pathways that prevent it. 

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

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Written by Taegan Lion