Aspects of Psychology

How does psychology influence routine activities and interactions? Find out with a book from the Lititz Public Library.

E-Squared : Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your RealityE²: Nine Do-It-Yourself Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout
Simple experiments prove that reality is malleable and our conscious lives are shaped by our minds.

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
Using tests and data, the authors show that prejudice and unconscious bias towards others are a fundamental part of the human psyche.

The Distraction Addiction: Getting the Information You Need and the Communication You Want, Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues and Destroying Your Soul by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
Technology addicts can learn how to be more mindful and use their time for productive multi-tasking with eight principles based on Buddhist thought.

To Sell Is Human : The Surprising Truth about Moving OthersTo Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by Daniel H. Pink
The author investigates how the average person persuades and influences others and provides practical steps for successfully “selling” ideas.

Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life: Train Your Brain to Get More Done in Less Time by Paul Hammerness and Margaret Moore
A Harvard Medical School psychiatrist describes the latest neuroscience research on the brain’s built-in system of organization and an executive wellness coach translates the science into solutions that make life less stressful, more productive and rewarding.

Financial Recovery: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Money by Karen McCall
The author explains how individuals can get out of debt by examining their relationship with money, understanding the difference between need and want and adopting positive behaviors.

How Music Works : The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and BeyondHow Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, From Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond by John Powell
A scientist and musician, the author answers questions about why music sounds as it does in selections that range from rock to classical.

The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws by Margaret Drabble
Novelist shares personal reminiscences, research and an interpretation of the jigsaw puzzle in the history of games, children’s literature, and as a mood therapy.

Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat and Obsession by Julie Powell
In the wake of a strain on her marriage a popular blogger left town to immerse herself in the art of butchery and travelling throughout the world in search of the butchery practices of other cultures.

Snoop : What Your Stuff Says about YouSnoop: What Your Stuff Says About You by Sam Gosling
Private spaces at home and on the job offer unexpected keys to personality.

Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (And What It Says About Us) by Tom Vanderbilt
A technology and design writer investigates driving habits, road engineering and questions like, “Why does the other lane always seem to move faster?”

The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation by Drew Westen
A professor of psychology and psychiatry explores the role of emotion in politics, finding evidence that when reason and emotion collide, emotion almost always wins.

The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible by John Geiger
While exploring the human capacity to survive extreme conditions, the author noted a phenomenon in which people in life-endangered circumstances often sense an unseen presence who offers encouragement and guidance.

On Looking : Eleven Walks with Expert EyesOn Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz
Rediscover extraordinary things in ordinary activities by paying more attention.

Originally published on November 1, 2013 in the Lititz Record Express.