Good weekend just around the corner. Hoping you find our Friday tips for energetic weekends to boost your week ahead helpful, today we bring you top ten short books you could read over the weekend to change your life.
Yes to change your life! Just over the weekend by going through pages that will align your way of thinking, your measures, priorities and your steps through life. There are moments with the power to change lives, and that right there is the highest value in reading.
10 Great Psychology Books to Change Your Life:
1. The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Heidt
Jonathan Heidt effortlessly brings to light the beliefs of ancient systems and puts them under the scrutiny of modern science. shows the flaws and misconceptions of various systems and practices — as well as their truths — whilst offering a tangible solution to the many vices and privations which trouble the modern person.
Who’s it for: Anybody who is chasing their own tale in looking for a source of happiness.
2. Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud
Freud breaks down the construct of civilization and our relationships with others for the primal, and sometimes savage construct that it is. This is for those who aren’t fazed by a slightly heavier and denser read. That being said, if you can break through this book and grasp its meaning, the understanding of why our civilization is built the way it is will help you navigate it all the more effectively.
Who’s it for: Those interested in why our civilization exists. You’ll need patience, and thick skin.
3. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Understanding that our minds are composed of two parts — an instinctive and primal section, and a more critical and rational section — together with their manifestations in decision making will give you an “aha” moment of relatability. The applications of this book are vast, from daily tasks to major business decisions, you’ll never look at decision making the same again.
Who’s it for: The indecisive person in you. Those who face make or break decisions regularly.
4. Influence: The Psychology Of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
If you’re the type of person who finds themselves constantly being rejected by others — someone who is never taken seriously despite your best efforts at being authoritative, constantly left feeling like a pushover, In this best-seller, Cialdini teaches us the 6 principles of persuasion which will ensure that you’ll never be left feeling like a fool ever again.
Who’s it for: Those with great ideas, but who struggle to have them acknowledged.
5. Outliers: The Story Of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Do you want to find out how the world’s most successful people became, well, successful? Who better than to ask someone who has spent years studying them and finding out exactly that. This is precisely what Malcolm Gladwell has done, and shares with us in his book Outliers.
Who’s it for: Anybody looking to become a champion, leader, grand master?
6. Flow: The Psychology Of Happinessby Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
In an unexpected yet mindblowing take on happiness, Csikszentmihalyi shows through decades of research exactly how our happiness is effected by the work we commit ourselves to. He argues that happiness is achieved through a mental state known as Flow, where the high skill level of the individual is met with challenging work.
Who’s it for: Anybody working in a skilled profession, or who regularly practice a hobby.
7. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art Of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
In using a dense array of examples, as is the style of Gladwell, we learn about the probability of improbable outcomes when small people face big challenges. Whether it is your unruly boss, a physical feat or mental condition, Gladwell shows us that it is possible to defeat things, even when the odds are stacked against you.
Who’s it for: Those who struggle in the face of adversity.
8. Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman
Proving that happiness is more a product of internal conditions rather than external, this book shows us how to develop the numerous aspects of life we often overlook. This is for anyone who wishes to become a better-rounded version of themselves.
Who’s it for: People looking to develop their interactions with others.
9. Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace In a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman
In this mega-popular book, Williams and Penman show us how to exist in the state of tranquility in an ever moving world. Finding peace in the moment — not in some hippy, woo woo sense — but based on tried and tested psychological findings is a proven path to lasting happiness.
Who’s it for: Anyone who is easily caught up in the rapid pace of the world. Those with anxiety issues.
10. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman
You may have noticed in recent years the fading of the IQ phenomenon, and the emergence of this new theory of EQ — or emotional intelligence — and for good reason. Psychology is now showing us that EQ is a bigger determinant of personal success and mental health than IQ. Emotional intelligence is exactly what the name implies, it is our ability to identify and handle not only our own emotions, but the emotions of others, and our ability to handle situations according to these principles. Overall a thought-provoking book.
Who’s it for: Anybody who lets their emotions, or the emotions of others get the better of them.
Have an Enlightening weekend!