When it comes to reading books, living successfully, and improving the quality in every area of your life, you must start from your psychology, in other words, your thinking, your attitudes, and your inner world.
There are plenty of psychology books out there in the bookstore. And here are 5 must read books on psychology that are highly recommended.
1. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
You have probably heard about this book. In this remarkable book, the author, Malcolm Gladwell takes you on an intellectual journey through the world of the extraordinary, or he called ‘outliers’, in achieving great results and what makes these high-achievers successful.
His answers in this book will surprise you. This is because most people pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from, including their culture, their generation, and also their family influences. This book is entertaining to read and an insightful one.
2. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
This book became an instant bestseller upon publishing. Angela Duckworth will show you the secret to extraordinary achievement is not about talent, but a special blend of persistence and passion where she calls ‘grit’.
You will discover Angela’s findings and research about what really drives success is not ‘genius’ or talent, but a unique combination of passion plus long-term perseverance. You will also discover what the author learns in her interviews with super achievers like JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.
3. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
The author, Daniel Kahneman is the world renowned psychologist and also a Nobel Prize winner in Economics. This book explains the groundbreaking journey of the mind and shares the two systems that drive the way we think.
The first system is fast, emotional and intuitive. And the second system is slower, more logical and more deliberative. Daniel shares his insights on how anyone can learn the two thinking systems that shape our decision-making process and ultimate, shape our destiny. This book is a classic and a must read.
4. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The author, Charles Duhigg is the Pulitzer Prize winner and in his profound book, he shares his discoveries and explains why habits exist and how they can be changed by anyone who wants to accomplish better result in life.
You will learn plenty of real life examples from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the front lines of civil rights movement, Charles shares his findings on understanding human nature and its potential. If you want to understand all about your habits, read this book.
5. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Viktor Frankl is a psychiatrist where he has gone through life in the Nazi death camps and survived. This book is written based on Frankl’s own experience and the experiences of other people he treated in his practice later.
The author believes that we cannot avoid suffering, but we can choose how to cope with it, find new meaning in it, and learn to move forward with renewed purpose. You will also learn Frankl’s theory on logotherapy. This book sold more than 10 million copies and was named one of the ten most influential books in America by the Library of Congress in 1991.