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Psychology for Dummies, 2nd Edition


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Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Psychology 5 Chapter 1: Seeing the Purpose of Psychology 7 Chapter 2: Making Sense of What People Do: Psychology Essentials 13 Part II: Picking Your Brain (And Body) 31 Chapter 3: Hardware, Software, and Wetware 33 Chapter 4: Conscious Beings 51 Chapter 5: Getting Sensitive 61 Part III: Thinking and Feeling and Acting 75 Chapter 6: Thinking and Speaking 77 Chapter 7: How Does That Make You Feel? 103 Chapter 8: Barking up the Learning Tree: Dogs, Cats, and Rats 123 Part IV: Me, You, and Everything in Between 143 Chapter 9: Developing an Award-Winning Personality 145 Chapter 10: Catching the First Boat off Isolation Island 173 Chapter 11: Conforming Like a Contortionist: Social Psychology 199 Chapter 12: Growing Up with Psychology 221 Chapter 13: Modern Abnormal Psychology 241 Part V: Building a Better You 263 Chapter 14: Assessing the Problem and Testing the Psyche 265 Chapter 15: Getting Comfy on the Couch 279 Chapter 16: Changing Behavior, Changing Thinking 291 Chapter 17: Being a Person Is Tough: Client-Centered and Existential Therapies 311 Chapter 18: Stress, Illness, Growth, and Strength 325 Part VI: The Part of Tens 343 Chapter 19: Ten Tips for Maintaining Psychological Health 345 Chapter 20: Ten Great Psychological Movies 351 Index 357

About the Author

Adam Cash, PsyD, is Clinical Director of Specialized Psychology Solutions, a child psychology clinic specializing in behavior, learning, development, and autism spectrum disorders. He has taught at the community college and university levels and also worked as a forensic psychologist.

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