Here are 50 of the best psychology books every published based on the book 50 Psychology Classics Second Edition: Your shortcut to the most important ideas on the mind, personality, and human nature. by Tom Butler-Bowdon.

1 Alfred Adler Understanding Human Nature (1927)

2 Gordon Allport The Nature of Prejudice (1954)

3 Albert Bandura Self-Efficacy: The Exercise of Control (1997)

4 Gavin de Becker The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence (1997)

5 Eric Berne Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships (1964)

6 Isabel Briggs Myers Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type (1980)

7 Louann Brizendine The Female Brain (2006)

8 David D. Burns Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (1980)

9 Susan Cain Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (2012)

10 Robert Cialdini Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (1984)

11 Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention (1996)

12 Carol Dweck Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (2006)

13 Albert Ellis & Robert A. Harper A Guide to Rational Living (1961)

14 Milton Erickson (by Sidney Rosen) My Voice Will Go With You: The Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. (1982)

15 Erik Erikson Young Man Luther: A Study in Psychoanalysis and History (1958)

16 Hans Eysenck Dimensions of Personality (1947)

17 Viktor Frankl The Will to Meaning: Foundations and Applications of Logotherapy (1969)

18 Anna Freud The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defence (1936)

19 Sigmund Freud The Interpretation of Dreams (1900)

20 Howard Gardner Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences (1983)

21 Daniel Gilbert Stumbling on Happiness (2006)

22 Malcolm Gladwell Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005)

23 Daniel Goleman Working with Emotional Intelligence (1998)

24 John M. Gottman The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work (1999)

25 Temple Grandin The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed (2013)

26 Stephen Grosz The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves (2011)

27 Harry Harlow The Nature of Love (1958)

28 Thomas A. Harris I’m OK—You’re OK (1967)

29 Eric Hoffer The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (1951)

30 Karen Horney Our Inner Conflicts: A Constructive Theory of Neurosis (1945)

31 William James The Principles of Psychology (1890)

32 Carl Jung The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (1968)

33 Daniel Kahneman Thinking, Fast and Slow (2011)

34 Alfred Kinsey Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953)

35 R. D. Laing The Divided Self: A Study of Sanity and Madness (1960)

36 Abraham Maslow The Farther Reaches of Human Nature (1971)

37 Stanley Milgram Obedience to Authority (1974)

38 Walter Mischel The Marshmallow Test: Understanding Self-control and How to Master It (2014)

39 Leonard Mlodinow Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior (2012)

40 Ivan Pavlov Conditioned Reflexes: An Investigation of the Physiological Activity of the Cerebral Cortex (1927)

41 Fritz Perls Gestalt Therapy: Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality (1951)

42 Jean Piaget The Language and Thought of the Child (1923)

43 Steven Pinker The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature (2002)

44 V. S. Ramachandran Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind (1998)

45 Carl Rogers On Becoming a Person: A Therapist’s View of Psychotherapy (1961)

46 Oliver Sacks The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales (1970)

47 Barry Schwartz The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less (2004)

48 Martin Seligman Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfilment (2002)

49 B. F. Skinner Beyond Freedom and Dignity (1971)

50 William Styron Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness (1990)


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