The field of psychology involved the art of understanding human nature. The main goal of this field is to explain, predict and control the behaviour and mental process of the human mind. As per 2018 data,there are only 898 psychologists in comparison to the 20,250 required in India. A career in psychology is a fast-growing space in India and in high demand.
Students who are studying in the streams like science and humanities like to choose a career in psychology. Psychology offers many careers in different sectors, such as counselling, clinical or organisational psychology, research and education.
So, if you have been thinking about pursuing a career in psychology but want to know more about the career, then we recommend you to read these books.
Here are 5 books that can help you study or pursue a career in psychology:
1. The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry – Jon Ronson
‘The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry’ is a book by British journalist and novelist Jon Ronson.
It gives you an opinion of psychopathy and investigates an analysis of psychopaths and the industry of physicians and scientists.
The book contains 11 chapters and was launched in 2011.
The psychopath test: a journey through the madness industry-Jon Ron
2. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales – Oliver Sacks
Oliver Sacks is a neurologist who wrote the book ‘The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales’ in 1985.
He wrote this book on the experiences of his patients and he wanted to understand why doctors treated their patients in such a mechanical and impersonal manner.
The book gives you a brief about sack diseases and explains their pathophysiological background.
It also examines the neuroscientific implications of such situations and occasionally refers to psychological ideas in addition to explaining them.
The man who mistook his wife for a hat and other clinical tales-Oliver sacks
3. Stumbling on Happiness – Daniel Gilbert
‘Stumbling on Happiness’ is a New York Times bestselling book. It was published in 2006 and it has been translated into over 30 languages.
In this book, Daniel Gilbert inquires into the nature of pleasure and explains the various psychological misbeliefs that might unbalance our impression of jo.
He explains how people take actions in the present to make themselves happy in the future.
He also explains several studies in psychology and his own research to argue that people are unable to anticipate their future.
Stumbling on Happiness—Daniel Gilbert
4. Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ was written by Nobel Laureate and psychologist Daniel Kahneman. The books give you an insight into behavioural psychology and decision-making.
The central argument of the book is a distinction between the two modes of thought — system 1 and system 2 in critical thinking.
Critical thinking processes such as judgement mistakes, decision-making, perception, analytical thinking and irrationality are all explained by the author.