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Last Updated on October 29, 2018

10 Great Psychology Books To Change Your Life

10 Great Psychology Books To Change Your Life

We’ve all been there, sitting in our local coffee shop with our book in hand, when suddenly you read something so enlightening, so unexpected that you choke a little on your double mocha frap. Maybe you stop to ponder for a minute that undeniable piece of wisdom, wisdom which flies in the frap-lathered face of an idea — or many — which you held so dear. This is a moment of epiphanic change, and it feels fantastic.

These are the moments with the power to change lives, and that right there is the highest value in reading. Sadly we all know that these moments are few and far between, so here at Lifehack we have compiled a list of the top 10 greatest psychology books which can change your life:

1. The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Heidt

The Happiness Hypothesis

    Starting with my personal favourite on the list, Jonathan Heidt effortlessly brings to light the beliefs of ancient systems and puts them under the scrutiny of modern science. Heidt conveys his superior knowledge of psychology and neuroscience, and compares it with his understanding of such ancient systems in a witty yet comprehensive way. Heidt 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. After all, there is more to life than ______ (fill this in for yourself)!

    2. Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud

    Civilization and Its Discontents

      Who can dismiss the ferocious intellect practised by world renowned father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. In one of his most famous works, 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 more dense read. That being said, if you can break through this book and grasp its meaning, the understanding of why our civilization is built they way it is will help you navigate it all the more effectively.

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      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

      Thinking fast and slow

        In a summary of decades worth of research, Kahneman challenges the various cognitive biases people subconsciously possess, and apply day after day. 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. But before you get this book, it’s best you read this first to have some understanding about these “fast” and “slow” systems.

        4. Influence: The Psychology Of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini

        Influence: The Psychology of Persuesion

          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 — Robert B. Cialdini has your back on this one. 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 again. In applying these 6 principles you’ll be at the centre of attention, seemingly commanding people with your every word. Mind control in disguise? Maybe. Totally awesome? Definitely!

          Who’s it for: Those with great ideas, but who struggle to have them acknowledged.

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          5. Outliers: The Story Of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

          Outliers

            Do you want to find out how the worlds 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. Through these observations, Gladwell developed “The 10000 hour rule” amongst other associations made on how one achieves a high level of success. Whether you’re an athlete, musician — or anything really — If you want to become world-class at it, this book is for you.

            Who’s it for: Anybody looking to become a champion, leader and grand master.

            6. Flow: The Psychology Of Happiness by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

            Flow

              In an unexpected yet mindblowing take on happiness, Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced cheek sent me high) 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. Imagine a mathematician solving a perplexing problem, or an artist bringing their conception to life through seemingly perfect brush strokes. What happens to the brain during this state appears paradoxical!

              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

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              David and Goliath

                Yes you’ve read correctly, Malcolm Gladwell makes our top 10 list for the second time with this brilliant book. 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

                Authentic Happiness

                  As one of the worlds most established Psychologists, Martin Seligman paves the way to happiness with this light and rewarding book. 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 more well-rounded version of themselves.

                  Who’s it for: People looking to develop their interactions with others.

                  9. Mindfullness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace In a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman

                  Mindfulness

                    In today’s frantic world its easy to get lost in the lightening pace of everything around us, and to forget about the moment to moment occurrences which can bring us true happiness. In this mega-popular book, Williams and Penman show us how to exist in this state of tranquillity 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.

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                    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

                    emotional intelligence

                      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.

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                      41 Beautiful Pictures That Show What True Love Is All About

                      41 Beautiful Pictures That Show What True Love Is All About

                      Some things in life are hard to describe, yet we can recognize them when we see them.

                      Love is one of those things.

                      True love comes in many different forms, but here are some that many of us know well.

                      True love means supporting those who can’t support themselves

                      supportive couple

                        A young man comforts his date in Times Square, New York City. Image by mbtrama

                        strong hug

                          A young man holds his significant other close to him. Image by Brad Fults

                          running help

                            A young track competitor helps one of her injured opponents over the finish line. Image from ViralNova.com

                            feeding kitten

                              A soldier in the Korean War takes time to feed a baby kitten. Image from US Naval Insititute

                              It’s having the perfect selfie partner

                              mom and daughter selfie

                                A mother and her daughter take a selfie together. Image by Andrew Fysh

                                girlfriends

                                  Two young girls pose for the camera. Image by Rolands Lakis

                                  selfies

                                    A happy couple takes a picture together. Image by Kayla Heineman

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                                    selfie

                                      Two best friends take a selfie together. Image by Jason Wahido

                                      dude selfie

                                        Friends take a selfie together. Image by Glenn Scofield Williams

                                        It’s all the warm fuzzies

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                                          A young man spends time with his dog on a beach. Image by Magdalena Roeseler

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                                            A pet owner hugs his dog while on a day trip in San Francisco. Image by Taro the Shiba Inu

                                            It means having a friend to photobomb you

                                            photobomb

                                              A boy makes a funny face as he poses for a picture with his brother. Image by Michael Bentley

                                              old man photobomb

                                                A man photobombs his wife while their grandson snaps a picture. Image by Frank

                                                family photobomb

                                                  Family members photobomb their relatives’ Thanksgiving day family photo. Image by Beth Scupham

                                                  boyfriend photobomb

                                                    A friend photobombs the photographer and their friend, the woman in the foreground of this photo. Image by Lachlan Hardy

                                                    True love means being there even when life gets unbearably hard

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                                                    shoulder to cry on

                                                      A family watches the Vermont National Guard depart for Afghanistan. Image by The U.S. Army

                                                      flood dog

                                                        During a monsoon in the Philippines, a boy carries his dog to safety. Image by Romeo Ranoco

                                                        A woman is rescued from flood waters by a resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens

                                                          A man helps a woman out of her vehicle during a flood in Chalandri, Greece. Image by John Kolesidis

                                                          lunch

                                                            A woman has lunch with her husband every day, even after he’s passed away. Image from ViralNova.com

                                                            hug

                                                              A woman hugs the mother of 6-year-old Noah Ponzer, who was one of the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings. Image by Spencer Platt

                                                              rubble

                                                                An Oklahoma couple pauses while trying to salvage belongings from a family member’s home after a tornado. Image by Adrees Latif

                                                                sister and brother

                                                                  A girl puts her arm around her little brother as they wait outside of Sandy Hook Elementary after gunshots are fired. Image by Reuters.

                                                                  headstone

                                                                    A woman sits at her husband’s grave the day before their wedding anniversary. Image from NBC news

                                                                    It means taking the time for long goodbyes

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                                                                      A man says goodbye to his son before deploying. Image by Official U.S. Navy Page

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                                                                      national guard goodbye

                                                                        A South Carolina man says goodbye to his son before deploying for Afghanistan. Image by The National Guard

                                                                        saying goodbye

                                                                          A Sergeant hugs both of his sons before being deployed to Afghanistan. Image by The National Guard

                                                                          And cherishing reunions

                                                                          husband home

                                                                            A woman hugs her husband as she sees him for the first time since his deployment to Iraq. Image by The U.S. Army

                                                                            boyfriend home

                                                                              A young  woman hugs her significant other as he returns home for Kuwait. Image by The National Guard

                                                                              mother hug

                                                                                A mother drops to her knees as she hugs her son on her return home from the Persian Gulf. Image by The National Guard

                                                                                True love is letting yourself feel young when they’re around

                                                                                elderly women

                                                                                  Two friends on their smartphones. Image by Robert Neff

                                                                                  feeling young

                                                                                    A young couple getting their picture taken. Image by db Photograph

                                                                                    sprinkler dad

                                                                                      A father plays in a sprinkler with his daughter at Millennium Park in Chicago. Image by Ben Forsberg

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                                                                                      subway couple

                                                                                        A young couple on a subway enjoys sharing time together, while the girlfriend’s father sneaks a photo of them. Image by Gareth Williams

                                                                                        wheelchairs

                                                                                          A couple holds hands on a fall day. Image by David Amsler

                                                                                          It’s letting yourself be silly… just because they’ll enjoy it

                                                                                          silly faces

                                                                                            A grandfather makes faces at the camera with his granddaughters. Image by Tim Pierce

                                                                                            vote for pedro

                                                                                              A woman’s father wears a Napoleon Dynamite t-shirt to make his daughter laugh. Image by emdot

                                                                                              True love is allowing yourself to show how you really feel

                                                                                              date night

                                                                                                A young couple kisses in the back of a restaurant in Washington, D.C. Image by Derek Key

                                                                                                playing violin

                                                                                                  Violinist Nancy Dinovo plays at a memorial service for the victims of 9/11. Image by Christopher Morris

                                                                                                  True love is timeless

                                                                                                  old friends

                                                                                                    Friends spending some time together. Image by Cristian Bortes

                                                                                                    sitting around a fire

                                                                                                      A group of friends sits around a campfire eating. Image by New Old Stock

                                                                                                      elderly couple

                                                                                                        An elderly couple walks down a street together. Image by Matteo Paciotti

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