Psychology Books

Psychology helps us get closer to understanding how the brain works, but, perhaps more importantly, how our minds work. It takes the social science of understanding individuals and their roles in groups and integrates it with the science of the biological processes and cognitive functions behind them. Emotion, intelligence, perception, personality and counseling are all prevalent topics in the field that this category can help you explore in more depth.

Psychology Books - Energy and Science of the Mind

Mind, Body and Soul

Psychology is the study of how the mind works and why we behave the way we do. It looks at the conscious and unconscious, feeling and thought, biology and culture; and various other topics. Although the field as a whole has been around since ancient times, the scientific aspects of it are fairly new. In the beginning, it was more of a philosophical study. Names we all know like Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates would discuss and study themes that are still present today. But, they did so without using the scientific method and experimentation. Rather, observation and critical analysis were their main tools.

In this category, you’ll find material that shows how much the field of psychology has changed. Most of the change it has gone through happened in the last century and a half or so. In this time there have been many advances, and the field is much more complex, allowing it to provide results that are useful in many fields. Through Direct Knowledge, you can explore the traditional views and origins of the field, learn what it has become today, and keep up with new developments happening every day.

The Brain vs the Mind

The increased use of scientific methods in the field has made psychology get closer to neuroscience. Both look at the brain and how it works. What currently differentiates them is that psychology studies behavior and how the brain and the mind determine it. Neuroscience, on the other hand, looks at the nervous system itself without much considering the mind or behavior.

It’s possible that advancements in neuroscience will one day allow it to completely describe the mind and thus behavior. But, for now, it can’t grasp the complexities of behavior. It’s best if both are used together to get the fullest picture possible. This is why some psychology experiments and material in this section will include helpful info from neuroscience. It might also be a good idea to read up on the field itself.

Although psychology uses science more and more, it is not purely scientific. People working in the field do use empirical methods, but also be prepared to use deductive methods, and even some inductive techniques like symbolic interpretation. In these techniques, only some evidence points towards a conclusion. But sometimes that’s all you can get when it comes to human behavior. Take a look at the books here to get a better idea of how the field works and evolves.

Showing all 2 results