Psychology: Adventures in Perception and Personality by Christian Jarrett & Joannah Ginsburg

26228942Title: Psychology: Adventures in Perception and Personality
Author: Christian Jarrett & Joannah Ginsburg
Pages: 176
Year: 2014
Publisher: Quid Publishing
Time taken to read: 2 months, 6 days
Rating: 2/5

Goodreads synopsis: Psychology: Adventures in Perception and Personality delves deep into the human consciousness and casts light onto the hidden reasons why we feel, think, and behave the way we do. Packed with illuminating real-life examples, introductions to groundbreaking psychologists, and plenty of experiments and tests to unveil the way your own mind works, Psychology has the power not just to intrigue and entertain, but also to change the way you think. Divided into eight fascinating chapters, it covers everything from the real reasons we fall in love to the science behind a good night’s sleep. From extreme disorders to the truth behind the ways we live our everyday lives, Psychology takes you on a journey through the amazing landscape of the mind.

Hi everyone! After six long weeks, I am back in the real world, and I am ready to get back to writing about books. I did plenty of reading while I was gone, although I didn’t exactly follow the list I gave in my last post, but oh well. So, let’s get to it.

I took psych 101 in my last semester of college just for fun, and Psychology: Adventures in Perception and Personality essentially covered everything I learned in that class. I actually bought this book years before taking that class and never got around to reading it until recently. In any case, this book has some interesting information, but the writing is seriously poor. So many sentences are phrased really strangely, and there are a number of grammatical errors. Not sure where the editor was on this one. The structure of the book is poorly done as well. Rather than regular paragraphs, all the information is put in colorful boxes that are arranged rather strangely on the page. I’m not sure how to explain it in words, but I’ll just say that sometimes the structure forced me to turn the page to finish reading one paragraph and then flip back to read something in another box multiple times, which was extremely irritating. As for the content, the chapter about personality was my favorite, but there are all sorts of fun facts about sleep and memory and other things that go on in our brains daily that most people have no clue is happening. There really isn’t much else to say about it. I’m certain that there are many books out there that have the same information but express it far more clearly, so if you’re looking to learn about psychology, maybe browse a little more before you pick this one up.

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