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The Psychology of Everything


About the Series

People are fascinated by psychology, and what makes humans tick. Why do we think and behave the way we do? We’ve all met armchair psychologists claiming to have the answers, and people that ask if psychologists can tell what they’re thinking. The Psychology of Everything is a series of books which debunk the popular myths and pseudo-science surrounding some of life’s biggest questions.

The series explores the hidden psychological factors that drive us, from our subconscious desires and aversions, to our natural social instincts. Absorbing, informative, and always intriguing, each book is written by an expert in the field, examining how research-based knowledge compares with popular wisdom, and showing how psychology can truly enrich our understanding of modern life.

Applying a psychological lens to an array of topics and contemporary concerns - from sex, to fashion, to conspiracy theories - The Psychology of Everything will make you look at everything in a new way.

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The Psychology of Democracy

The Psychology of Democracy

1st Edition

By Darren G. Lilleker, Billur Aslan Ozgul
September 09, 2021

What is a democracy? Why do we form democratic systems? Can democracy survive in an age of distrust and polarisation? The Psychology of Democracy explains the psychological underpinnings behind why people engage with and participate in politics. Covering the influence that political campaigns and ...

The Psychology of Comedy

The Psychology of Comedy

1st Edition

By G Neil Martin
August 18, 2021

What makes us laugh? Why is comedy so important? How does comedy affect our behaviour? The Psychology of Comedy provides a unique insight into the role of laughter and humour in our lives. From the mechanics of comedy and what makes a good joke, to the health benefits of laughter, the book delves ...

The Psychology of Art

The Psychology of Art

1st Edition

By George Mather
October 09, 2020

Why do we enjoy art? What inspires us to create artistic works? How can brain science help us understand our taste in art? The Psychology of Art provides an eclectic introduction to the myriad ways in which psychology can help us understand and appreciate creative activities. Exploring how we ...

The Psychology of Belonging

The Psychology of Belonging

1st Edition

By Kelly-Ann Allen
October 09, 2020

Can a sense of belonging increase life satisfaction? Why do we sometimes feel lonely? How can we sustain lasting human connections? The Psychology of Belonging explores why feeling like we belong is so important throughout our lives, from childhood to old age, irrespective of culture, race or ...

The Psychology of Dreaming

The Psychology of Dreaming

1st Edition

By Josie Malinowski
October 09, 2020

Why do we dream? What is the connection between our dreams and our mental health? Can we teach ourselves to have lucid dreams? The Psychology of Dreaming delves into the last 100 years of dream research to provide a thought-provoking introduction to what happens in our minds when we sleep. It looks...

The Psychology of Exercise

The Psychology of Exercise

1st Edition

By Josephine Perry
October 09, 2020

Why should we exercise? When should we exercise? Why don’t we exercise? The Psychology of Exercise separates fact from fiction, delving into key theories, ideas, and the impact of life stages on when, why, and how we exercise. It explores the barriers and motivators to exercise for children, ...

The Psychology of Intelligence

The Psychology of Intelligence

1st Edition

By Sonja Falck
October 09, 2020

What fascinates us about intelligence? How does intelligence impact our daily lives? Why do we sometimes fear intelligence? Human intelligence is a vital resource, yet the study of it is pervaded by neglect and misconceptions. The Psychology of Intelligence helps make sense of the contradictory ...

The Psychology of Prejudice

The Psychology of Prejudice

1st Edition

By Richard Gross
October 09, 2020

Why do we develop extreme attitudes to others? Can our personality contribute to our prejudices? How do we reduce prejudice and discrimination? The Psychology of Prejudice explores different forms of prejudice and discrimination, from racial jokes to genocide. It looks at what might cause our ...

The Psychology of Terrorism

The Psychology of Terrorism

1st Edition

By Neil Shortland
October 09, 2020

What is terrorism? Can anyone be radicalized? How can we respond to terrorist acts? The Psychology of Terrorism seeks to explain why some acts of violence are considered terrorism and others are not, and why some individuals may be more susceptible to engaging in radical terrorist behavior. ...

The Psychology of Video Games

The Psychology of Video Games

1st Edition

By Celia Hodent
October 09, 2020

What impact can video games have on us as players? How does psychology influence video game creation? Why do some games become cultural phenomena? The Psychology of Video Games introduces the curious reader to the relationship between psychology and video games from the perspective of both game ...

The Psychology of Wellbeing

The Psychology of Wellbeing

1st Edition

By Gary W. Wood
October 09, 2020

How can we improve our sense of wellbeing? What explains the current wellbeing boom? What does wellbeing mean to you? The Psychology of Wellbeing offers readers tools to navigate their own wellbeing and understand what makes a ‘good life’. Using self-reflection and storytelling, it explores how ...

The Psychology of Religion

The Psychology of Religion

1st Edition

By Vassilis Saroglou
October 06, 2020

Does religion positively affect well-being? What leads to fundamentalism? Do religious beliefs make us more moral? The Psychology of Religion explores the often contradictory ideas people have about religion and religious faiths, spirituality, fundamentalism, and atheism. The book examines ...

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