If you’re looking for some well-written, psychology non-fiction that’s perfect for non-professionals, here are some of my favourites. These are some books I personally love and found thought provoking in one way or another.
Grief Works by Julia Samuel
This is a brilliant book for anyone who has ever lost a loved one. Divided into sections covering different types of losses, this is a truly touching collection of clients’ stories. The author illustrates a true variety of bereavement cases such as losing as child, a parent or a spouse. One of the most beautiful things about this collection is the fact that Julia is able to highlight the clients’ struggles in a human way, while still giving some insight into working through bereavement therapeutically.
Mating in Captivity: Rethinking Infidelity by Esther Perel
As the author herself mentions, this is “a book for anyone who has ever loved.” A fascinating overview of cases, research and perspectives we can take when thinking about infidelity. This is definitely a thought-provoking read, encouraging us to think outside the box. I loved it for its open mindedness and objectivity.
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
As opposed to typical, happiness guidebooks, you won’t find specific guidelines on how to live your life. Instead, this book will take you on an exploratory journey of well-presented research findings you can then fit into your own life story. What creates a happy life? What is happiness? Where do we find it? What do we know from research?
Making Evil by Julia Shaw
A book that everyone needs to read, at least in my opinion. It explores many different questions related to criminal acts we often label as “evil”. Interestingly, the author focuses on understanding more than labelling or merely presenting case studies. The most wonderful thing about it is the fact that it relates to our every-day lives, bridging the perceived gap between us and people we might consider evil.