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  1. I don't think we should start with some complicated academic publications right away. I think we can try to start with books written by psychotherapists. The books are different, each interesting in its own way, and helps to better understand the process of psychotherapy. For example, such books:

    Sigitova E. Recipe for happiness,

    Gottlieb L. Do you want to talk about it,

    Petranovskaya L. Secret support. Attachment in a child's life,

    “I'm alone in my room”, or Vasilisa's Spindle,

    Estes K. Running with the Wolves.

    It will also be informative to read books by Irwin Yalom.

    I also think that accessible textbooks on psychological counseling will be interesting:

    Kociunas R. Fundamentals of psychological counseling

    Aleshina Yu Individual and family counseling

  2. Psychology is a very broad concept and there are many books to recommend.

    Here's what came to mind:

    Alfred Adler-The Science of Living

    Erich Fromm – The Art of Loving

    The beauty of them is that they will be useful to almost everyone, regardless of the artist or life situation.

    And if you want to learn more about yourself and other people, then I recommend Alexander Afanasyev-Syntax of love. It's not about love as such, but about different types of people. It was very useful to me.

    There are also Russian psychologists like Kurpatov and Labkovsky, but I haven't read anything from them.

  3. It depends on the interest. If scientific, then you can read an exciting textbook on social psychology by David Myers. Most textbooks are difficult for an untrained reader to understand simply because of the terms and specific language.�

    If you are interested in understanding yourself and others, then Irwin Yalom, Jorge Bucay and Irina Mlodik are well invited to the world of self-knowledge.

    For a more specific recommendation, you need a more specific request.

  4. The man who mistook his wife for a hat is Oliver Sacks. Interesting stories from psychiatry, easy to understand and not loaded with terms. To begin with, this is the very thing that will help you understand your profession.

  5. If you are interested in the clinical or neuro-biological side of the issue, I highly recommend the book “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” by Oliver Sacks. This is such an anecdotal collection of stories of patients with various psycho-neurological disorders, giving an idea of how our brain and consciousness work in a normal state. Written very easily, though by a practicing neurologist/neuropsychologist.

  6. I've already answered a similar question somewhere in the vastness of Question, but I'll be happy to duplicate my answer 🙂

    As a person who has not studied to become a psychologist, but is extremely interested in the topic, I can advise you to immerse yourself in psychology from the most probably well-known and trivial, namely:
    1. Sigmund Freud. “Introduction to psychoanalysis”, “Dream interpretation”, “I and it”.
    2. Carl Gustav Jung. “The structure of the psyche and archetypes”, “Archetype and symbol”.
    These were my own first steps in the field of psychology, which contained a complete break in the template, steps that re-created my ideas about personality, about the structure of the psyche, about the nature of behavior and decision-making, and in general plunged me into the world of my own hypotheses, assumptions, theories and reflections.

    I advise you to start with Freud and Jung also because they are both iconic and iconic figures in the world of psychology, who have extremely bipolar views on man and the structure of his inner world as a whole, and therefore studying their views will allow you to look at the picture from completely different sides and from different angles, and therefore accept the comprehensive ambiguity of human nature.

    Of the more artistic ones, I was personally impressed by Oliver Sacks and his “Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.” A very amazing book about the games of the human mind.

    From Dale Carnegie, who is also advised by many to read, with his seemingly quite vital advice and good thoughts, in my opinion, there is an air of dilettantism (please excuse me, fans of the author).

    If we talk about something that is not entirely related to psychological science, but also provides interesting food for the mind and is in search of a solution to the world's most complex riddle called “Man”, I can suggest turning to philosophers. It will be interesting to get acquainted with the thoughts of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Sartre and Camus, believe me, it really gives a lot.

    If we talk about very much fiction, which is directly or indirectly related to “soul-searching”, then Dostoevsky will be the absolute champion (many, by the way, are sure that Freud relied on his views in his scientific works). I also feel free to recommend Nabokov, because in addition to interesting phenomena of human nature, you can also fully enjoy the wonderful language of the narrative.

    Have a good learning experience 🙂

  7. Yuri Mikhailovich Orlov. The ascent to individuality. The book can be found by searching on the Internet. The author (years of life 1928-2000) adhered to behaviorism and analyzed the role of environmental factors in the formation of character and abilities. The language is quite simple, but the book contains a large amount of information per volume of text, so it is unlikely that you will be able to read it quickly.

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