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Not exactly what I was expecting
Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2017
I have an above average IQ and I've always been interested in psychology (I have studied a good bit of it.), but some of the areas in the book are difficult to follow. Not most of them, but a few topics I had to read multiple times and I still didn't understand what point they were trying to make.
I was stuck between 3 and 4 stars because I'm disappointed in the book as a whole... But I'm still glad I bought it. Most the ideas here are very interesting. But they are more of a starting point than simple explanation of the whole idea. Some of them are so specific I think it would be hard to follow up with Google to learn more about the topic. That being said I have learned concepts that I didn't know existed. It definitely covers a lot (not all) areas of psychology.
(I've included photos of Contents. Sorry about the highlighting! As you can see some of the chapters have a silly title that don't make sense until you read it. Like: 'The magical number 7, plus or minus 2')
This is a book that very few people will read cover to cover. You would most likely fall asleep. I found it most satisfying to read topics I thought might relate to me. I also skimmed through some of the chapters with a title that made no sense. Like, the "Dormez!" chapter is about hypnosis. There were also a lot of concepts that had nothing to do with the title.
I don't know, I think this book must've been written for a very specific person because it wasn't what I expected. The "Big Ideas Simply Explained" is more like, "A Little Taste of Big (specific) Ideas".
Another disappointment to me was that a lot of the studies provided as evidence were made between the 1950's - 1970's. For example, the concept about child development between infant and mother. The idea was that in the first two years of life, if child and mother didn't create an attachment or if the mother was detached, the child would suffer from emotional problems that appeared during adulthood. (Not able to make one-on-one relationships or attachments with one person.) This bond could not be replaced by the father because the father was hardwired to be the provider. back in the 50s through 70s it was uncommon for mother to be a provider. Therefore there couldn't have been sufficient studies on families where mother was a primary provider. Which we all know that is the case often with families today. Plus a LOT of single parent families.
Of course this book is based simply on ideas from specific experiments and studies. A lot of the topics in the book don't give a lot of evidence as to why the psychologist believes one way or the other, just that he/she DOES believe it.
It's still a good book in my opinion. It's a good way to come to your own conclusions or look further into each idea. It's just not a hard facts kinda book which I guess is what I was looking for. "Ideas" is the main word here.
UPDATE: The more I read into this book the more I realize that this book would be PERFECT for small group discussions. (Maybe in like a classroom setting.) It's kinda painful to read this alone because a lot of the topic's conclusions are based on preferences and opinions. I'm sitting here in my mind like "No way, how could someone think that!" And I end up telling my side of the story to my husband--who has no idea what I'm going on about. There's more "dud" topics in this book than there should be, but there's few that are really interesting and get you to THINK.
I hope my review was helpful to you! I would probably buy the book again if I could, just with different expectations.