Reading popular psychology books is great.
Discussing them is even better!
The London Psychology Reading Group
(formerly, The Psychology and Multicultural Literature Reading Group)
In your 20's or 30's?
Fascinated by the human mind?
Intrigued by male & female psychology?
Enjoy best selling personal development?
Enjoy reflecting on how urban living has transformed our lives?
We have two sessions
The Brixton Library Session - Last Sunday of each month 2pm-4pm
The Pimlico Library Session - Once a month on a weekday 6:30pm-8pm (currently on a break)
The London Psychology Reading Group (formerly, The Psychology and Multicultural Literature Reading Group) gets to the heart of popular psychology and the personal development movement, selecting books that inspire, motivate and challenge us to reflect on our experiences and consider how psychology, relationships and culture intersect and influence our perceptions of contemporary lived experience.
Please Note: The group is for people in their 20's and 30's. The aim is to encourage a younger demographic to join reading groups. It's a social group as well as a reading group!
The main genre of books we read full under psychology, wellbeing and personal development. This include theoretically minded books by trailblazing psychologists, to personal development books that have intrigued, inspired and motivated millions.
For a unique take, occasionally we read biographies and fictional novels whose literature perceptively captures the nuances of contemporary self-hood and modern living. Synthesising books from the two areas provides a novel approach to applying key psychological concepts.
No need to be an academic to get involved! We're a non-pretentious easygoing bunch in our 20s and 30s keen to read and reflect philosophically on our experiences: only popular, accessible and inspiring books on the reading list.
Selected Books From the Reading List
“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few are to be chewed and digested”- Francis Bacon
Popular Psychology, Wellbeing and Personal Development
• Malcolm Gladwell – Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking • Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner – Superfreakonomics • Gary Chapman - 5 Love languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts • Daniel Kahneman – Thinking, Fast and Slow • Robert Cialdini – Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion • Geoffrey Miller - Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior • Steve Stoute - The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy • Timothy Ferris - The 4-Hour Work Week • Allan Pease and Barbara Pease – Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps • Richard Dawkin – Unweaving the Rainbow • Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now
Louis Fisher – The Life of Mahatma Gandhi • Gregory Roberts - Shantaram • Khaled Hosseini – Kite Runner • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Half of a Yellow Sun • Nikos Kazantzakis - Zorba the Greek • Hans Fallada - Alone in Berlin • Colin Powell – It Worked for Me • George Dawson & Richard Glaubman - Life is so Good • Sammy Davis Jr – Yes I Can •
If you wish to join please take note of the below
The overarching aim is to build a friendly community of lovers of books all relating to psychology. The reading group is a friendly refuge where members have a chance to share thoughts and engage in stimulating conversation.
This reading group is open to anyone who is passionate about psychology and keen to explore how it impacts on our lives in an increasingly multicultural world. Members are aged from 20-39, but those who are a few years older or younger who feel an affinity with this age group are welcome to attend.
How it Works
We have two sessions. One at Brixton Library and the other at Pimlico Library. At both libraries we have a private room with space for up to 14 members. Refreshments including wine and fresh juice provided. Both library are supporting the group and will be purchasing books of the reading list so members can take them out on loan.
The organisers have compiled the reading list and co-ordinated books with the libraries. Books have been selected in this way to avoid confusion and to please a wide variety of tastes within the framework of popular psychology and multicultural literature. Books for the reading list may occasionally be taken from books recommended in people's profile, so please fill this section out.