A fan of exciting contemporary multicultural fiction?
Enjoy best selling personal development?
Interested in how urban living has transformed our lives?
We have two sessions
The Brixton Library Session -Last Sunday of each month 2pm-4pm
*New* The Pimlico Library Session - Once a month on a weekday 6:30pm-8pm
The Psychology and Multicultural Literature Reading Group gets to the heart of psychology and the personal development movement, selecting books that inspire, motivate and challenge us to reflect on our experiences and perceptions to consider how psychology, relationships and culture intersect and influence the contemporary lived experience.
Please Note: The group is for people in their 20's and 30's. It's a social group as well as a reading group!
The group brings together its cosmopolitan members to read and discuss some of the latest acclaimed books falling into two fascinating areas of literature:
(1) Psychology, wellbeing and personal development
(2) Multicultural literature
From personal development books written by renowned psychologists that have intrigued, inspired and motivated millions; to fictional novels by creative young ethnic writers whose literature perceptively captures the nuances of contemporary self-hood and cosmopolitan living.Synthesising books from the two areas provides a novel approach to applying key concepts from psychology and personal development.
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, Fastand 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 • Robert T Kiyosak – Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant: Guide to Financial Freedom • 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 popular non-fiction and fiction books all relating to psychology. The reading group is a friendly refuge where members have a chance to share thoughts and ideas, and to engage in stimulating conversation. To help facilitate this atmosphere people are asked to join only if they can see themselves as an active member of a reading group.
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 12 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.