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Reading psychology books is great.

Discussing them is even better!

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?

The Brixton Library Session - Last Sunday of each month 1pm-3pm

The London Psychology Reading Group gets to the heart of psychology and personal development, selecting books that inspire, motivate and challenge us to reflect on our experiences and perceptions of the world.

Most books fall under psychology, wellbeing and personal development. This includes theoretically minded books by trailblazing psychologists, to personal development books that have intrigued, inspired and motivated millions.

For a unique psychological perspective, occasionally we feature biographies and fiction.

No need to be an academic to get involved! We're a non-pretentious easygoing bunch 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

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

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.

How it Works

Each month we have a new book which all members read. At the beginning of the session, a set of questions are circulated, then the discussion starts!

3 Strikes and out policy

1 strike for changing RSVP in last 7 days, 2 strikes for changing your RSVP on the day or failing to turn up.

Upcoming events (2)

(Zoom) Originals: How Non-conformists Change the World

Brixton Library

£2.00

#1 New York Times Bestseller! Originals: How Non-conformists Change the World, By Adam Grant The New York Times bestselling author examines how people can drive creative, moral, and organisational progress―and how leaders can encourage originality in their organisations. How can we originate new ideas, policies and practices without risking it all? Adam Grant shows how to improve the world by championing novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battling conformity, and bucking outdated traditions. Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt. Parents will learn how to nurture originality in children, and leaders will discover how to fight groupthink to build cultures that welcome dissent. Told through dazzling case studies of people going against the grain, you’ll encounter an entrepreneur who pitches the reasons not to invest, a woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, an analyst who challenged secrecy at the CIA, Reviews "ORIGINALS is one of the most important and captivating books I have ever read, full of surprising and powerful ideas. It will not only change the way you see the world; it might just change the way you live your life. And it could very well inspire you to change your world." (Sheryl Sandberg, bestselling author of LEAN IN) "Reading ORIGINALS made me feel like I was seated across from Adam Grant at a dinner party, as one of my favorite thinkers thrilled me with his insights and his wonderfully new take on the world." (Malcolm Gladwell) "After launching hundreds of businesses―from airlines to trains, music to mobile, and now a spaceline―my biggest challenges and successes have come from convincing other people to see the world differently. ORIGINALS reveals how that can be done and will help you inspire creativity and change." (Sir Richard Branson) "This extraordinary, wildly entertaining book sheds new light on the Age of Disruption. What does it take to make a meaningful difference? And how can you apply this insight to your own life? By debunking myths of success stories, challenging long-held beliefs of process, and finding commonality among those who are agents of profound change, Adam Grant gives us a powerful new perspective on not just our place in the world, but our potential to shake it up entirely." (JJ Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, co-creator and executive producer of Lost, and cofounder of Bad Robot) "Adam Grant is one of the great social scientists of our time" (Susan Cain, author of QUIET) No Book? Available on Amazon, or from your local book store. The Session The session will be held on Zoom. Have the app downloaded and be ready to join in the discussion. A link to the Zoom session will be shared with all members on the day. https://zoom.us RSVP'ing and Waiting List If there are no more spaces do join the waiting list. Those down to attend may have to change their plans. Fee £2. If you need to change your plans, refunds are issued for cancellations received 7 days before the session. Post-session We generally go for drinks afterward at the nearby Canova Hall. https://www.canovahall.com/

(ZOOM Session) Social: Why our brains are wired to connect

Brixton Library

£2.00

Social: Why our brains are wired to connect, by Matthew D. Lieberman. Synopsis Why are we influenced by the behaviour of complete strangers? Why does the brain register similar pleasure when I perceive something as 'fair' or when I eat chocolate? Why can we be so profoundly hurt by bereavement? What are the evolutionary benefits of these traits? The young discipline of 'social cognitive neuroscience' has been exploring this fascinating interface between brain science and human behaviour since the late 1990s. Now one of its founding pioneers, Matthew D. Lieberman, presents the discoveries that he and fellow researchers have made. Using fMRI scanning and a range of other techniques, they have been able to see that the brain responds to social pain and pleasure the same way as physical pain and pleasure; and that unbeknown to ourselves, we are constantly 'mindreading' other people so that we can fit in with them. It is clear that our brains are designed respond to and be influenced by others. For good evolutionary reasons, he argues, we are wired to be social. The implications are numerous and profound. Do we have to rethink what we understand by identity, and free will? How can managers improve the way their teams relate and perform? Could we organize large social institutions in ways that would work far better? And could there be whole new methods of education? The Session The session will be held on Zoom. Have the app downloaded and be ready to join in the discussion. A link to the Zoom session will be shared with all members on the day. https://zoom.us No Book? Available on Amazon, or from your local book store. Travel Brixton Library is moments from Brixton Tube station RSVP'ing and Waiting List If there are no more spaces do join the waiting list. Those down to attend may have to change their plans. Fee £2. If you need to change your plans, refunds are issued for cancellations received 7 days before the session.

Past events (80)

(Zoom) The Courage to be Disliked

Brixton Library

£2.00

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