The best authors and thinkers in the field of psychology have provided us with all of the information we require to fully comprehend how our brains function.
For us to read, all of the best research behind behaviors, thoughts, and decisions has been put down.
Understanding how our brains work can provide us with a wealth of important information.
To be successful in life, you must develop successful habits, think critically, and make quick and wise decisions.
However, there’s no point in attempting this unless you have a thorough understanding of the science involved.
Top 20 Psychology Books to Read in 2023
So there you have it: my picks for the top 20 psychology books on human behaviour to read this year.
Do note that you need to:
- Gain a better understanding of how our brains function.
- Make better choices.
- Improve your persuasion skills
- Improve your memory by thinking more clearly.
- Become more productive by reading people’s body language.
- Adopt positive habits.
- Persuade others
- Make friends and form strong bonds with others.
Here are Some top best psycology books on self development you should read if you’re serious about self-development and achieving great things in life:
1. Thinking Fast & Slow by Daniel Kahneman
The first book on the list is Thinking Fast and Slow, which has gotten a lot of attention since its release in 2011.
Kahneman outlines the two control algorithms how we think and act in great detail.
One of those systems is quick, while the other is slow.
The information in this book will greatly assist you in understanding how your thought process works.
You’ll also be able to utilize this knowledge to your advantage while attempting to better your life and develop positive habits.
2. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Habit dictates almost everything we do on a daily basis.
If you want to live a successful and full life, altering your behaviors should be one of your top priorities.
Charles Duhigg’s book The Power of Habit delves into the science of habit formation and why it exists.
Duhigg then goes on to outline the key steps to transforming your habits for the better.
You can’t afford to skip this book if you’re interested in learning more about habits and how to use them to your advantage.
3. Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
Have you ever pondered why we make the choices that we do?
Predictably Irrational, a book by Dan Ariely, debunks the popular belief that humans are fundamentally rational.
According to Ariely, all of our decisions are systematic and predictable, which means that certain ‘senseless‘ behaviors people have toward things aren’t so senseless after all.
4. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
Influence is a treasure of information and should be on everyone’s reading list!
If you’re a business owner, a salesperson, or anyone else wanting to go to the top of the corporate ladder, you already know how crucial it is to be convincing.
Cialdini explains why people respond “Yes” and how you may use what you’ve learned to any event in your life.
Any sort of persuasion involves six concepts, and this book teaches them all.
5. Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Malcolm Gladwell has published a fantastic book about how we all think without even realizing it.
To put it another way, the book demonstrates how our brains make split-second decisions without even realizing it.
These split-second decisions, according to Gladwell, aren’t as straightforward as they appear, and there are real-life examples of people who can make strong decisions based on a second’s observation in Blink.
This is a fantastic book for anyone who wants to enhance their decision-making abilities and understand more about the science behind them.
6. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath & Dan Heath
The Heaths have put together an outstanding book about the fight between our brain’s two systems.
The emotional mind and the intellectual mind are these systems, and they are continuously at odds in all we do.
This is one of the books on human physcology you should read in 2022.
This is what distinguishes between good, life-changing decisions and bad, life-damaging decisions.
Switch reveals everything, and it’s one of the best psychological books of the year.
7. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
Stumbling on Happiness takes a slightly different approach to psychology.
This book contains some fascinating insights into humans’ capacities to forecast the future, as well as whether or not we can confidently predict whether or not we would like it once we there.
The fundamental themes of this masterwork authored by Daniel Gilbert are imagination, illusion, and misinterpretation.
8. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ by Daniel Goleman
I believe that many individuals place too much emphasis on IQ rather than EQ.
Emotional intelligence, in addition to IQ, will greatly boost your ability to live a happy and successful life.
Not just in terms of your personal connections, but also in terms of your professional life and your own physical and mental health.
In his book, Goleman goes into great length about emotional intelligence. It’s a good idea to add this to your reading list!
9. The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Heidt
Award-winning psychologist Jonathan Haidt examines the world’s philosophical knowledge through the perspective of psychological science in his critically appreciated book.
Haidt demonstrates how a greater knowledge of timeless maxims—such as;
“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you,” or “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” are two phrases that can enhance and even change our lives.
10. The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less by Barny Schwartz
‘The Paradox of Choice‘ is a topic that practically everyone reading this text will understand.
Everyday decisions have grown much more complicated in today’s environment.
As a result, we’ve begun to take much more time to make our decisions. We’re squandering our time.
This book delves into the science of choice and explains why having more options isn’t always a good thing.
This is a must-read!
11. Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People
This is Dale Carnegie’s classic opus, which practically every self-development enthusiast has heard about.
‘How to Win Friends and Influence People,’ for those unfamiliar with the book’s renown, addresses the essential ideas in dealing with people, making them like you, influencing them, and so on.
Have you read this book yet? Go buy it now!
12. Evolutionary Psychology: The Science of the Mind by David Buss
Through the prism of modern evolutionary psychology, this book studies human psychology and behavior.
‘Evolutionary Psychology‘ teaches people how to use evolutionary psychology’s conceptual tools to do empirical study on the human mind.
This book was also named one of the year’s top three best books to read.
13. Professor Dawkins’ ‘The Selfish Gene‘
Professor Dawkins articulates a gene’s perspective on evolution in his book “The Selfish Gene.”
This innovative, passionate, and stylistically great work aroused the biology community, creating significant debate and stimulating whole new areas of inquiry.
Its observations are still as important today as they were when it was first published, forty years later.
14. Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy Baumeister & John Tierney
Baumeister & Tierney have put together this book to help people resurrect their willpower.
Among improving your focus and your ability to resist temptation, ‘Willpower’ also gives you lessons on goal setting, goal tracking, and having faith when things look dark.
Combine this with a few of the other books mentioned above, and you’ll be unstoppable!
15. Unlimited Memory by Kevin Horsley
Kevin Horsley set a world memory record in 2013, and now he’s brought you ‘Unlimited Memory’ to teach you everything he learned.
Yes, that’s exactly what it says on the tin… This book will show you how to greatly increase your memory, which will boost your productivity, work ethic, dependability, and success in anything you do.
And, given that he set a world record for what he preaches, I’d probably follow his advice!
16. Peter D. Kaufman’s Poor Charlie’s Almanack
This is a monster of a book to get through! It’s a lengthy read, but it’s well worth it.
Poor Charlie’s Almanack is edited by Kaufman and combines the wisdom of Charles T. Munger and Warren Buffett.
The book not only offers financial and business lessons and stories, but it also focuses on decision-making and better thinking.
Despite the fact that it contains a business component, it is still one of the best psychology books to read in 2021 and 2022.
17. Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
The premise underlying Psycho-Cybernetics is that we must first build a perspective of the outcomes we anticipate to achieve before we can begin achieving all of our goals.
With the information presented here, you can begin to succeed in a variety of aspects of your life.
18. Joe Navarro’s What Everybody is Saying
Joe Navarro’s book, unlike the others on this list, concentrates on the human body and, ultimately, how to begin speed-reading people.
The book delves into some fascinating physiological behaviors that you should be able to use to your advantage when dealing with individuals in real-life scenarios.
A lot of the information presented in this book will most likely surprise you.
If speed-reading people is a skill you’d like to develop, I’d highly recommend getting up a copy.
19. The First 20 Hours by Josh Kaufman
The First 20 Hours provides you with all of the resources you’ll need to master the fundamentals of any new talent in just 20 hours.
We’ve always heard that mastering a skill requires 10,000 hours of practice.
And, while this book won’t miraculously get you there in 20 minutes, it will help you acquire the fundamentals of any skill in that time.
Kaufman does a fantastic job of breaking things down into very simple steps that can be applied to everything. Why haven’t you yet purchased this book?!
20. Nudge by Richard H. Thaler & Cass R. Sunstei
Last on the list of best psychology books to be reading in 2022, is ‘Nudge’.
Nudge is a simple book about making choices and decisions.
Finally, you can learn to make better decisions about your health, money, and happiness by following the recommendations presented in the book.
Grab this book to round out your library of reading material that will help you reach new heights in your life!
How can I learn psychology by myself?
Once again, here are the top 20 best psychology books to read this year:
- Thinking Fast & Slow by Daniel Kahneman.
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
- Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
- Influence: How & Why People Agree to Things by Robert Cialdini
- Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
- Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath & Dan Heath
- Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
- Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ by Daniel Goleman
- The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Heidt
- The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less by Barny Schwartz
- How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- Evolutionary Psychology: The Science of the Mind by David Buss
- The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
- Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy Baumeister & John Tierney
- The Four People Types & What Drives Them by
- Poor Charlie’s Almanack by Kaufman
- Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
- What Everybody Is Saying by Joe Navarro
- The First 20 Hours by Josh Kaufman
- Nudge by Richard H. Thaler & Cass R. Sunstein