Psychology Book Recommendations

Foundational Authors & Works

Carl Rogers, On Becoming a Person

B. F. Skinner,  Beyond Freedom and Dignity and About Behaviorism and Walden Two

Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

Sigmund Freud, Civilization and its Discontents

John Norcross (editor), Evidence-Based Practices in Mental Health

Psychopathology & Diagnosis 

David Barlow (editor), Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders

Oliver Saks, Hallucinations

Kelly Lambert, Clinical Neuroscience

Criticisms & Controversial Topics

Stephen Hinshaw, The ADHD Explosion

Robert Whitaker, Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic

Ronald Miller, Not So Abnormal Psychology

Allen Frances, Saving Normal

Bruce Wampold, The Great Psychotherapy Debate

Therapy Theories 

Carl Rogers, Client-Centered Therapy

Irvin Yalom, The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy

Aaron Beck, Cognitive Therapy of Depression

Steven Hayes, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Judith Beck, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Danny Wedding, Current Psychotherapies

William Miller, Motivational Interviewing

Jacqueline Person, Cognitive Therapy in Practice

Evidence-Based Therapy Manuals 

Marsha Linehan, DBT Skills Training Manual and Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder

Michelle Craske, Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic

David Burns, Feeling Good

Richard Zinbarg, Mastery of Your Anxiety and Worry

Martha Davis, The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook

Lisa Najavitis, Seeking Safety

Expert Therapist Perspectives

Irvin Yalom, The Gift of Therapy and Love’s Executioner

First Person Perspectives

Kay Jamison, An Unquiet Mind

Elyn Saks, The Center Cannot Hold

William Styron, Darkness Visible

Carolyn Spiro and Pamela Spiro Wagner, Divided Minds

Research Design & Analysis

Alan Kazdin, Research Design in Clinical Psychology and Single-Case Research Designs

John Creswell, Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design

Culture & Diversity

Derald Wing Sue, Counseling the Culturally Diverse and Case Studies in Multicultural Counseling and Therapy


Stephen Hinshaw, Breaking the Silence and  The Mark of Shame

Grad School and Careers in Psychology

Peggy Hawley, Being Bright is Not Enough

Adam Ruben, Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School

Peter Feibelman, A PhD is Not Enough

Paul Silva, How to Write A Lot

Karen Kelsky, The Professor Is In 

- ̗̀ 02/04/2017  ̖́-

Everyone needs inspiration/motivation! Therefore, I made a list of my favourite inspirational quotes! Please like/reblog if you love them as much as I do! 

  • “I think, therefore I am. (Cogito, ergo sum.)” —René Descartes

  • “Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.” —B. F. Skinner

  • “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
    —Albert Einstein

  • “The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live.” —Mortimer Adler

  • “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” —Abraham Lincoln

  • “The journey is the reward.” —Chinese Proverb

  • “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” —Goethe

  • “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” —Will Rogers

  • “Learning is like rowing upstream, not to advance is to drop back.”
    —Chinese Proverb

  • “Be a student as long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.” —Henry L. Doherty

  • “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

  • “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
Approaching Compatibility

In psychology the only “proven” work is that of B. F. Skinner and Ivan Pavlov. The rest of psychology is thought to be pure “hokum” as the fictitious Doctor Sheldon Cooper would say. This is not to confuse the issue with psychiatry, which is welcomed into the atheistic scientific community because of their enthusiastic use of psycho-medications and electroshock “therapy.”

The point is we are more than meets the eye. But because of the prevailing atheistic climate that has evolved since the 1930’s people have been told they are just being superstitious, then left to drift. Fortunately, the void is beginning to be filled by a combination of astrology and Jungian psychology. And from this new point of view, people are swamping various sites on the internet with questions such as: “When will I find love?”, “I’ve been hurt over and over, why?”, “When am I going to quit being alone?”, “My astrological sign is Kleenex, will I find a nose that is right for me?” and so on.
The answer is difficult but definitive: You must first discover yourself more deeply. You must go the work to discover what you really want in your life besides a companion. You are trying to use another person to solve your problems with loneliness, when in your aloneness you should be endeavoring to discover what in life you are passionate about (besides sex).
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” we ask our children. This applies to you as well. What is your passion, what really turns on your lights? Astronomy? Set lighting and design? Advanced computer miniaturization engineering? Organic farming? Professional cooking? Overseas fashion importing.
Obviously, the list is endless. Before committing to love and marriage, I say you must get in touch with this deeper self that causes the atheists to scream “hellloooo!”, discover something you are really passionate about in life and then go for it! Go to school, get wide world exposure, get an apprenticeship, or whatever, and your delighted-with-life attitude will attract a significant other who will become your equal, partner, and someone whom you will love rather than need.

Jon Hassinger (writer for Astrolocherry)

Twenty-five hundred years ago it might have been said that man understood himself as well as any other part of the world. Today he is the thing he understands least. Physics and biology have come a long way, but there has been no comparable development of anything like a science of behavior. Greek physics and biology are now of historical interest only (no modern physicist or biologist would turn to Aristotle for help), but the dialogues of Plato are still assigned to students and cited as if they threw a new light on human behavior. Aristotle could not have understood a page of modern physics or biology, but Socrates and his friends would have little trouble in following most current discussions of human affairs.
—  B.F. Skinner, Beyond Freedom and Dignity
Walden 2 and a Commune


My sophomore year in college two teammates and I jokingly plotted to create an off-the-grid compound, where we would pool resources, build fantastic tree houses, share wives, and breed variations of uber-babies to help us take over the world (and, more importantly, destroy Mike Cappetto). While this dream is somewhat behind me—though with my jokester commie comrades, one can never be quite sure— I’ve found it strange enough to meet other people who fantasize about similar communal dynamics.

Bro, wouldn’t it be so sick to have a cabin in the woods?

To have like a garden?

A tin house?

In Walden Two, B.F. Skinner, famous educational psychologist, depicts a fictional realization of a Thoureavian community, and how potentially liberating that world could in fact be from social, economic, and even artistic pressures. Of course every piece of fiction demands real truths, so I don’t want to go whooping and hollering about communism and how it should work, but the food for thought was incredible. Skinner plainly mentions that he’s not talking about that large scale of an operation either. It’s simple mobilization—one thousand people doing work for one thousand people. Make sense when broken down simply.

And I think Skinner would agree with my question? Why does everyone think that it’s so much worse than capitalism?

San Luis Obispo, I’m coming for you.

I’m watching “The Brain: a secret history” on BBC4, its talking about Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936) and classical conditioning, I definitely did not know he had furthered his famous experiments on dogs by conducting them on children. They conditioned children to open their mouths and chew (conditioned response) every time the their wrists were squeezed (conditioned stimulus) by continually feeding them cookies (unconditioned stimulus) out of a tube. By pairing the neutral stimulus of the child’s wrist being lightly squeezed with the real stimuli of cookies, the child was conditioned to open their mouths/chew every time their wrists were squeezed, despite no cookies being dispensed by the, horribly degrading, tube. It seems that Pavlov also directly mirrored his classic experiments on salivation in dogs on Children, including surgically implanting a collecting duct in their salivary glands to measure the amount of saliva in response to the conditioned stimulus, what ever that may have been. FUCKED. Naughty man 

On a better note, B F Skinner’s (the dude that did operant conditioning) daughter has conditioned her rad cat how to play piano \m/

I’m sorry for my shit explanation, its too late for brain function, and its tumblr, not sk00l. Ya know? 

Hey guys! I created another collection of quotes from the psychologists. You know the drill! I hope you enjoy these inspirational quotes and find them inspiring too!

Carl Rogers

  • “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
  • “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.”
  • “The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.”
  • “The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.”

Erik Erikson

  • “The more you know yourself, the more patience you have for what you see in others.”
  • “We are what we love.”
  • “I am what survives of me.”
  • “Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all.”
  • “In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.”
  • “The way you ‘take history’ is also a way of 'making history.'”

William James

  • “The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”
  • “This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it.”
  • “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
  • “When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice.”
  • “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”
  • “To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.”
  • “Truth is what works.”
  • “We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.”
  • “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”
  • “The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”
  • “It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.”
  • “If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.”
  • “There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man’s lack of faith in his true self.”
  • “If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.”
  • “Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.”
  • “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.”
  • “Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.”
  • “Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.”
  • “Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.”
  • “Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.”
  • “We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.”
  • “The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.”

Albert Ellis

  • “There are three musts that hold us back: I must do well. You must treat me well. And the world must be easy.”
  • “The art of love is largely the art of persistence.”

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

  • “Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.”
  • “I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.”
  • “The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.”
  • “Love is really the only thing we can possess, keep with us, and take with us.”
  • “The opinion which other people have of you is their problem, not yours.”
  • “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.”
  • “Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.”
  • “People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
  • “Consciously or not, we are all on a quest for answers, trying to learn the lessons of life. We grapple with fear and guilt. We search for meaning, love, and power. We try to understand fear, loss, and time. We seek to discover who we are and how we can become truly happy.”

Erich Fromm

  • “There is only one meaning of life: the act of living itself.”
  • “The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.”
  • “There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.”
  • “If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?”
  • “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.”
  • “Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others.”

Alfred Adler

  • “Man knows much more than he understands.”
  • “It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”
  • “The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well.”
  • “The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.”

Sigmund Freud

  • “Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.”

Albert Bandura

  • “In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life.”

Abraham Maslow

  • “What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.”
  • “If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.”
  • “If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”
  • “The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.”
  • “What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization.”
  • “A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.”

Karen Horney

  • “Thou shalt free thyself from convention, from everyday morality.”
  • “Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.”

B. F. Skinner

  • “When you run into something interesting, drop everything else and study it.”
  • “I did not direct my life. I didn’t design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That’s what life is.”
  • “The way positive reinforcement is carried out is more important than the amount.”
  • “A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.”

Carl Jung

  • “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
  • “As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”
  • “A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.”
  • “In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.”
  • “There is no coming to consciousness without pain.”
  • “The word 'happiness’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.”
  • “Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.”
  • “We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect. The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth.”
  • “It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.”
  • “Follow that will and that way which experience confirms to be your own.”
  • “Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble.”
  • “The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.”
  • “Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.”
  • “Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.”
  • “We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.”
  • “Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.”
  • “The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed. It is just these intense conflicts and their conflagration which are needed to produce valuable and lasting results.”
  • “Man is not a machine that can be remodeled for quite other purposes as occasion demands, in the hope that it will go on functioning as regularly as before but in a quite different way. He carries his whole history with him; in his very structure is written the history of mankind.”

Wugs are a small flightless species of thought experiment (pictured here with a graduate student) native to North America. They are very social and are always seen in bonded pairs. Previously, these were thought to be mates, but Gleeson’s famous experiment suggests that they might reproduce asexually, with a single Wug giving rise to two [plural of Wug], leading some researchers to believe these bonded pairs are siblings or parent and offspring rather than mates. This is further supported by the fact that Wugs have no sexual dimorphism, and basically one Wug looks the same as any other Wug.

A light blue color morph is by far the most common, but occasionally white, pink, or yellow Wugs are seen as well. While they are nearly impossible to train by classical conditioning, they are very intelligent and quickly learn verbal commands from immersion and pattern recognition, and are harmless and robust enough to be ideal pets for young children.

They are tolerant of many different climates and now live in linguistics departments the world over, where they are often kept as pets by graduate students, due to their ease of upkeep. Much like B. F. Skinner, they eat their words, and thus can be cared for very cheaply, aside from the initial cost of building a Deep Structure for them to roost in. They are the only known species to vocalize in the International Phonetic Alphabet.