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Social Psychology: The Basics

Social psychology explores some of the most important questions we face as people: How do we create and understand the social self? How does our social cognition influence the volition and content of thoughts and behaviour? How do we relate to other individuals and groups and the myriad forms and processes of social influence?

In a jargon-free and accessible manner, Social Psychology: The Basics critically examines these fundamental principles of social mind, and provides a thorough overview of this fascinating area. Discussing the theory and science behind our understanding of how people relate to others, this book explores how we understand ourselves and others, how we relate at an individual and group level, the key processes underpinning social influence and the ways the discipline has (and continues to) evolve. It also looks at how the application of social psychology makes important differences in the real world.

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PsychologyItBetter.com PocketBook series.

The PsychologyItBetter pocket book series aims to deliver well researched information about psychology in an easy-to-digest format and for an affordable price. Each volume presents 10 concepts in a given area – describing how the process affects our thoughts, behaviour and performance. Ways to improve or work with each concept are also presented. Each concept is delivered in 600 words or less – perfect to dip into! Ten PocketBooks are planned, covering areas as diverse as decision making, parenting, sports performance, social interactions and motivation.  They are relative short (Pocket sized!) volumes. With a mind to making psychology available to all, they are all available for less than the price a large cup of coffee! Available on all major platforms – just search ‘Daniel Frings’.

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Understanding and Managing Stress

How can we cope better with stress?
Whilst we may not be able to remove the sources of stress in our lives, we all have the potential to better manage how we respond to them. However, to do so effectively, we must also understand how stress operates. Drawing on a combination of decades of scientific evidence and his own personal experience, psychological researcher and author Dr Daniel Frings explains the processes which underpin our responses to stressful situations. He also outlines clear, effective ways to translate theory to practice – methods you can use starting today.

We all want to reduce the amount of stress we experience in our lives – and this book will be an invaluable aid in doing so.

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Better Influence:
10 quick concepts you can use to persuade others effectively.
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. We all want to be more effective at influencing others. Drawing on both classic and contemporary accounts of social influence and persuasion, this PocketBook outlines 10 key concepts which will help improve you own influence attempts and resist those made by others. Topics covered include cognitive dissonance, the power of sets, the power of social proof and tips on how to best target you arguments to maximise attitudinal change. Better Influence is the second in the PsychologyItBetter.com Pocketbook series

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Judgement: 10 ways to Improve Decision Making.
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Judgement: 10 Judgmental Biases to Avoid. 10 ways to Improve Decision Making is the first in the PsychologyItBetter.com Pocketbook series. This volume will help you understand how different cognitive systems introduce systematic errors in the way we think and how to overcome them to improve your decision making. Each concept is presented concisely in less than 600 words, with a minimum of jargon and technicality. For each of the biases discussed a number of strategies you can immediately employ to minimise their effects are presented.

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Psychology Squared: 100 Concepts you should know.
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This book, written by myself and Christopher Sterling (with a contribution from Elizabeth Newton) takes a whistle-stop tour of the science of Psychology, with plenty of useful info-graphics and illustrations.
Paperback only. Published by Apple Press.