Here are the top 20 psychology books to help you understand your mind (and improve your life). This list will help you decide which psychology books are best for you.
What Are the Best Psychology Books Available Now?
This year, I’ve read and reviewed a bunch of new psychology books — books written to help us understand ourselves and improve our lives. So here is my list of the top psychology books that have been published in the last few years.
Although I won’t include them in the list of best psychology books (that seems like cheating), I do also want to share with you a bit of info about my psychology workbooks. These aren’t designed for a casual read on a Sunday afternoon. Rather, they are skill-building workbooks to help you better understand yourself and improve your life (they are super useful and actionable!)
Top 20 Psychology Books
The top books below cover a range of topics, spanning from happiness to connection to networking, and they are from a mixture of authors with different backgrounds and areas of expertise. My favorite psychology books are rooted in science but still fun to read. And rather than using fluffy statements like “You can change your life!” I prefer the books that tell it like it is, teaching us readers exactly what we can do to improve our lives.
For these reasons, the following books are among my favorite psychology books to come out in the last few years.
1. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture. Brown argues in Braving the Wilderness that we’re experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other.
2. Emotional Intelligence 2.0
By now, emotional intelligence (EQ) needs little introduction—it’s no secret that EQ is critical to your success. But knowing what EQ is and knowing how to use it to improve your life are two very different things. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 delivers a step-by-step program for increasing your EQ via four, core EQ skills that enable you to achieve your fullest potential.
3. Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness
New York Times bestselling author Dr. Rick Hanson shows you how to develop twelve vital inner strengths hardwired into your own nervous system in his new book Resilient. Then no matter what life throws at you, you’ll be able to feel less stressed, pursue opportunities with confidence, and stay calm and centered in the face of adversity.
4. Friend of a Friend . . .: Understanding the Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life and Your Career
In this startling new look at the art and science of networking, business school professor David Burkus digs deep to find the unexpected secrets that reveal the best ways to grow your career. Friend of a Friend suggests that we forget the outdated advice you’ve already heard. Learn how to make use of the hidden networks you already have.
5. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
In her instant, multi-month New York Times bestseller, Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”
6. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.
7. The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity
Modern times are stressful—and it’s killing us. Unfortunately, we can’t avoid the things that stress us out, but we can change how we respond to them. In The Stress-Proof Brain, a clinical psychologist and neuroscience expert offers an original approach to help readers harness the power of positive emotions and overcome stress for good.
8. The Kindfulness Solution: Transforming Your Body and Life Through Greater Awareness and Self-Compassion
What do you get when you combine mindfulness and kindness? According to Karen Azeez, author of The Kindfulness Solution, you get kindfulness, a special combination of emotional skills that combine to form a catalyst for real happiness.