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Ten Interesting Things About Human Behavior [Kindle Edition]

Suzanne Davis
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Ten Interesting Things About Human Behavior is a short, lighthearted look at 10 things human beings do, why we do them, and their significance in our everyday lives. How do we resolve psychological conflict that occurs when our behavior violates our attitudes? Why are we so quick to blame others for their behavior while offering excuses for our own? What should we make of the talking heads on cable TV who argue about the cause of TV violence on children's behavior - whose explanation is correct? Why are reality TV shows, some of which portray contestants as pathetic and dysfunctional, so popular?

Questions like these usually provoke different answers from different people, each of whom may attribute his or her answers to "common sense." One person argues that "of course children mimic violence they see on TV - my kids do" while another attributes it to "poor parenting - because my kids don't." Which is it, and why?

Research psychologists try to answer these questions as best we can. This book is a brief look at the answers to 10 aspects of human behavior - answers derived from controlled behavioral research that is designed to test various theories about behavior. Certainly, there is more to human behavior than the 10 things I chose for this short book. And there are hundreds of primary sources and research reports that describe the research findings in more depth. They're out there if you'd like to read more.

But for those who are new to the field of Experimental Psychology, 10 Things may pique your interest in learning more about the subject. And for those "armchair psychologists" out there who'd like a quick read about the most fascinating creatures on the planet - human beings - I think you'll like it, too.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting find Oct. 8 2013
By Melissa Greenberg TOP 500 REVIEWER
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As someone who is generally interested in human behaviour, I found this book appealing and interesting. I learned quite a few things from it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read Jan. 26 2014
By Richard
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Interesting insights into human behaviour. Some of the tips I will start using in my interactions and I suppose engage in some human behaviour experiments.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting quick read Feb. 18 2012
By Mei - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has only 405 locations, so it takes no more than half an hour or so to read. There are 10 chapters in this book, all chapters are about human behouviour. There are examples of behaviour in each chapter that you will recognise from your own life, making this book more appealing than a book with just the theory.

A few examples of the subjects:
-chapter 1 explains how changing your behaviour can change your attitude. This chapter explaines that when your behaviour and your believes don't match, your brain finds a solution, namely: changing your attitude.
-chapter 2 clarifies that it's normal for people to be inconsistent
-chapter 5 makes clear how tabloids and reality shows can make us feel better about ourselves
-chapter 8 shows us how we use double-standards when we judge ourselves relative to others
-chapter 9 explains how why airtravel brings out weird and rude behaviour.

There are 10 chapters in total in this book, so there are more subjects in this book than the ones I mentioned above. There is a extensive list of references at the end of the book. This book explains some human behaviour in a understandable and lively way. This book is very short though, and I would have liked it to be much longer. This book is a easy and fun read that will entertain and teach you about human behaviour at the same time. Recommended for everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So that is why... March 29 2012
By Rebecca of Amazon - Published on Amazon.com
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Suzanne Davis has created a small book of interesting facts about human behavior. You don't need to be a psychologist to understand this book. It is very simple and explains various behaviors that are common in life. Some of the things discussed include: cognitive dissonance, false dilemmas, body language, downward social comparison and the actor-observer effect. After reading this book you will understand why people act so terribly at airports or why we feel a smug happiness when we see famous people failing in life. If you have thirty minutes this is well worth your time.

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4.0 out of 5 stars May be basic info but to a layman it was interesting Feb. 21 2013
By Roxanne Crouse - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a writer so I got this to better understand what drives people and did find some interesting info. It's a short read which for me was a good thing. I hate books that go on and on about info you don't really need and pepper in here and there what you do need. This book got straight to the point with no fluff. I really enjoyed chapter 2 Human beings can be inconsistent and I may use that idea in a future story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars For Entertainment Only Feb. 17 2014
By Joseph - Published on Amazon.com
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Davis has offered more theory and personal opinion in this book than actual scientific research based evidence. I am very disappointed that anyone would put together a book about Human Behavior without knowledge of, education on, or performing extensive research in the field on this subject. Davis claims in this book that people can't be read; however, we read people everywhere everyday. Why does the guy on the corner make you feel uneasy, without ever speaking a word? How do you know your friend is sad just by the way the look? How are you able to tell you are being lied to by someone you know? It's not coincidence, it's body language we as humans learn to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 10 Easy to Understand Answers May 3 2012
By McKayla - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book immensely! Many of the 10 answers were to questions I've long had about puzzling human quirks- and everything was explained clearly enough for the average Joe. Only one chapter/subject left me slightly unsatified... that inconsistancies in human arguments are natural and OK. I allow that inconsistancy is a natural human failing, but believe that it should be corrected whenever this fault noticed raher than accepted. Also, as a passionate pro-lifer, I regret the example used in the chapter which protrays a rather non-sensical and ill-informed debate on the topic (although it does prove the overall point and such inconsistant arguments are common).

The chapter on why we sleep was especially mind-blowing to me. Perhaps I'll sleep on it... ;)

All in all, I'm very much hoping for another installment, Dr Davis!
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