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In a way, all fiction books help you explore some facet of human psychology. They deal with emotions and how people feel and motives, so they don't explain psychology to you but help you to gauge how the human mind twists and turns and thinks in relation to people, things and ideas.

However, if you are looking forward to reading books on Psychology that are neither fully research based nor too vanilla in terms of explaining human emotions, here are a few books you might like:

1. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

Based in a mental hospital, this is the story of a patient's rebellion against a Nurse.

2. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini

Non fiction and tilting towards self-help but well written nevertheless.

3. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud

Basic. Read this to learn and then unlearn by reading other books that have subsequently challenged Freud's claims.

4. Motivation and Personality by Abraham Maslow

We've all come across Maslow's pyramid of needs. This is a detailed description of how motive hooks onto personality and shapes oour actions subsequently.

5. Man and His Symbols by C. G. Jung

Interprets the symbolism of dreams, a great follow up read to Freud.

Jungian psychology is breathtaking. Prepare to be thrilled and amazed.

6. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks

This is a fascinating read about a gamut of neurological disorders. My only feeling on finishing this book was a surprising re affirmation of how sane I am. Then I wondered if that makes me insane. Here's a quote:


“If a man has lost a leg or an eye, he knows he has lost a leg or an eye; but if he has lost a self—himself—he cannot know it, because he is no longer there to know it.”
Bonus Read: Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl

This has been on my to read list for a long time now. This is a Psychiatrist memoir of living in a camp during World War II.


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