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Famous Psychology Books and Novels

List of famous psychology books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular psychology books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best psychology novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

These books, like The Alchemist and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values include images when available.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best psychology books?" and "What are the most famous psychology books?"

Note that some books on this list might be currently out of print, but you can purchase most of these notable psychology titles on Amazon with just one click.
  • Man's Search for Meaning is a 1946 book by Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate during World War II, and describing his psychotherapeutic method, which ...more
  • First Things First is a self-help book written by Stephen Covey, A. Roger Merrill, and Rebecca R. Merrill. It offers a time management approach that, if established as a habit, is intended to help a ...more
  • Figments of Reality: The Evolution of the Curious Mind is a book about the evolution of the intelligent and conscious human mind by biologist Jack Cohen and mathematician Ian Stewart. In this book ...more
  • The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World is a 2009 book written by Iain McGilchrist that deals with the specialist hemispheric functioning of the brain. The ...more
  • Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy is a novel in verse by Sonya Sones. The free-verse novel follows Cookie, a thirteen-year-old girl, whose older sister is hospitalized on ...more
  • The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment is a book by Eckhart Tolle. The book is intended to be a self-help guide for day-to-day living and stresses the importance of living in the ...more
  • Evaluating a Large Group Awareness Training: A Longitudinal Study of Psychosocial Effects is a non-fiction psychology book on Large Group Awareness Training, published in 1990 by Springer-Verlag. The ...more
  • Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves is Steven Hassan's self-published second book. It discusses Hassan's theories on mind control and cults. According to Arthur A. Dole, ...more
  • Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought is a book by cognitive anthropologist Pascal Boyer that discusses the evolutionary psychology of religion and evolutionary origin of ...more
  • Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison is a 1975 book by the French philosopher Michel Foucault. An analysis of the social and theoretical mechanisms behind the massive changes that occurred ...more
  • Queen Bees and Wannabes is a 2002 self-help book by Rosalind Wiseman. It focuses on the ways in which girls in high schools form cliques, and on patterns of aggressive teen girl behavior and how to ...more
  • Quantum Psychology: How Brain Software Programs You & Your World is a book written by Robert Anton Wilson, originally published in 1990. Some consider Quantum Psychology a follow-up to Wilson's ...more
  • Diary of a Drug Fiend, published in 1922, was occult writer and mystic Aleister Crowley's first published novel, and is also reportedly the earliest known reference to the Abbey of Thelema in Sicily.
  • Diagnostics of Karma is a series of 12 books, written by Sergey Nikolayevich Lazarev, a Russian researcher and writer in bioenergetics and healing. The books were featured on Russian and Ukrainian TV ...more
  • The Alchemist (Portuguese: O Alquimista) is a novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho that was first published in 1988. Originally written in Portuguese, it became a widely translated international ...more
  • Prozac nation : Avoir vingt ans dans la dépression est un livre autobiographique écrit par Elizabeth Wurtzel.
  • Getting It: The Psychology of est is a non-fiction book by American psychologist Sheridan Fenwick, first published in 1976, analyzing Werner Erhard's Erhard Seminars Training or est. It is based on ...more
  • Philosophical Explanations is a 1981 metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical treatise by Robert Nozick.
  • Cults: Faith, Healing and Coercion is a non-fiction book on cults and coercive persuasion, written by Marc Galanter. The book was published in hardcover format in 1989 by Oxford University Press, and ...more
  • Cults in Our Midst: The Hidden Menace in Our Everyday Lives is a nonfiction psychology book on cults, by Margaret Singer and Janja Lalich, Ph.D., with a foreword by Robert Jay Lifton. The book was ...more
  • Crazy Therapies: What Are They? Do They Work? is a book by psychologist Margaret Singer and Janja Lalich published by Jossey-Bass in 1996. Singer and Lalich explore myriad wildly controversial claims ...more
  • Coming of Age in Samoa is a book by American anthropologist Margaret Mead based upon her research and study of youth – primarily adolescent girls – on the island of Ta'u in the Samoan Islands. First ...more