Psychology Is No Longer Difficult Discipline
This part introduces three extracts from recommended books to read for further understanding of psychology in order to compliment the academic article Workplace Psychology: What Can We Do to Serve Both Workers and Managers?" - Ed.
The Emotional Life of Your Brain (Richard Davidson & Sharon Begley, 2012)
“This book describes a personal and professional journey to understand why and how people differ in their emotional responses to what life throws at them, motivate by the desire to help people lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. Emotional Style is a consistent way of responding to the experiences of our lives. It is governed by specific, identifiable brain circuits and can be measured using objective laboratory methods. Emotional Style influences the likelihood of feeling particular emotional states, traits, and moods. Because Emotional Styles are much closer to underlying brain systems than emotional states or traits, they can be considered the atoms of our emotional lives—their fundamental building blocks. Becoming more familiar with your Emotional Style is the first and foremost important step in transforming it, the goal of this book.”
Personality and the Fate of Organizations (Robert Hogan, 2006)
“If you have any interest whatsoever in personality, in organizations, in leadership—and especially if you are interested in all three—go online and order this thin volume. This is a book with an attitude, a strong point of view about the fundamental issues on the topic. There are fewer qualifications, less neutrality or uncertainty or respect for opposing viewpoints, than you might see from more dispassionate academic works. The author opines with confidence, bordering at times on arrogance, and he has every right. Hogan is a pioneer and spent many years as a fairly lonely pioneer at that.”
Who Moved My Cheese? (Spencer Johnson, 1998)
“Who Moved My Cheese?’ is a story about change that takes place in a Maze where four amusing characters look for “Cheese”—cheese being a metaphor for what we want to have in life, whether it is a job, a relationship, money, a big house, freedom, health, recognition, spiritual peace, or even an activity like jogging or golf. Living in constant white water with the changes occurring all the time at work or in life can be stressful, unless people have a way of looking at change that helps them understand it. Enter the Cheese story. I hope you enjoy what you discover and I wish you well. Remember: Move with the Cheese!”