You will need to explore the major themes and concepts, why you selected the book, and how it has informed your own thinking

You will need to explore the major themes and concepts, why you selected the book, and how it has informed your own thinking

Psychology 320–Suggestion for your book analysis and critique

Your analysis should be in APA style approximately 3-5 pages (750-1250 words or more) in length. An abstract,
reference page, and title page are required. At some point in the paper, you will need to explore the major
themes and concepts, why you selected the book, and how it has informed your own thinking. Your ideas need to
be thorough, well stated, and grammatically correct. In other words, your thoughts should be well articulated,
express what you mean or intend to say, and written with impeccable care. The paper should have smooth
transitions and connect specific concepts, theories, ideas, or studies in social psychology with what you are
learning in the course. The paper is not simply a report of the book that you read, rather it should integrate
what you learn or expect to learn in the course with the contents of the book.
This is a list of suggestions. Please note that you may choose another book that is not on the list but that you
have discussed with me. This assignment is worth 100 points or 10% of your total grade for the course. As
always, please see me with questions.
On Killing—David Grossman
The Gift of Fear—Gavin de Becker Click: the magic of instant connections—Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman
Man’s Search for Meaning—Viktor Frankl The Art of Loving—Erich Fromm
The Second Sex –Simone De Beauvoir The Social Psychology of Good and Evil—Arthur G. Miller
Shatter Assumptions—Ronnie Janoff-Bulman Mindfulness—Ellen Langer
Groupthink: Psychological Studies of Policy Decisions and Fiascoes—Irving L. Janis
The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement—Jean M. Twenge & Keith Campbell
The Power of Vulnerability—Brene Brown
The Active Life—Parker J. Palmer
The Mismeasure of Man—Stephen J. Gould The Lucifer Effect—Phillip Zimbardo
The Happiness Hypothesis—Jonathan Haidt
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains—Nicholas Carr
The Honest Truth About Dishonesty—Dan Ariely The Paradox of Choice—Barry Schwartz
Obedience and Authority—Stanley Milgram Willpower—Roy Baumeister
Faster—James Gleick The Sunflower—Simone Wiesenthal
The Heart of Altruism—Kristen Renwick Monroe
Quite—Susan Cain Outliers—Malcolm Gladwell
The Feminine Mystique—Betty Freidan Profiles in Courage—John F. Kennedy
Propaganda: the formation of men’s attitudes—Jacques Ellel
The Spellbinders: Charismatic Political Leadership—Ann Ruth Willner
Blink—Malcolm Gladwell
Stress and Frustration—Irving L. Janis
Pathological Altruism—Barbara Oakley, Ariel Knafo, & Guruprasad Madhavan
Bullying, Suicide, and Homicide: Understanding, Assessing, and Preventing Threats to Self and Others for Victims of
Bullying—Butch Losey
Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill—Matthieu Ricard
The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardized Our Future—Mark Bauerlein
Politeness—Penelope Brown and Steven Levinson
Boom—Tom Brokaw Habits of the Heart—Robert Bellah
Hatred—Willard Gaylen The Good Society—Robert Bellah
Why We Love—Helen Fisher
The Call of Service—Robert Coles
Mechanics of Paper—30 points
• APA style is used correctly with a title page, abstract, and references. (Although you are analyzing a text some people
also, use citations from other sources in order to lend credibility to stated thoughts and ideas.)
• Spelling, capitalization, and grammar are correct.
• Paper length is within the guidelines of the assignment.
• Margins, headers, footers, spacing follow APA guidelines.
• When appropriate, citations are used

Scholarliness—40 points
• Paper thoughtfully analyzes and discusses the main themes and purpose of the book
• Course content is appropriately intersected with ideas and concepts from the book
• Paper demonstrates a thorough understanding of the book and course content
• Paper demonstrates critical thinking and reflection through analysis and synthesis that goes beyond mere reporting of
what the book was about
Writing and Expression of Ideas—30 points
• Paper has a clear introduction, body, and conclusion
• Ideas flow naturally from one to the next
• Paragraphs and sentences are crafted with correct tenses and transition ideas smoothly and with ease
• Main points, ideas, or arguments are clear and understood
• When appropriate personal examples, quotes, or materials from other classes are intersected
Chose as you wish.. but link the chosen book with the main book of the course
which is The Social Animal in the paper. Try to choose a book which has less
number of pages and easy to understand since I would have to buy it and give a
presentation about it. I am not a native-English speaker. Thank you


Academic LevelCollege (1-2 years: Freshmen, Sophomore)
Subject AreaPsychology
Paper Type Essay
Number of Pages4 Page(s)/1100 words
Paper FormatAPA
SpacingDouble spaced
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