Psychology Book Club

Book Cover CollageSmall Group Discussions of Popular Topics in Psychology

Do you have a passion for reading? Would you like to delve deeper into current trends and popular concepts in psychology? If so, the Psychology Book Club may be for you! Participation in the Psychology Book Club involves a commitment to reading two titles per semester, the topics of which center on a psychology concept or subject. A psychology faculty member will select a book, then participants will meet in a small group setting with that faculty member to discuss the book in detail. The books are provided to participating members free of charge, and dinner is also provided at the group discussions.

An email will be sent in the beginning of the semester inviting psychology majors to participate. The email will include instructions about how to submit a short personal statement explaining your interest in the Psychology Book Club and confirming availability for the time commitment involved.

Past Book Selections:

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through Madness
Jon Ronson

They say one out of every hundred people is a psychopath. You probably passed one on the street today. These are people who have no empathy, who are manipulative, deceitful, charming, seductive, and delusional. The Psychopath Test is the New York Times bestselling exploration of their world and the madness industry.

Ronson discovers that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their most insane edges. The Psychopath Test is a fascinating adventure through the minds of madness.

Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America
Linda Tirado

We in America have certain ideas of what it means to be poor. Linda Tirado, in her signature brutally honest yet personable voice, takes all of these preconceived notions and smashes them to bits. She articulates not only what it is to be working poor in America (yes, you can be poor and live in a house and have a job, even two), but what poverty is truly like—on all levels.

Frankly and boldly, Tirado discusses openly how she went from lower-middle class, to sometimes middle class, to poor and everything in between, and in doing so reveals why “poor people don’t always behave the way middle-class America thinks they should.”