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Classic Texts and Studies for Psychology

Books and DVDs with classic psychology texts and studies



Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud; translated and edited by James Strachey
BF173.F64 C56 1989  Check Availability
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"Civilization and Its Discontents is one of the last of Freud's books, written in the decade before his death and first published in German in 1929. In it he states his views on the broad question of man's place in the world, a place Freud defines in terms of ceaseless conflict between the individual's quest for freedom and society's demand for conformity. Freud's theme is that what works for civilization doesn't necessarily work for man. Man, by nature aggressive and egotistical, seeks self-satisfaction. But culture inhibits his instinctual drives. The result is a pervasive and familiar guilt."
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The Ego and the Id by Sigmund Freud; translated by Joan Riviere; revised and edited by James Strachey
BF175.5.E35 F74 1989  Check Availability
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"The Ego and the Id is a foundation document in psychoanalysis first written by Freud in 1923. It is an analytical study of the human psyche outlining his theories of the psycho-dynamics of the id, ego, and super-ego, which is of fundamental importance in the development of psychoanalytic theory. The study was conducted over years of meticulous research and was first published in English in 1927."
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Man and His Symbols edited by C. G. Jung, et al.
BF173.J85 M3  Check Availability
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"Illustrated throughout with revealing images, this is the first and only work in which the world-famous Swiss psychologist explains to the layperson his enormously influential theory of symbolism as revealed in dreams."
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The Portable Jung by C. G. Jung
BF173.J85 C3 1971  Check Availability
Image:Portable_Jung.jpg‎ From Google Books:
"This comprehensive collection of writings by the epoch-shaping Swiss psychoanalyst was edited by Joseph Campbell, himself the most famous of Jung's American followers. It comprises Jung's pioneering studies of the structure of the psyche-including the works that introduced such notions as the collective unconscious, the Shadow, Anima and Animus-as well as inquries into the psychology of spirituality and creativity, and Jung's influential 'On Synchronicity,' a paper whose implications extend from the I Ching to quantum physics. Campbell's introduction completes this compact volume, placing Jung's astonishingly wide-ranging oeuvre within the context of his life and times."
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Undiscovered Self by C. G. Jung; translated from the German by R. F. C. Hull
BF173.J85 U6  Check Availability
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"In his classic, provocative work, Dr. Carl Jung--one of psychiatry's greatest minds-argues that the future depends on our ability to resist society's mass movements. Only by understanding our unconscious inner nature-'the undiscovered self'-can we gain the self-knowledge that is antithetical to ideological fanaticism. But this requires facing the duality of the human psyche-the existence of good and evil in us all. In this seminal book, Jung compellingly argues that only then can we cope and resist the dangers posed by those in power."
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Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle by C. G. Jung; translated by R.F.C. Hull
BF1031 .J85 1973  Check Availability
Image:Synchronicity.jpg‎ From Google Books:
"Jung was intrigued from early in his career with coincidences, especially those surprising juxtapositions that scientific rationality could not adequately explain. He discussed these ideas with Albert Einstein before World War I, but first used the term 'synchronicity' in a 1930 lecture, in reference to the unusual psychological insights generated from consulting the I Ching. A long correspondence and friendship with the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Wolfgang Pauli stimulated a final, mature statement of Jung's thinking on synchronicity, originally published in 1952 and reproduced here. Together with a wealth of historical and contemporary material, this essay describes an astrological experiment Jung conducted to test his theory. Synchronicity reveals the full extent of Jung's research into a wide range of psychic phenomena."
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Please Understand Me: Character & Temperament Types by David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates
BF698.3 .K45 1984  Check Availability
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"Unless you're already a true personality-typing devotee, this book may seem a little esoteric, especially the somewhat 'in' references to psychological theory that few laypeople will be likely to understand. But give it a chance and you may find that you'll begin to understand why you always know where to find Anna Karenina on the shelf (you have an ESTJ husband), why your boss is sarcastic one day and praises your achievements the next (she's an NF), and why knowing the reason that the sun comes up in the same place every day is important to your little one (he's Promethean). You may even find that once you accept quirks and ticks in others, they will understand you a little better, too." - Stefanie Durbin
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Death at an Early Age: The Destruction of the Hearts and Minds of Negro Children in the Boston Public Schools by Jonathan Kozol
LC2803.B6 K69 1985  Check Availability
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"A young teacher offers a firsthand account of the destructive effects of segregated Boston schools and their teachers on the African American children who attend them."
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Obedience to Authority: Current Perspectives on the Milgram Paradigm edited by Thomas Blass
EBSCO ElectronicBook  Check Availability
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"Stanley Milgram's experiments on obedience to authority are among the most important psychological studies of this century. Perhaps because of the enduring significance of the findings--the surprising ease with which ordinary persons can be commanded to act destructively against an innocent individual by a legitimate authority--it continues to claim the attention of psychologists and other social scientists, as well as the general public. The study continues to inspire valuable research and analysis. The goal of this book is to present current work inspired by the obedience paradigm."
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Quiet Rage: The Stanford Prison Experiment produced and directed by Ken Musen; written by Ken Musen and Philip Zimbardo
Reserve DVD 4086  Check Availability
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"In the summer of 1971, Philip Zimbardo, Craig Haney, and Curtis Banks carried out a psychological experiment to test a simple question. What happens when you put good people in an evil place-does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph? To explore this question, college student volunteers were pretested and randomly assigned to play the role of prisoner or guard in a simulated prison at Stanford University. Although the students were mentally healthy and knew they were taking part in an experiment, some guards soon [became] sadistic and the prisoners showed signs of acute stress and depression. After only six days, the planned two-week study spun out of control and had to be ended to prevent further abuse of the prisoners. This dramatic demonstration of the power of social situations is relevant to many institutional settings, such as the Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq."
Obedience by Stanley Milgram
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Image:Obedience_DVD.jpg‎ From the catalog:
"Presents Stanley Milgram's classic research on obedience to authority through candid footage shot at Yale University in May 1962. Documents both obedient and defiant reactions of subjects who are instructed to administer electric shocks of increasing severity to another person and shows subjects explaining their actions after the experiment."
A Class Divided by Jane Elliott
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Image:A_Class_Divided.jpg‎ From PBS Frontline:
"One day in 1968, Jane Elliott, a teacher in a small, all-white Iowa town, divided her third-grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups and gave them a daring lesson in discrimination. This is the story of that lesson, its lasting impact on the children, and its enduring power thirty years later."
Musical Minds: with Dr. Oliver Sacks produced by Ryan Murdock and directed by Louise Lockwood
DVD 3744  Check Availability
Image:Musical_Minds_Oliver_Sacks.jpg‎ From PBS Nova:
"Can the power of music make the brain come alive? Throughout his career Dr. Oliver Sacks, neurologist and acclaimed author, has encountered myriad patients who are struggling to cope with debilitating medical conditions, including autism and Tourette's syndrome. While their ailments vary, many have one thing in common: an appreciation for the therapeutic effects of music. NOVA follows four individuals—two of whom are Sacks's case studies—and even peers into Sacks's own brain to investigate music's strange and surprising power over the human mind."
Black is-- Black Ain't: A Personal Journey Through Black Identity produced and directed by Marlon Riggs
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Image:Black_In_Black_Aint.jpg‎ From the catalog:
"A frank and honest look at black identity in America. Uses incisive storytelling and commentary from prominent black intellectuals, including Angela Davis, Bell Hooks, and Cornel West. Meant to stir provocative debate and add reinforcement to a bold vision for a humanity that embraces all people. Explodes the myth that black America is monolithic."
Sybil produced by Jacqueline Babbin; screenplay by Stewart Stern; directed by Daniel Petrie
DVD 4625-4626  Check Availability
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"The film was based on the bestselling nonfiction book about a multiple-personality patient and her exhaustive therapy. It opens with a brilliant series of scenes that suggest how a young woman named Sybil (Sally Field) experiences unexplained blackouts, which brings her to the attention of a psychiatrist, Dr. Wilbur (Joanne Woodward). The film unfolds around the searching therapy sessions, laced with flashbacks to Sybil's toxic childhood. There's also a tentative romance between the lonely Sybil and a manchild (Brad Davis) who lives across the alley. Most notably, of course, there are the appearances of Sybil's alternate personalities, who express her strangled emotional life."
TV Violence & You produced by Jerry L. Holsopple
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"[An] expert on violence, George Gerbner, analyzes one week of television shows to determine their level of violence. He analyzes the effects on viewers of both blatant violence and subtle violent imagery; violent relationships portrayed between men and women, and violence at sports events."