The Handy Psychology Answer Book, Second Edition

by Lisa J Cohen, PhD
Handy Psychology 2e

Aiming this compendium at a broad audience, from general readers to individuals requiring a supplemental course book, Cohen offers an overview of psychology.


Bridges the divide between the pop psychology discussed on television talk shows and in magazines, which is often driven more by the entertainment value of the topics than the science behind them, and academic research that is published in journals, in language that is inaccessible to the average person. Highly recommended.


By introducing fun facts with history of psychology, as well as answering questions on how psychology applies to everyday issues, Dr. Cohen delivers a fascinating guide to a general audience. Recommended.

Christian Library Journal

This title intends to provide a rigorous scientific look at psychology that is practical, accessible, and engaging to general readers. Solid, affordable ... for readers with a general interest in psychology.

Library Journal

A field guide to psychology! Move over Dr. Phil and Dr. Laura and make way for the "serious science" of psychology. This book brings a scientific perspective to psychology but at the same time presents the life questions and our responses to them in a way that is understandable.

National Science Teachers Association Recommends

With The Handy Psychology Answer Book, Cohen has made psychology topics accessible and interesting. ... easy to read, easy to understand, applicable to everyday life, ... It is a general overview of the field and the topics of psychology.

The book excels in explaining human behavior. Whether it be the beginner student with an interest in psychology or the well-experienced psychiatrist, anyone is sure to find something intriguing. Dr. Cohen succeeds in her mission of advancing the accessibility of psychology.

The Residents' Journal

... a comprehensive guide to the science of psychology. … informative and succinct ... quick and easy reference … plethora of information … a useful resource to educators, librarians, and readers interested in learning about the brain and its impact on human behavior.


Nobody thinks psychology and psychiatry are simple ... you could go to The Handy Psychology Answer Book and read the simple, useful explanation ... The book is sensibly organized, but there’s also an exhaustive index, making it easy to look into whatever comes to mind.

Washington Post
A practical, accessible, and engaging guide to the world of psychology.

Not long ago, famous psychologists such as Freud, Jung, Adler, and Erickson were known to almost everyone, and basic psychological concepts permeated the popular culture. Today, politicians, celebrities, and social media are noisy with advice. Psychology has become either “pop psychology” that seeks to entertain and inspire, or it's found in academic science read by few outside the mental health community. But The Handy Psychology Answer Book seeks to inform readers with accurate data written in a lively, accessible, and engaging way. It bridges the gap by taking you on a journey through the history and science of psychology and showing how psychology affects us all.

Fully revised to reflect the latest scientific research and greatly expanded to more than 1,500 answers to questions concerning how the human mind and the science of psychology really work, this fascinating guide delivers the real facts of modern psychology, along with fun factoids and thought-provoking insights into what motivates human behavior. This intriguing exploration provides insights into the current science of the mind by answering questions such as How have other cultures addressed psychological issues? Why was Freud so focused on sex? How do twin studies help illuminate the role of genetics? How can I maintain a healthy brain? How have recent changes in technology affected adolescent development? Is it normal to argue during marriage? Does religion make people happier? Why do so many politicians get trapped in scandals? and Does genetics play a role in voting behavior? It also includes a complete reference sources for topics discussed and a thorough index to add to its usefulness.

About Lisa J Cohen, PhD

Dr. Lisa Cohen received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the City University of New York. She is currently Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of Research for Psychology and Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital, where Dr. Cohen divides her time between clinical work, teaching, and scientific research. She works on an in-patient unit for people with severe psychopathology but also has a private practice where she treats people with milder conditions. Dr. Cohen has published many articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics, including obsessive compulsive disorder, opiate addiction, and sexual abuse. Her current research focuses on the effects of psychological trauma on personality

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  • ISBN: 9781578595082
  • PDF ISBN: 9781578595983
  • Kindle ISBN: 9781578596003
  • ePUB ISBN: 9781578595990
  • Published 2016
  • 544 pages
  • 7.125 x 9.25 paperback
  • $21.95

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