I decided that I needed a new book to read and managed to find one on my bookshelf that I’d only half read so thought I’d finish it off: Tower, An epic History of the Tower of London by Nigel Jones. I just wondered what everyone else is reading at the moment? What does everyone else like to read?
Currently in various stages of progress:
* The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric by Sister Miriam Joseph.
* Understanding Numbers in Elementary School Mathematics by Hung-Hsi Wu.
* Teaching Students How To Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate in Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills and Motivation by Saundra Yancy McGuire, Stephanie McGuire.
* Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Stephen Mumford.
* The course texts for the OU course I'm registered on that starts properly at the beginning of February.
Ironically at the moment I'm reading a book called 'Normal people'.
I like to read books by the same authors. My favourite is Jodi Piccoult.
A book I read recently and really loved was called 'Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine.
That all sounds very philosophical. I hope that you enjoy reading them and doing your course. I need to get back into studying again at some point, maybe once the youngest starts school. What course are you going to be studying?
’normal people’. I hope you’re enjoying the book? Many years ago when I started my psychology degree I remember studying all the different definitions of what constitutes normal. The conclusion I think was that while you can consider normal to be that box which the majority of the population fit into, at the end of the day, everyone’s perception of normal is different, therefore there can be no fixed definition of normal
I predominately read historical biographies of Tudor/medieval monarchs and there families or sometimes I like to read about the history of a certain place. If I fancy a bit more of a ‘hardcore’ read then I reach for my neuropsychology books, I do love reading about the brain and it’s workings.
I only really read fiction. I'm not actually sure why this book is called normal people.
When I was in high school I did psychology and we got asked what normal was. I gave a similar answer to what you just said and said you can only be normal for you. There is no generic normal.
If I want to learn about non fiction things I would read online and just about the particular topic I was interested in at that moment. I do like to learn about things like the brain. But my attention span jumps round too much to read a book about stuff like that. I read one interesting thing about something and then 5 questions pop into my head and I have to look the answers up or it drives me mad.
It’s very rare that I read a ‘pure’ fiction book. I like to read for information. Though I do like fiction based on fact books, such as historical romances like that between Henry the eighth and Anne Boleyn, or the life of Isabella, wife of William the conqueror. In these books many of the finer details I imagine are improvised but overall they are fact based but written in the style of a novel, Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir are two well reviewed authors of such books.
How did you find studying psychology?
I also use the internet to research topics that I am interested in, though I tend to be quite a concentrated reader. If that’s find an article that really interests me then I’ll get completely absorbed in it and read it all before moving on to the next article
I didn't like the syllabus that we had for psychology. The topics and format didn't interest me that much. There were elements that I really enjoyed but it was a shame because it really put me off psychology. Speaking to others that have studied it, I think I would have enjoyed other syllabuses a lot more. I also think I would have liked sociology.
I am about to start a diploma in psychology and wondered if you could recommend any reading materials, only doing the course for me so don't need anything to in depth!
The Trivium book is very interesting but quite a hard read for me - a lot of it not my area. But I'm learning interesting things from it so it's good. The metaphysics book was because the trivium books so far has talked a lot about metaphysics, which I didn't really know anything about so I thought it would be helpful to get a bit more of an idea of what it involved.
I'm enrolled on a BSc. Mathematics degree, this course is the first level 1 course "Discovering Mathematics". It's quite basic but I'm aware I have quite a few gaps in my knowledge so I thought I'd use this to find out what I didn't know and it should be a reasonably stress-less way back into studying.
Its a shame that the syllabus that you studied for Psychology put you off of it. Having done GCSE, A-level and Degree Psychology. I can say that unfortunately when studying Psychology, and most likely any other subject, you don't really get to choose what modules you want to study until the 3rd year of your degree. Which means that until then you have to put up with learning the general topics that aren't always the most interesting. That said I guess the general topics do give you the knowledge that underpins and enables you to understand the more advanced topics. For my 3rd year I chose advanced statistics; hearing speech and language; Evolutionary Psychology; Depression; Schizophrenia and developmental cognitive neuropsychology all of which i thoroughly enjoyed.
Sociology sounds interesting, I knew a few sociology students when I was at university and they seemed to enjoy it. What parts of sociology are you interested in?