The human mind is extraordinary, with so much to learn about; how it works and why behave in certain way. There are many books written about human psychology and behavior, but where do you start?

We have compiled a list of the most searched psychology books of 2021 that dissect, persuade, offer facts, and help develop your understanding of human behavior. The research is based on Google search volume data and popular online bookstores traffic analysis with SemRush SEO tools. To be considered, each book had to be frequently searched on BookScouter. We’ve eliminated copies and outdated editions; access card lookups stats were also properly processed.

Whether you’re a student starting your exams or an aspiring psychologist take a look at these 15 most popular books amongst students and BookScouter visitors in 2021.

Psychology 2e by OpenStax (paperback version, B&W)

Rose M Spielman, Marilyn D Lovett, and William J Jenkins

Psychology 2e is an introduction to psychology, helping  prepare any student for their first semester. This book discusses core concepts, classic studies, current and emerging research in the field, as well as covering DSM-5 in regards to diagnosing psychological disorders. Psychology 2e discusses the diversity of the discipline and the diversities of cultures and communities within psychology

“Perfect for my course and included all the topics I needed to get started.” Amazon 2021

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association: 7th Edition, 2020 Copyright

American Psychological Association 

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The official source of APA style, this psychology book is the go-to choice for any writer. Other professionals and those many other academic fields including behavioral and natural sciences, nursing, education, and business will also benefit from this informational manual.

Offering guidance during the scholarly writing process this book offers guidance on formatting, citations, and reporting research for publication. New chapters include; information about the APA style, journal article reporting standards, and bias-free language guidelines.

Thank You for Arguing, Fourth Edition (Revised and Updated): What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion

Jay Heinrichs

Filled with anecdotes from people such as Queen Victoria and Homer Simpson on how to come out on top after any dispute, this book is a master class in the art of persuasion. Including Ciceros’ three-step strategy to emotionally engage and motivate your audience alongside Honest Abes’ tips for lowering your audiences’ expectations make this psychology book a winner. Develop skills to win more anger-free arguments and acquire persuasive techniques for when you need to get your own way.

Mind Over Mood, Second Edition: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think Influence: Science and Practice

Dennis Greenberger and Christine A. Padesky 

Using cognitive-behavioral- therapy and based on over 40 years of research this book gives you simple, powerful steps to help you manage your mind and overcome emotional distress. Conquer a multitude of problems such as depression, anxiety, anger, low self-esteem, and eating disorders with the help of this book. New features include extended content on anxiety, developing personal goals and how to main progress as well as happiness rating scales, gratitude journals, and mindfulness.

Becoming Bulletproof: Protect Yourself, Read People, Influence Situations, and Live Fearlessly

Evy Poumpouras

Becoming bulletproof helps prepare you for stressful situations; giving you skills to instantly read people, influence how you are perceived, and ultimately make you stronger and more confident. Read the insights on how to become a better you from former secret service agent Evy Poumpouras. Learn how to overcome everyday fears, how to know when to trust people, and prepare for the unexpected. When you develop all these skills and qualities you move from fear to fearlessness.

Yes, I Have Anxiety: Deal. With. It.

Nicole Stephen 

A delightful 78 –page mindful coloring book to help you release anxiety, take time out and reset from the busy world. Give yourself permission to stop, recharge and refresh. You will thank the author Nicole Stephen for this wondrous gift. In fact, she actively encourages this and asks everyone to join the #YesIHaveAnxiety movement on her social media channels. Make sure to share your fabulous artwork when you have truly found your calm.

The Secret Language of Birthdays: Unique Personality Guides for Every Day of the Year

Gary Goldschneider and Joost Effers

It has long been believed that the day you were born affects your personality. Gain a better understanding of your own personality; both its strengths and weaknesses and gain practical and spiritual advice on how to move forward with any concerns.

Developed through a combination of astrology, numerology, the tarot, and Gary Goldschneider’s many years observing thousands of people it is proposed that all in life is cyclical and that people born on the same day share certain characteristics.

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers

 Robert Sapolsky 

Stress and how we deal with stressful situations are the main focus of this psychology book. Filled with practical advice explains how prolonged stress can literally make us ill but gives positive, achievable ways to combat stress and control our stress responses.
New chapters in this edition include discussions around sleep, addiction and personality disorder, and the impact of spirituality when managing stress.

“Sapolsky makes it easy to read, even if the subject is challenging.”. Goodreads

5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts – 5th edition 

Gary Chapman

#1 New Yorks bestseller gives a practical insight into the complexities of relationships, why they can break down, and how to stay in love. Falling in love is easy, but how do you keep your relationship new and exciting amongst the demands of everyday life?

Includes a couple’s love language profile so you can discover your and your partner’s love language and understand better how to love and appreciate them more in a way they enjoy.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – 16 edition

Carol S Dweck

The discovery of the mindset has been revolutionary. Join Dweck as she discusses its success when implemented in schools, workplaces, and many human ventures and the positive impact it has on how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset are less likely to develop new skills or be ambitious. Those with a growth mindset believe that abilities can be developed and will grow and thrive throughout their lives.

StrengthsFinder 2.0 – With Sealed Access – 07 edition

Tom Rath

Change the way you look at yourself and the wider world by using this new and improved strength analysis assessment. Hundreds of great strategies to help you apply your newfound strengths can be found using the exclusive access website alongside this book. Discover action-planning guides to help you set targets for the next week, months, and years as well as 50 action ideas and a whole host of other online features and downloadable extras.

Amazon Spirit: Daily Meditations for Lesbians in Recovery

Eleanor Nealy

Marketed for lesbians these daily affirmations include topics and issues not usually discussed at support groups or in other reading material. The meditations and words within this book offer a real source of comfort and trust to their readers, making them feel heard when they can often feel pushed aside.

A multitude of healing words, give strength and insight for many of life’s challenges and remind you that you are stronger than you let yourself believe.

Exploring Psychology 

David G. Myers, Nathan C. DeWall 

An excellent book that should be in every psychology teacher’s arsenal. A simple, clear presentation of the subject matter helps students retain the information and helps them understand it at a deeper level. Fostering critical thinking and questioning with common concepts within psychology, helps students appreciate the subject and delivers a better understanding of human behavior.

This new edition provides information on current research and practices within psychology, giving students new tools and technologies to support them in their study.

Influence, New and Expanded: The Psychology of Persuasion

Cialdini PhD, Robert B

In this book you will learn about the six universal principles of influence, how to use them and how to defend yourself during discussions and disagreements. After reading this book you will experience great personal change for the better and use your new knowledge to drive your success. This classic look at the art of persuasion explores why people say ‘yes ‘and apply this knowledge to get what you want.

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman

Learn about the two types of thinking systems and how best to develop skills to stop them getting you into spontaneous trouble. The first system is fast, intuitive, and emotional; the second is slower, more deliberative, and logical.

Understand how each system effects our judgements and decisions and how we can benefit from engaging in slower thinking.

A fascinating study of the mind, how people make decisions, and how the decision-making process can be improved says one Goodreads reviewer.