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Tue, Nov. 23rd, 2004, 07:12 pm
I like my books like I like my women.

Flexible and full of clever stuff.

Or looking at the stack I have here, it could just as easily be "thick and heavy" but that's far less flattering and somewhat untrue. In my quest to learn how the human mind works, and thus how to manipulate or destroy it I have beside me "Psychology for Dummies" (I kid you not) as an introduction and "Psychology, the science of mind and behaviour" for afters (800 A4 pages of afters). It's fascinating stuff and I already understand why I hate my job more now that I'm paid more than when I was paid peanuts (Cognitive dissonance apparantly, I thought I was being a moany he-bitch). Then because I couldn't help myself I got an anthology of articles by contemporary occultists and a copy of the Oxford King James bible with apocrypha. I figure the two starter psychology books might be a good place to start before I begin learning why people get the urge to chop themselves or others up.

Tue, Nov. 23rd, 2004 11:23 am (UTC)
icklepenguin

The essentials of psychoanalysis. Very good read. I'm not a psychologist so I have no idea how good a text it actually is, but it's certainly very interesting and I found it helped me interpret my/others' dreams a little easier.

Tue, Nov. 23rd, 2004 12:18 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

Dreams I'm less interested in but psychoanalysis is covered in four or five chapters (the most of any school of psychology in the book) of the dummies book. Freud might have been a nut but he certainly shaped modern brain tinkering.

Tue, Nov. 23rd, 2004 11:30 am (UTC)
jasonlblair

I like them colorful and easy to read.

Tue, Nov. 23rd, 2004 12:16 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

To be honest, all this is to prepare me for my first best selling novel "What the holy hell have I done wrong now?"

Though in fairness to metalrabbit, she's taught me well. I at least know what is likely to piss her off and why it does so. Whether or not I avoid doing it as a result of this knowledge is another thing entirely.

Tue, Nov. 23rd, 2004 03:26 pm (UTC)
herbiej

As for psychology, go look up stuff on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and Self-Actualization - good insight as to why man crumbles into deviance, as well as self-betterment.

As for the Bible (which I currently have that exact copy and am studying in college) - mostly, God's a fickle bitch. God's mood swings are the cause of "why people get the urge to chop themselves or others up" since the beginning of time. (in my opinion, but it's still a good study).

Might also check out Cows, Pigs, Wars & Witches by Marvin Harris - it's a cultural anthropology book about why cultures/people behave the way they do (Jewish pork taboo, Hindu cow worship, Messianism, witch-hunt/burning etc.). It's rather a neat read, with very logical explanations of bizzare human behavior.

Tue, Nov. 23rd, 2004 07:03 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

I went with the bible first since it's the one I know best, as a kid I knew it inside and out and at the age of ten could argue Jehova's witnesses into a corner. I had a fairly firm grasp of theology for a nipper :) Once I get done with that I think I'd like to take a look at the other ones, something that was less encouraged back home (my parents were fine with it all but getting the information was difficult, if not impossible and would have caused them all sorts of trouble)
That cultural behaviour one sounds like a decent starting point for the other major religions though. The two psychology books I got (though not so much the dummies one) cover pretty much everything on a broad basis but I guess you're describing what I'm really looking for.
That being said of course, best to walk before I run.

Tue, Nov. 23rd, 2004 08:55 pm (UTC)
herbiej

Bless you - the Jehovah's witnesses need a good debate every now again, so at least they know what they're working toward. :)
Speaking of walking and running, I'm sort of (meaning "for now") a religious studies major - I'd be more than happy to help you in your quest/questions of other religions etc. - broad overview-wise. Riveting, the crazy stuff people will do in the name of whatever God... :) Used to be a sociology/psychology major, but my mom's a shrink, so it got a little close for comfort, so I'm out exploring knowledge again - but keep posting about your insights (I live for this stuff), I love a good discussion about human behavior. I'd like to hear about what you find, and how you incorporate it into your game (not an easy task!).
Too bad you can't make the game your day job... (sigh) What we could accomplish if only we didn't have to pay The Man! :)

Wed, Nov. 24th, 2004 08:59 am (UTC)
underwonderland

Two words- Joseph Campbell

oh and

A Brief History of Everything
by Ken Wilber

plus I have others to recommend but it sounds like you have quite the reading list already.

Wed, Nov. 24th, 2004 09:12 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

"plus I have others to recommend but it sounds like you have quite the reading list already."

You're not kidding :) At the rate I read at I think I'm educated well into 2006.