Compelling Mind Control Stories – 15 Must-Read Psychology Books on Amazon

If you want to tap into the workings and hidden powers of the unconscious mind, these 15 explorations of mind control stories, psychology and individual & group behaviour are indispensable aids to achievement, both for yourself and your business.

    by Agent Staff
Image Source: iStock

The study of the human mind as is old as time, and the best psychology books, mind control stories and thought & behaviour studies never date.

In business, this psychological insight into human behaviour on the individual or group level is an important tool, improving your understanding of what will work, both within your company and in its relationship to the market.

Mind control stories in this sense should be taken to mean self-control; understanding the imperceptible processes of your own thinking and behaviours, both at work and home, which can have decisive consequences for your relationship with the world.

The mind control stories, analyses and explorations of these 15 classic, best-selling psychology books on Amazon are a brilliant starting point for your journey into the peculiarities of the human mind.

1. Obedience to Authority – Stanley Milgram

Image Source: Amazon

This incredible book by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram is a thesis about one the most controversial scientific experiments of all time. During the 1960s, intrigued by the mind control stories and theories that emerged about the Holocaust and the Nazis after the Second World War, Yale University psychologist Milgram carried out experiments involving ‘teachers’ and ‘students’ in a Q&A test. The teachers, unaware that it was they and not the students who were the subjects of the research, supervised by a man in a white coat, were told to administer electro-shocks to the students for every incorrect answer given, with the shocks becoming more powerful with each wrong answer. With the students and teachers separated by the students, and the students pretending to howl in pain with each electro-shock, Milgram wanted to determine how far people will go when obeying orders from an authority figure (“please continue the experiment, teacher”), even if their actions are causing pain to others. Some went all the way! Controversial and largely discredited at the time, Milgram has been vindicated with time, and the experiements—which inspired the major motion picture The Experimenter—are both instructive and horrifying.

Number of customer reviews: 85

Average customer rating: 4.9 out of 5

“An absolute classic. Explains much about people’s willingness to follow even orders they consider morally wrong” –  Bruce W Moss, Amazon customer reviewer

Buy it here >

 

 

2. Unlimited Selling Power: How to Master Hypnotic Selling Skills – Donald Moine and Kenneth Lloyd

Image Source: Amazon

Authors Moine and Lloyd Provides salespeople with information on hypnotic techniques and how to use them in sales presentations and script books to win the customer’s trust and make sales.

Number of customer reviews: 60

Average customer rating: 4.5/5 stars

“This book is full of real substance. I wish I purchased it 8 years ago.” –  Michael O’Shea, Amazon customer reviewer

Buy it here >

 

 

3. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School – John Medina

Image Source: Amazon

A classic work by John Medina, Brain Rules explores the mind control stories of the workplace, the school and home to devise a set of principles on relationship management and productivity. Extremely easy to read and accessible, it is also frequently listed as a touchstone by leadership experts.

Number of customer reviews: 877

Average customer rating: 4.5 out of 5

“…a tremendous job of distilling scientific research on how the brain works and presenting it in a neat, organized manner” –  Abhinav Agarwal, Amazon customer reviewer

Buy it here >

 

 

4. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking – Malcolm Gladwell

Image Source: Amazon

A thought-provoking work by Malcolm Gladwell, this best-selling book is somewhat unusual in the field of mind control stories and concepts, in that it cuts to the chase, exploring how people can develop an overall sense of things to facilitate split-second thinking (the “blink” of the title). Brilliant, whether for the serious or casual student of mind control stories and the power of the unconscious mind.

Number of customer reviews: 2,503

Average customer rating: 4.2 out of 5

“This was a great read! Most of the time I take a lot of time thinking through stuff, but now I may lean a bit more on my impulsive gut feelings.” –  David Power, Amazon customer reviewer

Buy it here >

 

 

5. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World – Adam Grant

Image Source: Amazon

Adam Grant‘s ‘Originals…’, with a fantastic foreword by Sheryl Sandberg, is a New York Times bestseller, examining how people can champion new ideas, and devising strategies for fighting groupthink. One of the great mind control stories, the book shows you how to know what everyone expects, so that you can run counter to that and do the unexpected. A great book for helping you spot those opportunities to stand out, this is a wonderful read.

Number of customer reviews: 358

Average customer rating: 4.3 out of 5

“A game changing book For wayseers, misfits, creatives, and rebels” –  Arielle Ford, Amazon customer reviewer

Buy it here >

 

 

6. Influence: Science and Practice – Robert B Cialdini

Image Source: Amazon

Robert B Cialdini has a distinctive writing style, with a blend of scholarly research and narrative-style anecdotal psychological insight into mind control stories that truly enlighten. One of the key works of persuasion and influence, Cialdini’s book is now in its 5th edition, so it’s one of the definitive texts in this area. There is true persuasive strength informing Cialdini’s theories, as they are drawn not only from research but also from his experiences in sales, fundraising and advertising, all fields that depend for success on an ability to get others to say ‘yes’!

Number of customer reviews: 397

Average customer rating: 4.5 out of 5

“…this book taught me a lot of simple ideas that are applicable in helping to motivate others to my point of view and also how to recognize when others are using these techniques and how to defend against them…” –  DeveloperKJ, Amazon customer reviewer

Buy it here >

 

 

7. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard – Chip & Dan Heath

Image Source: Amazon

Authors Chip and Dan Heath have written this incredible book that one of the truly unputdownable mind control stories, whether you are attempting to affect change within your company or community, or struggling to understand why change is necessary in your own situation. This is a great insight into the tug of war that goes on between our rational and emotional minds, and shows the way to resolve the conflicts and resistance to change that arises because of it.

Number of customer reviews: 886

Average customer rating: 4.7 out of 5

“This is one of my all-time favorite books. It will help you understand why change hasn’t occurred and how to make it happen.” –  Sue Allan Clayton, Amazon customer reviewer

Buy it here >

 

 

8. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

Image Source: Amazon

The illuminating insights into human nature gifted us by Dale Carnegie more than 80 years ago are just as relevant today. This is Carnegie’s seminal work, the one from which all principles of his influential school of thought sprang. It’s an indispensable book, not just for the workplace, but also for life. In short, the product of a beautiful mind. No personal library or work reference shelf should be without one.

Number of customer reviews: 5,684

Average customer rating: 4.7 out of 5

“16 million copies sold since the 1930s and it’s not difficult to see why.” –  edsetiadi, Amazon customer reviewer

Buy it here >

 

 

9. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – Daniel H Pink

Image Source: Amazon

In this best-selling work, Daniel H Pink sets out to explain how the current systems in place to motivate workers simply fail to produce lasting results. Pink is an enthusiastic, warm, relatable narrator. This collection of mind control stories and research into the truth about what motivates us is particularly important at a time marked by alarmingly low levels of full engagement are sapping productivity throughout the economy.

Number of customer reviews: 1,004

Average customer rating: 4.4 out of 5

“Probably the best book on motivation I’ve ever read.” –  Dave Stachowiak, Amazon customer reviewer

Buy it here >

 

 

10. The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More Of It – Kelly McGonigal

Image Source: Amazon

Dr Kelly McGonigal’s widely read book is based on the popular The Science of Willpower psychology course she teaches at Stanford University. This not a succession of mind control stories about your dealings with others, but about yourself. McGonigal explores willpower as a biological function, not a virtue, and shows you how to improve it; how too much self-control can negatively affect your health; how giving up control can help you gain self-control; and other life-changing advice. Indispensable stuff.

Number of customer reviews: 649

Average customer rating: 4.6 out of 5

“If you need more willpower… this book is for you” –  mikephd80, Amazon customer reviewer

Buy it here >

 

 

11. The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind – Gustave Le Bon

Image Source: Amazon

One of the great holy grails of modern social psychology, Gustave Le Bon’s seminal work dates from 1895. Its timeless mind control stories have never been more relevant. It remains a classic investigation into the individual consequences of immersion in a group, including impulsiveness, irritability, irrationality, exaggerated sentiment and erosion of self-criticism. Le Bon’s thesis is that anyone immersed in a crowd, for whatever reason, will soon find themselves “in a special state, which much resembles the state of fascination in which the hypnotized individual finds himself in the hands of the hypnotizer”.

Number of customer reviews: 162

Average customer rating: 4.5 out of 5

“The Crowd is the most highlighted book on my kindle. Le Bon heaps one penetrating insight upon another in this timeless masterpiece.” –  Alex, Amazon customer reviewer

Buy it here

 

 

12. The Social Animal – Elliot Aronson

Image Source: Amazon

This landmark text by Elliot Aronson is one of the most expensive books on Amazon, but its vividly engaging compelling introduction to modern social psychology offers riveting insight into such diverse topics as wide ranging as interpersonal attraction and terrorism; obedience and race relations; religious cults and conformity.

Number of customer reviews: 67

Average customer rating: 4.5 out of 5

“This book is very interesting… I purchased it for my social psych class and could have sold it back but kept it, because it will be useful as a reference.” –  Zara Kurdiyan, Amazon customer reviewer

Buy it here >

 

 

13. Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation – Sally Hogshead

Image Source: Amazon

If you’re looking for mind control stories with an ultra practical edge, you could probably not do better than this brilliant overview by Sally Hogshead. It’s incredibly insightful on how businesses can draw attention to their services and ideas at a time when markets are saturated and people’s time and focus is limited. The book covers everything from how the principles of human fascination can be manipulated to influence everything from which brand of peas you buy in the supermarket, to which profession you will pursue.

Number of customer reviews: 169

Average customer rating: 4.2 out of 5

““…a compelling journey into the method and madness of persuasion.” –  Julia C Perry, Amazon customer reviewer

Buy it here >

 

 

14. Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

Image Source: Amazon

A number one best-seller among readers of books about business and decision-making, Daniel Kahneman’s incredible book is based on his Nobel Prize-winning economic science research. The result is some primally powerful mind control stories that lays bare the deep processes underpinning our understanding and how we think about things. As has been pointed out, the human self-image is one of utter reason and method. Kahneman shows that we are influenced by many biases, and the book serves as a keynote text for those who wish to understand the psychological truth of humans, warts and all.

Number of customer reviews: 2,551

Average customer rating: 4.5 out of 5

“A brilliant book by a brilliant mind…” –  Dr Chuck Chakrapani, Amazon customer reviewer

Buy it here >

 

 

15. The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone (Especially Ourselves) – Dan Ariely

Image Source: Amazon

Another of the most insightful authors on the mind, Dan Ariely‘s best-selling book explores how lying, cheating and dishonesty are intrinsically human. He points the way for achieving a greater sense of moral propriety and ethics through exploring such questions as how likely we are to cheat if there is a chance of getting caught; how some businesses facilitate dishonesty; whether collaboration makes us more or less honest; and whether religion improves our honesty. Brilliant.

Number of customer reviews: 310

Average customer rating: 4.4 out of 5

“…you will feel Ariely is holding a mirror and forcing you to look at yourself.” –  Maria H Lurantos, Amazon customer reviewer

Buy it here >

 

© 2017