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Of the three, observing others is the most powerful, but reading about the psyche helps inform our observations. You get the idea. In my opinion, this is problematic because the experimenters and researchers themselves are mostly unconscious to their behavior and impulses that they are attempting to observe in their sample groups. Plus, unconscious biases influence us in profound ways see Thinking Fast and Slow. Although this work is important and interesting, in my opinion, it fails to get to the core of why we do what we do.
Reading is the supreme lifehack. Distilled knowledge that often took years to assemble can be consumed in just a few hours. And the more you know about social psychology and human behavior, the better. Note: While all of the books below will deal with the human mind, not all of them are purely scientific. A must-read if you can obtain it; I consider it the best presentation of social psychology ever written. A true classic. While the book is informative, the studies are grazed over pretty quickly, not much depth is given to any individual study.
Much to the contrary: in the vast majority of cases, so much of its potential remains untapped. Or, even worse, we can turn it against ourselves, using it to our own detriment. Well, as it happens, we can! The 11 Laws of Likability outlines how to form meaningful interpersonal connections with others in a professional context in order to draw the greatest advantages from business interactions. How the World Sees You challenges this long-standing maxim, exploring how your unique personality and the way people perceive you can be used to your own advantage.