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August 3, 1935

Making Our Minds Behave

JAMA. 1935;105(5):388. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760310062030

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Dr. Walsh's book is a popular book of advice and suggestions intended to aid the reader in "getting more out of life," to use the author's words. A variety of subjects are treated, ranging from the initial chapter on "Mental Engineering" to a final chapter on "Expressing Ourselves." This last chapter is a dissertation on the art of making speeches. Chapter headings include "Remote Control," "Secondhand Thinking," "Removing the Mask," which may be translated to mean, respectively, "Some Unconscious Determinants of Behavior," "Prejudices and Superstitions" and "Defensive and Compensatory Behavior." Other chapter headings are less ambiguous, as "The Art of Concentration," "Making Good on the Job," "On Being an Executive" and "Can We Take It?" The author modestly states in the preface that he makes no pretensions toward any systematic presentation of theory of behavior but wishes merely to offer "more or less elementary suggestions which the writer believes to

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