By Edgar James Swift, Professor of Psychology and Education in Washington University. Cloth. Price, $2 net. Pp. 388. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1918.
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There is nothing more interesting than the human mind; and though we realize at times its influence on the most intimate details of our daily existence, we seldom stop to take account of the fact. As Swift says in his opening sentence, "Man's response to situations in the day's work is the measure of his efficiency." This book is not the typical dry as dust text on psychology, but all of the author's points are illustrated by anecdote from experience and from extensive literature which makes the book extraordinarily entertaining.
The first chapter, on organization for mental efficiency, gives attention incidentally to the various medical cults, the psychologic blunders of the German authorities, the penal system; the life of Al Jennings, the noted bandit, and of Patrick Henry, the noted lawyer, and to efficiency in public health. The second chapter concerns thinking and acting. This chapter describes the beginnings of
Psychology and the Day's Work. A Study in the Application of Psychology to Daily Life.. JAMA. 1918;71(25):2095. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600510063025