January 1964

Concepts of Personality.

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J. M. Wepman, PhD, and R. W. Heine, PhD, editors. Price, $8.95. Pp 514. Aldine Publishing Co., Chicago, 1963.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;10(1):96. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720190098017

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These two books have a similar subject contents, since "mind" and "personality" are attributes of the same processes, yet they are vastly different. Scher has collected 33 papers written by distinguished authors and published elsewhere. The result is a series of essays of uneven quality covering the ground from biology to philosophy with no central theme or continuity.

On the other hand, Concepts of Personality is a planned volume containing original essays written to delineate in understandable terms the basic principles of the various psychologies still viable. The authors have made a serious attempt to be understood by their readers and have ably succeeded. The introduction by the editors ably puts each chapter in proper perspective. For a knowledge of the vast fields of psychology seemingly unknown to many psychiatrists, this book gives an excellent overview and is highly recommended.

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