January 1965

Frontiers of Psychology.

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By John Mann, PhD. Price, $5.95. Pp 306. The Macmillan Company, 60 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10011, 1963.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;12(1):110-111. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01720310112023

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In this book, Mann addresses himself to the following problem: "Modern psychology might be described as a schizophrenic octopus: it is split in the middle and extends in all directions. The basic division in the discipline is between the search for knowledge and its application. The tentacles are the various subdisciplines within psychology that grow ever farther away from one another as they reach out from the creature's center." This clearly written, highly readable, and broadly conceived book attempts to treat this schizophrenia by promoting effective communication between those psychologists in research and those primarily engaged in service by emphasizing the interrelation of the various divisions of psychology rather than their differentiation. Mann is also concerned about the public image of psychology and psychologists; thus it is no less important to communicate psychological research in understandable language so that this image may be an informed one. This book will, therefore,

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