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July 1937

Guiding Your Life: With Psychology as a Key.

Arch NeurPsych. 1937;38(1):238. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1937.02260190248020

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In style and point of view this book suggests the "personal advice" column. Its tone is sentimental and its subject-matter inaccurate. Particularly, it goes far beyond established facts in emphasizing the functions of the endocrine system. A degree of "poetic license" might be justified in such volumes as this if their purpose were practicable and valuable. However, it seems unlikely that the reader with his individual problems can be effectively guided by such compilations of arbitrary precepts. And if such guidance were possible, it is questionable whether the resulting smug optimism would be either individually healthy or socially tolerable.

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