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May 1945

How to Influence Yourself.

Arch NeurPsych. 1945;53(5):397-398. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1945.02300050071014

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Every so often a theatrical critic feels it necessary to discuss the question whether or not reviews would be better written by persons who are not specialists in their field, since the viewpoint of the person who sees play after play tends to become warped and the value of his opinion to the ordinary theatergoer thereby diminished. A similar question arises here, when a psychiatrist has to review a book which is written primarily for laymen. Would not a person for whom this book is intended be in a better position to say whether it could help him? A book of this sort is bound to appear naive to the specialist, and the latter could quite easily look down his nose at it. There is, however, some reason for the psychiatrist to venture an opinion, since he is frequently asked by patients what they could read that might clarify things

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