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August 15, 1931

Discovering Ourselves: A View of the Human Mind and How It Works.

JAMA. 1931;97(7):486-487. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730070052047

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There can be no question about the need for more general dissemination of the methods of maintaining mental health. The difficulty with most of the material on mental health or mental hygiene that has been prepared for the public has been its complexity and lack of interest. The first part of this book deals with conceptions of modern psychology, and the second part with the psychology of everyday life. There are good discussions of the emotions, extroversion and introversion, rationalization and repression, as well as projection, the inferiority complex and sublimation. The material is presented in an interesting fashion, and is given in simple and easily understood language. The material concerning hysteria and neurasthenia is especially clear and well prepared. There is also a good discussion of nervousness. Those who read this book will gain a great deal from it, which will be useful in adjusting their lives and increasing

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