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June 28, 1952

Personal and Social Adjustment: Foundations of Mental Health

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By Wayland F. Vaughan, Professor of Psychology, Boston University, Boston. Cloth. $4.25. Pp. 578, with illustrations. Odyssey Press, Inc., 101 Fifth Ave., New York 3. 1952.

JAMA. 1952;149(9):905. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930260107037

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This volume was written essentially as a textbook of psychology and personality development for college students and for adult educational extension programs. It is divided into three sections covering basic principles of psychology and their application, dynamics of personal adjustment, and clinical methods for dealing with personality.

The material is elementary to the development of an adequate knowledge of mental hygiene and places greatest emphasis on the study of the so-called normal rather than the abnormal personality. Although consideration is given to the theories of most of the present day schools of psychology, the author emphasizes the Jungian theories, particularly as they relate to religious conviction and respect for theology. Several chapters on psychotherapy briefly cover the development of psychotherapeutic methods from Mesmer and mesmerism through psychoanalysis to present day applications of group psychotherapy. The book is well illustrated, in many instances pointedly, with humorous cartoons republished from the daily

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