Directed Thinking


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Abstract

Reviews the book, Directed Thinking by George Humphrey (1948). Unlike so many popular writers on the art of thinking, Humphrey has at no time sacrificed his scientific integrity. The problems he discusses are the problems with which psychologists have always been concerned. He attacks them in straightforward fashion, skillfully combining well-documented evidence from the laboratory with illustrations from everyday life, but never evading a problem because of its difficulty or pretending that it has been solved when such is not the case. Humphrey's book is frankly a book for the layman rather than for the psychologist. One hazards the guess, however, that most psychologists as they read it will realize to their surprise that they are learning something new about the psychology of thinking, and having read it they will recommend it to their students and their colleagues. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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