Social psychology and individual values


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Abstract

Reviews the book, Social psychology and individual values by D. W. Harding (see record 1954-05810-000). According to the reviewer, this book is concerned with what seems to be the central theme of social psychology, viz., the behavior of the individual in the group, or, as its author explicitly states it, with “the development of the social individual.” The reviewer states that while he is fully aware of the opposing belief, Harding begins his study of the social individual with the widely held biological view that all animals, including man, are inherently social. The reviewer points out that Harding's analysis of leadership, a topic yet to be adequately treated by social psychologists, deserves the reader's careful attention. The reviewer states that while the author is bound by the facts, he is not their slave. The result is a fine combination of scientific truth, practical wisdom, and literary excellence. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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