Structures for a New Psychology

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(12), 1006–1007. Reviews the book, Many Dimensional Man: Decentralizing Self, Society, and the Sacred by James Ogilvy (1977). This is a book that defies summary because every third-paragraph would, if true, totally change our perspectives. Essentially, Ogilvy is writing about a system of relational thinking in the style of structuralism, nonmaterialist dialectics, information theory, cybernetics, and general systems. The book is outstanding. Bertrand Russeil once said, “Most people would die sooner than think–in fact they do so.” Ogilvy thinks. Amid the massed ranks of academic repackagers and digesters, that is a rare accomplishment. This is his first solo book. An extraordinary talent is unfolding. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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