Know Thyself—Tallent-wise

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(1), 63–64. Reviews the book, Psychology of Adjustment: Understanding Ourselves and Others by Norman Tallent (see record 1979-06050-000). Tallent's framework is eclectic with a humanistic emphasis, and as his subtitle indicates, he attempts to demonstrate how a better quality of life, or better adjustment to it, can be achieved through understanding ourselves and others. The basic approach of the book is personality centered and, generally speaking, the content is organized into four sections: adjustment, personality theory, and the heart of the book–wholesome personality and troubled personality. The book is written in an informal, simple, lucid style that makes for easy reading, and has a number of useful features that facilitate learning. However, there is not any consideration of the changing role of women and the problems they may confront as they move from the home into the working world, or the conditions of aging and their effect on adjustment. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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