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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 255–256. Reviews the book, Encounters with the Self. 2nd ed by Don Hamachek (1978). This book is an encyclopedia of information about self-concept going from learning styles to clothing styles, from women's lib to levelers and sharpeners, from television to beards, from alcohol to brainwashing. It provides a comprehensive review of self-concept literature and an easy-to-read road map to the center of self-theory. While I believe Encounters with the Self is a positive addition to the literature, I do have concerns. My first concern is that the book is too generous in accepting research findings. My second concern is that Hamachek did not use APA style in his reference process. In sum, this is a comprehensive and scholarly book It will be useful in classes that attempt to explore human dynamics and the nature of the self. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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