And in the Beginning—There Was a Choice

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(8), 659. Reviews the book, I Never Knew I Had a Choice by Gerald F. Corey and Marianne Schneider Corey (1978). This is a book for those personal courses in psychology variously titled “Adjustment,” “Mental Health,” “Development,” and “Self-Awareness.” It is a personal book for the student and a personal book about the author. It is grounded in an existential-humanistic framework. The epistemology of choice is not debated here–it is assumed to prevail. The book is a natural for the community college student and for those few personal courses available to the university student. There is always a risk, however, in offering a book of this sort to a class. I, along with Corey, feel the risk is worth it. If I could do all the things suggested in this book, I could probably also leap tall buildings in a single bound-at least that would be the feeling. It is surprising to find the people pictured inside the book to be primarily white with an occasional black person added for color. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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