An Unsatisfying Sequel

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1284–1285. Reviews the book, Sentiments and Acts by Irwin Deutscher, Fred P. Pestello, and H. Frances G. Pestello (see record 1993-97254-000). This book is billed as a “sequel” to Deutscher (1973), concerned with “the relationship between what people say and what they otherwise do.” As in the earlier text, the authors avoid “the traditional distinction, ‘attitudes and behaviors,’ because of the connotational paraphernalia attached to these terms. But this book is essentially about the well-researched attitude-behavior relationship, with the authors reasserting Deutscher's claim of a “near random relationship between sentiments and acts.” As a scholarly work, this book is unsettling. The book has the character of a diatribe in that it is filled more with critical assertions than compelling arguments. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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