Caveat Aviator

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 22. Reviews the book, Pilots, Personality, and Performance: Human Behavior and Stress in the Skies edited by Sheila R. Deitz and William E. Thoms (1991). The editors report that the idea for the volume arose during a seminar on aviation psychology at the University of North Dakota in 1989. The result is 12 disconnected chapters covering an assortment of topics from hypobanc physiology through personal views of the harms of industry deregulation and discussions of mandatory age retirement policies and pilot responses to hijacking, to a Jungian view of pilots as exemplars of the puer eternus or Peter Pan personality. If the volume represented solid scholarship and data, the collection could be of interest to the general reader. Unfortunately, with its eclectic set of topics, no area is covered in enough depth to give the reader an accurate view of the state of knowledge. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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