Of Two Minds: How to Use Constructive Thinking

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 33–34. Reviews the book, You're Smarter than you Think: How to develop your Practical Intelligence for Success in Living by Seymour Epstein and Archie Brodsky (1993). The last decade has witnessed a search for personality traits and coping processes that account for how people resist and survive the deleterious effects of stress and how individuals negotiate effective lives. This search has led investigators to highlight the role of such concepts as hardiness, hope, optimism, self-efficacy, sense of coherence, learned resourcefulness, and others. Now to be added to this list, according to Epstein and Brodsky, is constructive thinking (CT) or the ability to solve practical problems in living at a minimal cost (a form of problem-solving thinking). As in many such self-help books, this volume begins with a self-administered self-report scale designed to measure the reader's level of CT. The questions cover such areas as the penchant to engage in superstitious, categorical, and esoteric thinking as well as the nature of the reader's behavioral and emotional coping-styles. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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