A Primer on Personal Growth

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 36–38. Reviews the book, Growth through Choice: The Psychology of Personal Adjustment by Dennis P. Saccuzzo and Rick E. Ingram (1993). This is a superbly organized and engagingly written text intended for first-year college students enrolled in a course called Personal Adjustment. The authors blend almost seamlessly their humanistic orientation with the still developing social cognitive approach to human adaptation. They begin each chapter with an outline of what's to come and end each with a review of key concepts, helping the student to relate these concepts to one another. Tables and diagrams are used effectively to group central themes. The breadth of topics discussed represents an impressive cross between introductory, social, and clinical psychology, bringing from each area unique applications to personal adjustment. Enlightening coverage is given to psychodynamic, learning, and social learning perspectives. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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