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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 91. Reviews the book, Psychology and the Performing Arts edited by Glenn D. Wilson (1991). Psychology and the Performing Arts appears in a surprising academic lacuna. Given the classical Aristotelian prominence of performing arts in human nature and common metaphonc references to such a linkage by modern students of personality and social psychology, the absence of a systematic introductory literature where this book can be compared is notable. That Contemporary Psychology includes a review of this compilation from the procedures of the First International Conference on Psychology and the Performing Arts is even more remarkable than its publication. This book gives mute testimony to the failure to heed the repeated warnings of Henry A. Murray (personal communication, November 1962) against such one-way commerce that wraps art in a “winding sheet of psychological terminology.” (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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