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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 146–148. Reviews the books, Psychology: An Introduction (8th ed.) by Charles G. Morris (1993) and Psychology (4th ed.) by Andrew B. Crider, George R. Goethals, Robert D. Kavanaugh, and Paul R. Solomon (1993). Both of these books do a good job of presenting encapsulated accounts and clear summaries of what psychologists have learned and avoid allowing one paradigm to dominate the interpretation of the material. The advantage of this format is that it avoids dwelling on minutiae and controversies over interpretation of facts. The disadvantage is that the discipline appears to be a series of broad generalizations and numerous paradigms with little consensus about elements that are common to all behavior. If your purpose is to survey psychology, then these books are worthy of your careful consideration. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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