Life: A Psychological Survey

Life: A Psychological Survey

Life: A Psychological Survey

Life: A Psychological Survey

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This volume has three unusual features. To each one of its three parts is devoted, in the aggregate, it is believed that they constitute a departure from previous texts in psychology which is of a distinctive significance.

The volume begins with an attempt to give, in exceedingly brief compass, a sweeping panorama of the socio- economic and cultural environment of modern life--with such historical perspective as might give some sense of the rapidity of recent changes in the customs, conventions, and circumstances of living. If psychology as distinct from physiology is concerned primarily with man as a social organism, such an approach would seem theoretically sound. If (as is surely the present trend of thinking) society much more than heredity is to be looked to, for explanations as to why a particular person is what he is, then such a beginning is logical. If practical readers are looking to psychology for aid in learning how to get along with other people and make their ways in the economic (and social) world, then such an approach has much practically to recommend it. The value of such background prefatory to consideration of vocational, industrial, educational, abnormal psychology, mental hygiene, or analysis of problems of delinquency, guidance, morale, would seem evident. This volume therefore (though a later chapter on physical growth and decline is basic to the total treatment) has introductory chapters not from neurology and physiology and genetics but instead from sociology, economics, and the history of modern culture.

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