The Open and Closed Mind: Investigations into the Nature of Belief Systems and Personality Systems

The Open and Closed Mind: Investigations into the Nature of Belief Systems and Personality Systems

The Open and Closed Mind: Investigations into the Nature of Belief Systems and Personality Systems

The Open and Closed Mind: Investigations into the Nature of Belief Systems and Personality Systems

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This book is addressed to all those who, for one reason or another, have had occasion to reflect on the nature of their own belief systems and that of others. I hope that the ideas and findings presented herein will provide such persons with a useful frame of reference to guide further reflection or research.

In preparing this work for publication, I have tried to keep in mind two sorts of audiences: my scientific and professional colleagues in psychology and related disciplines, and a larger audience of persons who for many reasons are likely to have strong investments in the ideological, social, and personal issues which are here raised and investigated. Both kinds of audiences, I am sure, will include persons concerned with the nature of ideology, philosophy, politics and religion, their relation to personality and the thought processes, and to the psychology and sociology of knowledge.

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