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(1935). Adjustment and Mastery. By Robert S. Woodworth. Baltimore: The Williams & Wilkins Company, 1933. Pp. 137.. Psychoanal. Rev., 22(1):99.

(1935). Psychoanalytic Review, 22(1):99

Adjustment and Mastery. By Robert S. Woodworth. Baltimore: The Williams & Wilkins Company, 1933. Pp. 137.

This little book is one in the “Century of Progress Series,” which series is composed of “volumes by well known scholars presenting the essential features of those fundamental sciences which are the foundation stones of modern industry.” The topics are briefly and simply discussed for the understanding of the intelligent layman.

The author has described the psychology of the aggressive and the passive factors of life adjustment, utilizing descriptions of simple tests, experiments and cases to illustrate the several important points in practical adaptations. Among the thirteen chapters comprising the text one finds short accounts of particular individual problems, intellectual and organic adjustments, individual differences in response, desires and motives in behavior, maladjustments, and misconduct phenomena and some interesting pro and con comments as to whether “progress” as we understand it at present is “good for us.”

The theories of Janet, Freud and Adler are mentioned in connection with desires and motivations, but they have not been utilized to an extent that might seem highly advantageous in presenting the real facts of life as revealed by the exhaustive researches of the “psychogenic” school.

The book can serve as a brief general orientation in the more objective aspects of a particular field of psychology, and in this respect may serve a purpose.


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