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The Science of Human Nature: A Psychology for Beginners (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press)

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This book is written for young students in high schools and normal schools. No knowledge can be of more use to a young person than a knowledge of himself; no study can be more valuable to him than a study of himself. A study of the laws of human behavior, -that is the purpose of this book. What is human nature like? Why do we act as we do? How can we make ourselves differe ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published January 4th 2008 by Dodo Press (first published 1917)
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Kristen Hendrix
It was okay but very basic and more of an intro to an intro. I don't feel it spoke much of psychology it felt more like a book into early child education at points. It did teach me a little though. Very easy to read.
Dated high school textbook.
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