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Who Are You? by Malcolm Godwin
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Mar 02, 08

bookshelves: psychology, young-adult, medicine, nonfiction
Read in January, 2003

I'm a big believer in seeing anything from as many different perspectives as possible, in order to minimize blind-men-and-the-elephant kind of thinking. This book is a great example. Even the perspectives that I personally find less applicable or, for example, too New Agey (there are a few of those, but also plenty of more scientifically validated viewpoints) are useful in showing me the ways that human psychology and sociology *can* be interpreted. Also, this book is easy to read and visually stunning, with very effective color diagrams and drawings. I'm not sure whether better to say that the visual elements reinforce the text or vice versa; in reality, they interact to create a synergism that is greater than the sum of its parts. Don't be deluded into thinking that this is just an attractive coffee-table book (even in the paperback edition)--it's much more than that. Highly recommended.
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