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The new paperback edition--now even more concise and user-friendly!

Critical Praise for the Second Edition of Concise Encyclopedia of Psychology

"Intended for general readers [and] professionals, this source is easy to use, very informative, and authoritative....Highly recommended."--Choice

"Concise Encyclopedia of Psychology is an impressive achievement.... [It] covers an incredible breadth of subjects in a clear, authoritative manner suitable for all levels from high school students to practicing psychologists, both academic and clinical."--American Reference Books Annual

"[The] contributing authors [include] some of the most influential scholars and practitioners in the field....[The] text reads fast as well as informatively, serving as a ready reference to a wide array of subjects....[It is] a resource to be savored over and over again as the need arises....a reference text without equal."--Child and Family Behavior Therapy.

"Authoritative, clear, and concisely written."--Doody's Health Sciences Book Review

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Peter B. Zeldow
This book's main component is a series of more than 2000 entries, arranged in alphabetical order, covering every major branch of psychology, including clinical, experimental, industrial, developmental, social, cognitive, physiological, and theoretical. Topics range from abreaction and accommodation to Z-score and the Zwaardemaker odor system. The purpose is to provide quick access to all important psychological terms, concepts, theories, and practices in a style accessible to lay readers and professionals. It is an abridged edition of the four-volume Encyclopedia of Psychology. The editors wish to serve all those interested in psychology, from the layperson and neophyte student to the professional researcher and practitioner. The 500 authorities who contributed the entries include recognized experts, e.g., Eysenck on behavioral genetics, Skinner on operant behavior. The book is cross-referenced and includes name and subject indexes. Special features include brief biographies of 1000 psychologists, a reprint of the American Psychological Association's ethics code, and a sample contract for practicing psychologists. The entries appear to be authoritative, clear, and concisely written, and I would recommend the book's purchase, particularly for a community library. The overall scholarship of the encyclopedia is marred by the inclusion of overly respectful entries on such detritus of the 1960s as nude group therapy and primal therapy.
Choice
A skillful abridgment . . . . Comparisons between the original articles and the digested versions display a genius for subtle but effective cuts. . . . At less than one-third the price of the parent set, this is an excellent purchase for branch libraries, faculty collections, high schools, and community colleges..
Psychology
The best one-volume encyclopedia of psychology on the market.
Reference Books Bulletin
. . . a compact source giving all kinds of information about all aspects of psychology . . . it can be recommended for use by college students at all levels, professionals, and the general public.
College & Research Libraries News
For the moderately sized library, private practitioner, or undergraduate population, the Concise Encyclopedia of Psychology offers an excellent, inexpensive alternative.
Library Journal
Now in its second edition, this work condenses the highly recommended four-volume Encyclopedia of Psychology (LJ 6/1/94) into an accessible work for lay and professional readers. Its contributors include many well-known figures in contemporary psychology. The topics range from psychoanalysis to neurotransmitters, assertiveness training to small-sample statistics. The articles are cross-referenced, and brief biographies of 1000 psychologists appear at the end of the book. It is mostly up-to-date: "Managed Mental Health Care" is here, but "Psychopharmacology" does not include recent therapeutic agents. Neither R.D. Laing nor Jacques Lacan make it in, though they can be found in The Oxford Companion to the Mind (LJ 9/15/87) and The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychology (MIT, 1983). Still, the well-tempered library will have all three of these fine reference books, and the one reviewed here is the most comprehensive and browsable. Highly recommended for all libraries.-E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, D.C.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Peter B. Zeldow, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book's main component is a series of more than 2000 entries, arranged in alphabetical order, covering every major branch of psychology, including clinical, experimental, industrial, developmental, social, cognitive, physiological, and theoretical. Topics range from abreaction and accommodation to Z-score and the Zwaardemaker odor system.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide "quick access to all important psychological terms, concepts, theories, and practices" in a style accessible to lay readers and professionals. It is an abridged edition of the four-volume Encyclopedia of Psychology.
Audience: The editors wish to serve all those interested in psychology, from "the layperson and neophyte student to the professional researcher and practitioner." The 500 authorities who contributed the entries include recognized experts, e.g., Eysenck on behavioral genetics, Skinner on operant behavior.
Features: The book is cross-referenced and includes name and subject indexes. Special features include brief biographies of 1000 psychologists, a reprint of the American Psychological Association's ethics code, and a sample contract for practicing psychologists.
Assessment: The entries appear to be authoritative, clear, and concisely written, and I would recommend the book's purchase, particularly for a community library. The overall scholarship of the encyclopedia is marred by the inclusion of overly respectful entries on such detritus of the 1960s as nude group therapy and primal therapy.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471192824
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition Abridged
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 952
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 1.41 (d)

Meet the Author

RAYMOND J. CORSINI, PhD, has been in private practice since 1965. He is an affiliate professor with the graduate faculty in psychology at the University of Hawaii.

ALAN J. AUERBACH is Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, where he has taught a wide variety of courses for more than 30 years.

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