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Howard F. Stein, Ph.D., is Professor of Family Medicine in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center,Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Posted August 31, 2007
Howard Stein has taken the insight that may be gained by using a psychologically informed perspective to examine the workplace in a new and much needed direction. Dr. Stein not only wants his reader to understand the workplace from a psychological perspective he wants the reader to have the experience and feelings that his inspection of work life brings to the table. The workplace is most often and I will add wishfully thought of as fundamentally rational where a cost/benefit ratio may be calculated. It is, however, much more than that. It also contains irrational, spiritual and affective/emotional elements that often dominate work life but regrettably become the messy and hard to measure and manage nature of work experience. Stein in Insight and Imagination intersperses his thoughtful and reflective discussion of the psychological nature of the workplace with poems to help the reader enter into the affective/emotional and spiritual space that comes with exploring the workplace from the point of view of what it is like to show up everyday to go to work. He concludes his book with a documentary play also intended to evoke experience, thoughts, feelings and emotions as one travels and more important experiences through its 8 scenes. This much needed, playful but yet intensely thoughtful book makes an important contribution to the discussion of knowing and not knowing of the workplace for what it is ¿ a place where human nature resides. I recommend this book to anyone seeking to more thoroughly understand one¿s experiences at work.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.