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The cultural animal : human nature, meaning, and social life

Author: Roy F Baumeister
Publisher: Oxford, UK ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
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"This book not only summarizes what we know about people - it also offers a coherent, easy-to-understand, though radical, explanation. Turning conventional wisdom on its head, Roy Baumeister argues that culture shaped human evolution. Contrary to theories that depict the individual's relation to society as one of victimization, endless malleability, or just a square peg in a round hole, his proposal states that the  Read more...
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Baumeister, Roy F.
Cultural animal.
Oxford, UK ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
(OCoLC)607343729
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roy F Baumeister
ISBN: 0195167031 9780195167030
OCLC Number: 54487742
Description: xi, 450 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Beasts for culture --
The human psyche at work --
What people want --
How people think --
How and why emotions happen --
How people act and react --
How people interact --
Epilog.
Responsibility: Roy F. Baumeister.
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This book provides a coherent explanation of human nature, which is to say how people think, act, and feel, what they want, and how they interact with each other. The central idea is that the human  Read more...

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"A remarkably well-written book. Anyone interested in psychology and philosophy would find this book fascinating. It is thorough, very well informed, and clearly presented."--Diaglouge

 
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Recommended book on social psychology

by geny_librarian (WorldCat user published 2009-05-16) Very Good Permalink

Great hybrid of pop psychology and scholarly research, with some valuable information about the field of social psychology.  Also, well written.

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