Repel With a Cause: The Autobiography of Hans Eysenck

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Transaction Publishers, 1997 M01 1 - 337 pages
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Hans Eysenck is one of the world's leading psychologists and undoubtedly the most controversial. Throughout a long and illustrious career his work on personality and intelligence has aroused impassioned debate and attacks, both verbal and physical, on Eysenck himself. In his compelling and absorbing autobiography, Eysenck recounts in some detail the battles he had to fight in order to establish his major conclusions, as well as the reasons why he investigated these subjects. He also discusses his work on such topics as the health hazards of smoking, the prophylactic effects of behavior therapy on cancer and coronary heart disease, parapsychology, astrology, and other matters. In a new foreword, written for this edition, Eysenck expresses his pleasure regarding the fact that his autobiography is now being published in the United States. He discusses how much of his scientific life has been bound up with American psychology. Also new to this American edition is a chapter titled "Genius, Creativity, and Vitamins," in which Eysenck talks about the research he has worked on since his retirement in 1983. Rebel with a Cause is an intriguing autobiography and will be of paramount interest to psychologists, sociologists, and genetic scientists.
 

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Reading this is frankly a struggle. Eysenck's giant ego is on every page. But this is an autobiography, and - as becomes clear - his achievements generally matched his high opinion of himself. The ... Read full review

Contents

was Born in Interesting Times
5
Student Life in Exile
42
Becoming a Professional
88
The Battle for Behaviour Therapy
120
The Battle of the Cigarettes
162
the fight for a new paradigm
189
The Battle for the Stars
229
Genius Creativity and Vitamins
258
Does Age Bring Wisdom?
281
Glossary of Technical Terms
309
Authors Bibliography
315
Additional Biographical and Autobiographical Sources
323
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Hans J. Eysenck (1916-1997) was professor of psychology at the University of London and the director of its psychological department at the Institute of Psychiatry. He was best known for his experimental research in the field of personality. Among his many books are Rebel with a Cause , Dimensions of Personality , The Dynamics of Anxiety and Hysteria , Intelligence , and Decline and Fall of the Freudian Empire .

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