||Feeling Strong: How Power Issues Affect Our Ability to
direct Our Own Lives
||Ethel S. Person
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This book deals with an important topic. Power to direct our
lives and to relate to other people in effective ways is crucial to our
daily lives and our experience of life. The author is a bright and
skillful observer and writes well. The book can be engaging and
interesting to many.
However, it is also a clear example of an ideological position
determining both observations and the meaning given to them.
Freudian psychoanalytic thought is the ideology of the book. There
is no reference to any of the vast amount of empirical research evidence
readily available in the science of psychology relevant to the topic.
No mention of scientific data is found in the bibliography nor in the
chapter notes. Only psychoanalytic books, articles, and material is
Then result is a network of conjectures, speculations, and assumptions
about the interior unobservable processes of human beings. The black
box does not exist for this author. She knows all that goes on in
The book may be useful for any who want to generate hypotheses that can
be checked by empirical research but is has no demonstrated validity as a
guide for life or how to deal with human power or powerlessness.
Reviewed by Ralph Underwager, PhD,, Institute for Psychological Therapies.