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Psychology in Daily Life

It is the purpose of the series to provide readily
intelligible surveys of selected aspects of the study
of mind and of its applications. In this self-con-
scious age, inquiring minutely into the nature of
the forces that direct the endeavors of men, psy-
chology has come to its own. Recent advances
have made possible definite and enlightening ac-
counts of the mental processes; the psychological
laboratory has refined, extended, and controlled the
data; the evolutionary conception has coordinated
conclusions derived from widely different sources.
Particularly has the psychology of the social rela-
tions been given a central position in the practical
world, where endowment, motive, and circumstance
meet. The emotional as well as the intellectual, the
jesthetic as well as the moral, the occupational as
well as the relational impulses and expressions of
men have been duly recognized as part of the psy-
chological endowment — as integral aspects of hu-
, man nature.
The desire to apply this kn
stress of the practical temper;
I reflects (
d of adapta-
tion of the mental equipment to the complex con-
ditions of modem life is insistent. Mental econ- ,
omy enforces the importance of shaping career t
capacity; the conservation of mental resources (
ters vitally into the problems of national welfare.!
The varied liability of the mind to defect and decay, |
to distortion and vagary, to degeneration and re- J
version, sets in relief the critical importance of san-