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Battling the Inner Dummy: The Craziness of Apparently Normal People Paperback – October 1, 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
Well researched, this book looks at real world examples, knowing the reader applies them to themselves and to the people, they know.
Great chapters outline the base "limbic drives" present in all people. This mix of limbic drives is what powers our personalities and our actions, and this book offers explanations and a scorecard to see where the reader falls with regard to "average" behaviors. In the end, you have a better understanding of personality and actions, and a solid knowledge of the Inner Dummy in all of us.
GREAT READING !
In today's age where someone goes on national television, and says, "I want to Marry a Millionaire," this book offers incredible insight into what shapes extraordinary events in the mind.
Weiner's book is well researched,and offers many opportunities for self-analysis. It is a fun book to read and to pass. The analysis of the limbid drives will well illustrate personality traits in the reader and in people the reader knows. It asks the question, "What is Normal, Am I Normal, Are my Friends Normal?"
Just a blast to read!
The most astonishing thing about this book is that the conclusions implicit in Freud have never been fully and constructively exploited by social thinkers. This book puts some elements of the libidinally infested academic community to shame. Sean O'Reilly Editor at-Large Travelers' Tales
If you didn't know that before, do you understand it now? If so, then you have just read pages 38 and 39 of "Battling the Inner Dummy." So you know all the author has to say about the triune brain.
Throughout the rest of the book, the author talks about everything under the sun. One chapter is an introductory course on Abnormal Psychology. Another chapter introduces us to the Theory of Relativity. In three more chapters, we get an overview of psychotherapy techniques. For reasons known only to himself, the author devises 10-point scales for various personality traits. There is also an extended scenario in which Freud comes back as a consultant for an advertising campaign. You might find it entertaining, you might think it's kyootsee-kyoot.
Here are some important questions which Weiner gives only a cursory glance:
Why are male heterosexuality and female heterosexuality so different? Men patronize prostitutes and porno magazines, whereas women patronize drugstore novels. A look at our primeval past can answer this question.
Why are people attracted to illegal drugs? Why are people attracted to foods which overdose on sugar, salt, and fat? Probably because such stimuli did not make their appearance soon enough in the history of the human brain.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has the most annoying writing style of any book I have read in two years. I am SO frustrated because the subject matter is truly interesting. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wistful Angst
A little difficult to plow through....better for listners than readers, I will be able to use as a reference.Published on May 13, 2007 by Judith D. Smith
I would be delighted to review this book if it had not been mailed to a four year old address, altho I have purchased numerous items and had them shipped to me at my current, and... Read morePublished on November 9, 2006 by Russell Hale
How absolutely brilliant to describe the "id" as the Inner Dummy." If after reading this book you can't admit to yourself that you have an "inner dummy"... Read morePublished on October 14, 2002
Weiner's theory that much of our so-called 'irrational' behavior has its roots in the limbic system is interesting. Read morePublished on August 13, 2001
David Weiner's Battling the Inner Dummy is a popular introduction to the fields of psychiatry and clinical psychology with unique features that make it the best in its class. Read morePublished on July 26, 2001 by BENJAMIN J HUBBARD
If you want to know why our minds sometimes drive us to do stupid, irrational things, then this is the book to read. Read morePublished on April 30, 2001 by Jim
The Inner Dummy needed a good editor to cut it in half. This sprawling, wordy book actually is two entirely different books, one of which nobody needs to read. Read morePublished on April 23, 2001