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Half The Human Experience: The Psychology of Women Paperback – Abridged, April 25, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0618306329 ISBN-10: 0618306323 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 579 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; 6 edition (April 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618306323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618306329
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,446,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Janet Shibley Hyde, the Helen Thompson Woolley Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, received her education at Oberlin College and the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught a course in the psychology of women since 1973, first at Bowling Green State University, then at Denison University, and now at the University of Wisconsin. Her research interests are in the psychology of women, human sexuality, and gender-role development. Author of the textbook Understanding Human Sexuality, she is a past-President of the Society for the Psychology of Women and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. She has received many other honors, including an award for excellence in teaching at Bowling Green State University, the Chancellor's Award for teaching at the University of Wisconsin, and the Heritage Award from the Society for the Psychology of Women for career contributions to research on the psychology of women.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Alicja Z. on December 7, 2004
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This was our textbook in Psychology of Women and probably one of the few that I actually enjoyed reading. Hyde provides meta-analysis of psychological studies in a wide variety of subjects such as gender stereotypes and differences, gender roles and ethnicity, gender and language, women and work, biological influences on women's bahavior, and many more. She supplements the meta-analysis with specific studies and critiques from various perspectives, including feminism. Actually, this book most favorably looks at the feminist theory and explanation although it does not discunt others. I think that is expected from a book titled "Half the Human Experiance." Overall, I think that this book should not only be used in the academic arena but is also a wonderful source of information for anyone who wants to understand women better. I have gained a fresh insight into myself. I also think that any man who reads this book would find many similarities between the genders (that the author stresses throughout the text) as well as gain insight into any women in his life (mother, sisters, friends, girlfriend...).

Lastly, this book is not meant to be read in order. After reading the first chapter (mostly indroductory) and the second chapter (on various psychological perspectives) the rest of the chapters can be read in any order. It is nice to just pick a topic that interest you and read about it. Then at a later time look something else up. This book has an amazing collection of information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Borislav Borisov on March 3, 2010
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If someone asks me what is an inspiring book, my answer would be: J. Sh. Hyde - Half the human experience. Every sentence from this intelligent, warm and friendly text launches me simultaneously into feverish thinking and even more desire to probe deeply into gender psychology and sexuality. This book is for enlightened people or for people who want to be enlightened. I am 27 year old, male, an intelligent and enlightened young man. Read this book!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cara on July 19, 2011
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The first half of the book was valuable to my coursework and very informative. However, the more I read the more I began to realize how subjective the text was and its failure to be objective as possible. I believe that every human has dignity and deserves respect, but the author of this book seems to aim at identifying women as the greater sex instead of treating them equally. The text also looked at many issues from just one side, rather than looking at the issues at hand from multiple perspectives. For instance, while the book barely covered contraceptives and the benefits of sexual experience, it didn't look at the benefits of abstaining. It also seemed to take aim at the Catholic Church quite a bit. While I am not Catholic, I still find this unnecessary.
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