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The Primal Whimper: More Readings from the Journal of Polymorphous Perversity Hardcover – July 28, 1989

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Good parody often feels like one big inside joke, and Primal Whimper certainly qualifies. Anyone who's spent part of his workday between someone else's ears--whether a novice Psych 101 student or a Ph.D.--is sure to enjoy this collection of extracts from the Journal of Polymorphous Perversity (J. P. P.). For years, J. P. P. editor Glenn Ellenbogen has been coaxing parody articles from that rarest of beasts: academics with senses of humor. This material is terrifically authentic, but the language sometimes obscures the joke for those of us who haven't read Freud recently. However, this is not always the case, as evidenced by this send-up of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, the granddaddy of all personality tests:
"Answer each item T(rue) or F(alse):

I am easily awakened by the firing of cannons.
I believe I am following others.
I was not very strict with my parents.
I try to steal people's thoughts and ideas when they are not looking.
I am sexually attracted to beings from outer space..."

This collection of fake essays (with titles such as "The Academic Oedipal Crisis: An Experimental Investigation of the Need of Assistant Professors to Kill Their Departmental Chairman") will make the perfect gift for your therapist.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 197 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; First Edition edition (July 28, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898623774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898623772
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,550,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is like an _Onion_ for the head-shrinking field, and, like the _Onion_, it has pieces that work, and pieces that don't. The ones that do are hilarious; the ones that don't are embarrassing. Recommended for psych students and those with a strong interest in the topic.. others might be a little nonplussed
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I used to get the magazine and loved it. This is a great book.
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Exactly what I expected.
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