A Naïve Science

Psychology’s Ghosts
The Crisis in the Profession and the Way Back
Jerome Kagan
Yale University Press, $32, 340 pp.

I often hear a fellow senior citizen declare, “I wish I’d spent more time with my family.” In fact he easily could have, but preferred golf, or working overtime, or whatnot. In any case, his behavior belied his self-report. Such self-reporting is dismally unreliable, and no one understands this better than Jerome Kagan, the esteemed psychologist whose new book distills the accumulated wisdom of his astonishingly productive six-decade career—a period during which, Kagan...

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Barry Gault is a psychiatrist in private practice in Newton, Massachusetts.

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