Vijayiyude Vyakthithwam: John Muzhuthet, Current Books, Thrissur-680001. Rs. 125.

In this book, John Muzhuthet, an engineer with specialised training in psychology and human resources management, seeks to provide a comprehensive framework for developing a winning personality. The author discusses at length the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of personality development.

He describes how people generally conduct themselves in different situations and proceeds to analyse the factors that impelled them to act or react in the way they did in a given situation. The part that qualities such as self-control, moderation, confidence, courage, and integrity play in the evolution of a positive personality is examined.

Each episode reads like a short story. The analysis of different cases is interspersed with references to the theories the author is relying upon. In the process, the reader gets acquainted with the thoughts, inter alia, of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Erik Erikson, Alfred Adler.

Young people looking for a place in the sun will find in this book useful tips especially on facing interviews and taking competitive examinations. But its usefulness extends far beyond the circle of young aspirants looking for a successful career. It may well serve as a guide on equipping oneself to face difficult situations at any stage in one's life and on ways of getting out of such predicaments.

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