Knowing Yourself Inside Out For Self-Direction (Multiple Perspectives of Psychology)

Jerry Cross, Diablo Valley College,
and Pauline Bondonno Cross

List: $34.95 374 pages Illustrated
Fourth Edition

ISBN 978-0-9610820-2-4

Study Guide/Workbook, Instructor's Manual



Knowing Yourself Inside Out For Self-Direction offers new perspectives in psychology, encouraging students to develop a deeper understanding of basic topics, and providing a conceptual framework for learning, while developing critical thinking through an innovative multiple perspectives approach. This new edition of Knowing Yourself Inside Out connects the ideas with real-world examples for student retention, an approach advocated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in its blueprint for science and social science education.

It’s a unique approach for an introductory text, providing whole theories in developmental, psychoanalytical, self-actualization, learning theory, socio-cultural, and Jungian approaches. The final chapter applies six theories and the multiple perspectives approach to current sample topics: terrorism, identity and globalization. The authors create a structure for students to process ideas through relevant examples with a wide-ranging and candid assessment of the consequences of human behavior. Critical thinking is encouraged within the underlying structure of scientific questioning and the alternating multiple perspectives approach.

Knowing Yourself Inside Out for Self-Direction is designed to reach and motivate students while teaching the fundamental underlying principles of psychology. It provides the opportunity for the reader to combine the insights of major theories into a multiple perspectives approach to psychology for maximizing its usefulness in understanding one’s own unique life situation. It is filled with real-life examples, written in a personally meaningful, motivating style. It is grounded in a strong academic approach based on thirty years of teaching psychology, making accessible aspects of psychology often omitted or deemed too difficult for the introductory student.

This is a particularly dynamic and productive period in the field of psychology as neuroscientists, with recent technological advancements, incorporate Freud's ideas in their work; psychologists research the relationship of stress to longevity and illness; social psychologists search for answers to explain the violence at Abu Ghraib Prison and the larger social issue of bullying; while cultural psychologists study the underlying dynamics of cultural competency. There are many applications of psychology relevant to our lives. Fromm's theory of destructiveness, for example, may provide a useful perspective to comprehend the violence that took place at Columbine High School, as well as terrorism.

Today, accelerating global forces are challenging both individual and group identities. There is no single theory of psychology that fully explains the individual and the uniqueness of the human experience. The focus is to step out of everyday attitudes, emotions and conditioned responses that can limit transformation and growth. The book is designed to eliminate thinking of oneself in the context of a particular concept, model or point of view and to open one's thinking for greater self-direction.

The Theories include:

Developmental Psychology: Erikson, Piaget, Montessori
Psychoanalytic: Freud–The Unconscious World
Self-Actualization/Humanistic Psychology: Rogers, Maslow
Social Psychology: Fromm–Social Forces, Cults, Terrorists
Universal / Collective Unconscious: Jung–Symbols, Mythology

Comments From Colleagues:

"Unlike most college textbooks it helps students to build the conceptual scaffolding they need to understand and apply the concepts and theories of psychology. It is a terrific, student friendly textbook."
Professor Jane Halonen at Alverno College

"The theories are presented in understandable language without compromising the academic integrity of the research of the underlying classic studies. I have used this book for several years as a supplement to the human behavior in the social environment textbook. My students and I appreciate the skill of the authors as they have presented the material."

Dr. Andrew Edwards, Cleveland State University

"You have the rare ability to take abstract concepts and explain them in clear ordinary language. Because it's presented so clearly you don't have to think a lot about it. Because you understand it, you can apply it to the situations it fits."

Professor David Brady at the University of Phoenix

"Students like the book. It invites them into a relationship by looking at themselves as well as the content. The book stimulates and provokes introspection and serves as a mirror, resulting in greater awareness of self and others."

Dr. Larry Foster at Cleveland State University

"(Students) love it! It's a lot more readable than some of the more technical jargon…more relevant to what they need to know to understand general aspects of behavior and self concepts."
Professor Robert Canuel of Bristol Community College

"Knowing Yourself Inside Out" is a valuable tool to help educators and students alike understand in real world ways the various complex theoretical perspectives in the field of psychology. Elucidating the complex dynamics of multifaceted theories such as psychoanalysis and humanistic philosophy, Cross & Cross have brilliantly brought these various theories to life through case studies and personal experiences presented throughout the book. What I liked is that each chapter is devoted to each theoretical perspective (i.e., developmental psychology, psychoanalytic theory, humanistic psychology, learning theory, social psychology, Jung's theory, and cultural psychology) rather than devoting one chapter to all the theories (as most books do). Through this type of layout, Cross & Cross have discussed at length the purpose of each theory and more importantly the practical implications brought about by each theory. When discussing for example social psychology, the authors relate a theory as broad as social psychology to the subtle tyrannies of society...and how society although intrinsically beneficial to the human organism can go awry and be a force for evil rather than good. When discussing psychoanalysis another broad theory with rather intricate nuances most knowledgeable to the expert, Cross & Cross effortlessly compared the enigmatic psychosexual stages of development to marital relationship styles.

The purpose of this kind of explication is to not only shed light to these opaque theories, but to inspire the reader and evoke deeper thought processes. I had adopted this text for my psychology course and can say proudly that many of my students enjoyed learning about these theories because this text allowed for a great deal of discussion time and critical analysis. For example, I would find many of my students talking at length about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and self-actualization. Many of my students related Piaget’s work to their own thoughts about education and the purpose of education in our world today. A lot of them sought to make sense of Freud’s work in their own way…some even related it to their own relationships. Some of them tried to relate Erik Erikson’s theories to their experiences growing up as children. I had some students who understood that our thoughts can in some ways be shaped through intentional manipulation of the environment (i.e., through the use of advertisements, media...etc). All in all, I have learned that it is through this book, that I was able to inspire students to think more deeply about these various issues, apply these issues in their lives and discuss their thoughts accordingly.

We all have quite complex lives. It is through interpersonal relationships, that these lives become even more complex. The relationships we establish with one another can be a source of great joy and comfort, and can also be a cause of stress and misery. One of the many positive aspects of this text is the focus on relationships. The basic premise: how can one learn about others, if a person doesn’t know him/herself? I felt this point resonated throughout the book and impacted my students in a positive way. Part of knowing yourself is about how to utilize these perspectives to get to know yourself, which helps you relate better to others…which in turn can maximize the more positive consequences of establishing interpersonal relations. This point I believe should be established in other books about psychology, because we may as a society fail to recognize the ubiquitous nature of human relationships and the powerful impact it can have in our daily lives.

I end with this note: I would not be surprised if many of my students would remember these theories years later because it was made so concrete and real to them in this book. I particularly liked the section on the passage of time at the end of the developmental psychology chapter. "Youth belongs not only to the young. It lives on everywhere minds are kept vital, where ideas and creativity are free-flowing. Youthfulness is a child's excitement at that first step or a seventy-year-old applying the last touches to a painting of a seashore; the parents' first sight of their newborn or an eighty-year-old playing the piano or teaching a young person how to study the signs of rain in the sky. Youth is the child and the grandmother, both breathless at the sight of the sunset, as though it were the first one ever seen" Jerry Cross & Pauline Bondonno Cross."
Elham Chishty, Adjunct Instructor in Psychology at Diablo Valley College and College of Alameda

"Amazingly unbiased"I was thrilled to find this book available. It fits beautifully with what I have been doing for years...Please keep this book in print.... At last, an introductory text which speaks to real people!" or "A core book to cover the basics without requiring a lot of explanation by the instructor." or "I didn't know Jung could be presented so well at such an introductory level."
Other faculty members

Comments From Students:

"This is the first time I understand where the ideas (of psychology) come from," or "I'm retaining it, applying it and using it in my life. Surprising, because usually I just study to pass the test. You get to live it with the stories vicariously, versus just facts." or "It's so clearly written and so easy to understand." "It helps me to understand our other text." "I don't want to stop reading," and "It uses real-life examples that show you how the processes work." "I've read 'Knowing Yourself' several times. I re-read it whenever I'm having difficulties." and "I learned more from your book about myself than I did from a year of therapy."

Expanded and updated fourth edition includes:

In-depth applications and theoretical explanations of such currently relevant topics as Columbine High School violence, bullying, cultural competency, identity, globalization, terrorists and cults.

Photos of great thinkers in psychology, cultural diversity, and experiments which expand and deepen our understanding of psychology and ourselves.

Expanded sections on perception and the scientific method.

Original diagrams by the author to clarify concept.

Tools to deal with everyday issues such as stress in the modern world and to develop an understanding of the underlying unity of diverse cultures.

Personally meaningful/High interest: develops a meaningful context before introducing terms, reaches a wide range of student abilities and interests through realistic, real-life examples.

Conversational and in-depth.

Relevant to current economic and social conditions.

Foundation for further study: used in introductory courses in psychology,
adjustment, growth, personality, human development, and critical thinking.

A comprehensive core text which covers the underlying ideas of
psychology without requiring a lot of explanation.

Retention: students report success with their study of psychology because
they can relate to the examples, enjoy the book and understand the concepts.

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Text: Knowing Yourself Inside Out For Self-Direction
(Multiple Perspectives of Psychology)

Fourth Edition. List price: $34.95
(college bookstores receive a 20% discount).
ISBN 978-0-9610820-2-4

Instructor's Guide and Test Bank written by the author.

Student Study Guide/Workbook (author written) to accompany text.
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ISBN 0-9610820-4-6


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