In the gaggle of self-improvement books on the fall lists, this one is to a certain extent disguised by its more ""dignified"" approach and beatified by its academic credentials--Dr. Otto is the Director of the Human Potentialities Research Project at the University of Utah. Along with the credentials, the book has quite an apparatus: there's a workbook for the participant; exercises (beginning with involving yourself in an Action Program); discussion topics; suggested readings (all at a high level); and a partnership program (select a partner, preferably not your mate). Dr. Otto discusses the many things which may have diminish your ""vibrant aliveness"" from the ""authority centered schools"" and the churches with ""their pathetic superficial programs"" on down to the climate of sex and violence which prevails. However with every point he makes, he borrows indiscriminately--Gardner Murphy and John Gardner rub shoulders with Calvin Coolidge. By the time he reaches his breakthrough concept--""self knowledge is the first step,"" we seem to have regressed to inanities. No one can question that it is both ""personally desirable and socially beneficial"" for every man to ""fulfill his potential,"" but can he really change his spots and can a ""quiet calm easygoing introverted individual"" become an ""active, outgoing person""? And have you ever met an easygoing introvert? Or a curmudgeonly critic?