Picks and Pans Review: Go for It!

updated 08/06/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/06/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Dr. Irene C. Kassorla

Beware of pop-psychology books that emphasize important points in CAPITAL LETTERS. This peppy but superficial how-to-be-a-winner effort by the author of Nice Girls Do IS NO EXCEPTION. The Los Angeles psychologist distinguishes between winners and losers: Winners are self-confident, assertive, self-motivators, excellent communicators. Losers blame their failings on everybody, lack self-esteem, are defensive, carry grudges. Kassorla's win-one-for-the-Gipper pep-talky tone is oppressive, and she even begins each chapter with an inspirational saying or poem. (From Henry Ford: "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.") Most of the how-to advice in the book is stale, and the rest you could pour over your pancakes. Sorry, Irene, WE'VE HEARD ALL THIS BEFORE. (Delacorte, $13.95)

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