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Taking the proverbial : the psychology of proverbs and sayings (2007)

by Geoff Rolls

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“Can proverbs provide useful or reliable advice about how to live?” Paremiologists [scholars of proverbs] have explored their origins and meanings but this is one of the first books to consider the psychological truths behind them.

Rolls examines ‘dueling proverbs’ – those that are contradictory – like Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder vs. Out of Sight , Out of Mind; Birds of a Feather Flock Together, yet Opposites Attract, and while you must Look Before You Leap, He Who Hesitates is Lost.

He also explores the truth of sayings like Mind over Matter, Actions Speak Louder than Words, and Laughter is the Best Medicine: trivia perhaps, but the sort of interesting trivia that makes an excellent Christmas present. ( )
  adpaton | Oct 22, 2008 |
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An amusing and highly readable collection of articles examining the psychological truths and misconceptions behind the proverbs and sayings we use every day. Is the grass really greener on the other side? Does familiarity breed contempt? If at first you don't succeed, should you really try again?

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An amusing and highly readable collection of articles examining the psychological truths and misconceptions behind the proverbs and sayings we use every day.

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