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January 1927

Outline of Abnormal Psychology. By William McDougall.

Arch NeurPsych. 1927;17(1):142-145. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1927.02200310149012

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The attitude of the reader as to the value of this book will necessarily be the same as that toward the first volume, the "Outlines of Psychology." If he found that work valuable, so too he will find this one. In that volume, the author has practically reached the maturity of his theoretical thinking. In this volume, he resorts to the same theoretical foundations and the same methods of attack. The material differs; that is all. He has simply gone somewhat beyond the normal, yet not far enough to consider all the problems of abnormal psychology. He limits himself to disordered processes that seem to him of a purely functional nature. "I hope," he states, "to bridge the gap between academic psychology and the study of the neuroses and psychoses, a gap which remains regrettably wide." The persistence of this gap, which certainly needs filling in, he explains as follows: