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January 1932

The Morbid Personality.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(1):247-248. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230130253026

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Among the numerous books from psychoanalytic sources, which may be considered as more or less a confession of personal faith and experience, the present book of Lorand constitutes a readable example with good records and clear examplification of principles.

The successive chapters cover childhood from infancy to puberty, difference in the early development of boys and girls, analysis of neurotic character types, a case of sexual impotentia, indecision as an escape, the narcissistic type, a case of social inferiority, bisexuality, difficulties in female character formation, the wish fulfilment type, the revenge type, hysteric characters, psychosexual infantilism, crime in fantasy and dreams and the neurotic criminal, and a chapter on technic and therapy.

Evidently a capable pupil of Ferenczi, Lorand presents in direct and interesting form the essentials of the orthodox freudian formulations and developments of psychoanalytic treatments. There are occasional German usages of terms such as that of the word