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September 1934

Our Neurotic Age.

Arch NeurPsych. 1934;32(3):680. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1934.02250090217019

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Abstract

The contributors to this symposium have been drawn from several different professional fields, including those of psychology, psychiatry, economics and sociology, anthropology, philosophy and literature. A natural result is that the chapters present varied points of view and opinions. The approach is sometimes in terms of the individual patient and of the psychoanalytic theory, and at other times from the view that present civilization, particularly because of its economic organization, furnishes a setting conducive to mental maladjustments. The editor's introduction leaves little doubt that he sympathizes with the second attitude; perhaps one reason for his sponsoring such a volume was the desire to bring home to the reader that this is a neurotic age because of the social forces that affect the persons living under them. Yet he has not selected the contributors solely from those who are concerned with fixing the responsibility for the increasing quota of the mentally

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