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May 8, 1937

Be Glad You're Neurotic

JAMA. 1937;108(19):1672. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780190088028

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It is unfortunate that one who has had the training in psychology and psychiatry which the author of the present volume has apparently had would permit himself to turn out such a volume. It is an extremely superficial rehash of the most elementary material on neuroses, psychoses and freudian mechanisms. The definitions are loose and in many places meaningless. The book scarcely deserves serious review. It consists of a number of chapters exhortative in their nature, each urging the individual to be glad that he is neurotic and to assure him that if he has guilt feelings, if he has bad dreams or insomnia, if he feels that he is going insane, he has nothing to worry about. The author gives the impression that the neurotic is anybody who is above normal in intelligence, whereas numerous neurotics are subnormal. He states baldly that a psychopath is one who is suffering

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