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February 16, 1946

Psychology of Sex Relations

JAMA. 1946;130(7):463. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870070083029

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This book has as its central thesis the difference between sex and love. The author is a distinguished psychologist who was one of Freud's early students and who has made many important sociopsychologic contributions. "Ritual" and "The Unknown Murderer" are perhaps two of his books which are best known in the United States. His knowledge of Freud and psychoanalysis cannot be questioned. However, his understanding of the developmental history of psychoanalysis in the past forty years seems to be strangely antiquated. He ignores the development of ego psychology, which has occupied psychoanalysts in the past twenty-five years. He terms his revaluation and revision of Freud's theories "neopsychoanalysis." With many of Reik's formulations psychoanalysts would have no quarrel. He seems in the book to be setting up a straw man in order to demolish him. Reik believes that the capacity to love, which shows itself in affectionate tenderness and consideration, does

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