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February 1965

Insight and Responsibility: Lectures on the Ethical Implications of Psychoanalytic Insight.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(2):248-249. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860140128033

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Six lectures given on three continents between 1956 and 1963 comprise this book, whose theme is the ethical implications that derive from insight. Erikson had not intended these addresses for a book, and he took the opportunity afforded by a fellowship to expand and revise them for publication. They synthesize well.

The author is a famous humanist and psychoanalyst, and is currently Professor of Human Development and Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard. He had previously been at the University of California and the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Mass. During the latter tenure, he held appointments at Yale, the Institute of Human Relations, and the Western Psychiatric Institute at Pittsburgh.

In discussing the ethical implications that go along with insight, Erikson implies that it is not sufficient to discover and then leave it at that. He notes that the intellectual often refuses to face the role of men of the

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