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September 1962

Modern Concepts of Psychoanalysis.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1962;7(3):226-227. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1962.01720030072020

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The author-editors in some measure achieve their stated purpose of presenting an "integrative review" of the advances of psychoanalysis as reflected in influences on philosophy, the social sciences, and the humanities, as well as on the rationale and practice of psychology and psychiatry. The 13 authors, representing several disciplines, come from a variety of backgrounds, and all are said to be "analytically trained." The fields of thought and how they have been affected by psychoanalysis are: philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychology, communications theory, existentialism, and "therapeutics."

I found it needlessly redundant for many of the authors to preface their essays with a synopsis of psychoanalytic theory, particularly since this had been done by one of the editors in the first chapter. Also there is a frequent and, at least to this reviewer, distressing tendency to erect psychoanalytic "straw men" and then to vigorously and assiduously knock them down

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