December 1964

Advances in Psychoanalysis.

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By Harold Kelman, MD, editor. Price, $5. Pp 250. W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 55 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10003, 1964.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;11(6):680. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720300110017

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The overall feeling, after having read this volume, is disappointment that the authors did not enlarge on the many excellent clinical examples. Because of this, the wide range of essays becomes somewhat an oversimplified vade mecum for those interested in analytic parameters. Will there be no end to substitutive terms? It seems that every group dedicated to psychoanalytic work chronically seeks out synonyms that are then made separate from their origins; for example, abused equals masochistic; paucity of inner experience equals denial; alienation equals isolation; holistic equals unity; and so forth.

Kelman's hazy introduction traces the defection of Horney from the ranks of "orthodox" psychoanalysis. No one would dispute the fresh orientations and correlations that Jones suggested that psychoanalysis would need as time passed, but the insistence that Freud's writings demonstrate "a pessimistic, materialistic, constitutional and sex centered philosophy" is a scotoma of major proportions.

He further implements Horney's concepts

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