September 1965


Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;13(3):288-289. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01730030094019

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Every man is entitled to his own fears. And everyone is entitled to see danger where others see hope. But since communicated hopes and fears enter into events to make outcomes different—since indeed the expression of either is, in effect, a strategy to change outcomes—it is important that weighty warnings should receive careful examination lest the chill of fear unwarranted cool too quickly the heat of justified hope.

For this reason, I feel obliged, with all respect to Dr. Dunham, to ask whether the gloomy vistas called up by his March article {Arch Gen Psychiat 12: 303, 1965) are really in sight, whether the darkness is indeed so unrelieved and whether, in fact, the major problems do not lie in a direction altogether different.

I am sure Dr. Dunham is right in saying—as he might have said, mutatis mutandis, for community organization or sociology—that "different conceptions abound

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