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The introduction to Roots of the Ego promises much to the reader who is led to expect a thorough analysis of the ways in which environmental conditions of ego development produce definable, specific, and predictable forms of behavior. The author states openly that this goal constitutes the purpose of his book; yet some 275 pages later, his final paragraph reads: "In concluding our analysis of 'Environment and Development' as it pertains to our study of the 'Roots of the Ego,' let us remark that we have offered questions rather than answers, hypotheses rather than evidence on which to base empirical research. We are also well aware of the fragmentary character of these hypotheses. The entire study is but an attempt to define a number of concepts which we consider fruitful when applied to an interpretation of human behavior. We shall try to show some
Falstein EI. The Roots of the Ego.. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;17(1):127-128. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730250129022