December 1968

Vectoriasis Praecox or the Group of Schizophrenias.

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By Benjamin B. Wolman, PhD. Price, $12.50. Pp, 371. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill, 1966.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;19(6):767-768. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740120127025

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Wolman has borrowed the title from Eugen Bleuler and offers his book as a lineal successor to the 1911 monograph. He claims that he has made his power and acceptance theory of social relations isomorphic with a revision of psychoanalytic theory and, thereby, can provide a new explanation for the etiology, symptoms, and psychotherapy of schizophrenic reactions. The author's earlier studies in developmental and social psychology led him to define power as "the ability to satisfy needs of oneself or others, or both, or to prevent their satisfaction." He identified three modes of interactional patterns: instrumental, mutual acceptance, and vectorial. The first is characterized by the search for satisfying needs and may be represented by the infant's "parasitic, taking" attitudes. Maturational and learning processes lead to mutuality, that is, giving and accepting. The willingness to give without expectation to receive, the vectorial rela

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