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January 1969

The Birth of the Ego.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;20(1):127-128. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740130129016

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This slim but sinewy volume is a reflection of recurrent themes that have become increasingly elaborated into a developmental ego psychology by Edward Glover.

The overall impression created by this book is difficult to describe. Generally, this reviewer felt uneasy, sometimes enthusiastic and exhilarated, often confused but always interested. Dr. Glover focusses upon so many vital issues and raises such crucial and enlightening questions that one feels himself caught in the center of an intellectual maelstrom. Still, as with so many rich experiences, there is an unsettling aftermath. In this instance there is the definite reaction of having learned but also a lingering dissatisfaction for one is not quite certain how much has been resolved and really understood. I wonder if Dr. Glover might have had some similar feelings which, with his distinctive style, are communicated to the reader.

Dr. Glover, indeed, has

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