January 1970

Experience, Affect, and Behavior: Psychoanalytic Explorations of Dr. Adelaide McFadyen Johnson.

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Edited by David B. Robinson, MD. Price, $12.75. Pp 511. University of Chicago Press, 5750 Ellis Ave, Chicago 60636, 1969.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1970;22(1):89-90. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1970.01740250091015

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This is a collection of 28 articles by Dr. Johnson written in the two decades from 1940 to 1960. Over one half of them were written in collaboration with other colleagues. Originally they were published in journals or books directed to a variety of audiences. The grouping applied in the book reflects this. There are seven sections: introduction, psychosomatic problems, antisocial behavior, collaborative psychiatric treatment, psychoanalytic therapy, theoretical papers, and child psychiatry. There is an over-all, direct, clear consistency of style and exposition which makes for good ready comprehension.

One central theme is the mutual influences of children and parents in the individual's development. The emphasis lies more on the roles of unconscious parental anxieties, guilt, impulses—particularly rage—and superego defects in the etiology of a child's antisocial acting out, unusual sexual behavior, delinquency, school phobia, symptom formation, fixations, or problems in adoption. An

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