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April 1971

Protean Man

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn
From the Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;24(4):298-304. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750100008002

An analysis is presented of psychological patterns emerging in contemporary life. The Protean style is characterized by constant shifts in identification and belief, and results from such broad factors as the velocity of historical change, the revolution in mass media, and the effects of 20th-century holocaust. The self can no longer be considered a fixed concept in psychiatry, and the term self-process is preferable.