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September 1924

Abnormal Behavior. Pitfalls of Our Minds. An Introduction to the Study of Abnormal and Anti-Social Behavior.

Arch NeurPsych. 1924;12(3):356-358. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1924.02200030109011

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The title of this book is rather misleading as it deals so largely with psychanalytic phenomena. It is apparently written for the laity, and presents a cursory and unsystematized attempt to cover the entire field of abnormal psychology and neuropsychiatry.

Chapter I on "The Instinctive and Emotional Basis of Behavior" presents a brief elementary review of the psychologic work of E. L. Thorndike, J. B. Watson, and William McDougall, and as a clear and readable resumé, it is one of the bright spots in the volume and has much to recommend it.

In Chapter II, dealing with "Emotional Conflicts in the Causation of Conduct Disorders," case histories are introduced, most of them incomplete and poorly presented. The cases quoted frequently fail adequately to illustrate the points under discussion, and occasionally there is no more than a superficial connection between the two. The same is true in succeeding chapters.

Chapter III