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June 1932

Studies in Psycho-Expedition.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(6):1509-1510. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230180238017

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Ordinary psychology, concerning itself with abstractions and generalizations, not only has failed to bring happiness to man, but has not even succeeded in giving adequate explanations of personality and behavior. These defects the author proposes to remedy. His first chapter (entitled, "The Road to the Science of Man") views with alarm the one-sidedness of the theories of psychology and the schools of psychotherapy. He points out that none of the standard psychologic hypotheses finds a proper place for the neurotic person who, being neither sick nor well, occupies a position of undeserved uncertainty. In spite of the handicap of the illness, many neurotic persons have been pioneers in thought and action, and it is — Schneersohn believes — precisely this "nervousness" that enables these persons to plumb extraordinary depths of human emotion and to become spiritual leaders. To understand these people, one may view the problem either scientifically or intuitively.