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June 1932

The Mind at Mischief: Tricks and Deceptions of the Subconscious and How to Cope with Them.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(6):1512. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230180241021

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In his preface the author asserts that a number of excellent books have been helpful to the layman in his effort to understand himself psychologically, and that there is an abundant literature on the psychoses for the professional reader; "but practically nothing has been written on those cases of abnormal psychology which occupy a middle ground between these two groups." It is this gap that the author has endeavored to fill in this volume, which he will place "in the hands of a patient—or of his friends." The book itself shows the consequences of such an effort; it is neither scientific nor suitable for a layman. One can see little of value, for instance, in such statements as a claim for direct opposition to the "teachings of Freud," in that Sadler finds "one may not only suppress sex thoughts which interfere with the religious ideals, but one may also come