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September 1932

Prohibiting Minds and the Present Social and Economic Crisis.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;28(3):754-755. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02240030274019

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In this volume, the author—a pioneer of American psychiatry and one of its most venerated personalities—speaks his mind about the ills of the present time. As one of the prime causes of confusion, Dr. Paton discerns an attitude of mind. It is an attitude of "feelers," not of "thinkers." The author calls it the "prohibiting attitude." He sees prohibitionism at work in different parts of the world, in Prussia, in Russia and in the United States. There are today, he explains, many people who fail to accept the lessons that can be drawn from history. These people resemble neurotic persons who make attempts to conceal their fear of the past.

The prohibiting minds believe that the control of human activities is merely a matter of authority. But to control human behavior rationally, one must understand much better the emotional trends of the individual, which must be intelligently directed, and cannot