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April 1943

Our Age of Unreason.

Arch NeurPsych. 1943;49(4):639. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1943.02290160161020

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This book is an attempt by a psychoanalyst to understand and explain the chaos of the present day world.

The volume is divided into three sections, entitled "Reason to Unreason," "The Fundamentals of Human Behavior" and "From Unreason to Reason." There is a 130 page survey of the world's history, particularly that of Germany, as well as a brief survey of the philosophies and psychologies of the various countries at war. These summaries are superficial. At one point the author emphasizes the need for psychoanalysts who are physiologists, historians, anthropologists and sociologists and who will apply psychoanalysis to the study of biologic and social processes. Any one entitled to consider himself a specialist in such a wide field of interest would be a rare person. The need for such persons is real.

It must, however, be noted that the book is a sincere attempt to approach the problem of world