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March 1946

New Directions in Psychology: Toward Individual Happiness and Social Progress.

Arch NeurPsych. 1946;55(3):298. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1946.02300140129011

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This book, written primarily for laymen, is concerned with one of the major problems facing the world today, namely, the "cultural lag" between modern scientific doctrines and the woefully inadequate use which society makes of them. Using the informal essay style suitable for a nonprofessional reader, Dr. Lowy has written a series of short articles urging the application of modern psychologic technics to social reconstruction. His thesis is that the "core of the social problem is the element of aggression in its various aspects and manifestations." The author uses chiefly freudian concepts, with occasional reference to other psychologic systems.

Dr. Lowy attempts to cover a wide range of topics, varying from politics to marriage, education and religion. In a brief chapter, entitled "Suggestions on General Reform," he advocates a rather nebulous state combining the best features of both communism and democracy without any of their weaknesses. This makes interesting reading