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November 1947

Mental Mischief and Emotional Conflicts (Psychiatry and Psychology in Plain English).

Arch NeurPsych. 1947;58(5):651. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1947.02300340122013

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This book was written for the "average" person who wants to know more about emotional conflicts—most likely his own. It is an excellent idea, but the author runs into the same difficulty that all technical writers do in attempting to simplify complicated mechanisms. The result is either an oversimplification or an incomprehensible hodgepodge. This book suffers from being both. There are passages which are simplified enough to make them interesting, but which, unfortunately, strain the facts. There are also long and detailed classifications which the technical reader would have to classify as original but meaningless.

The book tends mostly toward description, and only chapter headings indicate the dynamic aspect. The author describes the illnesses very well, but when he begins to explain the basic origins of the disorders he becomes once more descriptive and not very helpful.

This book was read with the purpose of evaluating its usefulness to the