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August 13, 1927

The Golden Complex. A Defence of Inferiority.

JAMA. 1927;89(7):547. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690070057046

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With the same wit that constituted the chief attraction of his novels, Mr. Dodd exhibits for a public audience the virtues of the inferiority complex. He illustrates his story with some interesting cases and pleads for the retention of this complex as a feature of American life. At the same time he picks numerous flaws in the psychoanalytic doctrines, including the vagaries of dream interpretations. He considers the inferiority complex, christened by him the "cosmic vitamin," as driving mankind to greater and greater discoveries. Only a feeling of inferiority, he says, can smother boredom and make for progress. The book is beautifully printed and bound with all the artistry that marks the productions of this new publisher.

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