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December 27, 1941

Basic Problems of Behavior

JAMA. 1941;117(26):2294-2295. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820520090050

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This is a textbook for educators, psychologists and students of the social sciences. It is an elaboration of the author's Mental Hygiene and Education, published in 1934. The book aims "to present the clinical, experimental, psychological and psychiatric data of a number of basic problems of behavior." Individual chapters on the emotions, motivation and frustration, theories of personality, common mechanisms of adjustment, measurement of personality, attitudes and conflicts are followed by more clinical chapters on delinquent behavior, the neuroses and "mental abnormalities." The scope of the book is so broad that detailed critical review is here impossible. The author draws on his research and clinical experience and he culls and interprets the extensive literature, publishing a useful and well selected bibliography. The thesis that clinical and experimental observations or evidence can well be combined in the study of behavior is defended, but at times the author's prejudices lead him to

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