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June 30, 1945

Emotional Problems of Living: Avoiding the Neurotic Pattern

JAMA. 1945;128(9):695. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860260069034

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The first half of this book is devoted to a thoroughgoing discussion of the emotional disturbances that arise in infancy and childhood. Growth is conceived as a series of periods classified as oral, anal, phallic and latent, proceeding then to puberty and adolescence, work and marriage. Psychologic disturbances later in life seem to result largely from the frustrations of pleasure that result in hostility, pain and hatred. Nail biting is considered a sign of poor emotional adjustment. The severe cases are part of the desire of the child to annoy and humiliate the parents. Most of the points made are illustrated by case reports. The volume is planned not only for the medical reader but also for medical students, teachers, nurses and social workers. The book is definitely orientated to psychoanalytic thinking. Many statements are made as conclusive which might still be considered in the realm of investigation. However, a

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