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September 11, 1954

Emotions and Reason

JAMA. 1954;156(2):206. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950020112037

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This monograph begins with the proposition that "The two main determinants of human behavior are motivation and ability, and there is a growing conviction that the two cannot be profitably separated." The author's subsequent thesis, insofar as it can be detected, is that emotions and reason are similarly interrelated. Unfortunately, these portmanteau terms are made to carry so many other concepts equally vague or inclusive that readers may have difficulty in following the ensuing vagaries of thought and exposition. This volume is recommended for those who like metapsychological polemics, but it will, on the whole, furnish little useful information to the medical practitioner.

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