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December 1963


Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;9(6):636. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720180108020

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From the preface and introductory chapter, my expectation of a significant contribution to the field of professional psychology was aroused. Here was promised something new, both in content and approach and dealing with self-actualizing, normal mature individuals in the period of "being, sowing and reaping," that is from age 30 onward, who however, are in need of professional services. One of course is quick to raise the point, if mature and adequate, why do these healthy individuals seek help. The answer to this query is the central concern of the author and the pivotal point around which psychoevaluation is organized. Hahn's position is that indeed, very adequate, achieving, and successful individuals in the middle and later years of life are often confronted with problems, not basically of adjustment in the sense that intrapsychic disturbances are present and which would require psychotherapy, but rather stemming from specific situational stresses characteristic of

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