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June 1968

Sense and Symbol: A Textbook of Human Behavioral Science.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;18(6):766-767. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740060126019

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This leads me to the second major flaw of the book—Stewart's habit of speaking authoritatively about various current psychoanalytic problems without indicating that there are a number of possible points of view on these questions. Ignoring the existence of one's opponents leads to scientific impoverishment. Of course, such an oversight may be inadvertent, but the results are not thereby altered. Some of these issues are quite important with regard to the discussion of certain of Freud's early hypotheses: for example, Stewart's criticism of the actual neurosis concept depends on his conviction that this is an idea of no contemporary usefulness and his estimates of Freud's economic hypotheses and affect theories are also the result of the positions he takes in present day theoretical controversies. Stewart's views are always consistent and reasonable: however, he consistently presents them as if alternative positions were

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