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Kepecs, J.G. (1984). One-Genus. Contemp. Psychoanal., 20:161-164.

(1984). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 20:161-164


Joseph G. Kepecs, M.D.

THE ONE GENUS POSTULATE "that everyone is much more simply human than otherwise" (Sullivan, 1953) is implicit in much liberal psychiatric thinking. Of course in one way it is true, but Sullivan's emphasis on "the science not of individual differences but of human identities … patterns which I assume to be ubiquitously human" is still in opposition to current psychiatric and psychoanalytic interest in making distinctions and differentiations.

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