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Riggall, R.M. (1934). Making Life Better: By Elwood Worcester. (Charles Scribner & Sons, New York and London, 1933. Pp. 244. Price 7 s. 6 d.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 15:105-106.

(1934). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 15:105-106

Making Life Better: By Elwood Worcester. (Charles Scribner & Sons, New York and London, 1933. Pp. 244. Price 7 s. 6 d.

Review by:
Robert M. Riggall

Dr. Elwood Worcester is associated with the Boston healing movement, and in this book he attempts to apply religion and psychology to human problems. As this attempt is simply a superficial adaptation of technical terms to suit his own purpose it hardly gives us grounds for serious criticism. As an example, the chapter entitled 'The Great Sublimations' attempts to break down the prohibitions and negative commandments of traditional Christianity by defining sublimation as the conscious setting up of a goal which is not concerned with repression.

He describes his analytic technique in a very naïve way, and as a finishing touch adds what he calls 'Reconciliation'. In a later chapter this term appears to be based on advice taken from the New Testament.

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Riggall, R.M. (1934). Making Life Better. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 15:105-106

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