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J., E. (1936). Dictionary of Psychology: Edited by Howard C. Warren. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd., London, 1935. Pp. 372. Price 15 s. net.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 17:247-248.

(1936). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 17:247-248

Dictionary of Psychology: Edited by Howard C. Warren. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd., London, 1935. Pp. 372. Price 15 s. net.)

Review by:
E. J.

This is a truly astounding production, both in quantity and quality; one which can only evoke feelings of admiration and gratitude to the compilers. It consists of 299 pages of small type where all imaginable terms used in psychology are given a full definition, often accompanied by valuable comments. A severe test of such a dictionary is whether they have dealt adequately with psycho-analytical terms, which are so often passed by cavalierly or else given a very inadequate definition. Here great care has been taken in this field and so one assumes that similar care has been taken in the other departments of psychology. We find good definitions of such words as anaclitic, cathexis, id, preconscious, parapraxis, etc. Presumably our Glossary has been used, since one notices a mistake copied which that contains: namely, 'omnipotence of thought' for 'omnipotence of thoughts'. They improve on the Glossary by correcting an important mistake it contains, one which has been widely copied in psycho-analytical literature, namely, the incorrect term scoptophilia, which should be scopophilia. In the definition of aphanisis the words 'fear of' have been unnecessarily added.

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