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J., E. (1936). Contemporary Schools of Psychology: By Robert S. Woodworth. (Methuen & Co. Ltd., London, 1931. Pp. 247. Price 7 s. 6 d. net.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 17:248.

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

Contemporary Schools of Psychology: By Robert S. Woodworth. (Methuen & Co. Ltd., London, 1931. Pp. 247. Price 7 s. 6 d. net.)

Review by:
E. J.

Students of psychology must find this book very useful. It was a good idea of Professor Woodworth to devote a volume to describing the various lines of psychological current and psychological research which are dignified by the name of 'schools' and among which a hypothetical acrimony of extraordinary intensity is alleged by outsiders to exist. The titles of the chapters are:—

1. The Background of our Current Disputes.

2. Introspective Psychology and the Existencial School.

3. Behaviourism.

4. Gestalt Psychology or Configurationism.

5. Psycho-Analysis and Related Schools.

6. Purposivism or Hormic Psychology.

7. The Middle of the Road.

The description of psycho-analysis is remarkably objective, a vast improvement on the attempts of previous psychologists to deal with the topic. Some fifty pages are devoted to it and an adequate account is given of the various stages in its development. Only two points need correction. The reader is given the impression that Breuer began to co-operate with Freud only after the latter's return from Nancy, the important incident of Frau Anna O. being omitted. Then the following sentence is a very inaccurate account of the differences between Freud and Jung or Freud and Adler: 'Freud insists, however, that both Jung and Adler read themselves out of psycho-analysis by rejecting the paramount importance of sex desire in the neurosis and in life generally'.

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