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Bowlby, J. (1940). The Open Way: A Study in Acceptance: By E. Graham Howe and L. le Mesurier. (Methuen & Co. Ltd., London, 1939. Pp. 201. Price, 8 s. 6 d.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 21:371-372.

(1940). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 21:371-372

The Open Way: A Study in Acceptance: By E. Graham Howe and L. le Mesurier. (Methuen & Co. Ltd., London, 1939. Pp. 201. Price, 8 s. 6 d.)

Review by:
John Bowlby

This book sets out to present a message and is written in the language

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of religion and metaphysics. It makes no pretence at being a scientific work and so to consider it from a purely scientific angle is perhaps inadequate. The message, which is presented clearly and sincerely, derives partly from modern psychotherapy. The value of patience, toleration and acceptance of the bad and unpleasant things, both within ourselves and outside, is stressed, and the futility either of shutting our eyes or of merely hating them taught. Love and acceptance, both for ourselves and others, are presented as the great healers. Few psycho-analysts would cavil at this message. What they would miss, however, is any attempt to further the understanding of the unconscious sources of guilt, fear and hatred which, between them, make patience, tolerance and love so difficult. Without this detailed understanding, the value of the message is limited.

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Bowlby, J. (1940). The Open Way: A Study in Acceptance. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 21:371-372

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