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It is always useful to review an article’s bibliography and references to get a deeper understanding of the psychoanalytic concepts and theoretical framework in it.

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Macrae, C.G. (1966). Mind and Destiny: A Social Approach to Psychoanalytic Theory: By Robert Seidenberg and Hortence S. Cochrane (Syracuse Univ. Press, 1964. Pp. 254. $6.00.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 47:589.

(1966). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 47:589

Mind and Destiny: A Social Approach to Psychoanalytic Theory: By Robert Seidenberg and Hortence S. Cochrane (Syracuse Univ. Press, 1964. Pp. 254. $6.00.)

Review by:
C. Gordon Macrae

The somewhat awesome title of this book serves to indicate the ambition of its authors to integrate sociological and psycho-analytic perspectives of the vicissitudes of the individual in his prescribed mortal sphere.

In the event they have produced a lively, generally readable and, within its province, stimulatingly comprehensive introductory survey of psycho-analytic theory. The style, with its wealth, indeed profusion, of quotation, imagery, simile and metaphor at times seems to reflect its source in the lectures and seminars of the authors where it is no doubt effective and dynamic but in written form occasionally gives rise to disjunction and obscurity.

Through the juxtaposition of the language of the analyst with that of playwright, poet, philosopher, and social scientist they endeavour to show the relevance and interdependence of various disciplines in understanding social man.

A well produced volume, this book should serve a useful purpose in introducing a balanced survey of relevant psycho-analytic theory to those interested in the development and interaction of men; and will likely stimulate some to further enquiry.

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