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Khan, M.R. (1982). The Dilemma of Human Identity: By Heinz Lichtenstein. New York: Jason Aronson. 1977. Pp. 399.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 63:91-92.

(1982). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 63:91-92

The Dilemma of Human Identity: By Heinz Lichtenstein. New York: Jason Aronson. 1977. Pp. 399.

Review by:
M. Masud R. Khan

It is to the credit of Dr Robert Langs, Editor of the series: 'Classical Psychoanalysis and its Applications', published by Jason Aronson of New York, that, gradually, he is building a prestigious cavalcade of authors. He has already published Edith Kestenberg, Melitta Sperling, Otto Kernberg, H. Nagera, Willi Hoffer, Victor Rosen. His most recent authors are Margaret Little, John Klauber and Hanna Segal. Also two extensive dialogues with Harold Searles and Leo Stone.

But in this complex of authors, the presence of Heinz Lichtenstein is of another order. Lichtenstein has been a creative thinker/clinician/writer for almost five decades. Unfortunately, the papers in this collection are neither dated individually, nor is there a complete chronological bibliography at the end. This handicaps a reader from getting a historical perspective on the growth of Lichtenstein's writings, and makes it impossible to assess in how many areas of analytic research he has been both the innovator and the pace-maker. And they are many.

The book is divided into four parts. Part I, Identity and Sexuality; Part II, Views of Human Identity; Part III, Metapsychology of the Self; Part IV, Human and Cultural Change. It is rather unfortunate that Lichtenstein's use of the concepts Identity, Self, and Cultural Change, to a reader fresh to this book, would most probably give the impression that Lichtenstein is a derivative of, or certainly a camp-follower of the Eriksonian concept of Identity, Jacobson/Kohut's concept of Self, and Reisman's concept of Cultural Context and Change.

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