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Erickson, M.H. (1939). Character, Growth, Education: By Fritz Künkel, M.D. Translated by Barbara Keppel-Compton and Basil Druitt. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1938. 348 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 8:133.
    

(1939). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 8:133

Character, Growth, Education: By Fritz Künkel, M.D. Translated by Barbara Keppel-Compton and Basil Druitt. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1938. 348 pp.

Review by:
Milton H. Erickson

This is another one of those books presumably intended to popularize mental hygiene and child guidance but limited in any such purpose to the totally uncritical reader. Apparently intended to deal with the problems of social consciousness and the integration of the individual with the group, the book actually contains only vague smatterings of Adlerian and Jungian teachings, intermingled with the author's peculiar formulations of his own school of 'We-ness' and 'We-Psychology'. The absence of thought content in the book is compensated for by a special terminology, of which the following examples, taken from chapter headings and not defined in the text, will suffice: The Collapse of the We; Upward Growth (Circulus Vitiosus and Circulus Virtuosus); Interests (Deflected Finalization and Predisposition); Crisis of the Illusory Ripening-We; Crisis of Class-Struggle Ego-Construction.

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