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Greenson, R.R. (1949). Social Psychiatry: LeRoy M. A. Maeder. The Pennsylvania Med. J., LI, 1948, pp. 880–884.. Psychoanal Q., 18:129.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Social Psychiatry: LeRoy M. A. Maeder. The Pennsylvania Med. J., LI, 1948, pp. 880–884.

(1949). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 18:129

Social Psychiatry: LeRoy M. A. Maeder. The Pennsylvania Med. J., LI, 1948, pp. 880–884.

Ralph R. Greenson

Maeder believes that the psychiatrist must know man not only as an individual but as a member of a group, influenced by and influencing a variety of social phenomena and institutions. He believes war is a kind of schizophrenic phenomenon which settles nothing and should be banned. The psychiatrist and social scientist would make a substantial contribution to society if they could jointly make available more information concerning basic misunderstanding and mistrust on the international scene. He is somewhat pessimistic when he states that the tempo of technology in war is speedier than the tempo of psychiatry and the sciences.

Anxiety is the prime ingredient of neurosis, social ills and war. Narcissism is a barrier to world coöperation since it breeds nationalism rather than internationalism. Greater maturity is needed not only in individuals but in social institutions and government. It is essential for teachers in our schools to learn more about the people they teach than the technical subjects. The world needs from the psychiatrist and social scientist coördinated, noncompetitive study and research performed in a consistent, continuous and systematic manner in order to achieve educational and social reforms. Unfortunately, Maeder does not stress the importance of economic factors in the social scene.


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Greenson, R.R. (1949). Social Psychiatry. Psychoanal. Q., 18:129

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