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Bell, D. (1961). The Open and Closed Mind. Investigations Into the Nature of Belief Systems and Personality Systems: By Milton Rokeach. New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1960. 447 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 30:435-438.

(1961). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 30:435-438

The Open and Closed Mind. Investigations Into the Nature of Belief Systems and Personality Systems: By Milton Rokeach. New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1960. 447 pp.

Review by:
Daniel Bell

In 1950, T. W. Adorno, Frenkel-Brunswick, Nevitt Sanford, and their associates published The Authoritarian Personality, which quickly made a mark in the social sciences. This book was, in a sense, the culmination of an intellectual train of thought which had its start in Harold Lasswell's Psychopathology and Politics (1930) and was later given a strong impetus by Erich Fromm's Escape from Freedom (1941). Lasswell presented a number of life histories to demonstrate that one could relate specific political types (e.g., the agitator) to specific personality needs (e.g., narcissism).

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