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Atkin, S. (1979). A Psychoanalyst Looks at Man's Sociality. Psychoanal. Contemp. Thought, 2(2):115-150.

(1979). Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought, 2(2):115-150

A Psychoanalyst Looks at Man's Sociality

Samuel Atkin, M.D.

The psychoanalyst sets out to define the human condition within the boundaries of a holistic theory. When for heuristic reasons, he narrows his field of inquiry, he must be mindful to do so within the context of a psychology that encompasses and seeks to comprehend the totality of human experience. Hartmann (1950), for instance, in his ego psychology attempts to make of psychoanalysis a general science of man. He emphasizes that psychoanalysis includes within its scope of interest the structure of reality [especially] the structure of society (pp. 92-93). Similarly, George H. Mead (1934), the behavioral social psychologist states that to comprehend individual behavior fully it must be observed within the social situation in which it occurs.

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