Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To sort articles by author…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

While performing a search, you can sort the articles by Author in the Search section. This will rearrange the results of your search alphabetically according to the author’s surname. This feature is useful to quickly locate the work of a specific author.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Martin, A.R. (1961). Self-Alienation and the Loss of Leisure. Am. J. Psychoanal., 21(2):156-165.

(1961). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 21(2):156-165

Alienation and Culture

Self-Alienation and the Loss of Leisure

Alexander Reid Martin, M.D.

The Struggle of contemporary society to adapt successfully to increasing free time has been the subject of two papers I presented during the past year. The first, “Frustrated Aspirations and the Loss of Leisure,” was given at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York. The second, “Mental Health and the Rediscovery of Leisure,” was read before the annual conference of the World Federation for Mental Health in Edinburgh last August. What I have to say here largely derives from these two addresses and contains nothing essentially new. I have, however, changed the focus and the emphasis and have tried to bring out more explicitly the dynamic relationship between man's incapacity for leisure and self-alienation.

I will begin by presenting my main thesis.

1.   The rapid advance of technology, spearheaded by automation, together with increasing longevity, has given modern man a large measure of his latest and greatest freedom—free time—time to himself. The drastic and sudden nature of this change has caught man psychologically and emotionally unprepared to adapt himself successfully and creatively.

2.   The time and external resources now available for leisure greatly exceed our inner resources and our inner capacity for leisure.

3.   As long as modern man is psychologically and emotionally unprepared for sudden and prolonged liberation from industrial servitude, temporary maladaptation will result.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2019, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.