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Frosch, J.P. (1998). Work and Its Inhibitions: Psychoanalytic Essays. Edited by Charles W. Socarides and Selma Kramer. Madison, CT: International Universities Press. 1997. Pp. 276. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 79:202-204.

(1998). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 79:202-204

Work and Its Inhibitions: Psychoanalytic Essays. Edited by Charles W. Socarides and Selma Kramer. Madison, CT: International Universities Press. 1997. Pp. 276

Review by:
James P. Frosch

When I received the letter from the editor asking if I was interested in reviewing a book on work inhibitions I immediately became symptomatic. Of course I was tempted to read the book, perhaps it held the key to understanding my own work inhibitions. On the other hand, perhaps to agree to do the review was itself a manifestation of work inhibition, a distraction from the more difficult task of completing the half-finished paper that lay on my desk. Though momentarily paralysed, my curiosity about the book proved stronger than my hesitation and I do not regret my decision.

This book is an example of a certain genre of psychoanalytic books. An editor asks a group of world-class analysts to write chapters on a large, encompassing topic, in this case the psychology and psychopathology of work. The resulting collection is inevitably uneven and lacks a central organising thesis and point of view.

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