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G., R. (1937). The Biology of Human Conflict: By Trigant Burrow, M.D., Ph.D. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1937. 435 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 6:375-377.

(1937). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 6:375-377

The Biology of Human Conflict: By Trigant Burrow, M.D., Ph.D. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1937. 435 pp.

Review by:
R. G.

Each time one believes that he has caught hold of something understandable in this book, one is soon lost completely in the vague metaphysical generalities and the incredible jargon of Dr. Burrow and the Lifwynn Foundation whose scientific staff, Dr. Burrow explains in the preface, '… represents, like the efforts of myself, a wholly spontaneous and independent investigation of themselves by themselves within the organic setting of the integral group afforded by our laboratory environment.'

Dr. Burrow may be remembered as the originator, some years ago, of 'group analysis' for which a number of people sat together and 'analyzed' themselves. Group analysis has become 'phyloanalysis' which is defined: 'The analysis of behavior-disorders from a background which does not regard the disorder as confined to this or that individual, nor attempt to "cure" a patient of this or that symptomatic behavior-deviation. It regards the neurosis as an internal tensional disorder that affects mankind throughout, and the therapeutic emphasis is directed toward a basic physiological reorientation of the total organism in relation to the total environment.'

Every page gives examples of or is completely covered with meaningless verbiage. Thus (p. 168): 'Because of its picture-forming mechanism we may call the part-function of the cortical reaction-zone with its static-bidimension the graphonomic or graphogenic system.

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