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Altman, L.L. (1950). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXIX, 1948: Psychiatric and Social Processes. Leonard R. Sillman. Pp. 126–130.. Psychoanal Q., 19:610-610.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXIX, 1948: Psychiatric and Social Processes. Leonard R. Sillman. Pp. 126–130.

(1950). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 19:610-610

International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXIX, 1948: Psychiatric and Social Processes. Leonard R. Sillman. Pp. 126–130.

Leon L. Altman

Restraint of sensual and aggressive drives is derived from guilt and the sense of reality. Increased technical mastery in our contemporary society ('knowhow') has become the dominant reality concern. Our sense of guilt is less intense than in primitive societies. Diminution of the sense of guilt, like its overdevelopment, causes an overflow of instinctual drives. The critical, higher faculties are replaced by animistic, unconscious mentation and its characteristics: contradiction and inconsistency, displacement (scapegoats), and the impossibility of objective thought or understanding because of intense irrationality. The modern world shows clear evidence of the deterioration of its institutions and practices and the undermining of its intellectuality and morality. Faulty understanding and control of human biological drives lead to the destruction of our social processes.

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Altman, L.L. (1950). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXIX, 1948. Psychoanal. Q., 19:610-610

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