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Rubinfine, D.L. (1954). Psychoanalytic Theories of Personality: By Gerald S. Blum. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., 1953. 219 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 23:133.

(1954). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 23:133

Psychoanalytic Theories of Personality: By Gerald S. Blum. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., 1953. 219 pp.

Review by:
David L. Rubinfine

This title is misleading. It becomes immediately apparent to the psychoanalytic reader that the author's understanding of psychoanalysis is academic, limited to a degree that betrays him into such a brash statement as, 'Freud's outmoded concern over polarities …'. Although eighteen of Freud's works are listed in the bibliography, 'the historical features in the development of his [Freud's] thinking are clearly outlined in Thompson and need not concern us here'. It seems incongruous at best for a book, allegedly psychoanalytic, to lean on such questionable authority.

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