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Kanzer, M. (1954). American Journal of Psychiatry. CX, 1953: Dynamics and Classification of Disordered Behavior. Sandor Rado. Discussion by Karl A. Menninger. Pp. 406-421.. Psychoanal Q., 23:463-464.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: American Journal of Psychiatry. CX, 1953: Dynamics and Classification of Disordered Behavior. Sandor Rado. Discussion by Karl A. Menninger. Pp. 406-421.

(1954). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 23:463-464

American Journal of Psychiatry. CX, 1953: Dynamics and Classification of Disordered Behavior. Sandor Rado. Discussion by Karl A. Menninger. Pp. 406-421.

Mark Kanzer

Rado offers a new etiological classification of psychiatric disorders based on 'adaptational psychodynamics of behavior', which in turn are rooted in the efforts of the organism to survive. Utilizing the concepts of 'emergency control' and 'emergency dyscontrol' as guides, he undertakes to set up a list of form of

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disordered behavior in a manner consistent with the increasing complexity of their psychodynamic mechanisms. Most neuroses are included in the category of 'overreactive disorders'; 'moodcyclic', 'schizotypal', extractive, lesional, narcotic and war-adaptive conditions constitute other categories.

Karl Menninger, in his discussion, points to intellectual and emotional resistances that crop up when modernized nosologies are proposed; he believes that even a discussion of these attendant problems may be useful. He subscribes in principle to the idea of a dynamic approach to classifying mental disorders. Properly descriptive terms of generalization and classification must be forthcoming, however, before present attitudes of reserve can be overcome.

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Article Citation

Kanzer, M. (1954). American Journal of Psychiatry. CX, 1953. Psychoanal. Q., 23:463-464

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