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Kolb, L.C. (1970). Experience, Affect and Behavior. Psychoanalytic Explorations of Dr. Adelaide Mc Fadyen Johnson: Edited by David B. Robinson, M.D. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1969. 511 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 39:300-301.

(1970). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 39:300-301

Experience, Affect and Behavior. Psychoanalytic Explorations of Dr. Adelaide Mc Fadyen Johnson: Edited by David B. Robinson, M.D. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1969. 511 pp.

Review by:
Lawrence C. Kolb

This reviewer echoes the warm welcome of the writer of the preface, Dr. Stanislaus Szurek, to the publication of this collection of the writings of Dr. Adelaide Johnson, and congratulates the editor on his careful selection and arrangement of her writings.

Undoubtedly the theoretical and clinical work of Dr. Johnson which have added to our knowledge of human behavior and have achieved the most widespread acknowledgment are those concerned with delinquent and antisocial behavior. Dr. Johnson studied, in both children and adults, the unconscious parental nurturing of superego lacunae through unwitting nonverbal communication of reward for such behavior. Her expanding recognition of the role of this dynamic process, uncovered by her application of psychoanalytic theory and technique, emerges in its full scope in Dr. Robinson's well-chosen selections for this volume.

Adelaide Johnson's later studies on ego functions in schizophrenia, also included in this collection, make welcome rereading. Her psychodynamic interpretations of the genesis of paranoid delusional systems shine out among the literature on schizophrenic family interactions.

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