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Lanes, M. (1951). Dollard, J. and Miller, N. E. Personality and Psychotherapy—and Analysis in Terms of Learning and Thinking and Culture. [New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1950. Pp. xiii + 488. $5.00.]. Psychoanal. Rev., 38(1):97-98.

(1951). Psychoanalytic Review, 38(1):97-98

Dollard, J. and Miller, N. E. Personality and Psychotherapy—and Analysis in Terms of Learning and Thinking and Culture. [New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1950. Pp. xiii + 488. $5.00.]

Review by:
Mariette Lanes

In this book the approaches to the science of human behavior are brought together and a synthesis is attempted so that “the mental emotional life of man is seen as it feels—as a single system”. The authors draw material from psychology and experimental psychology, from sociology, anthropology, and psychoanalysis in order to affect an understanding of human action individually and in groups. Psychotherapeutic methods employed not only aid the abnormal to achieve a measure of normality of behavior but enable the authors to gain insight into the process of becoming abnormal. The evolution of a behavioral pattern into a neurosis is traced and reveals clues for prevention. The connotations and denotations of “Learning” and “thinking” are investigated to discover any scientific principles that may allow predicability of action in our culture.

In a skillfully written, easily comprehensible way, the basic factors of neuroses are explained and illustrated. The entire subject matter is handled commendably in eight parts and thirty chapters.

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