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Blanck, R. (1974). Call No Man Normal. Benjamin B. Wolman. New York: International Universities Press, 1973. xi + 338 pp.. Psychoanal. Rev., 61(2):317-321.

(1974). Psychoanalytic Review, 61(2):317-321

Call No Man Normal. Benjamin B. Wolman. New York: International Universities Press, 1973. xi + 338 pp.

Review by:
Rubin Blanck

In studying the complexities of mental life, how human behavior reflects the existence of a continuum of love and hate, sometimes self-directed, sometimes object-directed or shifting between the two, Wolman arrives at the conclusion that no one is fully adjusted or rational at all times. Hence the title of his book, Call No Man Normal, which portrays the vagaries and fluctuations of human mental processes. While this would seem to focus primarily upon psychic life rather than on the problems of definition of normality, Wolman makes a brave foray into the morass of our presently constituted systems of classification of mental problems.

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