The author of The Art of Human Relations, popularizer and spokesman for the inter-personal school, deals as much in...

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MEANING: ANTIDOTE TO ANXIETY

The author of The Art of Human Relations, popularizer and spokesman for the inter-personal school, deals as much in semantion as in psychology in this consideration of meaningfulness in life. He discusses the reasons for our ""age of anxiety"" in environmental as well as personal terms -- the world of change, with its autocracy but its trend to democratic behavior, efficient mass communication media, the individual's struggle to understand himself. He sees two ways of developing meaning -- magic and understanding. Magic is separate from reality, understanding cemented to it. Most of the book deals with these two ways of making sense, with the concept of symbol as entity apart from its meaning and the meaning of symbol. Dr. Lindgren, always seeking to reveal the difference, discusses meaning and religion, humor as an antidote, psychosis and neurosis as breakdown or distortion of communication. Again there are case histories to illustrate ideas and bring them immediacy. The whole, however, seems once removed from either the great popular market or the intellectual one.

Pub Date: Sept. 10, 1956

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Publisher: Nelson

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1956