The author of The Natural Superiority of Women has written a book about human nature in general, the thesis of which is that...

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FOUNDATION OF HUMAN NATURE

The author of The Natural Superiority of Women has written a book about human nature in general, the thesis of which is that nature is potentially cooperative, good and peaceful, and that conditioning by love is the best means toward this development. Mr. Montagu goes into a lot of scientific detail about the nervous system, prenatal development, and group life among the animals. Some of this is interesting; a lot of it seems very pretentious background for the theme that eventually takes up the larger section of the book -- the need for mother - love and mother-touch in the happy development of the child. The more appealing part of the book for some readers will lie in the examples given in the early chapters concerning mutual aid and cooperation among many forms of animals including primitive man. They indicate that love of others and helping the group to survive have been stronger drives than the self-love, self preservation, individualism and aggression that we observe in contemporary society. Otherwise there isn't too much new here but it might be interesting for those who have not done previous reading in the field of general psychology.

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1955