BEYOND FREUD by Dr. Camilla M. Anderson


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As the author states it ""The main thesis of the book is that when a person is in emotional bondage to his past he cannot experience 'the good life'"". An attempt is made to develop a theoretical framework encompassing all behavior -- normal and abnormal. Contrary to Freud, she conceives of behaviour as an emergent phenomenon, an outgrowth of environmental and physiological factors rather than predetermined and innate. With him, however, is the recognition of the past as a significant variable -- the past which has ""structuralized"" itself into a set of basic assumptions, or a psyche out of which an individual operates. She discerns a close theoretical tieup between religion and psychiatry, not only in the area of therapeutics. Notwithstanding the fact that we are offended by the language usage, we wonder whether anything new has been added to the literature. A selective market.

Publisher: Harper