THE NEUROSIS IN THE LIGHT OF RATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY by
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THE NEUROSIS IN THE LIGHT OF RATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

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This volume contains an exceptionally lucid presentation of the origin, symptoms, classification and therapy of neuroses, interpreted in an original way through practical utilization of certain fundamental concepts to be found in thomistic rational psychology, relating to man's sensitive and intellectual cognitive and appetitive faculties. The author, a practising psychiatrist of some renown in her native Holland, explains unconscious conflicts and the phenomenon of repression, as well as the technique of therapy, without reference to the more ""mythological"" features of Freudian psychoanalysis. Her approach, backed up here by reference to case histories, is more acceptable to most Catholics who have imbibed the lessons of thomistic psychology than is Freud's, and a good case is here made out for both the theoretical plausibility and the practical utility of the author's views. This book can be very helpful for engendering a better and more sympathetic understanding of neurotic individuals, and of the lack of freedom and responsibility that characterizes much of their behavior, in priests, teachers, counsellors, parents and all who deal closely with human emotional problems. Psychiatrists, psychologists and students of psychology will derive enormous benefit from a perusal of this well written, well translated and original work.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1960
Publisher: Kenedy