THE PERSONALITY OF THE ALCOHOLIC by Howard T. Blane

THE PERSONALITY OF THE ALCOHOLIC

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Clinical psychologist Howard Blane (M.I.T.-Harvard) has written the first, general book about the personality of the alcoholic although paradoxes about the disease abound; beginning with the fact that many experts say there is ""no personality of the alcoholic"" but only regularly observed personality patterns, and ending with the evidence that although a great many more alcoholics are under treatment than ever before, ""not the slightest dent in the alcohol problem as a social entity"" has been made. Mr. Blane believes that dependency plays the crucial role, with aggressive drives (the alcoholic is an angry person) following along with denial, the inability to endure frustration, the need for unconditional love and approval. Causes are as arcane as they ever were; potential treatment he covers in a closing chapter while relating his material throughout to the individual persons and professional personnel or ""caretakers"" who deal with the alcoholic. Shibboleths to the contrary, the second sex is still a very secondary contributor to the statistics. A concentrate of the observable and provable knowns in the disease which Menninger called the ""slow suicide""--authoritatively illuminating.

Pub Date: May 22nd, 1968
Publisher: Harper & Row