IT is difficult to imagine the audience for which this book is intended. It purports to be the outcome of an attempt to show “psycho-analysis as one of the scientific approaches to understanding of personality in a projected manual of methods of personality study”, and the maze of material prompted the authors to compile “an organised statement of what had been contributed to date in psycho-analysis”. On the left-hand page are given what are considered to be the orthodox theories as presented by Freud, while on the right-hand page are the various modifications suggested by other writers. The result, while being an admirable testimonial to the patience of the compilers, can scarcely be called useful. For serious students the best approach is the original work of first-hand exponents, while for those who want to get a general idea of such work there are innumerable popular manuals; if it is to be considered as a reference book, then far more bibliographical references are needed. Neither the structure nor the meaning of any subject can be adequately presented in this way.
The Structure and Meaning of Psycho-analysis as related to Personality and Behavior.
. Pp. xx + 482 + xxiv. (London and New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Ltd., 1930.) 21s.
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The Structure and Meaning of Psycho-analysis as related to Personality and behavior . Nature 127, 268 (1931). https://doi.org/10.1038/127268c0