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Psychology and Psychotherapy

Nature volume 134, pages 269270 (25 August 1934) | Download Citation



THE present edition of Dr. Brown's “Psy chology and Psychotherapy” has been so extensively revised and enlarged that it is virtually a new book. Dr. Brown is enthusiastic about the future of psychology; in his opinion it is destined to become an-essential part of the equipment of every educated person. Hence his endeavour to present an outMne of our present knowledge in a practically trsefal form The list of cotents, ranging as it does from a deseript passoff simple war neuroses, through a: consideration; of the relation of mind to brain, lip to the question of Eternal Values”, shows ‘hfeiti Le ds the scope of Dr. Brown's purview.’ He wisely awids academic discussion of the details in which rival schools ‘differ from one another, but indicates his own views and supports them by illustrative cases from his personal experience. Dr. Brown main-tains his position regarding hypnosis and sug gestion, and argues that the formal individual can be helped by appropriate formal suggestion and autosuggestion. Indeed, in his opinion, auto suggestion can and should be used as a process of mental development. He is also a firm believer in Jbhe beneficial, effects of the abreaction of re pressed emotidns.

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