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Review of 'Dementia praecox or the group of schizophrenias'

Review of 'Dementia praecox or the group of schizophrenias' NE OOKS proceedings of the Conference of Directors of BOOKS Children's Communities, Trogen, Switzerland. ALLPORT, GORDON W. The nature of personality: Paris: UNESCO Publication No. 573, 1950. (New selected papers. Cambridge, Mass.: Addison- York: Columbia Univ. Press.) Pp. 76. 500. Wesley Press, 1950. Pp. vii + 220. $2.50. These two UNESCO reports give a vivid picture This collection of Allport's papers includes his of the scope and intensity of problems of the dis- superb chapter on attitudes from the Handbook of placed, orphaned and deprived children whose lives Social Psychology (1935) and ten articles that ap- were profoundly altered by World War II and its peared in journals from 1937 to 1947. All have sequels. From a practical viewpoint, the booklets been out of print or unavailable, and comprise a reveal a large group of children needing educational welcome resource for the instruction of advanced and therapeutic help whose condition is too little students and for psychologists' private libraries. known to American psychologists. From a theoretical The articles center on the development of a per- view, they provide fascinating, though hardly ade- sonalistic psychology, on the ego in psychology, and quate, glimpses of ways in which personalities are on the functional autonomy of motives. There is a molded by catastrophe, and of the ways in which bibliography of Allport's other writings, complete some children readjusted and survived. to 1950. CANTRIL, HADLEY (Ed.), AND STRUNK, MILDRED. BLEULER, EUCEN. Dementia praecox or the group of Public opinion 1935-1946. Princeton, N. J.: Prince- schizophrenias. (Trans, by Joseph Zinkin.) New ton Univ. Press, 1951. Pp. lix + 1191. $25.00. York: International Universities Press, 1950. Pp. This huge reference volume contains the results of xii + 548. $7.50. almost every public opinion poll conducted by 23 Bleuler's monograph on schizophrenia which de- organizations in 16 countries between 1935 and 1946. fined that concept in 1911 has only now become Information given for each survey includes the available in an English translation. It reveals Bleuler country or area surveyed, the date, the question, and as worthy of his reputation—a keen observer, a vivid the percentage results, which are often broken down describer of symptons and personalities, a sharp for various categories within the sample. Except for critic of the unproved, and an original synthesizer of a general statement in the Introduction concerning theory. To Bleuler, the primary phenomenon of the sizes and constitutions of the samples typically schizophrenia was a disturbance of associations, a used by the several agencies, no detailed data are "loosening" of the thinking processes. All other given about the populations surveyed for each ques- symptoms were regarded as secondary, arising from tion. The findings are arranged in alphabetical order the patient's "desires, wishes, and fears which, be- by main categories from "Absenteeism" to "Worry," cause of the disturbances of associations, are often and there is a 45-page cross index. distorted to the point of being unrecognizable." He CATTELL, RAYMOND B. An introduction to personality thus recognizes the dynamic origin of delusions and study. London: Hutchinson's University Library, other individual symptoms. Even after forty years, and New York: Longmans, Green, 1950. Pp. 235. Bleuler seems antiquated in only a few places. Text edition $1.60, trade edition $2.00. Perhaps he was in advance of his time or perhaps This small book is an able summary of Cattell's our understanding of schizophrenia has not pro- theories and researches in the field of personality. gressed markedly since his work. Or indeed, it may be both of these. His theoretical position is a combination, blended with considerable harmony, of McDougall's instinct BROSSE, THERESE. War-handicapped children. Paris: theory, Freud's dynamics, stimulus-response psycholo- UNESCO Publication No. 439, 1950. (New York: gy, and factor analysis. Columbia Univ. Press.) Pp. 142. 500. CRAWFORD, PAUL L., MALAMUD, DANIEL I., AND BROSSE, THERESE. Homeless children. Report of the DUMPSON, JAMES R. Working with teen-age gangs. New York: Welfare Council of New York City, NOTE: Some reviews in this issue were prepared 1950. Pp. xi + 165. $2.75. by the Associate Editors, who may be identified by A stimulating description of a three-year project their initials. Unsigned reviews are by the Editor.— in which a group of workers gained the confidence L. F. S. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology American Psychological Association

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American Psychological Association
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Copyright © 1951 American Psychological Association
ISSN
0022-006x
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1939-2117
DOI
10.1037/h0053126
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NE OOKS proceedings of the Conference of Directors of BOOKS Children's Communities, Trogen, Switzerland. ALLPORT, GORDON W. The nature of personality: Paris: UNESCO Publication No. 573, 1950. (New selected papers. Cambridge, Mass.: Addison- York: Columbia Univ. Press.) Pp. 76. 500. Wesley Press, 1950. Pp. vii + 220. $2.50. These two UNESCO reports give a vivid picture This collection of Allport's papers includes his of the scope and intensity of problems of the dis- superb chapter on attitudes from the Handbook of placed, orphaned and deprived children whose lives Social Psychology (1935) and ten articles that ap- were profoundly altered by World War II and its peared in journals from 1937 to 1947. All have sequels. From a practical viewpoint, the booklets been out of print or unavailable, and comprise a reveal a large group of children needing educational welcome resource for the instruction of advanced and therapeutic help whose condition is too little students and for psychologists' private libraries. known to American psychologists. From a theoretical The articles center on the development of a per- view, they provide fascinating, though hardly ade- sonalistic psychology, on the ego in psychology, and quate, glimpses of ways in which personalities are on the functional autonomy of motives. There is a molded by catastrophe, and of the ways in which bibliography of Allport's other writings, complete some children readjusted and survived. to 1950. CANTRIL, HADLEY (Ed.), AND STRUNK, MILDRED. BLEULER, EUCEN. Dementia praecox or the group of Public opinion 1935-1946. Princeton, N. J.: Prince- schizophrenias. (Trans, by Joseph Zinkin.) New ton Univ. Press, 1951. Pp. lix + 1191. $25.00. York: International Universities Press, 1950. Pp. This huge reference volume contains the results of xii + 548. $7.50. almost every public opinion poll conducted by 23 Bleuler's monograph on schizophrenia which de- organizations in 16 countries between 1935 and 1946. fined that concept in 1911 has only now become Information given for each survey includes the available in an English translation. It reveals Bleuler country or area surveyed, the date, the question, and as worthy of his reputation—a keen observer, a vivid the percentage results, which are often broken down describer of symptons and personalities, a sharp for various categories within the sample. Except for critic of the unproved, and an original synthesizer of a general statement in the Introduction concerning theory. To Bleuler, the primary phenomenon of the sizes and constitutions of the samples typically schizophrenia was a disturbance of associations, a used by the several agencies, no detailed data are "loosening" of the thinking processes. All other given about the populations surveyed for each ques- symptoms were regarded as secondary, arising from tion. The findings are arranged in alphabetical order the patient's "desires, wishes, and fears which, be- by main categories from "Absenteeism" to "Worry," cause of the disturbances of associations, are often and there is a 45-page cross index. distorted to the point of being unrecognizable." He CATTELL, RAYMOND B. An introduction to personality thus recognizes the dynamic origin of delusions and study. London: Hutchinson's University Library, other individual symptoms. Even after forty years, and New York: Longmans, Green, 1950. Pp. 235. Bleuler seems antiquated in only a few places. Text edition $1.60, trade edition $2.00. Perhaps he was in advance of his time or perhaps This small book is an able summary of Cattell's our understanding of schizophrenia has not pro- theories and researches in the field of personality. gressed markedly since his work. Or indeed, it may be both of these. His theoretical position is a combination, blended with considerable harmony, of McDougall's instinct BROSSE, THERESE. War-handicapped children. Paris: theory, Freud's dynamics, stimulus-response psycholo- UNESCO Publication No. 439, 1950. (New York: gy, and factor analysis. Columbia Univ. Press.) Pp. 142. 500. CRAWFORD, PAUL L., MALAMUD, DANIEL I., AND BROSSE, THERESE. Homeless children. Report of the DUMPSON, JAMES R. Working with teen-age gangs. New York: Welfare Council of New York City, NOTE: Some reviews in this issue were prepared 1950. Pp. xi + 165. $2.75. by the Associate Editors, who may be identified by A stimulating description of a three-year project their initials. Unsigned reviews are by the Editor.— in which a group of workers gained the confidence L. F. S.

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