British author Richards, formerly a psychologist and now a college teacher, here offers an interdisciplinary work that discusses the effects of psychoanalysis on modern life. Throughout, Richards counterbalances the "happiness-oriented" values of utilitarianism (maximizing pleasure and minimizing pain), romanticism, and humanistic psychology with Freud's view of the human condition: that to live successfully is to endure the "tragic separateness yet interdependence of human lives." The author admits that this has been a "difficult" book to write. It is also a difficult book to read, not only because of the scholarly prose but because Richards targets too broad an audience--general readers as well as students, teachers, and therapists. Summary statements are scarce, and diatribes against academic writers oblivious to post-Freudian psychoanalytic developments tax the reader's patience. For large public and academic collections.
- Janice Arenofsky, formerly with Arizona State Lib., Phoenix
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