The Myth of Neurosis: Overcoming the Illness Excuse

Garth Wood, Author HarperCollins Publishers $15.45 (294p) ISBN 978-0-06-015488-2
British psychiatrist Wood presents his principles of Moral Therapy, arguing that Freud's theories of id, ego and superego are incorrect and unscientific speculation; that neurosis is a convenient excuse for a lack of will, effort and maturity in otherwise well people; that psychoanalysis is an unnecessary discipline, which encourages and perpetuates the ""myth of neurosis.'' The author maintains that an individual's failure to carry out his or her own ``common sense'' moral imperatives, not neurosis, causes guilt, anxiety, etc. Under his precepts of Moral Therapy, the author stresses hard work, determination and the help of friends and clergy as a logical replacement for psychoanalysis. In an otherwise credible work, one questions Wood's guidelines for casual diagnosis and treatment by interested laypersons. January 8
Reviewed on: 01/01/1986
Release date: 01/01/1986
Paperback - 978-0-06-091386-1
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