Jrnl of Psychoanalys

Paul Diel, Author Shambhala Publications $30 (236p) ISBN 978-0-87773-370-6
For this Austrian-born French psychologist, warped motivations shaped by an individual's striving for status, money and power are at the heart of neurosis. Mentally unhealthy people, according to Diel (1893-1972), thinly conceal a tangle of resentments that surface in grudges, self-pity, triumphant stances, obsessions, daydreams, excessive hates. The road to cure lies in seeing through society's false values and understanding the source of one's low self-esteem. The diary reproduced here was kept by a 40-year-old patient of Diel. This man came to see his conflicts with co-workers, failure in business and sexual adventures as the result of his feelings of worthlessness. Diel's commentary illuminates the journal entries. A psychologist who insisted that adjusting to a sick society does not make one well, Diel is a relevant thinker for our time. (December)
Reviewed on: 09/30/1987
Release date: 10/01/1987
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