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A Psycho-Analytic Study of Culture and Character


reviewed by Joost A. M. Meerloo - 1965

coverTitle: A Psycho-Analytic Study of Culture and Character
Author(s): H. Hendin
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Rebellious man once discovered that he could undo God's creation of man in one "heroic" desperate act of either murder or suicide—and since then, various cultures have developed different attitudes towards this metaphysical undoing. In one of his speeches, President Eisenhower once made the problem of increased suicide rate in Scandinavia a political issue by referring to it unfavorably. Dr. Hendin, in his study, gives an apt answer to this enigma. Such a problem has to be studied from various angles. Increased suicide rate does not reflect the inferiority or superiority of a country and its culture, but its study gives us a better insight into man's manifold motivations that may drive him to self-destruction. The author systematically explores the Scandinavian suicide phenomenon with its unusually low rate in Norway as compared to its high rate in Denmark and Sweden. We follow his clinical investigations and the sociocultural ramifications of these... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 66 Number 4, 1965, p. 373-373
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2534, Date Accessed: 6/4/2020 12:53:26 AM

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