Peculiarities of behavior: Wandering mania, dipsomania, cleptomania, pyromania, and allied impulsive acts


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Reviews the book, Pecularities of Behavior: Wandering Mania, Dipsomania, Cleptomania, Pyromania, and Allied Impulsive Acts by Wilhelm Stekel (1924). These two volumes of Stekel's are full of interest to every possible person who could read and understand them—parts of them are in fact too interesting, so that the stories dominate the psychology and keep it out of mind. One does not need literally to review their contents. It is the same familiar Freudian attempt, so seductive to some but so offensive to others, to “make the worse again appear the better reason”, and to fix one motive of behavior when only in the lap of the gods can motives be realities. The fifteen chapters have numerous notes, and at the end there is a glossary. But there is no index, a lack very poorly supplied by a detailed table of contents. As a manufactured article, the book is excellent. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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