Is Nostalgia Enough?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 907–909. Reviews the book, Ego Psychology and Mental Disorder: A Developmental Approach to Psychopathology by David P. Ausubel and Daniel Kirk (1977). The preface this book leads one to believe that this is a book whose time has come–a multivariate, empirically based account of adult psychopathology utilizing ego development as its integrating frame of reference. And the book could have been all of that, or nearly all. Instead it is basically a recapitulation of the ideas presented 25 years ago in Ausubel's Ego Development and the Personality Disorders, elaborated in terms of his subsequent clinical experience. The current scene is introduced primarily through a chapter on segregated black children, and sporadic references to ideas and research that have shaped the course of psychology during the last quarter century. The total impression is of a book that is not so much dated as it is encapsulated. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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