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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(8), 615–619. Reviews the book, The Nature of Human Conflicts: Or Emotion, Conflict and Will by A. R. Luria (see record 1933-00158-000). This book is a summary of Luria's research beginning with his arrival in Moscow and extending to 1930. Luria's dissertation was remarkable at the time it was written and remains a document of great interest for contemporary psychology. Yet it is by no means an intellectually accessible book; quite the opposite. Many circumstances of its production render it difficult and in places opaque, disguising the views of its author as well as the broad significance of his methods and substantive achievements. By the time he wrote The Nature of Human Conflicts, neither Kornilov's reactology nor psychoanalysis was considered an acceptable viewpoint. Luria's book, seeking those observations and ideas that continue to have relevance for psychological science. The Nature of Human Conflicts was a title dreamed up by the publisher and reluctantly agreed to by Luria. The alternative title, Emotion, Conflict and Will, labels the traditional psychological categories to which the book pertains, and shows clearly Luria's concern with classical, topics of psychoanalysis. Luria's technique is neatly illustrated by the responses of a man. The response to “book” was shorter and fuller. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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