This book is part of a trend in the field of psychotherapy to give increasing recognition to social factors. Psychiatrists in general and psychoanalysts in particular have viewed society and the basic social unit, the family, for a long time as the source of pathology in the individual. There has been an awareness of the role of other family members, parents and siblings, and their surrogates in the normal and abnormal development of the human personality. Most recently the family is being explored not only for the causes of illness but also as the vehicle for cure. Grotjahn is one of those experimental psychotherapists who seek not only to diagnose the individual in the context of the family but also to treat him there.
Although Grotjahn is committed to a psychoanalytic point of view, he feels that in its traditional form it is limited in its effectiveness. He is