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Neurosis and Treatment: A Holistic Theory.

Jurgen Ruesch, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;13(3):284-285. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01730030090014.
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Edited and collected by Eugenia Hanfmann and Robert M. Jones and introduced by Abraham H. Maslow, this posthumous publication of the work of Andras Angyal represents an amalgamation of his earlier book with some of his later lectures, outlines, notes, and tape recordings of seminars. Written in the European tradition of explanatory psychology, the book gives the reader a fascinating bird's-eye view of the author's sophisticated and wise ways of understanding human behavior and neurosis.

The level of discourse remains generally abstract, and the book contains few descriptions of universally verifiable facts, measurements, or common observations; the presentation does not aspire to reach a platform of scientific agreement with others. Angyal's idiosyncratic concepts and his transcendental notions such as universal ambiguity, alienness, bionegativity, amalgamation, and homonomy or heteronomy serve to describe a position that connects life philosophy with neurosis. The author believes that "Neurosis is a sweeping

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