Although originally designed for medical students, the first edition (1968) of this book has proved useful to a variety of readers—physicians, parents, anyone interested in the way people grow and adapt to changing life situations. Now a second, markedly revised edition contains some new insights and much more material, especially about the problems of girls and women and about middle and old age.
The point of view is dynamic—a skillful blending of psychoanalytic thought, the psychobiology of Adolph Meyer, the cognitive studies of Piaget, and the perceptions of an experienced, well-read, thoughtful psychiatrist.
This is not a textbook of psychiatry. It makes no pretence of discussing serious psychopathology or its treatment. Neither is it a book of popular do-it-yourself psychotherapy. Instead it is a clear introduction to the understanding of normal people and their problems.