by Evander Lomke on
The pathology of normalcy.
American Mental Health Foundation Books, 2010 152 p. $25.00 978-1-59056-184-3
At the beginning of the 1950s, German-born US psychologist and social theorist Fromm (1900-80) began investigating whether people were psychically healthy in industrial society, and developed a new social psychology approach that allowed the psychoanalysis of the normal, socially integrated person. Here are four lectures he delivered at the New School for Social Research in the 1953 series Modern Man’s Pathology for Normalcy. Accompanying them are later unpublished essays on the concept of mental health, the humanistic science of man, and whether people are lazy by nature. (2010 Book News Inc., Portland, OR)