Medicine: Sin & Psychology

Sin has long been an unfashionable word in most analytic circles, but last week the American Psychological Association offered 7,000 members (jammed into Cincinnati for its annual convention) a soul-searching symposium entitled "The Role of the Concept of Sin in Psychotherapy.'' Upshot: the idea of sin, at least for use .in treating the sick psyche, is making a comeback.

The University of Illinois' famed Researcher 0. Hobart Mowrer began with vigorous kicks at the moribund body of classical Freudian theory as he defined it (many latter-day Freudians would not buy his definition). "We psychologists." Mowrer said, ""have largely followed the Freudian doctrine...

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