Medicine: Soviet Syndrome

As idealized by Soviet propaganda, the New Soviet Man comes equipped with iron will and brass nerve. But Social Psychologists Helen Beier and Raymond Bauer, two members of a Harvard team that interviewed several hundred Soviet refugees, believe that the much-touted toughness is often a thin veneer, particularly among the "Golden Youth" of the new Soviet upper classes. In The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, Beier and Bauer present a case history: 30-year-old Oleg, an intellectual who fled to the West.

Oleg, a writer's son, grew up in a sheltered city home. His parents were silently opposed to the Communist regime,...

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