By Benjamin B. Wolman
Integrating different clinical information, this publication relates the organic as opposed to psychosocial elements of youth. correct facts from medical literature were pulled jointly right into a systematic presentation of the organic and psychosocial problems with modern youth. half I describes the organic and sociopsychological developmental strategies; half II specializes in the specified difficulties of latest children; half III analyzes the explanations of the issues and discusses tentative treatments. Written for psychologists, psychiatrists, sociologists, and anthropologists.
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For instance, Helene Deutsch (1945) maintained that women are narcissistic, passive, and masochistic. They do not take initiative, but tend to wait for things to happen and passively accept whatever goes on. In Freud's time, in the conservative social climate of Vienna, masculinity and femininity were described as follows: When you say "masculine" you mean as a rule "active," and when you say "feminine" you mean passive. . The male sexual cell is active and mobile; it seeks out the female one, while the latter is stationary and waits passively.
Mature parents have a vectorial attitude toward their child; they are willing to give, expecting nothing in return. Mature adults are capable of rational behavior in all four directions, namely (1) hostility, (2) instrumentalism, (3) mutualism, and (4) vectorialism. They can be hostile in self-defense, instrumental (takers) in the pursuit of livelihood, mutual 22 Patterns of Development (givers and takers) with friends, sex partners, and spouses, and finally vectorial (givers) toward their children and in charitable and idealistic activities (Wolman, 1974).
The responses given in 1969 emphasized the social-moral issues, whereas the 1975 responses stressed more personal achievement. Apparently, the prevailing social climate affects the attitudes and moral values of adolescents. THE SEARCH FOR IDENTITY A study of 17- to 18-year-old males and females in Denmark points out the development of the concept of self and identity. The attainment of identity was closely related to increased self-discipline and the ability to control one's own behavior. The increased self-discipline was associated with decreased dependence on one's parents.