PECULIARITIES OF BEHAVIOR
LIVERIGHT PUBLISHING CORPORATION
Dr. Wilhelm Stekel's studies in peculiarities of behavior from which this English version is now offered are based on the newer knowledge of psychology. In these studies the human instincts and emotions are examined for the first time in the light of their developmental history. Dr. Wilhelm Stekel is one of the pioneers in the field. Reaching greater depths than was possible heretofore these studies throw light upon the most varied aspects of mental activity so that students of any problems in which human nature plays a role cannot fail to be interested in these farreaching investigations into the depths of the human soul. The present work covers the peculiarities of behavior known as impulsive acts. Cleptomania, gambling, pyromania and allied impulses '1re subjected to the most thorough scrutiny which they have thus far received in the history of psychology. The significance of many of these mental manifestations is revealed herein for the first time. Such varied conduct disorders as cleptomania, bargain hunting, greed, and spendthriftiness are shown to have certain common roots in the instincts and emotions of mankind. One of the most encouraging features of the work is the proof it furnishes that many peculiarities of conduct which have heretofore baffled sociologists, physicians, legislators, criminologists and others interested in human welfare are amenable to psychotherapeutic re-education.
LIVERIGHT PUBLISHING CORPORATION, WILHELM STEKEL, PECULIARITIES OF BEHAVIOR, JAMES S. VAN TESLAAR