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Idle hands and giddy minds

Idle hands and giddy minds OUR PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EMOTIONAL UNPREPAREDNESS FOR FREE TIME ALEXANDER REID MARTIN ODAY, the American people have more happen. Like relaxation, it is effortless, and time at their disposal than all the aris- T comes to us under certain favorable inner and tocracies of history. This time derives from outer conditions which will be discussed shorter working days and weeks, longer later. The term "free time," as I am using it, weekends and vacations, and the population refers to an objective, measurable quantity. explosion of people over sixty-five, all re- Contrary to what the current scientific and presenting millions of man hours in retire- popular journals are telling us, cybernation ment. and medical science have not given us more As to the future, economists recently tes- leisure--they have given us more free time. tified before a U.S. Senate Subcommittee that The present rapid cultural change from a within the next eighteen years (making al- predominance of working time to a predomi- lowances for population expansion and cer- nance of free time actually and primarily tain occupational exceptions), the working confronts us with an adaptation crisis; social time of the American people will steadily psychiatrists might call it an acculturation decrease http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Journal of Psychoanalysis Springer Journals

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
1969 The Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
ISSN
0002-9548
eISSN
1573-6741
DOI
10.1007/BF01873847
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Abstract

OUR PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EMOTIONAL UNPREPAREDNESS FOR FREE TIME ALEXANDER REID MARTIN ODAY, the American people have more happen. Like relaxation, it is effortless, and time at their disposal than all the aris- T comes to us under certain favorable inner and tocracies of history. This time derives from outer conditions which will be discussed shorter working days and weeks, longer later. The term "free time," as I am using it, weekends and vacations, and the population refers to an objective, measurable quantity. explosion of people over sixty-five, all re- Contrary to what the current scientific and presenting millions of man hours in retire- popular journals are telling us, cybernation ment. and medical science have not given us more As to the future, economists recently tes- leisure--they have given us more free time. tified before a U.S. Senate Subcommittee that The present rapid cultural change from a within the next eighteen years (making al- predominance of working time to a predomi- lowances for population expansion and cer- nance of free time actually and primarily tain occupational exceptions), the working confronts us with an adaptation crisis; social time of the American people will steadily psychiatrists might call it an acculturation decrease

Journal

The American Journal of PsychoanalysisSpringer Journals

Published: Sep 1, 1969

Keywords: Clinical Psychology; Psychotherapy; Psychoanalysis

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