An interesting tidbit on anthropology from the first chapter of the great psychologist’s controversial book Young Man Luther:

“Psychoanalysis has tended to subordinate the later stages of life to those of childhood. It has lifted to the rank of cosmology the undeniable fact that man’s adulthood contains a persistent childishness: that vistas of the future always reflect the mirages of a missed past, that apparent progression can harbor partial regressions, and firm accomplishment, hidden childish fulfillment. In exclusively studying what is repetition and regression and preservation in human life, we have learned more about the infantile in the adult than was ever known before. We have thus prepared an ethical orientation in human life which centers on the prerservation of those early energies which man, in the very service of his higher values is apt to suppress, exploit, or waste.”