1st Edition

Fear, Punishment Anxiety and the Wolfenden Report

By Charles Berg Copyright 1959
    126 Pages
    by Routledge

    126 Pages
    by Routledge

    Originally published in 1959, the blurb read: ‘Dr Berg has made a comprehensive survey of the Wolfenden Report in regard to homosexuality and illustrated his comments with extracts from case material. He points out that whereas public opinion has so far lagged behind the Committee’s main recommendation, scientifically far from being an advance the report may be considered lamentably reactionary. He says; "Perhaps this report is a good lesson in the futility of trying to unravel and assess psychological phenomena without first removing the obstacles to understanding their meaning". The author deals with the subject in his usual forthright, witty and persuasive style, which is easily enjoyed by psychiatrist and layman alike, and the book should be welcomed by all who seek to understand this controversial topic.

    Later chapters include a discussion of the wider implications of punishment and a new theory of the fundamental nature of Anxiety and Fear.’ Today it can be read and enjoyed in its historical context.

    This book is a re-issue originally published in 1959. The language used is a reflection of its era and no offence is meant by the Publishers to any reader by this re-publication.

    Acknowledgments.  1. The Wolfenden Report on Homosexual Offences  2. The Psychology of Punishment  3. The Fundamental Nature of Anxiety  4. Fear – Normal and Abnormal  5. A Note on the Author by Dr Clifford Allen.  Glossary.  Index.


    Charles Berg (1892-1957)

    For the original publication:

    ‘Useful but disturbing reading for any legislator, schoolmaster, criminologist, parent or policeman.’ – British Book News