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Preface To First Edition

This book covers the writer’s experience and observations in the sixties. With the coming of the seventies, she fears that the material may have grown stale. Indeed, the present decade seems to have brought changes of a major order in the Philippine scene. To be sure, people remain people but the face of reality has changed and continues to change.

The rumblings of adolescent turmoil, merely hinted at in this book, have since erupted into riots and violent demonstrations, which subsided only recently. The drug menace also reared its ugly head during the same period and until now it continues to bring anguish to many a family, not to mention its uncultivated and perhaps incalculable impact on young minds.

January 1970 saw the first outburst of violent student rioting and with the repressive barriers partly unhinged, disruption and confusion became the order of the day. School was touch and go. Economic life was marred by strikes and spiraling prices; politics seemed to have held the government machinery and the body elected to revise the constitution in a state of virtual impotence; miniskirts, discotheques, and pornographic movies and literature proliferated; open dating widened the generation gap; birth control and family planning were openly discussed and encouraged but not without psychological repercussions.

A society in ferment evolves for its members certain coping mechanisms for psychological survival. Life must go on. One must learn to live in the face of social, economic and political upheavals. In the late sixties and early seventies, carillons and teach-ins flourished; the religious led or joined social action groups; and moral regeneration movements were revived.

For his part, the psychiatrist continues to function in his office. Drawn more and more into direct confrontation with the changing times, he finds himself constantly being looked upon to explain and interpret the disruptive and disturbing phenomena. To his door are brought problems concerning drug addiction, birth control and the pornography issue as well as problems in human relations in the home, office and factory, for whatever insights he can contribute.

The author feels that the years immediately following the writing of this book brought into sharp focus two areas of the greatest turbulence—youth agitation and marital discontent. This was reflected in the cases she encountered in her office practice. The problems of the youth mostly involved drug abuse and alienation with the family. Marital tensions brought to the surface longstanding conflicts in husband-wife relationship, Women in their forties, heretofore dismissed as menopause  and advised to take hormones or adopt hobbies, emerged unusually distraught and vulnerable.

Among Filipino men, on the other hand, the central conflict is related to their hostility and aggression, as pointed our in this book. How this area has been affected by social upheavals in terms of psychological dysfunction is yet to be explored and studied. This entire writer has observed are an increasing number of male patients seeking help for sexual inadequacies. Homosexuality among boys also looms as something less benign than passing adolescent experience.

The limitations of this work are obvious. Further studies are in order. The writer consoles herself with the fact that change will continue and every period of study is prologue to the next.

 

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