My interest in anthropology began long before I encountered psychoanalysis. In the course of working for an undergraduate degree in general psychology I realized that I was really only interested in social psychology and in a subsidiary course in anthropology. At graduate school in Chicago my interest became even more focused: it was only social anthropology that I wanted to study, not cultural anthropology, linguistics or archaeology, all of which formed essential parts of anthropology as a subject in Canada and the USA in the 1940s.