Personality in Young Children: Methods for the Study of Personality in Young Children - Vol. 1

Personality in Young Children: Methods for the Study of Personality in Young Children - Vol. 1

Personality in Young Children: Methods for the Study of Personality in Young Children - Vol. 1

Personality in Young Children: Methods for the Study of Personality in Young Children - Vol. 1

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Mental hygiene leaders, educators, and other workers with children have become increasingly interested in how to keep children normal—how to liquidate early tensions and conflicts so as to prevent long-time repercussions, how to strengthen the child's sense of self so that he can bear the frustrations and anxieties that are an inevitable part of childhood in our complex urban life, if not in every setting.

Although we have long recognized the fact that the basic trends in character have been formed by the age of six or seven, we have tended to postpone our efforts to help children, the repair work, and even the work of understanding them, to a later age. Our generation, however, has been increasingly interested both in understanding the beginnings of personality and in learning ways of helping children at the point where troubles begin, and before their consequences have begun to distort the child's personality. We now know that many severe disturbances of childhood can be recognized very early and helped more effectively before the age of six or seven than later, when the experiences which contributed to these difficulties are so much more likely to be repressed.

In order to learn how to keep children normal we need to learn more about the deepest layers of experience in the normal . . .

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