Wayward Youth: A Psychoanalytic Study of Delinquent Children, Illustrated by Actual Case Histories

Wayward Youth: A Psychoanalytic Study of Delinquent Children, Illustrated by Actual Case Histories

Wayward Youth: A Psychoanalytic Study of Delinquent Children, Illustrated by Actual Case Histories

Wayward Youth: A Psychoanalytic Study of Delinquent Children, Illustrated by Actual Case Histories

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Of all the fields in which psychoanalysis has been applied none has aroused so much interest, inspired so much hope, and accordingly attracted so many capable workers as the theory and practice of child training. This is easy to understand. The child has become the main object of psychoanalytic research and in this respect has replaced the neurotic with whom the work began. Analysis has revealed that the child lives on almost unchanged in the sick patient as well as in the dreamer and the artist; it has thrown a flood of light on the instinctual forces and impulses which give the childish being its characteristic features; and it has traced the paths of development which proceed to maturity. It is no wonder that expectation was aroused that psychoanalytic work would prove valuable in education, the purpose of which is to guide the child on his way to maturity, to encourage him, and to protect him from taking the wrong path.

My personal share in this application of psychoanalysis has been slight. In my youth, I accepted it as a byword that the three impossible professions are teaching, healing, and . . .

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