Originally published in 1945, this title was a follow-up to the author’s previous book The Human Hand. This time she looks at the psychology of gesture and its relation to personality. The special place that a psychology of gesture merits is obvious. It permits a direct knowledge of personality without any effort or misleading co-operation on the part of the subject, since it can be applied without his being aware of the fact. The book ‘is constructed on a system of clinical studies and medico-psychological interpretations.’ The author felt that this title must be regarded as a complementary study to her main studies.
Introduction. 1. The Nature of Gesture 2. The Physiology of Gesture 3. The Evolution of Gesture 4. Imagination and Gesture 5. The Pathology of Gesture 6. Results and Conclusions. Commentary on the Illustrations. A Glossary of Technical Terms. Bibliography. Index
Charlotte Wolff (1897-1986) was born into a middle-class, Jewish family. Completing her doctorate from Berlin in 1926, she had a small private medical and psychotherapeutic practice. In 1933 she was forced to leave Germany because of the Nazi regime, and settled for a few years in Paris. As a German refugee she was unable to practice medicine, so she began her research into the correlation between hand traits and personality. An active lesbian from an early age, her later research turned to sexology and her writing on lesbianism and bisexuality were influential early works in the field. This is a great opportunity to rediscover her early work, including her first autobiography.