First published in 1967, the original blurb reads:
This book is intended to give the intelligent lay reader a comprehensive view of the subject of psychotherapy, the treatment of nervous disorders by mental means. These disorders are of increasing importance on account of their wide-spread nature and of the misery they produce.
It describes the development of psychotherapy as employed by the most primitive peoples and races, through animal magnetism and hypnotism to the more modern analytical schools of Freud, Jung and Adler. It sets out in particular to give the positive contributions of these various systems, although this does not preclude criticism of their weaknesses and more dubious theories.
Dr Hadfield has had the widest experience, having treated psychoneurotic disorders for over fifty years, including the war neuroses in the two world wars, both in the Navy and in the Army; and, as Lecturer in the University of London in the subject for over forty years, he has had the opportunity to systematize the knowledge thus obtained. As a result of this experience he has come to conclusions as to the nature, causes and treatment of such disorders differing somewhat from those of the established Schools, and it is these findings which are given in the latter part of the book under the title, ‘Direct Reductive Analysis’.
The book will be useful to all those – teachers and parsons as well as medicals – who have to deal with human beings and their aberrations, and to them it is addressed.
1. Introductory Part 1: Pre-Scientific 2. The Primitive Period 3. Basic Principles of Primitive Psychotherapy Part 2: Early Scientific Period 4. Animal Magnetism 5. Mesmerism Part 3: Later Scientific Period 6. Subjective Theories of Hypnotism 7. British Contributions to Hypnotism 8. The School of Paris 9. Therapeutic Suggestion 10. Therapeutic Analysis Part 4: Hypnotism 11. What is Hypnosis? 12. Effects Produced Under Hypnosis 13. Auto-suggestion: Coué 14. Conditioned Reflexes and Re-conditioning Part 5: Minor Prophets and Unorthodox Synthesis 15. Minor Prophets 16. Unorthodox Systems of Psychotherapy Part 6: Modern Schools: Dynamic Psychology 17. The Basic Instincts: William McDougall 18. Psychoanalysis: Freud 19. Freud’s Mental Mechanisms 20 . Freud’s Psychopathology 21. Freud’s Theory of Dreams 22. Analytical Psychology: Carl Jung 23. Jung’s Dream Interpretation 24. Jung’s Personality Types 25. The Archetypes 26. Individual Psychology: Adler Part 7: Direct Reductive Analysis 27. Direct Reductive Analysis: Its Aims 28. Technique of Direct Reductive Analysis 29. Dreams: The Biological Theory 30. Nature’s Equipment and Its Disorders 31. Behaviour Disorders 32. Psychosomatic Disorders and Their Treatment 33. What is a Neurosis? 34. The Basic Cause of Neurotic Disorders 35. Types of Neurosis: Hysteria 36. Sexual Impotence and Perversions 37. Obsessions 38. Are These Infantile Memories True? Index
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