Originally published in 1922, this title was intended for the expert and for the general reader. The original blurb states: "As far as the general reader is concerned, there does not yet exist a volume which gives a straightforward and thoroughly comprehensible explanation of the leading methods and theories of psychoanalysis, in conjunction with an exposition of the philosophical, educational, and general psychological bearings of the doctrine. But the author’s main object is a practical one. ‘The method to which experience has led me, and whose results are here recorded,’ writes Baudouin in the first chapter, ‘is founded upon unceasing collaboration between autosuggestion and psychoanalysis. Whether it be heretical or not, I am confident that immense advantage can be derived from such collaboration.’"
Translator’s Preface. 1. General Survey Part 1: Theoretical Exposition 2. Sketch of an Affective Theory of the Association of Ideas 3. Dynamics of the Affective Life, and the Evolution of Instincts 4. Mixed Method: Psychoanalysis and Suggestion Part 2: Case Histories 5. Children 6. The Crisis of Adolescence 7. Attitude Towards the Parents 8. The Instinct of Self-Preservation and the Instinct for Motherhood 9. Typical Nervous Disorders 10. Mental Disorders 11. Sublimations 12. The Search for a Guide. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.
Charles Baudouin (1893-1963) was a French psychoanalyst. Born in Nancy, a town that played a significant role in the history of psychoanalysis, he was a contemporary of Freud, Jung and Adler. After receiving his degree in philosophy, he moved to Geneva where his early work and first book focused on suggestion and hypnosis, later becoming interested in literature and the relation between psychoanalysis and education. Largely forgotten, Charles Baudouin’s work warrants greater attention from both psychoanalysts and historians alike. He was a prolific author throughout his career; the Collected Works of Charles Baudouin is an opportunity to revisit some of his finest works.