This title, originally published in 1920, second edition in 1924, has been largely forgotten in the history of hypnosis. Charles Baudouin’s first book, it is an important account of the early theories discovered by the New Nancy School, widely recognised as the founding school of modern day hypnosis. The author provides a detailed discussion of autosuggestion, as well as providing some practical suggestions.
Translator’s Preface. Author’s Preface to the Third French Edition. Author’s Preface to the First Edition. Introduction: What is Suggestion? Part 1: Spontaneous Suggestion 1. Why do we Ignore Autosuggestion? 2. Typical Examples 3. Representative Suggestions (Images, Judgments, Hallucinations, Hallucination by Compromise and by Transfer) 4. Affective Suggestions (Sensations, Emotions, the Peripheral Theory of Emotion) 5. Affective Suggestions, continued (Sentiments, Tendencies, Passions) 6. Active or Motor Suggestions (Habits, Mediumistic Phenomena; Sayings and Doings, Happenings) 7. Motor Suggestions, continued (Functional and Organic Modifications, Maternal Impressions, Cures) 8. Conditional Suggestions 9. The Action of Sleep 10. Theoretical and Practical Conclusions (the Laws of Suggestion) Part 2: Reflective Suggestion 1. The Law of Reversed Effort 2. The Outcropping of the Subconscious: Relaxation 3. Education of the Outcropping: Collectedness 4. A Psychological Equivalent for Attention: Contention 5. Autohypnosis 6. General Rules for the Practice of Autosuggestion 7. Examples and Special Rules 8. Autosuggestion and Moral Energy Part 3: Induced Suggestion 1. Autonomy of the Subject 2. Preliminary Exercises 3. Coué’s Practice 4. Concrete Results (Suggestion and Psychoanalysis) 5. Acceptivity and Suggestibility 6. A Contribution to the Theory of Hypnosis 7. Suggestion in the Education of Children 8. General Methods of Application. Conclusion: Suggestion and the Will. Glossary. 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.