Originally published in 1940, this book was addressed to students of the psychology of childhood and to parents and teachers who were trying to get from psychology some light on problems of discipline and of the difficult child. It includes critical discussions of some ideas which were gaining widespread attention at the time and which masqueraded as sound psychology, but which seem to be both untrue and harmful.
Topics dealt with include: fads and fallacies about discipline, repression and the inferiority complex, the supposed significance of sex in early childhood, early signs of abnormality, inborn individual differences, heredity and environment, are there "no problem children, only problem parents"?, is character determined by the early years?, the nursery school and the child guidance clinic, home discipline and the cooperation of parents, fallacies about corporal punishment.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Psychology and the Difficult Child 1. Introduction. Some Unjustified Assertions as to the Psychology of Early Childhood 2. Are There ‘No Problem Children, Only Problem Parents’? Heredity versus Environment 3. Is Character Determined in the Early Years? 4. The Treatment of Problem Children and the Work of the Child Guidance Clinic Part 2: The Problem of Discipline 5. The Problem of Discipline: (A) Some Fads and Fallacies 6. The Problem of Discipline: (B) Repression, Sublimation and the Inferiority Complex 7. Some Principles of Sound Discipline 8. The Problem of Corporal Punishment 9. Parents and Home Discipline 10. Conclusion. Appendix. Index.