Originally published in 1942, this book was very different from anything else written about the psychology of hands. The author had worked amongst apes and monkeys at the zoo, patients in what at the time were called ‘mental hospitals’, and amongst all manner of men, women and children. The results of her research are found here where she looks at how the hands link to the brain and ultimately our personality. A pioneer in this field the author continued her research in this area for a number of years. A fascinating glimpse into early personality psychology.
Preface by Dr W.M. Stevenson. Publishers’ Note. 1. The Place of the Hand in Science 2. The Theory 3. The Form of the Hand 4. The Parts of the Hand 5. The Physical Qualities of the Hand 6. The Nails 7. The Lines of the Hand 8. Right Hand and Left 9. The Practical Method. References. 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.