Originally published in 1933, the author’s ambition was to depict the child mind as revealed to us by psychoanalysis. It was not intended to teach the technique of psychoanalysis as applied to children or to formulate a methodology of education. The author starts by defining the concepts of psychoanalysis and children from his earlier title, dealing with psychoanalysis in relation to education: fundamental mechanisms; complexes; typical disturbances and methods. In this title he chooses to focus on complexes which he believed was ‘the heart of the matter’. A great opportunity to read an early interpretation of psychoanalysis and its application to children.
Introduction: The Child’s Complexes and their Classification Part 1: Complexes of the Object 1. Cain or Fraternal Rivalry 2. Oedipus and Filial Affection 3. Destruction 4. Display and Mystery Part 2: Complexes of the Ego 5. Mutilation 6. Diana: Would You Rather Be a Girl or a Boy? 7. Birth Part 3: Complexes of Attitude 8. Weaning 9. Retreat Part 4: Relations and Regulations 10. Points of Intersection of the Various Complexes 11. Two Typical Motifs 12. The Super-Ego. Conclusion: Hints to Educators. 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.