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April 30, 1955

Psychoanalysis and the Education of the Child

JAMA. 1955;157(18):1662. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950350076036

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Dr. Pearson says his purpose in writing this book is "the addition of relevant knowledge concerning psychical processes gained through psychoanalytic research to the existing principles of progressive education." In this comprehensive collection of available knowledge, he has fully described the way learning takes place and the reasons that interfere with or distort the process. The book is divided into three sections. The first part, "Psychoanalysis and the Learning Process," is the most interesting and is full of practical wisdom, quotations from people famous in the field of child analysis and education, and profuse clinical examples. The author discusses the comparison of the learning process with alimentation and includes a chart on the biological, psychic, and cultural correlations; the importance of motility to the learning process; the proper balance between stability and stimulation, also pleasure and pain in the development of intellectual capacity; and the importance of affective factors such

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