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August 1947

The Personality of the Preschool Child.

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By Werner Wolff, Ph.D. Price, $5. Pp. 301, with 118 illustrations. New York: Grune & Stratton, 1946.

Am J Dis Child. 1947;74(2):254. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1947.02030010262019

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Abstract

"It is almost as if the child and the adult live on two different planets." In this manner the author emphasizes the growth and development of a child, and the difference between the reactions of children and of adults. Feeling that most psychologists (and psychiatrists) proceed from adult viewpoints the author has attempted to explain the personality reactions of the child himself. He has sought explanations of child behavior in terms of the child's own imagination and expressions, whether they are in speech, play or drawings. The author considers the child's own interpretations of his drawings, for instance, more important than an adult's interpretation of them. In growing up the child lives in bewilderment, trying to find out about himself and those around him.

In succeeding chapters the author points out the difference between the mind of the child and that of the adult; the emotions of the child and

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