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The fact that in psychoanalytic investigations the problem of guilt has been found to be of predominant, even central, importance has brought the points of contact between psychotherapy and religion to play a relatively large part in recent psychotherapeutic literature. Maeder's book, "The Direction in Psychic Life," is an attempt at a synthesis of the religious and psychoanalytic attitudes.
The first part of the book is a new edition of the author's little book on "Healing and Development in Psychic Life," which appeared in 1918. The second part is entitled "Conscience and Direction," and is based on lectures given at Amersfoort (Holland). The third part consists of a reprinted paper on "Psychoanalysis and Education," which now has the title, "Direction in Education."
It is not possible to draw in sharp outline the "psychosynthetic" point of view of Maeder. For the author does not give a well rounded, precise presentation, but