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The title page states that his book is intended for teachers and parents. But it is also of absorbing interest to any one interested in mental development in the light of the newer psychology. How much of the present day speculation regarding the methods of mental growth will remain is difficult to say. That newer methods of study are substituting the clinical for the old speculative and philosophic method is in itself a promise of better things. In the introduction, Lay discusses the point of view, concluding that the deeper knowledge of the nature of the individual, now for the first time available for teachers and parents, takes into consideration the workings of the unconscious mental activity, and that a knowledge of these processes as well as the order and manner in which they appear in the child development is an essential part of the training of all those who
The Child's Unconscious Mind: The Relations of Psychoanalysis to Education. A Book for Teachers and Parents.. JAMA. 1919;73(3):215–216. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610290057030
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