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J., E. (1924). Studies in Psycho-Analysis: By Prof. C. Baudouin. Translated from the French by Eden and Cedar Paul. (Allen & Unwin, London, 1923. Pp. 352. Price 12 s. 6 d. net.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 5:219-222.

(1924). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 5:219-222

Studies in Psycho-Analysis: By Prof. C. Baudouin. Translated from the French by Eden and Cedar Paul. (Allen & Unwin, London, 1923. Pp. 352. Price 12 s. 6 d. net.)

Review by:
E. J.

Psycho-analysis is the study of the unconscious. If you want to proclaim yourself a psycho-analyst, but have no inclination to study the unconscious itself, there is a simple recipe which many besides Dr. Baudouin have found useful. You collect easily made observations relating to the superficial region of the mind known as the preconscious, you christen this the 'subconscious' and then assert that you are familiar with the unconscious.

What more is there to say about the book? It is certainly attractively written, but when the translators designate it as 'perhaps the best work for beginners hitherto published' we can only add that it is well calculated to keep them beginners. No beginner has any clear idea of the opposed way in which suggestion and analysis remove neurotic symptoms, or why, when they can both achieve this end, the two processes are mutually exclusive and incompatible. True to type, Baudouin advocates the conjoined use of both at the same time, and the translators naïvely urge that this standpoint, that of most beginners, is 'Baudouin's contribution as a pioneer in the field of therapy'. Again, every beginner is vague about the difference between true symbolism of the unconscious material and other processes such as metaphor, etc.

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