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Loveland, R. (1943). Personal Problems of Everyday Life: By Lee Edward Travis, Ph.D., and Dorothy Walter Baruch, Ph.D. New York: D. Appleton-Century Co., 1941. 392 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 12:137.

(1943). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 12:137

Personal Problems of Everyday Life: By Lee Edward Travis, Ph.D., and Dorothy Walter Baruch, Ph.D. New York: D. Appleton-Century Co., 1941. 392 pp.

Review by:
Ruth Loveland

Personal Problems of Everyday Life is a discussion of emotional problems, written for the layman. Since the authors are respectively a professor of psychology and a professor of education, two viewpoints are reflected. The chapters dealing with the problems of infancy and early childhood are written with true insight and the book may, therefore, be of particular value to young parents.

The perpetual problem of discipline is handled in a straightforward fashion. The value of good nursery schools in aiding both the child and the parents is clearly pointed out. The bugaboo of sex education is faced openly and the authors come to the reasonable conclusion that the most important factor here is that the parent 'see to his own sexual adjustment'. If this is satisfactory he will then be able to cope with the curiosity of his child.

The last part of the book gives competent counsel about seeking professional help for emotional problems. Detailed information is supplied about how to avoid quacks and how to find an adequately trained physician or other advisor.

This book, written for the layman, is better than many of its kind. It is at points somewhat tedious and repetitious, but emotional problems are presented with a dynamic approach. Numerous clinical examples are given, problems are presented clearly and simply, and as a whole the book shows understanding and insight.

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