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A Child's Textbook

The Letter, Issue 38, Autumn 2006, Pages 53 - 56


A CHILD'S TEXTBOOK

Malachi McCoy


The child was described by his parents as a cheerful, straightforward child who was an amiable and active-minded young fellow. He was able to carry out his childhood researches in a state of happy naïveté, keeping nothing back.

However all this was to change when conflicts arose out of those researches.

It was with the outbreak of his illness and during the analysis that discrepancies began to make their appearance between what he said and what he thought; and this was partly because unconscious material, which he urns unable to master all at once, was forcing itself upon him, and partly because the content of his thoughts provoked reservations on account of his relation to his parents.[1]

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