Landmark Catholic book on the psychology of sexuality. The Sexual Revolution that has brought such misery to the lives of millions actually began with the triumph of Freudian psychologybut even then, Freuds most formidable opponent, Georgetown and Catholic University psychologist Rudolf Allers, was composing this enormously successful guide. Both practical and innovative, it is the earliest handbook on Christian sexuality. Completely rejecting Freuds over-emphasis on sex, Dr. Allers begins by answering three questions:
Just what part does sex play in the human personality? What importance does it have in forming yourchildrens or grandchildrens character? How does sex manifest itself during the stages of character development? Dr. Allers then proceeds to lay out a sound psychology of sexwith crucial advice for instructing the youngwherein sex takes its place within a hierarchy of values crowned by moral and religious truths. Some of Dr. Allers useful (often arresting) advice:
Step-by-step guidelines for how and when to instruct your children on sexual matters What should parents do if their children dont ask them about sex? How close observation can reveal when sex questions are on their minds Why information about sex should always be given privately Why classroom sex instruction often creates antipathy in students How some kids will cue you when they have questions about sex, even when they dont ask them openly The awakening of sex consciousness in puberty: how it can be harnessed to contribute to moral growth How premature sexual experience creates a serious obstacle to the development of maturity and personalitywith results that frequently cannot be undone The tremendous harm to teenagers caused by the super-stition that unless sexual satisfaction is obtained, life is unhappy Right and wrong ways to instruct adolescents on the means of of preserving their purity Why modesty is the principal means of safeguarding youths Two principles that together comprise the essence of modest conduct Sex deviations in adolescence and adulthood: their causes, and relations to other mental disturbances The unsocial attitude at the root of all perversions Bisexual tendencies in adolescence: nearly always the result of a particular kind of uncertainty How self-abuse harms the personality, rather than the body or mind. Ways to conquer it Homosexuality: causes and remedies. Why it is definitely not an unavoidable innate perversion Making small sacrifices: its crucial role in teaching about sex Why even habits require an inner consentand are never acquired in a wholly involuntary manner The two fundamental principles of love without which sexual appetite cannot become love Sex differences between men and women. Developmental differences between boys and girls How sexual behavior (and misbehavior) is a sensitive indicator of ones whole personality Pitfalls of the hygienic approach: Why fear of disease does not alone suffice to enforce correct behavior Preparation for matrimony Sexual difficulties in matrimony: causes and remedies Needless to say, Dr. Allers explains, the views and opinions expressed in this volume presuppose an education penetrated with Catholic spirit, thoroughly consonant with Catholic thought. Recommended most urgently.
An authoritative volume recommended to every cultured teacher or parent. ... His philosophy is sound, his science is that of an expert. Catholic World.
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